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.