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    Default Cheap PC - build yer own!!

    My PC motherboard has died, its an old intel celeron type that isnt made anymore, so its time for a new motherboard, processor, hard disk and power supply (I can keep my memory and case).

    I thought this is gonna cost a fortune, but just checked on www.cclonline.co.uk (great place with good service) and for appox £200 I can have a 3.5Ghz (equivalent) AMD 64bit processor with a decent motherboard and a quick 80Gb harddisk!!!

    I shall give this a go cos its just like mechano really!!

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    i know building your own pc is a cheaper and better way of getting the best pc for your needs but i'd never be able to put it together.

    but go for it Ian, let us know how you get on, if we don't hear from you for a couple of weeks we'll take it that you've blown something or other!

    good luck

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    I've always built my own PCs, that way you can customise everything precisely for maximum performance. It's pretty easy, grown-up Meccano as you say!

    Which AMD chip are you going for Ian? If it was one of the Athlon 64 X2s I'd suggest going for the Intel Core 2 Duo - better performance and cheaper! Nothing beats it at the moment for bang for buck.

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    I build my own pc's, i used to have a really nice one with all the added ****. didnt cost me much and at the time it was top of the range. its not really that hard because all the plugs for each bit is different. I suppose you need a little knowledge (but not much)

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    Yeah, it's pretty easy. The worst part is routing the ribbon cables IMHO.

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    CCL are within spitting distance from where I work in Bradford. I have a Trader Account with them and yes they are one of the cheapest around, but there stock limits are ****; they never seem to have what I want when I want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedee3 View Post
    Yeah, it's pretty easy. The worst part is routing the ribbon cables IMHO.
    Try some of the latter ribbon cables, they are rounded and not flat. Or, go SATA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJA View Post
    Try some of the latter ribbon cables, they are rounded and not flat. Or, go SATA.
    I did try one of those "rounded" IDE cables but it had some other problem... can't remember what though...

    I have 3 CD/DVD drives and three hard disks that all use parallel ATA interfaces. Needless to say, all new hard disks I buy will use SATA...

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    Dive in Ian...if it all goes wrong them we'll be able to help out mate...

    Like others on here, i've always built, not bought.. that way it has what 'I' want on it not mr Dell..

    and don't worry about component failure either, as unless you've done something really dum, they will have a 12 month manufacturer warranty on them..

    Oh, and i'm an AMD man..nothing personal to the INTEL guys out there, but i just seem to find they work better for me..even gone 'Turino' in C's laptop..

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    Building a PC is easy as anything... i would say the most difficult thing about it is the cabling for the Power on etc (i have fat fingers so i find it hard to get them on to the pins)
    I built a PC the other week for a friend, with a Sempron 3000+ 64bit CPU, 512mb of Kingston DDR Ram, 80Gb HDD, DVD-RW, lovely case, k/board, mouse and a 15" TFT monitor... all in sexy black for £275 delivered - try finding one of those in PC World.

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