View Full Version : Cheap desktop build

30-04-2016, 07:50 PM
I have a spare desktop with an M-Atx form factor. Its pretty old has a Pentium 4 in it.

I'm looking to rebuild with a new Mobo, Cpu and Ram as I want to have an HDMI outlet so I can plug it into the TV as a cheap media player. Noise won't really be an issue.

Any one have some recommendations on a cheap upgrade kit.


30-04-2016, 09:34 PM
If its still going OK and you don't need truck loads of power, why not simply drop in a Graphic Card, ( as long as its got a PCI-E slot) most cards have at least 1 HDMI outlet these days.

Just dropped a Gigabyte GV-N210SL-1GI, GeForce 210 into my old media centre about 4 months ago ( P4 3.0 w4GB memory) as it was running an old card with no HDMI, now works fine. Around $60, and fanless (silent)

Example @ Ascent http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?itemID=9408563

30-04-2016, 10:50 PM
You could build a combo from one of these for about $260 without OS https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview-combo.asp?partid=24360
Or for intel you have to go somewhere else (computerlounge don't stock the cheaper intel boards) so maybe one of these http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA67627 + http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA68354 + http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA61985 for $10 - $20 more and a much better platform IMHO

Purely suggestions from my favourite suppliers, I haven't tried these combinations personally. Wainui's suggestion is probably the cheapest option, it's surprising how little power you actually need for media duties. I've use a 1Ghz dual core celeron for 1080P before.

Or if it's not being too Cheeky I have one of these I am about to list on trademe http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-dn2820fykh.html PM me if interested, will sell it about the same price as those parts I suggested :)
Has windows 10, a 160GB laptop WD blue drive, and 4GB single RAM chip. Was using it as a bedroom media PC until I got an all in one to replace it.

01-05-2016, 07:19 PM
Was going to take Wainui advice so went to install Mint on it. First problem too old to boot from USB, second problem doesn't have a DVD drive, third problem I don't have an IDE DVD drive in any of the other machines I own either.

Oh well back to the drawing board.