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    (Original post by RMIM)
    Is this good as a budget pc? Everything you need apart from monitor and OS for £125

    AMD DIY PC Kit (Build your own PC)
    Indeed... not shabby for the price
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    (Original post by RMIM)
    ..........ProXP (or win2003 is it?)
    So is XPpro = windows 2003?
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    (Original post by sayed_samed)
    So is XPpro = windows 2003?
    No, 'windows 2003' is Windows Server 2003
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    (Original post by PieMaster)
    No, 'windows 2003' is Windows Server 2003
    Which is not intended for home use.
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    (Original post by sayed_samed)
    So is XPpro = windows 2003?
    No I meant what were the differences between.

    WinXP (Home)
    WinXP (Pro)
    Win 2003
    linux.

    And someone has just said win2003 is not for home use. I use XP(Pro) as it has remote desktop.

    My PC is in my bedroom. But when I come down to the living room, I remote desktop to my PC in my bedroom. You cant do that on Xp(Home). I have always wanted to try and remote desktop from say a mates house. But it seemed very hard to set up what with dynamic ip addressing or whatever it was.
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    XP Home is the same as XP Pro with the following things removed: The ability to join domains, Remote desktop connections, IIS

    XP Media Centre is identical to XP Pro, but cannot join a domain after setup, and has the extra media applications.

    Server 2003 has the ability to create/mirror domains, DNS, IIS and all the other servery things. Unlike XP, Server 2003 doesnt have a 10 connection limit.

    Then theres the 2 x64 versions of XP Pro, one for AMD64's and one for Itaniums.
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    Wow PieMaster you know your Xp's
    So in fact there are 5 versions!
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    5 main versions but theres always things like Xp Pro Service Pack 1/2 added in
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    XP Professional
    XP Home
    XP Media Centre 2004
    XP Media Centre 2005
    XP Tablet PC edition
    XP Embeded
    XP Limted Media (or whatever it was they did to please the EU)
    XP x64-I (Came with a nasty yellow visual style)
    XP x64-A
    An there was one they made specifically for latin america, and no doubt i've missed another obvious one out

    Then on the servers, theres:

    Windows Server 2003 Standard
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise
    Windows Server 2003 Web
    Windows Server 2003 Datacentre
    Small Business Server 2003
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    I don't want a metrosexual computer that looks "cute". I want a COMPUTER that I can upgrade. Its not what it looks like that counts - its whats on the inside that counts and lets face it... the mac mini is hardly spectacular. Now stop trolling this thread.
    Fine then you don't want / need a mac, but many people do. While the mini isn't spectacular spec wise, it still gives as much speed as the average user would want, thanks for the Mac OS being much more efficecent than Windows.

    Just yesterday I opened up a 180 mb Powerpoint presentation on a 1.3 Ghz Celeron M Laptop, it took about 5 - 10 minutes. I opened the same document on my 1.6 Ghz G5, it took about 25 seconds (reading from a USB stick, the Celeron has the file on Hard Disk). Both had the same amount of Ram.
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    Celerons dont count as PC's
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    (Original post by PieMaster)
    Celerons dont count as PC's
    Brilliant!

    Just out of curiosity, how did you get a powerpoint to 180 mb?
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    (Original post by Madmanjock)
    Fine then you don't want / need a mac, but many people do. While the mini isn't spectacular spec wise, it still gives as much speed as the average user would want, thanks for the Mac OS being much more efficecent than Windows.

    Just yesterday I opened up a 180 mb Powerpoint presentation on a 1.3 Ghz Celeron M Laptop, it took about 5 - 10 minutes. I opened the same document on my 1.6 Ghz G5, it took about 25 seconds (reading from a USB stick, the Celeron has the file on Hard Disk). Both had the same amount of Ram.
    Stop preaching your Mac crap!
    Your fantastic comparison there is positively idiotic. Firstly, you're comparing a laptop to what I assume is a desktop. Secondly, you're comparing a Celeron with a lower clock speed than the G5 - which as many of your mac loving friends have stated many times (and that I was well aware of prior to any of this stupid debate) is pointless. The mac processors run with a RISC architecture meaning they do more per clock. Besides... the clock speed is irrelevant - even Intel has admitted that now and they invented it!

    Thats a completely b*****ks comparison, so your point is completely irrelevant from the start. And finally, as PieMaster put it... Celerons don't count as processors.

    Fool. :rolleyes:
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    Right then, to get back on track - I need help building my first PC!

