Need a hand- building a PC

By Captain Dibnah · 7 replies
Jun 29, 2009
  1. Right, I have a budget of £200 (about $330), and I've decided on some components- basically I just wanted to check that there's nothing much better I could get for my money.
    (I already have a case, monitor, PSU, OS, and optical drives sorted).

    I'd use my computer mainly for composing music and mixing live stuff, not so much gaming- probably the most complex thing I'd want to run is Project64. I already have a Soundblaster Audigy sound card.

    CPU- AMD Athlon X2 7850 AM2 2.8GHz 3MB Black Edition
    Mobo- Asus AM2/AM2+ GeForce 8200 DDR2 ATX Audio Lan (onboard graphics are fine, so long as it can run Project64, which should be no problem)
    RAM- Corsair Memory 4GBKIT (2X2GB) 800MHZ NON ECC CL5
    HDD- Hitachi 3.5" 320GB 16MB SATA HDD

    That all adds up to £180... so I have room to make changes here and there. My current system is a 256mb pentium 4 so anything would be an improvement... :)
    Also, if there's some major mess up in the components I've chosen, please let me know- I'm new to this. :)
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Good choices, but for a very few dollars more, you could get a Samsung, Seagate, or Western Digital hard drive.
    The Hitachi has had such a long history of problems, that they have to prove they are ready for prime time. Last time I looked, they were still at the bottom for reliability, with only Tri-Gem having more disasters.
  3. Captain Dibnah

    Captain Dibnah TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, thanks for the advice! I've gone for a Western Digital 500GB model. :)
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  5. Captain Dibnah

    Captain Dibnah TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would a 2.3 GHz triple core Phenom be much better than a 2.8 GHz dual core Athlon?
    Sorry if this is blindingly obvious...

    Anyway, thanks for the tips, Rage! :)
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    In most cases yes, but the triple will last you longer.
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Well, it is newer technology but if you are not into gaming, the Athlon is a more reliable unit.
  8. Captain Dibnah

    Captain Dibnah TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, thanks for the advice. :D
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