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daughter spec check please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by subbytna, 3 May 2010.

  1. subbytna

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    I'm building a really budget PC for her to stream films from my PC downstairs up to her bedroom as well as storing tv shows etc on her c.

    I've heard that the onboard can generate a lot of heat so I've went with a cooler...do I need to if she's only watching tv on it and the odd flash internet fashion game

    Is this any good?

    All comments welcome. :D
     
  2. subbytna

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    oh will this CPU be able to run windows 7 64 bit?
     
  3. Raikiri

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  4. subbytna

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    duly noted....any reason for the other RAM???

    just curious
     
  5. mrfun1981

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    The spec you picked is fine & will do the job nicely, but as kids are kids always want bigger & better. Have you though about going with AMD setup as it will be so much easier to upgrade parts as if/when needed.

    Where the intel set up with the socket 775 will be harder to upgrade things in the future
     
  6. Kae

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    I don't think that's a very good spec for a daughter.... aren't they meant to like pink and winge a lot?
     
  7. TheVoice

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    To be honest, with these sorts of small budgets, I'd recommend a pre-built Dell or something instead. Seems like a far easier option for a similar spec, plus you're getting an overall-system warranty and OS for your money.
     
  8. subbytna

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    MRFUN you able to come up with a spec for me then? Let me see your thoughts
     
  9. CAT-THE-FIFTH

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    I would look at the following:

    AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 250 3.00GHz ~ £55

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-248-AM&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat=803

    Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-US2H ~ £64

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-245-GI&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1481

    Has 4 RAM slots.

    OCZ 2GB DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Gold (2x1GB) Dual Channel DDR3 ~ £50

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-093-OC&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=1516

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB ~ £45

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-081-SA&groupid=1657&catid=1660&subcat=1664

    SATA DVD rewriter ~ £15

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD-099-SA&groupid=701&catid=10&subcat=951

    Xigmatek Asgard Midi Tower Case ~ £27

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-002-XG

    Corsair CX 400W ATX Power Supply ~ £38

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-017-CS

    This is made by Seasonic.

    The total comes to around £294 excluding delivery.

    The OP could save money by going for a cheaper DDR2 based setup with the following motherboard and RAM:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-377-AS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1482

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-082-OC&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=817

    This should drop the price to £269 excluding delivery. However this build has more limited upgrade options as the motherboard only has two RAM slots.

    The OP can free postage from OcUK AFAIK.
     
    Last edited: 3 May 2010
  10. Mr Krugga

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  11. mrfun1981

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  12. Redmint

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    +1 for CAT's spec, pretty much what I would have suggested.
     
  13. subbytna

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    that's fantastic fellas...many, many thanks for your input, I really appreciated it :)
    I will be ordering Cat's rig in due course :)
     
  14. Stretch

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    Agreed.
     
  15. JW1993

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    Dont forget an OS :)
     
  16. subbytna

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    OS already sourced elsewhere thanks ;)
     
  17. subbytna

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    Cat with regards to the spec you did for me...thanks again btw... do you think the on-board graphics would be suffice or should I get a better mobo considering that the rig is really only for watching streamed films/tv shows with a bit of light kiddy gaming and internet browsing being done on it?

    It will be used just 2 or 3 days a week so that's why I'm not breaking the bank for it.
     
  18. CAT-THE-FIFTH

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    The HD4200 IGP in the 785G based motherboards have UVD2:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Video_Decoder

    UVD2 will help with HD media playback.

    If you are getting a 785G based motherboard I would look at the Asus M4A785TD-V Evo:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-355-AS

    It even has 128MB of dedicated DDR3 for the IGP.

    OTH, if you not really watching much HD content then the 760G based motherboard will be fine. You can always add a graphics card with better HD decoding at a later date if required.
     
    Last edited: 4 May 2010
  19. subbytna

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    cheers fella ;)