Home Build PC - review and opinon please!!

  cthooli 21:27 06 Jan 04

Am looking to set up my own desktop PC, partly due to old one being ancient (well two years) and partly for a hobby! set my self t alimit of 600 pounds and thats not including Moniter, keyboard, mouse, printer etc.... looking mainly on dabs.com i've found the folllowing list which i think, software aside, should do the job, any comments, critisims and advice much appreciated!:
DabsValue Black/Silver- Window ATX MidiTower 300W ATX 12V - Case

Gigabyte SoA AMD 761/VIA ATX A - Motherboard

AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 2.08Ghz SoA Box - 333FSB

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus9 80GB UDMA133

Philips IT products Sonic Edge 5.1 Channel PCI

D-Link Wireless PCI Adaptor 54Mbps

DabsValue GeForce 4 MX440-8x 128MB DDR AGP RP DVI VO

Samsung 16xDVD 52r52w24rw Int IDE OEM (34 quid good?!)

Thermaltake Hardcano 11 (looks nice and who knows mught work!! cooling harddrive and nice LCD dispaly on the bay door!)

AKASA SoA XP2100+ OEM (fan)

2 x Corsair Memory 512MB 184Pin DIMM PC3200 DDR RAM Non-Parity CL2.5

Teac 1.44MB Internal 3.5"

Thats about it! any further info on items just ask and i'll reply! here all nite! anything apprectiate! thanks


  howard60 21:42 06 Jan 04

looks a good list but you could do better. I recently built an AMD XP2800 for about the money you are suggesting. pick the items and then look on different sites for them. I found a variation of £35 on the 2800. Novatech and Savastore very good as well as dabs. Also only go for items in stock or you could wait months for the order. A further thought I will only buy memory from Crucial after I have ordered the mobo and gone through their system of checking for the correct one. Good Luck.

  cthooli 22:03 06 Jan 04

that a 2.8Ghz or Athlon2800? any list/hints of the components u used? i'm mainly thinking of the basics, motherboard, CPU and hard drive once they are in place i'm sure i can handle the rest!!

  Indigo 1 22:18 06 Jan 04

Have you tried click here ?

If not you should check their prices and goods especially cables.

  DAG88 22:19 06 Jan 04

I would only buy 512MB of RAM instead of 1GB and use the money saved to get a better graphics card. You will see much more benefit out of that especially if u play games

  Indigo 1 22:22 06 Jan 04

With an XP 2600+ ??? forget it !!

go for the Cooler Master SoA XP 3200+ if you are on a budget!

  howard60 22:22 06 Jan 04

the mobo is a gigabyte GA-7VT600-L with the XP2800 box complete with cooler and fan.

  Indigo 1 22:24 06 Jan 04

not with an XP 2600+ please !!

You should go for the Cooler Master SoA XP 3200+ if you are on a budget!

  cthooli 22:55 06 Jan 04

so in all that confusion are u suggesting a "gigabyte GA-7VT600-L" motherboard with built in cooler and fan? and the opposite is get a fan that fits the CPU?!!!

  PurplePenny 23:12 06 Jan 04

With or without VAT? £34 without VAT on Ebuyer £40 incl VAT.


  cthooli 23:16 06 Jan 04

34 quid without VAT, but the Vat is done on the whole order not individual items, which is okay as might claim it back through comapny...........!

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