Choosing New Computer

  Compnovice 13:11 06 Nov 2007

I am looking to replace my tired and battered computer and have seen these 2 very similar systems that are both available around the £1100 mark. Is this a reasonable price and is there something that makes 1 the obvious choice over the other?

your help is much appreciated.

Intel Core 2 Duo 8800 (Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz 8Mb Cach, 2Gb Corsair Memory DDR 1066, 500GB SATA Hard Drive, , Black Midi Case 9006-C4, Atrix 800Watt Silent Dual Fan , 640Mb Nvidia 8800GTS graphics card DX10, QC - MSI G965MDH- 1066fsb-DDR800x4 intergrated motherboard, DVD+/- RW - 18X Samsung Lightscribe, No Floppy Disk Drive, 19 Inch (DVI) AMW TFT widescreen X1910WDS, Microsoft remote keyboard & mouse wireless 1000, Creative Sound Blaster Live 7.1 Sound Card, Trust SP-3800D Speakers, , Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM), No Additional Software, , 13 Month Warranty, Free Carriage)

Intel® Core® 2 Duo. (Q6600 (2.4GHz, 4X2MB, 1066FSB) , Case 31 - NZXT APOLLO SV 700 Watt , Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650W , 1 X EN8800GTS 640MB , 500GB Sata 2 Hard Drive , 2048 DDR 2 1066 MHz , Vista Premium 64 Bit & Disc , 19" VW193S Wide 5ms , Asus P5KPL-E - (QC) - DDR1066 - Motherboard ) 1 LG 18 X Lightscribe DVD Writer Drive, 2500 Watts - 5.1 Channel Amplified Speakers With Adjustable Bass, Treble & Surround, Creative X-FI Xtreme Audio 7.1 Soundcard

  Gamer555 16:32 06 Nov 2007

What do you want the PC for? Unless your going to be running massive video editing, photoediting, software etc. or gaming I personally don't think you need a Quad Core processor, or a PC with such high specs. Unless you've got your heart set on getting one! If your looking for an everyday home computer I wouldn't spend £1100. You can buy a perfectly good modern PC for £600.

Anyhow, If you are into gaming and editing software, they are both great PC's. However, I would wait a few months and perhaps think about getting a newer and better graphics card. There is rumoured to be a upgraded 8800gts and a 9800 card. But as I say If your looking for an everyday home PC for the family to use, I wouldn't get such high specs.

Ignore me if you are wanting a high end multimedia PC though!

  Compnovice 17:01 06 Nov 2007

Basically i have a budget of around £1000 ex VAT to get myself a new system and am looking to get the best one i can afford so it will last me a while.

I am a gamer, some of which are struggling on my current system, but other then that use it for the usual, dvd's, photos etc. Will these systems be able to hack it for the forseeable future or do i need something extra?

  nucom 00:26 09 Nov 2007

Comet have a £999.99 package which includes HP M9065 Intel Quad Core Q6600 Gaming Tower + HP w2207h HDMI 22" Monitor. Includes 3 GB RAM; 2 x 320 GB Hard Drives (one is portawble but fits in to the tower); 512 MB Dedicated Graphics; Wireless Keyboard & Mouse; Watch & Record TV; Remote Control; Wireless Networking; 6 USB 2 Slots; Firewire; SATA storage; Vista Home Premium; Works Suite etc.

Also if required, an upgrade to Home/Student Office Suite (for up to 3 computers) @ £79.99 and/or 5 years cover @ £199.99 is available if purchased at the same time.

PC World have a similar processor but with 2 x 500 GB Hard Drives and a 19" Monitor @ £1300+.

Hope this is of use.

  citadel 20:33 09 Nov 2007

I would go for comp2, better psu and sound.

  Totally-braindead 20:41 09 Nov 2007

nucoms Comet deal might be good it depends on the graphics. I've seen a few branded PC labeled as gaming machines that couldn't run many games at all as they put in a very poor graphics card.

Of the two you mention I would be inclined towards the second one but I do notice it says it has 64 bit Vista and that might be a mistake as it has a few issues I believe and gives very little advantage as theres no 64 bit programs. Course you do want to keep it for a while and this may change but it could cause problems.

See what the others say about that.

  GaT7 21:01 10 Nov 2007

If you configure this Komplett PC you'll get better overall value: click here - the choice one has is quite impressive.

A configured example for £786 (incl VAT & del):

* Gigabyte Triton 180 Black Aluminium Front
* Corsair Powersupply 520W Black [500-600W will be sufficient - go for quality rather than wattage]
* MSI P35 NEO2-FIR, P35 [+12.92] [good overclocker, & not too much more expensive]
* Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
* Corsair TWIN2X 6400C5DHX DDR2, 2048MB [more than sufficient - 'better' RAM available for more if required]
* EVGA GeForce 8800GTS KO ACS3 320MB [+109] [320Mb will be more than sufficient, or wait for the better 512Mb 8800GT]
* Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB SATA2 16MB [-1.55]
* NEC DVD±RW AD-7173 Black LabelFlash, Multirecorder(Ram) [+1.38]
* Vista Home Premium 32-bit OEM [deselect & get 64-bit from elsewhere if required]

I've deliberately omitted the soundcard,
monitor, keyboard+mouse & speakers, as you can get better for less - see below.

With the £314 remaining you can get the following (again an example only):

- Monitor: 22" monitor [£160-215 range] click here, or, 24" Acer AL2416WB - £241 click here
- Corded/cordless keyboard+mouse set: £20-30 [or treat yourself to gaming-grade stuff, if it falls within your budget]
- Soundcard: Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio £30 click here / Creative Audigy SE £16 click here
- 2.1 Speakers: £20-30 from eBuyer


  Totally-braindead 21:46 10 Nov 2007

Crossbow7 that is an impressive PC made from quality components. Wish I had the money.

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