Spec me £350

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A friend has asked for a spec for a home PC.
It's main use will be downloading, internet browsing and a bit of football manager.

Looking for as fast desktop performance as possible for multi-tasking. Base unit needed only and no OS as they have a retail copy of vista (gonna upgrade to win7)

Any suggestions, I will put together one myself i think too.

Blair
 
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XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £105.00
(£91.30) £105.00
(£91.30)
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)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 320GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (ST3320418AS) £34.99
(£30.43) £34.99
(£30.43)
Antec Basic 350W Power Supply £33.98
(£29.55) £33.98
(£29.55)
Antec VSK 2000 Case - Black (No PSU) £30.99
(£26.95) £30.99
(£26.95)
OCZ Platinum Revision 2 XTC 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Series (OCZ2P800R22GK) £29.99
(£26.08) £29.99
(£26.08)
Sony Optiarc AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.99
(£14.77) £16.99
(£14.77)
Sub Total : £298.19
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £10.50
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £46.30
Total : £354.99

Obviously you can save more money by providing DVD drives etc allowing more to be spent on the CPU etc (the graphics card will be overkill for a start so you could get a cheaper GPU and go for a faster CPU etc)
 
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Greetings,

I was told that the 4870 ATI card would require at least a 450w. Not sure just going on what was suggested for myself.
 
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Here is my spec:

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I went for integrated graphics on the AMD 785G motherboard (4200) as you won't need any more for the tasks you described.

I included a fast 1TB HDD for your downloading needs, and a fast CPU and 4GB of RAM for your desktop needs. If you want to upgrade the spec at all, I suggest going for the X3 720BE processor.
 
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How would this compare?


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.33GHz 4MB-cache (1333FSB) Processor - Retail £97.98
(£85.20) £97.98
(£85.20)

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ) £59.98
(£52.16) £59.98
(£52.16)

Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H GeForce 7100 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £52.99
(£46.08) £52.99
(£46.08)

Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-6400C5 TwinX Dual Channel (TWIN2X4096-6400C5C) £46.99
(£40.86) £46.99
(£40.86)

Antec Basic 350W Power Supply £33.98
(£29.55) £33.98
(£29.55)

Antec VSK 2000 Case - Black (No PSU) £30.99
(£26.95) £30.99
(£26.95)

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.99
(£14.77) £16.99
(£14.77)

Sub Total : £295.57
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £10.50
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £45.91
Total : £351.98

I think the power supply might not be enough?
 
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