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Build an i3 based machine for 200


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#1 Jack Clarke

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

Hey,

I've been looking at cheap machines for under £200 (not including HDD) and I thought it'd be even cheaper to build my own. Problem is I don't know where to start.

I want to spend around £200 to build a machine with an i3 and 4GB RAM. I also want to build this machine in a fairly small case, obviously this is hard to define and I'm not likely to be able to build something as small as the Mac Mini.

Would either of these cases work with this motherboard?
http://ev.tl/38
http://ev.tl/39

It looks like I should be looking at Micro ATX motherboards and cases?

Thanks,
Jack

Edited by Jack Clarke, 06 June 2012 - 01:34 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

You will probably not be able to pull this off for 200 ($300 USD). A copy of Windows will be about 1/3 of that, the cheapest i3 is about another 1/3, so you will need to increase the budget for this.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

I already own copies of Windows and the HDDs I'll need. :) This looks ideal: http://tonymacx86.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/building-sandy-bridge-customac-customac.html

Unfortunately it seems impossible to just google the parts because so many different results come up. Also, the case looks really over priced (see the ones I posted earlier)

Edited by Jack Clarke, 06 June 2012 - 02:08 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:23 PM

Is the copy of Windows a full, boxed, retail version? If so, you can move it. If it is OEM, you break the license by using a new motherboard. Be aware that the pricing for those components is somewhat different from September 2011

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:42 PM

Yeah I've got a retail copy of Win 7.

It seems it'll cost over £200 for the processor and motherboard. Any suggestions on how I can reduce that to about £170?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Processor-Socket-Sandy-Bridge/dp/B0051FFBX0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-SKT-1155-H67N-USB3-B3-Mini-Motherboard/dp/B004Q6078Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339011687&sr=1-1

Edited by Jack Clarke, 06 June 2012 - 04:42 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:17 AM

CPU: Intel i3-2100

Motherboard: Gigabyte SKT-1155 H61N-USB3

RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3

Total: 171.11

>Michael 
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#7 Jack Clarke

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:52 AM

CPU: Intel i3-2100

Motherboard: Gigabyte SKT-1155 H61N-USB3

RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3

Total: £171.11

Would I need a graphics card with these or does that processor have integrated graphics? I thought it had integrated but somebody elsewhere is telling me I need a graphics card with that processor.

EDIT: Perhaps it's needed for OS X?

Edited by Jack Clarke, 07 June 2012 - 06:59 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

No, you don't need a graphics card as it has integrate graphics which is the Intel HD2000.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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