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    Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Hi guys, my mum wants a new desktop on a MAJOR budget. I have configured a build for £111 but was wondering if there are cheaper builds? I don't want to use used components. I already have a case and hard drive for her. The pc will run ubuntu 12.04 or windows 7. It needs to be at least a dual core with 2gb ram.

    Thanks for any help and sorry if this is the wrong section. I'm new here

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Geez, 111 pounds is pretty low. WHat have you specced?

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    2.4 ghz celeron, 2gb ram, as rock mobo and a 500w coolermaster psu. I will either use integrated graphics or use an 8400gs that I have lying around. I am trying to get it cheap enough to where she will consider it instead of buying a netbook for £80 (an absolute bargin, brand new from PC World) but I know it won't be fast enough for her. The system I would build wouldn't be blazing but faster than a netbook and whenever I upgrade from an i3 to an i7, I will give her the i3 and get her another 2gb of ram.

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Raspberry Pi, i think that would be the cheapest route possible, note sure if that would have the power you want/need

    you would be better off with a seasonic 300w psu for your last post
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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Raspberry Pi probably isn't quite the power I would be looking for... Haha! I think I would prefer to use a 500w psu to allow room for upgrades to an i3 and a dedicated graphics card at some point

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    keep in mind how efficient modern GPUs are, unless you mom is a serious gamer, CAD user, or a bitcoin minor i doubt you will need over a 450w unit
    coolermaster's psu are really not that good (there GX 430 is ok), there is a reason they are not called powermaster
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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    okies I like a challenge, how about this lot from Ebuyer? You already have the hard drive and case so..

    Gigabyte Board - 36.99, audio, vga and lan
    http://www.ebuyer.com/350251-gigabyt...rd-ga-h61m-ds2

    Intel Celeron - 29.76
    http://www.ebuyer.com/393562-intel-c...d-bx80623g465+

    Corsair 4gb stick - 20
    http://www.ebuyer.com/235776-corsair...v4gx3m1a1333c9

    Casecom 350w psu - 15
    http://www.ebuyer.com/169215-casecom...ex-psu-350watx

    Grand total = 101.75

    Any good?

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamInNi View Post
    I don't want to use used components.
    Why not? You're severely limiting your choices given your budget. More than likely, you'll be able to find a used Core 2 Duo desktop instead of trying to hunt for parts if you look for a used machine.

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    Quote Originally Posted by angryfirelord View Post
    Why not? You're severely limiting your choices given your budget. More than likely, you'll be able to find a used Core 2 Duo desktop instead of trying to hunt for parts if you look for a used machine.

    Maybe I should consider it then... would it be safe enough buying used components?

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    Re: Cheapest possible computer uk?

    cpu and ram used should be no issue, those are things are usually don't go bad, personally i would look for a openbox motherboard before used
    things i would never get used are SSDs and power supplies (unless they are free/super cheap)
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