    I've decided that, after a few weeks at uni, a computer would be very useful and having read numerous threads, everyone's confidence has rubbed off on me and I want to have a stab at building my own machine.

    Basically, I want a computer with a large hard-drive, and the ability to use Word, Excel, browse the web, use Dreamweaver, play DVDs, copy CDs/DVDs and play Football Manager :cool:

    I guess that this means I won't need an expensive graphics card, but, naturally, I would like the system to be fairly quick. My budget is £500, and this will have to include a monitor. I've looked at Ebuyer.com and Overclockers.co.uk as has been previously advised, but TBH I don't have a clue about compatibility, and don't really know where to start

    (Obviously a machine that could be upgraded in the future would be benficial, too)

    Oh, and no offense intended, but I don't want a Mac! :p:

    Thanks, in advance
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    i'll price you up a system on ebuyer, same needs as me so it'll probably be a quite similar spec, give me 10 minutes
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    Qty Product QuickFind Stock Price Line Total
    Ebuyer Extra Value KG-6133 ATX Case in Black with 2.0 USB/Audio and 350w PSU 090877 *45 days £12.99 £12.99
    Gigabyte GA-K8NSC-939 SKT939 NF3 250gb 8channel audio AGP8x Retail 091670 11 £47.39 £47.39
    AMD (venice) Athlon 64 3000 + (ADA3000DAA4BW) OEM 512Kb Cache Skt 939pin
    095863 75 £77.99 £77.99
    Crucial CT6464Z40B 512MB DDR 400MHz PC3200 CL=3 Memory Module
    046420 1101 £29.95 £29.95
    Maxtor 6L080M0 Plus 10 80GB 7200RPM SATA/150 8MB Cache - OEM 097360 103 £32.95 £32.95
    Sapphire Radeon 9600 AGP x8 128MB DDR DVI-I TV-Out Lite Retail 049372 7 £34.70 £34.70
    Philips PBDV1628B 16X DVD±RW Internal IDE (Black) - OEM 094813 61 £24.39 £24.39
    Labtec Pulse 485 28w RMS 2.1 Subwoofer - Retail Box 074746 853 £14.46 £14.46
    Ebuyer Extra Value Black Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 061985 711 £2.69 £2.69
    Ebuyer Extra Value OPM-602BK Wireless Black Mini Optical Mouse 087335 1728 £4.49 £4.49
    Microsoft OEM Windows XP Home Edition SP2 - 1Pk 066489 273 £50.05 £50.05
    AMW M159A 15" TFT 16ms 500:1 (1024x768) Monitor - Black (3 Years Warranty) 094718 25 £104.99 £104.99
    - remove item Cart Total: £437.04
    Order usually ships in 45 days
    Deliver my Order by: Tue 18th Oct 2005 (Priority Express Service)Wed 19th Oct 2005 (Priority Service)Thu 20th Oct 2005 (Standard Service)Fri 21st Oct 2005 (Saver)Mon 24th Oct 2005 (Super Saver)Sat 22nd Oct 2005 (Saturday Delivery)
    Shipping Band: £7.24
    Approx Cart Weight: 17.64Kg

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    Shipping Surcharge: £2.40
    SubTotal: £446.68
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    Total: £524.92


    slightly over budget (I originally had it at £588 though)

    AMD socket 939 board, which is more upgradeable than the 754-pin equivalent, it also allows (ive forgotten the name, damn!) well the RAM thing (supports two sticks more efficiently) somebody will tell you what its called...

    only one stick of RAM at the moment, very easy to upgrade though when you have extra cash (if this is a fairly strict £500 budget)

    15" tft monitor, i wanted to include a 17" but that made it too far over budget

    80gb hard drive should be enough if you dont play many games

    included a copy of Windows Xp, not sure if you need this, also included wireless keyboard+mouse, are these needed? also a fairly decent set of speakers, but i also dont know if these are necessary...im sure you will know somebody who can point you in the direction of a version of Microsoft Office

    im sure this system isnt perfect, maybe somebody can suggest changes, also a reply from you on speakers/keyboard/etc would be useful
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    Thanks, punksamonkey

    I've got XP at home, so I guess I can use that disk? I've noticed others being advised to get an alternative PSU and cooling system, but I'm not sure if this applies to my needs.
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    Keep the cooler, but definatly change that PSU. Find something with at least 18A on the +12v rail.
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    (Original post by PieMaster)
    Keep the cooler, but definatly change that PSU. Find something with at least 18A on the +12v rail.
    Would this do the job?

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=35881
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    Sorry, I've just noticed this package and wondered if it would save me a few pounds.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=97166
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