AMD-based DIY comp price: Â£695.77
AMD ATHLON XP3000+ 333MHz FSB Barton 512kb L2 Cache - OEM
Our Price Â£156.75
Â£184.19 inc VAT
92 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 46310
Mfr part #: AXDA3000DKV4D
Asus A7V600 VIA KT600 8x AGP DDR400 Serial ATA Giga LAN/Sound/USB2 ATA133
Our Price Â£58.42
Â£68.65 inc VAT
308 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 50163
Mfr part #: 90-M7A760-G0EAY
Note: 500MHz FSB memory on a 400MHz FSB motherboard. This is because it is the cheapest 512Mb PC4000 DDR memory I could find. So happens to be 500MHz FSB… Will it be a problem?
Corsair Xms Extreme Memory 512mb Pc4000 Ddr 500mhz
Our Price Â£64.53
Â£75.83 inc VAT
ordered on request (10 days)
QuickFind code: 52058
Mfr part #: CMX512-4000
Western Digital Caviar SE 120Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache EIDE Hard Drive - OEM
Our Price Â£69.99
Â£82.24 inc VAT
77 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 32012
Mfr part #: WD1200JB
Liteon 4x DVD+R/RW IDE Burner - Retail Box
Our Price Â£76.50
Â£89.89 inc VAT
35 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 50925
Mfr part #: LDW-401S
Gainward Fx 5600 Powerpack Ultra 780 256MB 8xAGP Video-Out DVI Retail Box
Our Price Â£97.66
Â£114.76 inc VAT
ordered on request (15 days)
QuickFind code: 49460
Mfr part #: 471846200-4943
What power rating do I need for my computer + any additional hardware (inkjet, scanner, possibly second CD-RW drive, second HDD) it may need in the future?
Some additional notes:
Although Dee-Ehn suggested a LDW-411S drive which is dual format, I could not find it listed there. Still searching
Also, Dee-Ehn suggested an ATI 9800 or 9700 Pro. I checked
this article from Tom’s Hardware Guide and it looks like the ATI Radeon series is not as good as the GeForce FX range. Tom’s benchmarks do not list the performance of the non-pro versions of the 9800 series. The only 9800 card I may be willing to pay for is the “Hercules 3D Prophet All-in-Wonder 9800SE 128MB”.
I might end up sacrificing some performance and get a GeForce FX 5600 Ultra instead. I just find it absurd that some video cards can cost more than a CPU + motherboard
Both the Intel & AMD based systems will need to have the Â£115.75 + the price of the PSU (unknown at this point) and a monitor added to it. So the actual cost will be closer to Â£1000.
As a sidenote, a Dell computer of equivalent specs cost ~Â£1,100. But I don’t like how I can’t see the fine details of buying with Dell as you can when you DIY it.
If you wish to check on the Intel-based one, it is here.