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recommendations for a build yourself pc

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by etaf, Oct 14, 2003.

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  1. etaf

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    I'm going to build a PC.
    aim is for my two boys aged 15 & 13, mainly for school, but also I want to play games etc.
    i'm looking at £400-500hardware cpubox from computer fair type supplier, i have a few local and know where they live.

    BUT,
    grahcs cards 128mb (is this too much for kids games) hso much out there now, new drives comming out that are not ide, memory that is matched ....

    so i would like to make it as future proof as possible,

    suggestions


    my apologies to moderators if this is not the correct place, please delete if inappropriate discussion
     
  2. compilerxp

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    Its easy to build a low-cost computer... another to build a computer that can play games that 15yr old boys want to play.

    Because of your limited budget, look at this: (monitor not included), prices are in USD - but not too different from your currancy.

    $60~70 - in-win case (good quality, last you a long while) www.in-win.com 523J is the model.

    $65~75 - KT400~600 Chipset board or Nforce2 (single channel), not that fastest - but reliable. ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte brands. The Nforce would be the better board to get. These include built in sound and networking.

    $80 - AMD XP2400~2500 CPU with cooling fan

    $70 - 512mb DDR RAM (one stick)

    $80 - GF4 Ti4200 64mb version - best card you can get for the money. Anything cheaper is NOT worth it. No, the 5200 is NOT faster than the 4200.

    $80 - 80GB hard drive, $40 - CD-RW drive, $30 keyboard & mouse.

    You can use your Windows98 CD-ROM, or deal with the WindowsXP issues.
     
  3. azncompman

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    for the case i personally would go with a power magic case from www.amamax.com i have one with a 500w power supply. you might even get front usb and speaker jacks. not to mention it looks cool with the spider window installed. IT'S ONLY $38. if you want a extra case fan it's only 6 bucks. might i add only get 1 and don't make the same mistake as me.
     
  4. compilerxp

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    Those "power magic" cases are sold under 10+ different brand "names". They're not good cases in design. There is a tiny air vent on the bottom front. $34~38 for a case with a PSU? That tells you how much "quality" is built into it. For the low-cost, but GOOD case/PSU case is why I meationed the in-win model which includes a good 300~350watt PSU.

    Real 500watt PSUs are about $150~200. Not $18.
     
  5. Kromos

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    i notice that youre in the uk,for that price that youre willing to spend theres a website where you can tell them what you want nd they will build it for you ! ! !which i think is really great ! ! !
    (y)
     
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