Entire PC package for £800?

  gembob 22:16 23 Jul 2007

Hi everyone,

I'm going to buy a new PC in the next 4 weeks, which I want to be able to play current games at full detail, capture game footage using Fraps, and edit the footage. I also want a flat, widescreen monitor.

I don't care about my PC being stylish, or better than anyone else, and any fps of 40+ is fine, I don't need everything (or indeed anything) at 60fps all the time.

It would also be my primary screen for watching movies.

Stretching to £900 or £1000 is ok, if the value goes up along with the money.

Ok, I hope that's roughly set the scene. My question is, from whom to buy it, or is significantly better to but all the parts myself (a pain, but I just about have the know-how).

The top runners that I can see so far are

click here
click here
click here
click here

but I dare say there are many others that could be considered.

Also, is it a sure thing that if you're trying to buy the base unit, the speakers and the monitor all in one package, you're bound to end up with at least something that's done on the cheap - I'm especially concerned about the monitor on this issue (Computer Buyer reviewed 9x£800 PCs, and never really found one with a great monitor). One problem I have with pcspecialist is you don't know what monitor you'll get - so you can't read the the reviews and checkout the constrast, refresh, etc.

  SANTOS7 22:30 23 Jul 2007

click here

nothing done on the cheap here, great range of PCs to choose from...

  citadel 22:34 23 Jul 2007

get a base unit and a samsung 226bw 22" widescreen. this is the best for about £240.

  Totally-braindead 22:35 23 Jul 2007

The 4 links you supply are to companies not specific PCs. The first I have heard of but have had no dealings with, the second Dell is fine but they are rather tight with their power supplies - its fine when you keep it as standard but add other bits and you have to buy a new power supply as well. The third again I haven't dealt with personally but most customers do appear to be happy enough with them and the last company I have never heard of.

I like Novatech click here pick your system and add your choice of monitor.

  The Kestrel 22:39 23 Jul 2007

I can recommend click here where you can fully configure your PC exactly as you want it to be. The firm are excellent to deal with and will answer any questions you have very quickly by 'phone or email.

  gembob 22:45 23 Jul 2007

Sorry for the unclear links....these maybe more useful

click here (Cube247, package: "Electra ST9"

click here
(Package: Dimension 9200)

click here PC Specialist - cant' find a way to link to a specific build

click here
(Package: Modula 4400 OC)

  GaT7 21:47 24 Jul 2007

I've had a look at them all & the Dell 9200 appears the best spec & value of the lot. Can't find an equivalent spec for the price that also includes a quality 22" monitor (see review links below) AND an all-in-one printer (allegedly £79 value click here / user reviews click here).

However, if you 'want to be able to play current games at full detail' then a 8800GTS (320Mb, NOT the 640Mb model) should be the minimum to go for. Let someone confirm this though.

Configure this 9200 click here (taken from click here) = £664 (for the spec below) & replace the X1300 with a 8800GTS 320Mb for £185 off eBuyer (or elsewhere) click here:

- Core™ 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Windows Vista™ Business
- 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
- Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) [reviews click here & click here]
- 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x1024) [If required, add 2Gb RAM for ~£50 click here]
- 500GB Serial ATA RAID 0 Stripe (2x250GB 7200rpm drives) [Brief Raid 0 info click here]
- 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro PCI Express graphics card
- 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
- Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard + Dell USB Optical Mouse
- Free Dell™ Photo All in One Printer 926: Photo Print/Copy/Scan + Free Photo Paper 4x6
- Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
- Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader
- McAfee® Security Centre™ 8.0 - 24 Month Protection - English
- Microsoft® Works 8.0 [Use the much better OpenOffice.org click here instead]
- Free Upgrade - 320GB SATA Stripe Raid 0- 500GB(2*250GB) SATA Stripe Raid 0

No speakers included as standard, so you can add their 'A525 Speakers with Subwoofer' for £17-18. Or purchase these separately - an inexpensive 2.1 set for £20: Logitech X210 2.1 click here.

Grand Total = £869 [£919 with RAM upgrade].

If you can hold off for a while, the newer, cheaper, better Intel CPU E6750 (now only £118 at click here) may make its Dell debut. There are others like the E6850 but that may take it past your budget. G

  Starfox 17:18 26 Jul 2007

Same as The Kestrel I bought from Cougar-Extreme and what a great company I must say. click here

  tillerman 7 15:59 29 Jul 2007

Buy at your peril,bought computer from cube 247 earlier this year,3 power units, 2 motherboards and 1 hard drive , unit not worked for longer than 5 days comp went wrong after 1 day independent engineers report not glowing

  second best 01:45 02 Aug 2007

sorry, i haven't read all the thread, but i've had experience with MESh, and i'd defo reccomend them.

  Totally-braindead 01:49 02 Aug 2007

Regarding Mesh I would have a search through the Forums for Mesh and make your own mind up.

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