I am looking to change my desktop pc as it is now 3yrs old and keen on a new one for gaming, internet, copying etc which would last me a few years. My budget is max £700 and appreciate any thoughts on the following:
After looking at the specs, I personally would get the one from Zoostorm, if Gaming is the main reason.
The price is the cheapest and you get a better setup for gaming... Although compared to the Compaq (whos build quality are usually second to none), you only have half the RAM 512 compared to 1024 (this can be upgraded for about £50), the ZooStor also has the smaller of the 3 harddrive, but again it abour £30 to add another, the main thing is that the ZooStorm comes with an 128meg PCI Express - Nvidia 6800XT graphics card, which I think is the best graphics card you can get for gaming that costs less than £200. The Compaqs Ati X300SE while iot will play alot of 3d games in low detail, and the 6200 is good, its still not as good as the 6800XT.
The Advent Pc is a very close second, this is a better allround machine, with a bigger moniotr and TV tuner.
So if its ultimate gaming go Zoostorm, or if its a good alround entertainment machine get the Advent.
I have a advent t9401 and its now way near as fast as the specs would suggest. benchmarking shows it runs about half as fast as similar spec computers. i had my comp checked to see if there was a problem but it is fine, just slow. i also have a advent laptop which overheats and cuts out if i try and run a virus scan or try and do anything demanding. i vowed never to buy an advent computer again. i think the specs look good for the money but they must use cheap components.
It's important when looking at a product which seems exceptionally good value to look closely at all the finer points of the specification. You'd be surprised what shortcomings you might find tucked away.