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Building A New Computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ravens42, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. Ravens42

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    Hello

    Well, heres the basic story, My computer is literally dead now, I have done everything i can ive even asked forums to help, They've helped to But now i think its time for a fresh start,A whole new computer, Im planning to keep the same case though, My only problem is the budget i only have £200, What can is the best hardware i can get for a building a new computer, Any Ideas?

    Thanks All In Advance :)
     
  2. jack-o-bytes

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    Hey there, :)

    What sort of case and power supply do you currently have available?

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  3. Ravens42

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    Thanks for the quick reply, Im unsure on the case ive got but i have a ASRock K78SX Motherboard, That may help you determine the size of the case, Also my power supply is a 450Watt, Although i am prepared to up that if necessary
     
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    OK then. Quite a bit of space to work with and also a not too bad sounding power supply. This computer will not be majorly fast but for £200 I would be happy with this setup.

    Motherboard - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/181968
    CPU - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/242140
    RAM - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178943
    Hard Drive - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228
    DVD-RW Drive - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220988

    That has a quad core CPU with 4GB DDR3 RAM which will be very speedy. The computer doesn't have a dedicated graphics card so it won't be any good at gaming just be fast at everyday tasks such as playing music, web browsing and also running online flash games, youtube. That sort of stuff.

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  5. Ravens42

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    Thank you for the reply, This does look good indeed, Do you reckon the 450 watt power supply will be able to work with it all?, Also if i did Not get the DVD Drive and hard drive would i be able to get a dedicated graphics card instead? Can i use my old hard drive from my old computer and put it in the new one?
     
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    Were the problems you were having with your old computer caused from Hardware or Software issues? If it was software issues then I recommend that you go for a new drive as well. Also I don't think that your windows will work with the new setup because it will notice that it is a different computer. It is probably best to go for a fresh setup and just copy files over that you need. If your current computer has the XP key on the side and you can find an XP install CD that is the same as the version you currently have then I think you will be able to use that key on the new install in the new setup.

    I wouldn't really recommend a dedicated graphics card with a 450w PSU that old. How old is it btw? I am just guessing it is fairly old as the motherboard you have is quite aged now.

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    They were caused by hardware issues before, My computer would just start up and making the 3 bios beeps meaning RAM Problems, Although i bought new RAM and it still made those beeps, 3 Bios beeps i think mean somethings wrong the RAM usually. Unfortunately i dont have the XP Install disk Nor the XP Key either, Ive had this computer for quite a while now, I think it came with Built In XP, And the PSU Is fairly old as well.
     
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    Hmmm. Now I am stuck for what to do about that. I mean that PSU would run that setup but I am not sure for how long. I would have to advise a new power supply now to be honest. I am going to have another look on ebuyer now to see what I can do.

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    Okay thanks for the reply, But just wondering since i probably wont use this computer for extreme gaming or that, Would i say be able to get decent stuff to make the computer for under £150? I know its a bit lower but i dont mind the specs being lower,
     
  11. jack-o-bytes

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    Yeah I recon so. Give me a minute and I will have a good look :)
     
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    Thanks for the reply, But I was just wondering how much would it cost to add a new hard drive and windows 7 (Either Professional Or Ultimate) as well the rest of the other hardware,Would it be possible to get it for Under £200? Or £250 at max, If you are able to, Would you able to show me the hardware please? :)
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Hmm, Its looks Okay, But do you think its just worth sticking with XP for the moment? And also Would i just have to put back the hard drive in the new computer as normal, Will it boot up normally if i did that? Once i had put all the new hardware in,
     
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