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Spec Me Cheap and Small

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Antar Bolaeisk, 24 Sep 2009.

  1. Antar Bolaeisk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,279

    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    Hello all,

    I was wondering if the hardware boffins of OcUK would perhaps help me in finding the smallest, cheapest system capable of running XP, DVD playback (I'll supply my own player so no need to include that in the cost) and has at least one pci slot.

    Also no need to include a hard-drive or OS as I'll organise those myself, either running it off a pen drive or old hard-drive lying around.

    The winner will be the one who can best meet the requirements at the cheapest possible price and will receive 1 x eCookie.

    Thanks in advance,
    Antar.
     
  2. 5abr3

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

    Posts: 491

    Do you need just the tower minus the components stated?
     
  3. Antar Bolaeisk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,279

    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    Sorry, forget to say, I don't even need the case, just a motherboard, cpu and RAM (maybe a GPU and soundcard if they're not inbuilt on the board).
     
  4. 5abr3

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

    Posts: 491

    Cheapest is this:

    Gigabyte GA-GC330UD Intel Atom 330 Mini-ITX DDR2 Motherboard £65.99
    (£57.38) £65.99
    (£57.38)
    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 XTC 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Series (OCZ2P800R22GK) £29.99
    (£26.08) £29.99
    (£26.08)
    Sub Total : £83.46
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £7.25
    VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £13.61
    Total : £104.32

    No idea what PSU is needed and you get a spare stick of RAM, however without someone more knowledgable this spec is a touch risky.

    Cheapest 'typical spec' is this:
    Product Name Qty Price Line Total
    AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 245 2.90GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £50.99
    (£44.34) £50.99
    (£44.34)
    Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3P nForce 520LE (Socket AM3/AM2+) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £39.99
    (£34.77) £39.99
    (£34.77)
    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 XTC 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Series (OCZ2P800R22GK) £29.99
    (£26.08) £29.99
    (£26.08)
    Sub Total : £105.19
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DPD Next Day Parcel
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £8.25
    VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £17.02
    Total : £130.46


    Hope that helped!
     
  5. Antar Bolaeisk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,279

    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    Cheers 5abr3, helped loads.

    Why do you feel the first spec is "risky", I'm kinda liking the idea of the all in one package.
     
  6. 5abr3

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

    Posts: 491

    The Intel Atom isn't exactly a fast chip. I would go for a 'complete' processor setup over an Atom any time for anything but a netbook or maybe a small HTPC. The main riskyness factor though is the power supply for it, I really have no idea if a regular PSU is what it is after as all the HTPC cases (that the board is intended for) come with said power supply. I'd spend the little more and have it definately working!
     
  7. SiD the Turtle

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Nov 2003

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    Location: On the pale blue dot

    Most Atoms feature normal ATX power sockets, though a lot of people pair them with pico-psus to save on the size. If you're just using to to watch DVDs and browse the Interwebs an Atom will do fine, but don't expect it to win any awards for speed.

    The Nvidia-Ion based Atoms (not the one suggested above + a lot more expensive) are even capable of playing Blu-Ray :eek:
     
  8. Antar Bolaeisk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

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    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    It won't have to do very much work, simply play dvds and run some java code, I would imagine it should be okay for that.
     
  9. 5abr3

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 Mar 2009

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    Thanks for that, learn something new every day :)
     
  10. Lanz

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    Location: Romford

  11. SiD the Turtle

    Sgarrista

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    Location: On the pale blue dot

    Definitely. It'll do the job, but you will be impatient while it boots, loads programs etc, being used to modern quad-core beasts! :)
     
  12. Antar Bolaeisk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,279

    Location: Saudi Arabia né Donegal

    As said, just some java code and play DVDs. I'll probably try and strip as much from XP as possible and, if I'm feeling very adventurous (depending on how things go) I might even try a lightweight linux os.

    Thanks guys for all the help, muchy appreciated.