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quark
02-05-2011, 07:02 PM
Hi,
Im currently a student still at college and am wanting to build a low cost pc to just browse the net and play some music and movies off. I have a $200 budget.
Is anyone able to recommend some CPU, RAM, motherboard bundles that fit within my price range???

Thanks

Speedy Gonzales
02-05-2011, 07:24 PM
You wont get a CPU / ram / mobo / case / PSU / hdd for $200. Unless its 2nd hand

quark
02-05-2011, 07:30 PM
Just to clarify I have a HDD, case, PSU already. Sorry bout the confusion. So I just need a CPU, some RAM and a motherboard

wainuitech
02-05-2011, 07:43 PM
Maybe something like a Mini ITX with onboard CPU Example from ascent (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=384988) then throw in some ram -- Just dont expect much performance.

In that link, if you click on the heading Motherboards Onboard CPU there are others as well.

inphinity
02-05-2011, 08:27 PM
I presume the PSU & case are ATX and the HDD is SATA?

bk T
02-05-2011, 08:47 PM
At that budget, why don't you just get a second hand computer?

icow
02-05-2011, 09:07 PM
AMD 255 @ $98 http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=11596
ASRock N68 @ $85 http://www.elive.co.nz/asrock-n68-s3-ucc-motherboard-ac1073.php
Kingston 1GB DDR3 @ 19.60 http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=251339

Total: $203-ish

pctek
03-05-2011, 08:24 AM
ASRock N68 @ $85 http://www.elive.co.nz/asrock-n68-s3-ucc-motherboard-ac1073.php


Asrock is crap.
Better to go onto GPforums sell forum and get something decent quality second hand.

bk T
03-05-2011, 10:09 AM
Asrock is crap.
Better to go onto GPforums sell forum and get something decent quality second hand.

+1

It's better to get a quality second hand PC rather than paying new prices for some junk stuff.

Make any sense?

Paul.Cov
03-05-2011, 05:08 PM
Where is the OS in that budget?

You could get an ex-lease with legit XP for under $50, then you've got $150 left to enjoy!

SolMiester
04-05-2011, 09:35 AM
Asrock is crap.
Better to go onto GPforums sell forum and get something decent quality second hand.

PCT, you have got to stop calling manufacturers crap!.....ASRock make great value motherboards, you only have to spend some time on US forums to know this. You are spreading FUD...

Rankings..
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/69686.aspx

bot
04-05-2011, 12:21 PM
PCT, you have got to stop calling manufacturers crap!.....ASRock make great value motherboards, you only have to spend some time on US forums to know this. You are spreading FUD...

Rankings..
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/69686.aspx

I've gone through 3 ASrock motherboards. Bad luck or something else maybe...

wainuitech
04-05-2011, 12:32 PM
Asrock would be in the same league as ESC - budget / cheap.

One place I used to work at, the manager tried Asrock on the budget builds. From 3 different shipments, there was a 50% failure rate. While that was a few years ago - bad reps stick like mud.

One repair build I had to do last year, Asrock was the only board available at the time that would take the customers CPU and RAM. I would have preferred Gigabyte, but none available.
Had two DOA's and returned before I finally got one to work.

I agree with Pctek's comments - and helensun - not bad luck ?? , poor quality boards I suspect.

SolMiester
04-05-2011, 01:17 PM
Well, ASRock have a great name in the states, and certainly aren't is the same table as ECS

wainuitech
04-05-2011, 02:45 PM
Dont go believing all the "reports" about certain products, its proven time and time again, real life experiences are often different to "tests Reports".

Personally I'd rather believe people who actually have hands on experience than some report. As i mentioned I Had to use an Asrock last year - two DOA's in a row, both different models ?????? Yeah real good.:p

Maybe their higher end Boards are OK, bit like HP's, the "basic value stuff" has a bad rep in some cases, yet the higher end equipment is far more reliable.

pctek
04-05-2011, 02:50 PM
PCT, you have got to stop calling manufacturers crap!.....

Why? If it looks like crap, behaves like crap, smells like crap, it must be crap.

When they start improving the quality and they stop having a high failure rate then I'll start recommending them.

You think it's just personal preference? I have always made a point of noticing the fails - where-ever I have been, not just my own business, I won't use or recommend the nasty stuff and make no apologis for saying so.