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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Dizzy, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Dizzy New Member

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    I'm going to be building a pc soon for the parents of a kid I vaguely know, and I just wanted to check with the people here what they thought of this mega cheap pc for just office work:

    Motherboard: ASROCK SKT-775 775I65G S/V/L M-ATX 800FSB
    Case: OCTIGEN CASE with 300W PSU, keyboard mouse and speakers
    CPU: INTEL CELERON D 331 2.66GHz
    Hard Drive: MAXTOR HD IDE 80GB UDMA 100 7200RPM
    RAM: 512 DDR
    Drive: Basic DVD reader

    ... and an OEM copy of windows XP home. Sound good?
     
  2. niko084

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    That would work fine for a basic use computer.

    It might save a few bucks, see what a AMD system would run with a Sempron.
     
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    Thermopylae_480 New Member

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    Have you looked at Dell to see if you can beat their low end price? Especially for someone you vaguely know, I would just tell him to go there. I wouldn't want to be held responsible if anything went wrong with it. Dell would give them a 1 year warranty too. I've added up prices before. Once you add in Windows and a few other things, Dell usually wins out. Don't forget things like speakers, mouse, and keyboard if they don't have those already. Those tack on a little extra pretty quick.
     
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    Thermopylae_480 New Member

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    Just looked. Pretty much the same computer you just built, only with Windows Vista and a Sempron 3400+ for $359. It also has a 1 year warranty. Much better in my mind that having to deal with someone you barely know who is upset because something happened to their computer that you made.
     
  5. niko084

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    Therm makes a pretty good point also there..

    With the add-ons Dell's prices come really close and then you don't get the headache if something were to happen. Up to you at that point though.
     
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    In addition the Dell could write CDs while your's can only read.
     
  7. theonetruewill New Member

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    Remember you're in the US thermopylae. Here in the UK Dell and everyone else is more expensive.
    For example X1950pro here £125 -$230
    IN the US $159.99 - £85
    (exchange rates estimated)
     
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    x1950pros arent £125,

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119203

    the 512mb cards are £105-110

    Also, even in the UK its very difficult to beat the low end PC prices of Dell. And how does everyone even know Dizzy is from the UK?
     
  10. Thermopylae_480

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    Thank you for reminding me which nation I'm in. I had nearly forgotten.

    The point is look around at cheap online retailers. Often you can not compete with them for low end comptuers. They often include warranties, and sometimes there offers are better than you could get buying and assembling yourself.
     
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    Their RRP anyway
    But you get my meaning
     
  12. zekrahminator

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    Just remember to uninstall all the advertising things that come with a pre-built system, otherwise you're going to be awfully disappointed with your new computer.
     

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