As you may know, I’m building this machine for only one purpose: games.
Because of that, it needs to be, in order of descending importance:
My budget is ~GBPÂ£700, give or take a bit. This is excluding the monitor or case. I’ve found the cheapest overall supplier to be www.ebuyer.co.uk
The following is my list of components. Feel free to comment, criticise, suggest, etc.
Intel P4 system. Overall Price: Â£755.31
Motherboard - primary criteria here was a quality manufacturer + 800 FSB.
Asus P4P800VM SKT478 I865G MATX VGA Sound LAN USB2
Our Price Â£69.70
Â£81.90 inc VAT
39 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 50157
Mfr part #: 90-M8LAR0-G0EAY
Processor - chosen for speed, 800 FSB, 512k cache
Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz 800FSB SKT478 512k Cache Retail Box
Our Price Â£182.25
Â£214.15 inc VAT
108 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 48688
Mfr part #: BX80532PG2800D
Memory - at least 1 GB DDR memory
Corsair Xms Extreme Memory 512mb Pc4000 Ddr 500mhz
Our Price Â£64.53
Â£75.83 inc VAT (X2)
ordered on request (10 days)
QuickFind code: 52058
Mfr part #: CMX512-4000
HDD - 7200 RPM, 8MB cache, large. Anything else can be burnt on a DVD
Western Digital Caviar SE 120Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache EIDE Hard Drive - OEM
Our Price Â£72.84
Â£85.59 inc VAT
90 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 32012
Mfr part #: WD1200JB
Video card - gaming performance. Presumably higher FX numbers means faster?
Cheapest FX >=5600 with 256MB RAM.
Unsure whether to go for ATI Radeon or GEForce FX.
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
DVD-RW - Something that allows versatile backups regardless of regional coding/copy protection.
Liteon 4x DVD+RW Burner Internal Ide Retail Box
Our Price Â£76.50
Â£89.89 inc VAT
38 in stock (Usually ships same day)
QuickFind code: 50925
Mfr part #: LDW-401S
Power supply unit - Adequate, stable, won’t fry comp.
Ebuyer 550 Watt PSU P4 ready
Our Price Â£14.77
Â£17.36 inc VAT
ordered on request (14 days)
QuickFind code: 44665
Mfr part #: EB550WPSU
I’ll be posting the AMD one with similar prices tomorrow. And maybe a Dell one
Would be interested to see which one is best for the same price. Dee-ehn’s sticky said that AMD is better for gaming, but a few reviews at Tom’s Hardware Guide said that equally rated processors (e.g. XP2400+ vs. P4-2.4GHz) had the Intel winning marginally for games. Would Athlon beat Intel for cost because (say) at similar cost of a P4-2.4GHz you could get an XP2800+, which would beat the Intel?