February 03, 2006

My New Computer

Well, this is my first post on my blog, had it months, but never really had anything interesting to put. This is more of a plea than something interesting, a plea to any of those computery people out there, who know this about building one from scratch:

Description Quantity Item Price Item Total
Intel Pentium4 3200 EM64T 2M 1 £159.99 £159.99

ASRock Skt 775 AGP/PCIX M/B 1 £51.99 £51.99
Silver ATX Midi TowerCase 2815 1 £23.99 £23.99
400W Single Fan ATX PSU 1 £13.99 £13.99
Maxtor 160GB SATA HDD 1 £58.99 £58.99
Club Geforce 6600 256MB PCIX 1 £84.99 £84.99

OEM 256MB DDR400 Memory 2 £17.99 £35.98

Samsung TS-H552 16xDVDRW OEM 1 £29.99 £29.99

Microsoft Windows XP Pro 1 £99.00 £99.00
Pentium4 Socket 775 H/S&Fan 1 £9.99 £9.99

Something like that, i canna be arsed to play with the alignment. but yea, i can build it, put it all together, thats easy. its the part of working out what will work best, comprimises and the like. This is a huge uni, there must be 100s of people with the knowledge to help. If you know any good websites, or any tips that will work well.

I will be using the computer mainly for listening to music, multitasking web browsing, burning, watching videos, stuff like that. I will play games, but it wont be the primary use.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Matthew Jones

    You clearly know a bit about this as you have discovered the greatest three-letter term in modern computing: O-E-M. Why is it that a colourful box and a manual cost an extra £30!?

    Anyway… the spec looks ok really. Playing games is always the thing thats gonna tax it the most. A 6600 will do you ok for the timebeing, esp. as its PCI-E, but don't expect massive framerates and massive resolutions.

    Personally I go for AMD over Intel, but thats a personal preference.

    I would warn against a Maxtor drive though. I used to like them (and the one in my PC is one and I've never had any trouble with it), but I've known of 5 that have stopped working in the past month. None of them were especially old and one was brand new. Could have just been a bad batch but something you should bear in mind.

    As an alternative I would recommend Samsung SpinPoint (if you can find them), or Seagate Barracudas.

    03 Feb 2006, 14:17

  2. I too would side with AMD on this one, and if you could spec up a similarly priced AMD system I would do so.

    You appear to be on a bit of a budget, but two places not to skimp on are the PSU and the RAM. Although 400W is what it's quoted at, for 13.99 it's likely to be a noname brand, and have next to no warranty. The PSU (obviously) powers the entire PC, and so if for some reason it has a little mishap, it could end up taking out half your components.

    Although you don't name the RAM manufacturer, it too is probably noname, and with RAM prices at an all time low, there is no excuse not to get 2×512MB sticks of paired (ie dual channel) memory. Although XP will chug along fine with 512, a bit of multitasking here and there and you'll soon appreciate the 1GB.

    The sweet spot for hard drives is also about 200GB, so for about £3 more you can get an extra 40GB.

    Although you won't find as much cheap noname OEM stuff here, it's my pick of the website for buying computer hardware: Overclockers.co.uk

    03 Feb 2006, 17:07

  3. Personal preference:

    AMD >> Intel (AMD has a more efficient instruction set that can out perform the high-range Intel CPUs at lower clock speeds). For the price you could be paying for a high-end Intel CPU, you might as well spend it on getting a Athlon X2 (dual-core).

    As for RAM, go to www.crucial.com/uk and buy Crucial memory. They're rock solid stable memory, and they're pretty cheap nowdays too. Plus you get free special delivery.

    I bought a budget £50 PCI-E Geforce PCX6500 from Overclockers.co.uk, and it can still play UT2004 with decent frame rate.

    03 Feb 2006, 17:53

  4. Ashley

    Try Misco.co.uk but whatever you do avoid PC world.

    21 Mar 2007, 16:39

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