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New build - Cheap PC - AMD vs Intel???

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by albertc30, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. albertc30

    albertc30 Kilobyte Poster

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    Hello everybody. Hope you are all ok.
    I come to you all once again for advice. I want to build a cheap rig for a spare tower I have. This PC will ad to my already existing network of 3 pcs making a total of 4 pcs. I will be using this small network to help me out with my CCNA course.
    According to the specs bellow, what would be the best option mates?
    The pc is not required to do much just web browsing and e-mail and will serve me in the network for my storage (backup) of my files.
    Any comments are most welcome.
    Merry Christmas to all,
    All the best,
    Albert, C

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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200 2.70GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail
    Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2H AMD 740G (AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    Antec Basic 350W PSU
    OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK)

    £151.71

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    Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2 NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / nForce 630i Chipset (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    Intel Celeron E1400 2.0Ghz Dual-Core Processor (LGA775) – Retail
    Antec Basic 350W PSU
    OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 Dual Channel Platinum Revision 2 XTC Series DDR2 (OCZ2P800R22GK)

    £141.40
     
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  2. mattstevenson

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    Why need it be a new build? You should be able to pick up a pretty nice spec'd P4 or similar machine for about £50-100, with an OS or COA on it.
     
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  3. albertc30

    albertc30 Kilobyte Poster

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    I have had my share amount of dodgi hardware bought online that keeps just chrashing out on me mate so new it will be as this is doing my head in...
     
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  4. mattstevenson

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    That's a fair position, I guess. Then again, it's cost you significantly less, and parts are easily and cheaply available. Still, if you want a cheapy new PC I'd advice looking at this particularly well priced build:

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Speci.../Arianet+Value+2800+Intel+PC+?productId=31975

    Also, Yoyotech do a good *really low end* machine. One of those will run Server quite happily, providing it is just for those few PCs.
     
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  5. MrNerdy

    MrNerdy Megabyte Poster

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    Try Novatech who do good Motherboard bundles
    Click HERE
     
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  6. beaker

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    personally i would avoid the budget processors - (Intel celeron and AMD Sempron), in my experience they they generally have less cache, slower bus speeds on the motherboard and less room for upgrades. I would go for the Athlon
     
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  7. mattstevenson

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    Who cares? Did you read the original post?

    And anyway, Athlon? As in, Athlon - Athlon? Because I'm pretty sure those are older and lowered spec'd than a new Celeron or a 1 year old Sempron.
     
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  8. Jay_7

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    The OP mentions an Athlon X2 in one of his listed specs.

    I notice you haven't budgeted for an O/S - Are you going to be running a Linux Distro or do you already have an O/S?
     
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  9. supernova

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    a Athlon is generally the old 32bit range and is very old now although i still run one or two :oops:

    Athlon X2 is referring to Athlon 64 X2, more modern range
     
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