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Old 24th July, 2006, 01:42 AM
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Some advice on a cheap build

I am looking at building a very cheap LAN computer.
This wont be the lowest spec machine there, but close to it.

This wont be overclocked, and looks to be in my short term budget - and when I upgrade my main rig will be turned into a 24/7 folder.

I am wanting to know if there is any reason for not getting certain parts.

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AMD Sempron 2600+
ECS 761GX-M754
Albatron 7300GS NVIDIA GeForce 256MB
2x Generic 512MB PC3200 DDR400 RAM
Seagate 40GB 7200rpm IDE Hard Drive
Samsung 16xDVD Drive OEM Pack
Excel D109A Mid Tower with 400W PSU
Genius Easytouch Optical PS2 Mouse & Keyboard

This is going to cost $NZ602.65 including tax which is about $US300

Or about the price of a 7800GS here.
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Old 24th July, 2006, 04:15 AM
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Dude,

That PSU may just torch your whole rig. You might want to look into a lower-end Fortron/Sparkle or Zippy. Why do you need a 7300GS if you are going ultra budget? Since prices may be different in NZ, I won't make any recommendations.
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Old 24th July, 2006, 12:16 PM
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Well the GPU first:

a 7300GS costs $90.62
6200 128MB PCI-Express $82.35
6200TC Turbo Cache PCI-Express $65.48
Radeon X550 128MB PCI Express $88.82
Radeon X300SE PCI Express $76.58
Radeon 9550SE 128MB $91.04
Radeon 9200 128MB $99

The 7300GS looked the best, but if the ATi is better let me know.
The prices are from www.pricespy.co.nz.

As for the PSU - its hard.
My silverstone was $85, one of the cheapest decent PSU's in NZ
Zippy go for about $160+, Fortron are impossible to find at the moment, and unless Task, Acbel, Hyena, foxconn, or icute (*shudder) are any good, the PSU is going to be about 1/4 of the total build price.

On paper task and acbel looks ok, but then so does hyena, and they are a joke.

Also this PC will be used for some games (obviously without all the eye candy). I know I should probably go for a better CPU, but the 2600+ should be plenty and the 7300GS is one of the cheaper cards. Unless something cheaper at pricespy will play BF2? then I could go for a 2800+ or even maybe a 3300+

So I will go for a $30 case - and a diferent PSU, unless task is any good for an older socket, say something like this


Edit just found this: Asus case
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Radeon 9200 128MB $99
Eh?
It's the worst but the priciest?
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Old 24th July, 2006, 09:38 PM
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Those are the prices which are reported.
I never said they were logical.
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Have you thought about building a Micro ATX? More portable for LANs.
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Old 24th July, 2006, 10:27 PM
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The board is mATX
The case is the cheapest - and when I find a place that will sell me the quantity I want of perspex, I will be building 2 cases, one for the main comp, and one for this.

Any comments on the PSU?
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I think I may have solved my problem

I have found an old (has turbo button) case at home
I will instead of the case buy a Thermaltake 430W PSU and mod the case if necessary to fit the MB in.
The case looks like it may have been mITX or maybe (if I'm lucky so probably not) mATX

EDIT:

Well just managed to find details on Task PSU's.
Seems they are actually decent PSU's - well one of those should be fine for the system
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