Advice on new pc

  sunways 12:55 13 Sep 2009

I would like to buy a new pc from quality pc maker. I have a limited budget, £700-750 tops. The pc will be used for general computer work, some photo editing ( photoshop cs4) and the odd game. A well built, quite pc with a good quality 22 inch monitor are required rather than the most powerful processor - graphic card combination for the money. I have been looking in Arbico, Chilllast and Cyberpower, and feel that I may have to tweak some of there systems to get what I want, particularly regarding making a system quieter. This is the area I really need help with. I may go for a Iiyama prolife e2208hds monitor at £150. That will leave £600 for the tower, can it be done ?. thanks Sunways..

  Terry Brown 15:08 13 Sep 2009

A lot of people use a DELL system, and it runs quiet and has a small desktop footprint.

Will it do all you want it to ?.

If you go to the Dell website, there is a check list that helps you to narrow down what you want.
click here

The choice is yours

  sunways 16:06 13 Sep 2009

Thanks for that Terry, yes i have looked at Dell, but came to the conclusion that the processors were slow for the price and a 2 year warranty extension very expensive.
I did come across cube 247's zeta st24 as advertised in the latest pc adviser £699. Seems to good to be true, so it probably is ! Ant feedback on this ?..

  961 17:05 13 Sep 2009

Why buy 2 yr warranty? If it works at the start and through the standard (90 day?) warranty it will work until you are sick of it unless you are extremely unlucky

Otherwise if you want a longer warranty, haggle to get it free. They'll often throw it in for peanuts if you go on long enough

Wait until computers are sold with new Windows 7 installed as standard. Not long to go

  The Kestrel 17:16 13 Sep 2009

I and many others on this forum have purchased a PC from Cougar Extreme click here . You can configure your PC as you wish from their extensive drop down lists. This company produce excellent machines and also have excellent pre and after sales service.

  sunways 17:34 13 Sep 2009

Excellent, Cougar Extreme looks very promising i was thinking of a AMD phenom based system, but feel i am not qualified in choosing case, power supply, ect any chance of a bit of help ? A quiet, powerful base unit would be nice, for £600....

And yes i will wait for Windows 7.

  sunways 18:28 13 Sep 2009

(AM3 Phenom X4 945 3.0 GHz 8 MB Cache, 4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb), 500GB SATA Hard Drive, 500GB Secondary SATA HDD, RC330 Elite Black Case , Colors 550Watt Silent Upgrade, 1024mb 9500GT PCI Express Nvidia DDR DVI, AM3 Asrock N68PV-GS INT - DDR2 1066x2 Nvidia 750 chipset, DVD+/- RW - 20X Samsung Lightscribe, No Floppy Disk Drive, Integrated Sound Card, Trust 2.1 SP-2350 Speaker Set, , 64 BIT Windows Vista Home Premiem, )

This is from Cougar and is in my price range. please feel free to comment-pick holes in it.

  The Kestrel 19:23 13 Sep 2009

You can always 'phone Cougar for advice. It is likely you'll speak to Mario, the owner/manager. He is very knowledgeable and will discuss your needs and help you come up with a suitable spec. within your budget.

  citadel 20:41 13 Sep 2009

coolermaster silo case [ has soundproofing ]
quiet psu 525w enermax pro 82 also 88% efficient.
quiet cpu cooler scythe zipang.
graphics card sapphire hd4670 ultimate.
you will need an ear trumpet to know if the pc is on.

  sunways 21:13 13 Sep 2009

Thanks Citadel, I will run this spec by Cougar, hope the price is with in my budget..

  Dellman 11:55 15 Sep 2009

I am looking to replace my existing 5 year old desktop Family PC. We are not a big "gaming family" on PC - kids aged 10 and 6 currently do alot of gaming through the Wii!!! They do limited internet based gaming - "platform" type games. Otherwise, Family PC used for Web browsing, emails, occasional Video editing, photo managament/editing, music/movie downloads. I would want to also have some element of future-proofing in whatever we buy.

I have come across/configured the below from Cougar:

Cougar Extreme Online

CEDBLUSN000[] (AM2 Phenom X3 8650 2.3 GHz 2 MB Cache, 4GB Corsair Memory DDR3 1333 (2 x 2gb), 500GB SATA Hard Drive, , , , 512mb 9400GT PCI Express Nvidia DDR DVI, AM3 Asrock N68PV-GS INT - DDR2 1066x2 Nvidia 750 chipset, DVD+/- RW - 20X Samsung Lightscribe, No Floppy Disk Drive, 19 Inch Cougar Extreme Wide Screen TFT, Microsoft multimedia keyboard & mouse, Integrated Sound Card, Trust 2.1 SP-3200 Speaker Set, , 64 BIT Windows Vista Home Premiem, No Additional Software, ) (remove) £505.90

Internal 3.5Inch Card Reader (remove) £7.00

PCI Firewire Card (remove) £4.00


Subtotal £516.90
Current shipping is Please SelectShip as selected above £0.00Customer Store Collection £0.00Telephone Quote £0.00Components, Processors, motherboards, etc. £10.00Cables, CD £5.00 Shipping £0.00
Tax (Inc) £67.42


Currency is British Pound Total £516.90

Is this a good spec and price? I have not come across Cougar (having previously used Dell and Mesh). How do Cougar compare? Also, in terms of above Processor Spec, how does AMD compare to Intel?

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