Gaming pc

  pc613 10:11 24 Oct 2006
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I intend to order a new pc from pcspecialist this coming weekend and would like some opinions on which of this two setups is the better gaming option

Processor (CPU)
INTEL® Core 2 Duo E6600 (2 X 2.40GHz) 1066MHz FSB/4MB L2 Cache

Memory (RAM)
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

Motherboard
ASUS® P5W DH DELUXE: DDR2, x16 slot, 975X chipset, 2 PCI

Operating System
MICROSOFT WINDOWS® XP HOME (inc. Genuine CD & license) (£59)

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
160GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Hard Disk
160GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
RAID 0 (STRIPE)

1st CD/DVD Drive
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£18)

2nd CD/DVD Drive
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

Graphics Card
512MB RADEON X1950XTX PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

2nd Graphics Card
NONE

Sound Card
Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 with 7.1 Surround Sound: £34

Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities
Onboard Wireless 54 Mbps LAN (802.11g) & 2 x Gigabit LAN Ports

Floppy Disk Drive
1.44MB - 3.5" FLOPPY DISK DRIVE

Memory Card Reader
NONE

Case
Stylish Silver Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

Power Supply & cooling
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler (£39)

Firewire & Video Editing
ONBOARD 1394 FIREWIRE PORT

TV Card
NONE

Monitor
Widescreen 20.1 Inch TFT Sil/Blk 1680 X 1050 RES: 8MS + DVI (£219)

Warranty
2 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 2 Years Free Collect & Return: £69

£1611



Processor (CPU)
INTEL® Core 2 Duo E6700 (2 X 2.66GHz) 1066MHz FSB/4MB L2 Cache

Memory (RAM)
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

Motherboard
ASUS® P5W DH DELUXE: DDR2, x16 slot, 975X chipset, 2 PCI

Operating System
MICROSOFT WINDOWS® XP HOME (inc. Genuine CD & license) (£59)

USB Options
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
160GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Hard Disk
160GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
RAID 0 (STRIPE)

1st CD/DVD Drive
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£18)

2nd CD/DVD Drive
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

Graphics Card
512MB RADEON X1600 PRO PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

2nd Graphics Card
512MB RADEON X1600 PRO PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card
Sound Blaster® Audigy® 4 with 7.1 Surround Sound: £34

Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities
Onboard Wireless 54 Mbps LAN (802.11g) & 2 x Gigabit LAN Ports

Floppy Disk Drive
1.44MB - 3.5" FLOPPY DISK DRIVE

Memory Card Reader
NONE

Case
Stylish Silver Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

Power Supply & cooling
600W Super Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler (£83)

Firewire & Video Editing
ONBOARD 1394 FIREWIRE PORT

TV Card
NONE

Monitor
Widescreen 20.1 Inch TFT Sil/Blk 1680 X 1050 RES: 8MS + DVI (£219)

Warranty
2 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 2 Years Free Collect & Return: £69

£1610

  Mr Mistoffelees 13:43 24 Oct 2006

I would go with the first spec and perhaps add another X1950XTX when you can afford it. In everyday use you will not notice such a small difference in CPU speeds.

  citadel 19:41 24 Oct 2006

first one but with a quality 600 seasonic psu.

  Madscot_uk 20:27 24 Oct 2006

Seeing as its a gaming pc i would choose the 1st option as a faster processor shows very little difference in games compared to graphics cards and generally x2 mid range cards are compatible in performance to 1 high end. As Mr Mistoffelees said you can always add another 1950 in the future

  [email protected] 20:36 24 Oct 2006

I notice that both come with wide screen monitors. Do many games have the correct resolution for widescreen monitors?

If not, the monitor will not be running at the native resolution when playing games causing a significant drop in the picture quality as well as the image being considerable stretched, or it will run at it's native resolution but with two big black borders down either side of the screen (depending on the graphics card settings).

  pc613 07:34 25 Oct 2006

Thanks everyone the first one it is then and I will change the monitor to 19" normal and use the difference to get the 600w psu

  Rigga 09:36 25 Oct 2006

I use a widescreen monitor for gaming and it is excellent.

All modern games support widescreen resolutions, and a lot of older games, can be configured to use widescreen. > click here <

It's also excellent for everyday use, I use it for over 8 hours everyday.

HTH. R.

  utdred 09:43 25 Oct 2006

Hook it up to a 42" LCD TV? How good would that be??

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