Best specs for gaming pc under £700

  User-1220534 20:05 31 Dec 2007

I have been wanting to buy a gaming pc for a very long time now. But as you know new hardware is always being developed and released, so i dont know if i should just go for it or wait a bit longer.

I found a PC from with the following specs and is £584.10

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core™ Processor Q6600 (2.40GHz, 8MB, 1066MHz)

Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024/2x512]

640gb hard drive 7.200(2x320)

512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT card

First of all, i dont know much about computers but
am not sure if the "8800GT 512MB" is that good of a graphics card as i heared good and bad things about it. I could probably pay around £170 more and get the "8800GTX 768 MB" which is quiet good.

The other choice i guess is waiting a while longer and get something better. Scan 3xs is being released and my reduce the price of the older type of pc's but am not sure.

I appreaciate all the advice you can give me.

thank you

  phoenix198 08:54 01 Jan 2008

I know the system you are referring to - it is the Dell XPS-420 that has featured prominently on the HotUKDeals forum.

In my opinion it is an excellent system at a terrific price - you would struggle to get anything else from an OEM approaching it at that price, and I don't believe that you could self-build for that price, either.

As for the 512MB 8800GT, I have one in a very similarly specified home-built system and it is excellent. In terms of bang-per-buck it is the best of the 8800 series of graphics cards if you are gaming at a resolution over 1280x1024 and to spend £170 more to get a GTX is simply not worth it. I might be tempted toward the new 512MB 8800GT which costs about £40-£50 more than the 8800GT but as Dell don't offer that as an option on this model, then that is irrelevant.

Regarding 'waiting a while longer and get something better', you could do that for ever. Something better, cheaper, faster will always come along, that is the nature of PCs.

One word od caution about this (and other) Dell PC(s): Dell use a proprietary BTX format case, motherboard and PSU. They are very quiet and they run cool but it would be both difficult and expensive to upgrade these components at a later date.

  phoenix198 08:56 01 Jan 2008

Oh, by the way, if I hadn't built have a similarly specified system in early December, then I would sorely tempted by this deal.

  Armchair 11:11 01 Jan 2008

Where are you getting this PC from? Can you post a link to it?

  User-1220534 13:15 01 Jan 2008

thank you very much for your reply phoenix198.

this is the link for the desktop Armchair.
click here

  phoenix198 07:32 02 Jan 2008

The link to the Dell PC in question is click here

You need to use the voucher 9DGRQPZDFXQGBP for 10% on Inspiron and XPS computers to reduce the price to £584.10 but this voucher expires today (2 Jan 08)

Alternatively (or as well if you are quick) there is a 5% discount if you buy via Quidco.

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