Description

The last PC I built was in 2003 and was based around a Gigabyte GA-7VAXP motherboard and was originally running Windows 2000 server. All parts were bought from ebuyer and it is interesting to note how dramatic the cost of memory has dropped and that the motherboard and optical drives are in line with today's prices.

APRIL 2003 PRICES 1 x Antec Server 660 AMG ATX Mini Tower 330W TruePower 36329 £77.74 1 x AMD Athlon XP2100 266FSB 256Cache Thoroughbred Retail Boxed Inc Heatsink & Fan £67.57 1 x Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Socket A Motherboard £83.95 1 x Leadtek GeForce 4 MX440SE AGP x4 64MB DDR TV-Out Videocard £34.95 1 x Panasonic Floppy Disk Drive 1.44mb 3.5 Silver - OEM £5.95 1 x Seagate ST380011A Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM ATA/100 2MB Cache - OEM £59.99 1 x LG 52x Internal IDE CD-ROM Drive - OEM 22473 £12.52 1 x Samsung 512 DDR333 PC2700 Original Memory Module £56.11

The PC was upgraded with additional memory, an install of Windows XP professional and two Western Digital WD1200JB Caviar SE 120GB disks and Samsung DVD Writer. with RAID implemented.

It was only the withdrawal of MS support for XP that prompted the build of this replacement machine. I am not into Gaming and only need the PC for the usual WEB/Email Office applications. Occasionally Photoshop work and that's about it. I didn't need a graphics card and am happy with the on board CPU graphics to my Samsung Syncmaster Display. 11 years on and with the demise of PC plus ( I had every copy and used it regularly for the reviews) and I was at a loss on what to chose to make a quiet efficient and reliable machine. This web site has been fantastic and helped me pick and cost the components.

The construction was so much easier with all sata connections and it was basically just like a lego kit. The case is super Ultra quiet with lots of padding and has sensible USB connections at the top. It would have been cheaper to go to PC world and buy a Windows 8 Box for nearly half the price but this will allow expansion with plenty of room for extra disks and maybe experimentation with a HACKINTOSH SSD installed. BTW PC World do not sell any Windows 7 systems unless you are business customer and there is no way I wanted Windows 8

The machine boots in 10 secs and shuts down in 5 and the dramatic increase in speed makes it a pleasure to use. The only problem was drivers for some of the peripherals particularly my Epson Perfection 2450 scanner but yet again a work round found on the web and the 64 BIT drivers for the Epson Perfection 4990 seem to work OK.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

Why the 750Watt PSU?

  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

Honestly, I don't understand what's wrong with Win8

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I think people just don't want to move to the new application screen and such, and when you get used to it you like it more.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

or you can just spend one minute installing an aftermarket start button. That's what I did, and I use it exactly like windows 7, except faster and with the improved performance of windows 8.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a big fan of the Start screen on Windows 8. Once you arrange it with your most used apps/games (Steam Tile definitely helps) I find it better than the old Start Menu by a long way.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't hate on Windows 8.

Seriously though... what's wrong with it? It's so much better than 7...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

People are whats wrong with it.

Things change, and Classic shell is a FREE download that makes 8/8.1 essentially 7.

"but I SHOULDN'T have to install something to make the OS usable" - People who shouldn't be near computers.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

cables everywhere. i don't care much for the case. way too much power.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

What is the problem with windows 8; It can be made to like exactly like 7; with a start bar (windows are releasing their own version for non-touch users next update. It considerably faster too;

Boot Time (Windows Screen to Desktop(using HDD)) 0:10 0:35

http://lifehacker.com/5841702/windows-8-speed-tests-its-faster-at-pretty-much-everything

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

That PSU is waaayyy overkill. That is completely unnecessary. I agree with you bchurch, 8 gets too much hate considering how fast it is. And if you are on 8.1 you don't even have to look at the Start Screen as you can boot directly to the desktop instead of having to use the shortcut.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Same case with cable management. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/OpW

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

You buy one of the best cases for cable management and do none, -1.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys, this isn't a gaming build. Look at it as a solid build for everything else.

Two tips: Computer is on a board so flip the PSU. And remove middle HDD cage for better airflow, since you have no need for the cage.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why this is down voted - Win7 over Win8 is a personal choice, I don't mind windows 8 myself but can see why some people would be more comfortable sticking with what they know. Wires aren't brilliant, especially considering this case has cable routing holes - but they aren't going to interfere with airflow and anyway nothing in this build will get hot enough for airflow to matter much, plus you can't see them with the side on. PSU is overkill though, you might have been better off with a lower wattage, higher efficiency & quality unit for the same price. Overall seems like a solid, if quite expensive, office build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so many downvotes -__- pics, description, what more do you people want?

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  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

why no gpu, even if your not gaming, you could still get a cheap gpu, it can be used with alot of different programs, and also gives you the option to game if you so desire

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  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

i never said i downvoted him for that, learn how to read. I was just wondering/asking. The only thing i dont like is the lack of cable management.

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