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By Michael88
Jun 5, 2005
  1. Hey everybody,

    Just wanted some opinions. Is this system I have selected (From the DIY section) going to do me any good? I wanted to build my own and have selected the following parts from Austin Computers (all prices Australian):

    Intel Celeron 2.6 socket 478 ($121.33)
    Asus P4S800-MX motherboard ($64.28)
    Lemel 512MB DDR RAM - PC3200 (400mhz) ($57.55)
    Hitachi (IBM) 80GB PATA 2mb 7200rpm HDD ($76.48)
    Liteon CDRW + DVD [52x35x52] ($55.66)
    EZCase 400GTS [400w] ($35.75)

    Hey, it's budget. All I want is to run iTunes, M$ Office, Sims 2 University and internet... that's about it really.

    Is any of this going to work very well? Or am I wasting my time?
    Thanks muchly :cool:

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Save money on your office suite. Download openoffice from It's free and about 98% compatible.

    I'd ditch the intel and asus board.

    I run with an Athlon 2500+ XP and an MSI K78N platinum 2 board - that's what I have and it runs fast and wasn't too expensive.

    I've heard of too many problems with ASUS.
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I have too, but i have an Asus, never had a bit of trouble

    Do you have a video card? Sims 2 is pretty demanding ,if you plan on using integrated graphics..good luck, i tried running sims 2 on a 5200 and i had to trun it wayy down. THe AMD board wouldnt be a bad option, its really is your choice.

  4. Michael88

    Michael88 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply guys.

    I already have Office, my Dad used it for two other computers in the house and I think I'll stick with it (for now) because I'm used to it. But I will look into OO.

    AMD seems to be alot more expensive - but is it any better in performance? See I'm trying to make a system which is cheap-ish but still runs effectively. The Sims 2 is pretty full on, but that ASUS board said it had graphics already on it... I'm not too keen on buying a real expensive Graphics card at the moment! But I guess all I need is hardware which will do the job, which is available in Perth.

    I know there is an on-going debate between AMD and Intel, but really, which is cheaper compared to it's competing brand? (ie Intel 2.4ghz compared to AMD 2ghz is cheaper [only an example])

    Michael - confusing himself.
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