A little advise would be appreciated concerning the purchase of a pc for a friend. Although I usually buy from Novatech,I just wonder what you thought about a configuration I put together from Pcspecialist.
mainly-- Coolermaster elite 310 Athlon 11 x2 265 Asus M4A87TD mobo 4GB Ram Radeon 5770 600w Quad rail psu The pc will be used for Sims and other games.
Cost will come to £572 inc Win7
The Novatech pc I am considering is the iRush pro at £670 inc Win7
Click on Customise, and swap the 300w PSU for the 550w HEC dual rail one, taking the price to £420. When it arrives, install a graphics card of your choice (if that doesn't invalidate the 3 year warranty! You'd have to ask them about that).
The i3 2100 CPU in that PC is far better for gaming (not a good buy if you want to overclock it, though) at stock speeds than those AMD ones you've listed so far. The 5770 is a decent budget card, but it might be worth paying a bit extra for a GTX 460 (not the SE version, though).
You can get a second hand original X box for £15. Usually come with a 3 months guarentee. You need a TV to connect it up. Charity Shops do original games for £2-£4 Have a look in your local Games shops. It's just a suggestion. I like to keep 'my serious computer' seperate from any games that I might play ocassionally. Have a chat with you friend.
Why would you go for a GTX550 when the radeon 6850 is $10 more? The 6850 will spank it silly.
You're paying 400 pounds for the box then you need the graphics card on top of that. I would go with hz^2 original suggestion anway the X255 is plenty for gaming of this type and will overclock up to 4GHz. The I3 cannot be overclocked at all and really the 5750 is more than enough for Sims WoW etc. And you get to save 100 pounds. beer money :)