New Build - For Xmas Pressie

  Blitzer 20:10 12 Nov 03


I'm planning to build my brother a new PC as a present for Xmas this year. Naturally, he does not know I'm planning this so I can't tackle him for what spec might be most appropriate. However, I have set myself a budget of £400 which I think should be plenty to move him up from the now very dated Pentium 200Mhz Time Machine he currently has.

I've pretty much decided what to buy but could do with some feedback regarding a couple of items I have selected. Plus I'd be interested to hear of your views and any issues/problems anyone is aware of with the parts I have selected...

From CCL Computers (not used them before - opinions?)...

Case - ATX Midi Tower 9950 Ref: CAS0003

From Ebuyer (used them a lot and comfortable using them)...

OS - Microsoft XP Home OEM Service Pack 1A

Motherboard - Asus A7V8X-X KT400 Sound/LAN/USB2

Processor - Athlon XP2200 266FSB 256 Cache Retail

Memory - Crucial 512Mb DDR333 PC2700 DIMM

CDRW - LG 52x32x52x OEM

Floppy - Panasonic 1.44mb OEM


Hard Disk:

Seagate Barracuda 40Gb 7200rpm UDMA100
Seagate Barracuda 80Gb 7200rpm UDMA100 +£10
(I have two of the later myself)

GFX Card:

Gainward FX 5200 Powerpack Pro 660
8x AGP 128MB DDR Video-Out DVI Retail
Sapphire Radeon 9200 128MB DDR TV-Out DVI-Out Retail +£5

The overall cost ranging from £389 to £400.

No monitor, keyboard, mouse or speakers - that's up to my brother to use his existing stuff or replace it. ;-)

Could also be tempted to drop the GFX card altogether and go for the on-board GFX version of the same motherboard? =-s

Anyway, very much appreciate any feedback, pretty much set on the spec other than the GFX card, that and finding out about any problems - seems to check out compatibility wise from what I've checked. Xmas is looming much get this sorted soon! :)

  Allan-263226 20:38 12 Nov 03

you could try click here and get a motherboard bundle, could work out cheaper

wish my brother's would build me a new beast!

Anyhow, he would be very impressed with that i reckon, i know i would!

  Simsy 20:56 12 Nov 03

a few times, and have been very pleased with the service, and prices.

The only thing I would say is a bit of a shame is navigating the website, which is a bit clumsy.

I haven't priced it, but I have done similar exercises recently for colleagues, and £400 is a reasonable figue, if, (as you don't appear to be doing), you don't include a monitor.

I made one for my son for his birthday last year.. a complete success.

Good luck,



  Blitzer 23:03 12 Nov 03


Nothing there that hits the mark for me... particularly want to use an Athlon and Asus board, the A7N8X Delux while very good (I have one) is too expensive. Nice idea though. ;-)

  Blitzer 23:07 12 Nov 03


Thanks for the feedback regarding CCL, I see from a search of the forum that they fair quite well. Agreed about the website though, not the best, but then better than some.

For the money a new monitor is out the window straight away. Keyboard, mouse and speakers are also off the list. Got to draw the line somewhere! :)

  Giggle n' Bits 23:25 12 Nov 03

Rear Case cooling fan.
A Minimum 350Watt PSU

click here for a Ti4200 AGP x8 64MB AGP card at £65 these are a decent chip comapared to the FX5200.

  Blitzer 23:34 12 Nov 03

I had a bad experience with a system I attempted to build in the past that had a Ti4200 GFX card - would not touch it again. Actually, it put me off Nvidia based GFX cards, even now I'm wary of them (probably unjustified) and hence I got a Radeon 9500Pro for my last upgrade.

  Blitzer 20:06 13 Nov 03

<Bump> ?


  hugh-265156 21:18 13 Nov 03

stay away from onboard graphics if he plays games,they are no good for this and will bump up the price of the motherboard too.

  Blitzer 21:27 13 Nov 03


Not intended for gaming TBH, although I am just about to place my order - have opted for the Gainward GFX card. I just hope all goes well! =-s

Thanks again.

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