Technically I built my first PC 6 years ago. It was made from scrap parts from random old PCs I had lying around and any PCs that had been just given to me.
Didn’t have a proper case for it though, so it just sat on my desk with all parts lying bare. It looked something like this…
The specs were something like a dual core 1.8 GHz processor and 512Mb RAM with a 256Mb graphics card. Nothing amazing, I don’t even remember what the exact specs were.
Three years ago, I built my current PC that I’m using now. It was a budget build and total cost was kept under £400! Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I do all photo-editing, web-designing and gaming on it! Not a gaming PC but runs them well.
The case is a Galaxy Black Mid Tower case with blue bubble lighting and clear side available here at ebuyer -> exactly what I wanted, cheap, some lighting and a side panel allowing for simple mods! for £35
Processor is an AMD Athlon II X4 620 -> a quad core 2.6 GHZ processor …great for < £70!
Motherboard is an ECS GeForce6100PM-M2 -> memory support up to 16GB however only 2 DIMM slots but < £60
RAM -> Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 CL6 for around £50
A cheap DVD player/writer for £15 from ebuyer.com
Front panel card reader for £10
NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 1GB (DDR5) < £70
HDD1 WD Caviar Blue 500GB – 600 MBps – 7200 rpm < £65
Led strip lighting < £5 ebay!
Cabling for around £10
The DELL screen was given by a friend and the HP screen by another friend.
Mouse and Keyboard were just lying around?
Total cost of a beautiful budget build < £400
Since then I’ve added the following:
HDD2 WD Caviar Blue 1TB – 600MBps – 7200 rpm < £100
Slimline Widescreen Tablet = £60
It’s not the most powerful PC but it does the job and does it well! I use it mainly for web development, and all I use for web-dev is a local installation of Wamp Server and Notepad ++ Runs games pretty well on the highest settings, will put up benchmark stats if interested, but I’m not much of a gamer.
This allows me to cross off number 15 of my things to do before I die list.