#1
I am going to buy components and make my own computer as soon as I can and basically I wanted to ask all people of computer price knowledge if the following list of components are worth the price:

- Casing (not important)
- Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2 690V Socket AM2 Onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX motherboard
- XFX 9600GT XT Edition 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Socket AM2 (2.8GHz) L2 Cache 2MB (2x1MB) OEM Processor
- Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM
- Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 Memory
- Optiarc AD-7201S 20X DVD±RW/RAM LightScribe SATA Black Bare Drive - Boxed With 2 LightScribe Disks & Nero (x2)
- Creative Soundblaster Surround 5.1 External USB Soundcard CLE EGS
- Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
- LG L204WS-SF TFT Monitor 5ms 20" 5000:1 (dynamic) Widescreen


Total price is £644.17

What do you think?
#2
That's a beastly computer. 1TB harddrive = insane. I hardly use up half of my 300GB. One question before i tell you if it's worth it: what do you plan to use it for?
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#3
If you're going to be working with audio/video, you might want a smaller, 7,200rpm hard drive.
#4
d00d 1TB?? are you insane?! what would you do with the space?! that's like a gazillion songs man!
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#5
I probably won't need 1TB, I will be filling it with music and games but probably not that much, it's just that for £95 it's quite cheap. But yeah basically every day use, music, school work, internet, and lots of gaming lol.
#7
fantastic for web design/graphic design...if your just using it for word then i would downsize the hard drive
#8
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If you're going to be working with audio/video, you might want a smaller, 7,200rpm hard drive.


It is 7,200rpm
#9
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I probably won't need 1TB, I will be filling it with music and games but probably not that much, it's just that for £95 it's quite cheap. But yeah basically every day use, music, school work, internet, and lots of gaming lol.


you should get a smaller hard drive and a better processor and video card
#10
Get two faster, smaller hard drives (ie 2x 500GB). Less chance you'll lose all your data. plus you have the option of a RAID array (faster / redundancy).

Why USB sound card? Unless you plan to get a laptop later in life, I'd go internal as it's more tidy and less prone to damage.

Also, make sure you get a 64bit OS (Either XP x64 or Vista x64) otherwise your 4GB RAM is pointless, as 32bit OSs only register the first 3GB properly.
#11
Reformat it when you get it.
All 1 TB harddrives are in FAT32 format.
You want NTFS.

Your soundcard isnt the best either.
Run a 64x OS aswell.

The rest is a beast. good job.
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#12
mate why do you need corsair memory, its ****ing expensive and unless you overclock its pointless, get like cheap a-data 2x2gb 800mhz ram.
And unless youre an fanboy id get an intel cpu , better performance , so for the mobo id get asus p5k , and for the cpu e8200/400
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#13
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Why USB sound card? Unless you plan to get a laptop later in life, I'd go internal as it's more tidy and less prone to damage.


It's strange cos on the site it is in the internal section and the picture definitely shows an internal card...
#16
Quote by MaxLees666
Right well I've decided I'll change the 1TB hard drive for a 500GB one, £45


Get 2x 500GB. Seriously.

People, as a rule, always underestimate their storage requirements! Plus, you could have OS/Apps on one drive, and Work/Music on another. Saves effort if you have to reformat your [OS] HDD.
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Quote by saphrax
Get 2x 500GB. Seriously.

People, as a rule, always underestimate their storage requirements! Plus, you could have OS/Apps on one drive, and Work/Music on another. Saves effort if you have to reformat your [OS] HDD.


Well I could get a 500 and a smaller one for the OS etc , like 80 or something
#20
Do you have any computer experience, or books? Otherwise you may end up wasting the money.

100 pounds for 1TB sounds sorta fishy. It may not run well.

You going to run Linux or Windows or Dual?
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#22
Quote by MaxLees666
I am going to buy components and make my own computer as soon as I can and basically I wanted to ask all people of computer price knowledge if the following list of components are worth the price:

- Casing (not important)
- Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2 690V Socket AM2 Onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX motherboard
- XFX 9600GT XT Edition 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Socket AM2 (2.8GHz) L2 Cache 2MB (2x1MB) OEM Processor
- Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM
- Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 Memory
- Optiarc AD-7201S 20X DVD±RW/RAM LightScribe SATA Black Bare Drive - Boxed With 2 LightScribe Disks & Nero (x2)
- Creative Soundblaster Surround 5.1 External USB Soundcard CLE EGS
- Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
- LG L204WS-SF TFT Monitor 5ms 20" 5000:1 (dynamic) Widescreen


Total price is £644.17

What do you think?


