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i planning out what to buy for my new pc. I would use it for some gaming and cd burning. I am looking to spend around £250 pounds and have so far managed to get a price of £254.54. I already have a power supply and case from my old pc which got messed up from improper installations and viruses (it was rubbish anyway.) Here is what I have so far:
ASUS P4800-MX SV/L SKT 478 £51.86*
JETWAY I848AS S/L SKT 478 £40.87
JETWAY N250DAG S/L/S-ATA SKT 754 £50.56
JETWAY K8M8MS S/V/L M-ATX SKT 754 £40.80
RADEON 9550 256MB £49.48*
Intel Celeron 2000 400 FSB SKT 478 RET £54.20*
80GB UDMA133 7.2 £42.62*
(may i ask at this point, what is the difference between IDE and SATA?)
Dr Cooler SKT A rated up to 2.6GB £8.10
Copper silent SKT A up to 3.2GB £9.52*
ARTEC CD writer/DVD rom combo drive £25.13*
Floppy Disk drive cream, black or silver £6.50*
4 port USB mini hub £6.24*
(may you tell me what this one does) 4 port firewire card £6.99
* = what i would choose and how i got my total.
The * added up came to the total of £254.54 (it could have been 252.54, i just slightly forgot.)
could you please tell me if this is good and wether I sould make any changes.
Make sure that your old PSU output is up to the new processor, graphics card and writer.
what is the PSU?
Power supply unit
First thing, if you buy a retail CPU rather than a OEM one it will come with a fan. If you do want to buy a separate fan make sure it fits the CPU - a SKT754 fan will not fit a SKTA CPU.
Essentially SATA drives are faster than IDE (ATA) - though not always noticeably. They are also easier to fit in with smaller cables, plus there's none of this jumper switching and 'master' 'slave' malarky. Here's a 2003 article on them click here
I'd go for a sempron CPU as Celerons are just very bad CPUs - I'm not sure anyone really likes them, and they are worse than Semprons for games. If you go for a Sempron, stretch to the 2800+ (hardly any more money) - it's got double the level 2 cache (better for games)
I guess your old case has no front USB slots? A 4 port USB shouldn't really be needed for a new build, since the mobos can often take as many as 8 USB devices. To be honest the investment of a 20 - 30 in a new case would be worthwhile, since it'd be more likely to have firewire port. Then again if you don't have a camcorder or an ipod you might not use it anyway.
I notice you've not budgeted for any RAM which is a major oversight - your PC will not run without it! Also if your saving your pennies you might consider onboard VGA, though for gaming a dedicated graphics card is usally better.
Oh you've also not budgeted for an OS - windows OEM around £50, or Linux for free (though say goodbye to gaming if you go with Linux)
Finally, you seem to have been quoted a lot of money for your components. I tend to use click here who generally have cheaper components, though there delivery charge is quite expensive - around £15 - but for a whole system they are very good value.
Choose your final bits and repost, and everyone can have a look and help you tweak a bit more. A computer that plays games for under £250 is tricky but can be done - I think there was a thread here a while ago.
I have the software I need, would the ram be a PC133 with various memory sizes? will post finals later
I found that my chosen graphics card won't run on sempron (click here) should I ignore this?
For RAM get the fastest your mobo will support - for a skt754 likely to be DDR and PC3200, but don't quote me on that.
The graphics card will most probably be fine - it's the mobo that's usually the limiting factor though make sure there's and AGP slot.
A very helpful place for PC building is click here - people in the forums here are very helpful especially about specifics.
newly added ram:
DDR-3200 512MB £33.15
ASUS A7V8X-MX S/V/L £34.94
RADEON 9550 256MB £49.48
AMD sempron 2800+ HT retail SKT 754 £65.79
80GIG 7.2 UDMA 150 SATA £49.76
copper silent SKT A up to 3.2GB £9.52
ARTEC CD writer/DVD rom combo drive £25.13
floppy drive £6.50
4 port USB mini hub £6.24
4 port firewire card £6.99
i have checked my PSU and it supports my processor and stuff.
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