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just put this together for a friend, did i do well ? :)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by locutus12, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. locutus12

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    my best friends little brother was desperate for a new pc and the family is strapped for cash so i did them a mix of Members market and new parts. Basically his family took me in when i was 16 and had no where to live, i figured this is the least i can do so ive done this for free.

    1 gig ram £45 Got OCZ PC4000 DDR 2 X 512mb for £40 from MM
    AMD A3000+ RETAIL CPU + High grade 95% copper CPU cooler £70
    7800GT Graphics card buget £80, paid £120
    80 gig drive budget £25, paid £20
    8X DvD rw drive. Free from me. Worth £15.
    mobo £45, bought new asrock 939 £39
    case, budget = £22 paid £15 for a case from MM
    monitor budget = £75 New CTX VL701B Black 17 Inch CRT Monitor paid £78
    Black Logitech keyboard £7
    Logitech B58 Black Premium Optical Wheel Mouse £7
    Black 600W PMPO Subwoofer with Satelite Speakers.£7
    windows XP Home = free (they already own a copy.)

    Total = £400


    hes moving up from:

    1300Mhz duron
    512mb pc133
    FX5200 128mb
    Jetway motherboard
    80 gig maxtor.
    Generic 17" CRT

    (his sisters getting the above, hence i couldnt canibalise parts and spend money on better parts)


    i cant wait to see his face when i show him doom in max detail lol :D

    marks out of ten ?
     
  2. Foehammer2003

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    Nice system dude! :D

    and within a great budget! Maybe i should let the dude living under my stairs out once in a while, then maybe he'll build me a new rig for nowt!

    and to get the monitor, keyboard etc in the budget too i think you did great
     
  3. triggerthat

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    Very nice build mate. :)
     
  4. ACESHIGH

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    Thats a very good thing you did. Good rig too. Anyone would be happy with that.
     
  5. locutus12

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    lets just hope none of the second hand parts fail :rolleyes:

    they were going to buy a media center pc on hire purchase for £650 (not including interest)

    it had the following
    made by phillips
    AMD A64 3800 cpu (didnt specify if it was 754 or 939 but id put money on it being a 754 sempron job)
    unknown motherboard
    Nvidia 6200 256mb
    512mb DDR
    300 gig hard drive
    dvdrw
    small atx case with urine poor cooling and a media bay at the front (half a ton of I.O. connections that they dont even have things to plug into let alone actually know what they are for.)


    i convinced them it would be no better for them than the bucket they have now as they want a games pc and not a media center with the graphics power of a pickled onion.
     
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  6. luminous

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    Thats a wee cracker,post a pic of his face when he sees doom :eek:
     
  7. Mr Mister

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    nice specs. I need to see the case you got them for £15 tho :p Please tell me its not beige :D
     
  8. Dave

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    Only a small step up then? :p

    Very good PC you put together there for the budget. Now overclock that 3000+ to get the most out of the 7800GT!
     
  9. quadboi

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    ^^ Yes very good thing to do for them.

    Also, oc the 3000 they oc well, got mine to 2.5ghz!
     
  10. Goody_GTI

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    i think thats a very nice thing to do and a job well done, the performance difference will be massive
     
  11. Explicit

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    You did well to get that lot for £400, here's how much it would cost retail using nearest equivalent parts:



    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3000BPBOX) (CP-117-AM)
    £72.79
    Asrock 939Dual-SATA2 (Socket 939 & Upgradable to AM2) AGP & PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-002-AK)
    £43.42
    GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit CAS2.5 (GE1GB3200BHDC) (MY-005-GL) *nearest equivalent*
    £66.92
    OcUK GeForce 7900 GT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-037-OK) *nearest equivalent*
    £187.94
    Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 NCQ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (0A30356) (HD-000-HI)
    £36.37
    NEC ND4570 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-030-NE)
    £25.79
    Antec SLK2650BQE Black Quiet Mini Tower Case - 350W SmartPower PSU (CA-051-AN)
    £38.72
    Hyundai ImageQuest Q770S 17'' Perfectly Flat CRT Monitor - Black/Silver (MO-006-HY)
    £76.32
    Logitech Internet Pro Keyboard (Black) - OEM (KB-011-LG)
    £10.52
    Logitech S96 PS/2 Optical Wheel Mouse Black - OEM (KB-046-LG)
    £6.46
    Altec Lansing 121i 2.1 Speaker System - Retail (SP-023-AL)
    £17.57

    Total inc VAT: £582.82




    You saved £182.82 :)

    (The 7900GT costs the same as what the 7800GT used to cost retail)
     
  12. Mr Mister

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    geil value ram is a rip now, it used to be £45 for a gig or so now its £66!
     
  13. Explicit

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    I agree, same with the 2GB value kit. Used to be £105.69 now it's selling for £135.07. Probably something to do with the exchange rates.
     
  14. Stelly

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    nice one nice one :)

    Stelly
     
  15. locutus12

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    ive just got home after picking up the 7800GT... ive just realised it has a lifetime warranty... i got a 7800GT with a lifetime warranty for £120 :eek: i feal faint...

    its my old cpu and cooler so i know i can clock it well,

    it is indeed!! and its not OCUK`s fault, they are now expensive everywhere... must be a shortage of sand :confused:


    actually i have a choice of 2...

    [​IMG]
    comes with 92mm ambers fitted - £10

    or

    [​IMG]
    the jeantech phong for £15.

    as hes delivering them i said id have em both :)
     
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  16. Mr Mister

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    id probably go for the jeantech phong out of those two.
     
  17. locutus12

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    thats what i was thinking too :) the other box i will keep for now, im sure it will come in handy some time this year.
     
  18. m3csl2004

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    good case for the cash

    2 x 120mm fans
     
  19. locutus12

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    indeed :) should all be up and running by monday i hope. i think the best buy though has to be the 7800GT, just a fantastic price, should hold its value nicely for a while.

    plus with the asrock motherboard i picked he wont have to upgrade it for at least 2 years as it takes an expansion board allowing him to use AM2 and DDR2 :)