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Help - Building a new barebone with old parts!

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Basically I am just looking for some advice, our Shuttle SB83G5M started acting up and eventfully died, we got it through out house insurance about 18 months ago and the company that supplied it said if we sent it back they will look at it for free. Anyway they phoned today and said the motherboard is shot and they can't get a replacement as it has been discontiued, also the graphics card fan is dead so that could be damaged too.
They advised we buy another barebone system and transfer all the stuff across as it's not that hard to do. So can any suggest a reasonable small system for less than £130 that will work with the following:

P4 630, socket 775 800fsb 3.0ghz em64t 2mb cache
2x kingston 512mb 400mhz ddr non-ecc dimm
Maxtor 250bg 7200rpm sata 3.5" 16mb diamondmax10
ALPS 720k/1.44mb 3.5" FDD
SWEEX wireless pci network card

The above was copied straight from the advice note from when we got the PC so sorry if it’s a bit long winded, I'm not very good with PC's.

I was looking at a base model shuttle but am now swinging towards the ASUS P2-P5945GLink, will this work with the stuff above or has any one got any other sugestions.

It will be used for general pc tasks, no games as have a 360 for that but might be connected to my 37" Samsung LCD for HD films. So any body got any advice.


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With that link you just posted, your RAM will not work with that system. You have DDR RAM, and that system only supports DDR2 RAM. DDR2 isn't reverse compatible, meaning DDR2 doesn't work with DDR1 and DDR2, just DDR2. Another concern is its power supply. It's only 200 watts. That is an extremely low amount. I highly recommend that if you buy it, you upgrade the power supply immediately. Probably even before you start to build it. Aim for a power supply unit with AT LEAST 400 watts. Try to go for 500-600 watts, though. Find a motherboard that either supports DDR RAM, or you can just buy DDR2 RAM and get that motherboard you posted with a better power supply. Those are the only two problems I see.

Good luck.

Edited by Richiiee, 01 April 2008 - 03:19 PM.

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AMD makes some small form factor low power consumption boards using 3,500 and 3,800 processors, these are the single core processors, that might be just the thing for this. They will probably use ddr2 memory but right now that is pretty cheap.
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Hi there,

I have some suggestions that may be of use to you. At this budget, you would be struggling with the HD option...

Compatible RAM (Memory)

Also, personally I would purchase that case and immediately throw away the power supply. A bad supply can not only fail, but take out other components with it. Generic units are more cheaply built, making them more prone to failure. I would include something like this.

This should meet all your requirements except the barebones one... :) If you are intending to put the parts in yourself, then putting together the parts I have listed above would be the easier part!


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