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Old 22nd March, 2005, 11:18 PM
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Old 22nd March, 2005, 11:40 PM
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for a Socket A mobo there are only two choices worth mentioning. One of the EPoX 8RDA series of board on the Nforce 2 chipset. Two is the Abit NF7 Rev2.0 also on the Nforce 2 chipset.

For a CPU, the Athlon mobile 2500+ is always a good choice with impressive overclocking prospects. Do you have DDR RAM for this type of system or do you intend buying that as well?
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You can put a S754 sempron system together for almost the same price as an XP system now, the 2600+ is £50 and a K8T800 board can be picked up for less than £30 and an NF3 board for around £50, these give much better performance and overclocking potential and have the possibility of upgrading to an A64 in the future
Take a look on www.overclockers.co.uk on the B-Stock and Clearance section for the motherboard
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Old 23rd March, 2005, 12:17 AM
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you will need to buy some DDR ram, and possibly a new ATX PSU and case depending on whether or not you have an old ATX system capable of 300+ Watts. These extra bits are what can sneak up on you so keep them in mind. an AGP video card is also a must unless you buy a board with onboard graphics.
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Are "barebones" machines sold in the UK? If so, you usually save while buying a perfectly functional machine. Without your mainboard of choice, usually.
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Old 23rd March, 2005, 02:27 AM
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Go for an arctic cooling heatsink, I think they're only about £7-8 on ebuyer, just make sure you get the XP/Sempron compatable one
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Old 23rd March, 2005, 08:52 AM
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i ahve painstakingly complied a quote, please let me know what u think....

Qty Product Description QuickFind Cost Line Cost
1 x Kingcase Beige Basic Keyboard & Scroll Mouse, Speakers Bundle 64225 £4.39 £4.39
1 x Casecom KG-828 Black Atx Midi Tower Case With 400w PSU and USB/Audio 56357 £19.99 £19.99
1 x ACER AC713B 17" FST CRT TCO99 0.27dpi 1280x1024 Monitor - Black 55684 £51.05 £51.05
1 x Liteon 4x DVD+R/RW IDE BURNER - OEM 50925 £19.99 £19.99
1 x Gigabyte GA7vm400M-RZ SKT A Viakm400 MATX VGA Sound LAN USB 2.0 FSB333 Retail Box 62519 £27.97 £27.97
1 x AMD Sempron 2200+ Processor Skt A 256cache 333fsb - OEM CPU (SDA2200DUT3D) 73078 £28.50 £28.50
1 x Crucial CT6464Z40B 512mb DDR 400MHz PC3200 CL=3 Memory Module 46420 £34.88 £34.88
1 x Seagate Barracuda 80Gb 7200rpm UDMA100 Hard Drive - OEM 36369 £30.00 £30.00
1 x Ebuyer AC Power Lead (Kettle Type) Suitable for ATX PSU 20293 £0.99 £0.99
2 x Ebuyer Extra Value 8cm Internal Case Cooling Fan 4 Pin 23880 £0.49 £0.98
1 x Speeze 5F273B1L3 Raptorcool AMD CPU Cooler for upto Xp3200+ and upto Sempron 3000+ Low Noise 55764 £4.97 £4.97
2 x Ebuyer IDE Cable UDMA Ultra 100/66 46cm Long 29878 £0.61 £1.22
1 x Mitsumi OEM Black Internal Floppy Drive 1.44mb 3.5 Inch 62047 £3.13 £3.13

Shipping Address:
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Carriage £13.79
Subtotal £241.85
VAT £42.38
Order Total £284.23

Well. I agree with the shipping address but the rest is a bit up in the air.
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Go for an arctic cooling heatsink, I think they're only about £7-8 on ebuyer, just make sure you get the XP/Sempron compatable one
Whats the difference between the arctic one and the one i chose?
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This is my brother for the record LOL, I told him to come here because I'm out of touch with computer hardware

The cooler you chose will be cheap, and nasty, it'll likely have a nasty clip on it that could possibly result in you smashing the die on the processor if you aren't careful.

Don't skimp on the cooling fan - you'll regret it.
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Old 23rd March, 2005, 12:56 PM
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The cooler you chose will be cheap, and nasty, it'll likely have a nasty clip on it that could possibly result in you smashing the die on the processor if you aren't careful.

Don't skimp on the cooling fan - you'll regret it.

The one I chose actually cost more than the Coolermaster one; they are out of stock and this one seemed to have reasonable reviews......
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Give us a sec man I'll find a decent cooler.
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That one you chose will be absolutely fine for the spec of the machine. Go for it. The clip won't be too difficult to get on if you remove the fan before installing it.

Also when you do install it. I'd reccomend installing the CPU/HSF into the motherboard before putting it in the case, will make life alot easier.
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Old 23rd March, 2005, 01:21 PM
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ta- that saves me a few quid. the profit involved is slim anyways tbh- about £85.

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Theres very little money to be made in building PCs, especially if you use legit software
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I wont be using legal software that fer sure what do people think of the mobo ive chosen, as this is the one component im a bit worried about..
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I wont be using legal software that fer sure what do people think of the mobo ive chosen, as this is the one component im a bit worried about..
We don't "discuss" those things here. But I can highly recommend that you DO buy a "legit" copy of windows. I use to run the "corp" version of XP and I just got tired of getting viruses and hacked and just to have the system one day NOT boot at all.

It was worth the $80 for me to buy it.
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Yeah man don't discuss illegal **** you'll get us banned
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Yeah man don't discuss illegal **** you'll get us banned

you started it
also note the winking face after my comment
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