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Help me spec a really cheap build

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Baker, 3 May 2006.

  1. Baker


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 937

    So my mum's PC needs an upgrade. She's using an 8-9 year old PC right now which is pretty much burnt out. All i need is:

    Motherboard (onboard sound preferably)
    case (w/psu if it comes with one, otherwise i have one i can use)

    Max budget i guess is £200, i'd rather it was around the £100-£150 mark.

    No gaming use, just web browsing, word/spreadsheet processing, a little bit of music and that's it.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. fenderbass86

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,986

    Location: Chelmsford

    CP-139-AM AMD Sempron 64 2600+ 1.6GHz (Socket 754) CPU - Retail (CP-139-AM) 1
    £39.95 £39.95
    MB-125-AS Asus K8N4-E nForce4 4X (Socket 754) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-125-AS) 1
    £44.95 £44.95
    MY-004-GL GeIL 512MB (2x256MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS2.5 (GE5123200BHDC) (MY-004-GL) 1
    £27.95 £27.95
    CA-001-ES OcUK Value Estar Benz Case Silver With 350W PSU (CA-001-ES) 1
    £24.95 £24.95
    Subtotal £137.80
    VAT £24.12
    Total £161.92

    This is actually not bad for how little it costs. Pretty pleased with this :D

    *edit* - Yeah I just realised that. Changed spec as needed.
    Last edited: 3 May 2006
  3. Yucca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,179

    Location: Nock/Leicester

    The major flaw in the above plan is soooo obvious i wont even point it out! :p
  4. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    I've gone with the 2800 Sempron as it has double the L2 cache of the 2600 and only costs about £5 more. The motherboard has onboard graphics and sound. 512mb Ram ought to be easily sufficient for the uses suggested and you could possibly get away with a cheaper case and PSU but I think getting a fairly decent one is less hassle overall.

    CP-138-AM AMD Sempron 64 2800+ 1.6GHz (Socket 754) CPU - Retail (CP-138-AM)
    £43.95 £43.95
    MB-124-AS Asus K8V-MX VIA K8M800 Micro ATX (Socket 754) Motherboard (MB-124-AS)
    £34.95 £34.95
    MY-003-GL GeIL 512MB PC3200 Value CAS2.5 (GE5123200B) (MY-003-GL)
    £26.95 £26.95
    CA-023-AN Antec SLK1650B Black Quiet Mini Tower Case - 350W SmartPower PSU (CA-023-AN)
    £39.95 £39.95
    Subtotal £145.80
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £8.95
    VAT £27.09
    Total £181.84
  5. SiriusB


    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    try this one

    CP-130-AM AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 90nm (Socket 939) - OEM (CP-130-AM)
    £64.95 £64.95
    MB-079-AB Abit UL8 ULi M1689 (Socket 939) Motherboard (MB-079-AB)
    £27.95 £27.95
    MY-005-OK OcUK Value 512MB (2x256MB) PC3200 184pin DDR Memory Dual Channel Kit (MY-005-OK)
    £24.95 £24.95
    CA-001-AO AOpen H500A Midi Tower - 300W 24-Pin PSU (CA-001-AO)
    £39.95 £39.95
    Subtotal £157.80
    VAT £27.62
    Total £185.42

    Tad more expensive, no glaring mistakes lol

  6. xirokx


    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,383

    Location: N.W London

    Scary aint it.....
  7. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    Hey, we've all been there or at least I have :o :)

    As it stands now any of the above specifications will do fine, I'm somewhat surprised that you can get a socket 939 chip and system into the budget but it is possibly overkill(they all are for internet and word processing I suppose).