Ive ordered/built 4 computers for friends and family and I think thats a poorly built computer, not to mention that OEM are meant for COMPANIES, you will have to buy RETAIL. (which costs more, I know thats why you went for OEMs cause they were advertised cheaper, "Original Equipment Manufacturer")

The processor is a bottleneck, so is your RAM (the speed, not total size). And you really will never really accomodate 1TB unless you have a hobby for making videos and whatnot. And if you do the X2 wont cut it, you can get much more performance for the same $$$. I can give you a better list for £644 - $1000.

HDDs of that size are meant (best for) to be put in RAID 1 for storage and security, if you want storage a external HDD will be good.
Last edited by metallicat420 at May 2, 2008,
#24
Have you already got a CPU HSF? The processor you've picked is OEM, so no HSF will be included.

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Ive ordered/built 4 computers for friends and family and I think thats a poorly built computer, not to mention that OEM are meant for COMPANIES, you will have to buy RETAIL. (which costs more, I know thats why you went for OEMs cause they were advertised cheaper, "Original Equipment Manufacturer")


This really doesn't matter anymore. So many people use the OEM parts - not to mention OEM editions of Windows. The only downside to OEM is you don't get much in the box - as I have already said there will be no HSF in the processor box.
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Have you already got a CPU HSF? The processor you've picked is OEM, so no HSF will be included.


To non-techies, that stands for Computer Processor Unit Heatsink and Fan. It's the cooling system used to stop your CPU going meltdown!
#26
COOLER MASTER Mystique (ATX) - $74 - £48
COOLER MASTER eXTREME 500W PSU - $50 - £32
ASUS P5N-E 650i Mobo - $119 - £77
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $199 - £129
OCZ Reaper 2x2GB PC8500 RAM - $137 - £88
Western Digital Raptor 10,000RPM HDD - $169 - £109
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM/CD-ROM - $20 - £12
ASUS Black 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - $31 - £20
PNY 9800GTX 512MB - $289 - £187

Rough estimation without taxes/VAT whatever euros pay for, it's about $1088 OR £705, but thats without a O/S and with those specs you'd get a 64-bit O/S

I spent the last half hour doing that, leave it alone.
#29
Thanks for the help everyone, and to metallicat I know they mostly say OEM but they're just parts that I found on ebuyer.com they weren't advertised anywhere.
#30
Quote by metallicat420
COOLER MASTER Mystique (ATX) - $74 - £48
COOLER MASTER eXTREME 500W PSU - $50 - £32
ASUS P5N-E 650i Mobo - $119 - £77
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $199 - £129
OCZ Reaper 2x2GB PC8500 RAM - $137 - £88
Western Digital Raptor 10,000RPM HDD - $169 - £109
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM/CD-ROM - $20 - £12
ASUS Black 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - $31 - £20
PNY 9800GTX 512MB - $289 - £187

Rough estimation without taxes/VAT whatever euros pay for, it's about $1088 OR £705, but thats without a O/S and with those specs you'd get a 64-bit O/S

I spent the last half hour doing that, leave it alone.



Wow cheers thats a great help, I'll look some of this stuff up. Oh and about the OS, hopefully price won't be a problem with that...
#31
Go for the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB ffs! You have NO idea how fast these drives are! It uses 3*334GB platters. 334GB platters mean that a lot of data can be stored on a small surface meaning you get high transferrates and a low access time. Seriously get that drive.

Oh and:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - € 150,67
Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS5 - € 162,-
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) PC6400, CL4 - € 86,-
Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB) - € 304,-
Lite-On LH-20A1S (20x) - € 17,28 (check cd-freaks for the best drives atm)


That's what I'd get.
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Go for the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB ffs! You have NO idea how fast these drives are! It uses 3*334GB platters. 334GB platters mean that a lot of data can be stored on a small surface meaning you get high transferrates and a low access time. Seriously get that drive.

Oh and:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - € 150,67
Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS5 - € 162,-
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) PC6400, CL4 - € 86,-
Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB) - € 304,-
Lite-On LH-20A1S (20x) - € 17,28 (check cd-freaks for the best drives atm)


That's what I'd get.

Forget that piece of rubbish. Intel celeron is better.