Alienware 17 R4 2017 review
Because i ticked resolved and I thought people wouldn't check it out.
The Novatech iRush looks a good sound PC with quality brand name components. My personal experience of Novatech - I have bought everything from complete PCs to motherboard bundles to components from them - has been very good, not only from the initial purchase perspective, but also in terms of their customer support which is very good.
Regarding the HD 5770, this is generally viewed as a good lower mid-range card; not as good as a GTX 460 or 5830 but still a good performer at 1680x1050 and not totally overwhelmed by 1920-1080. The benchmark comparison chart click here might give you some idea of relative performance bearing in mind that Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a very demanding game.
If you can stretch to £799 then the Mesh Elite GTX 460 click here is also a good deal. Mesh have taken the odd kicking for their customer support in the past but again, my personal experience over the years (2 PC systems, the most recent of which was last October and which I am using to post this) has been fine. Give them a call and you might be able to haggle the price down a bit, or throw in a sweetener.
OK, lets say i stick with novatech, is it worthwhile upgrading in the future with a second 5770 card?
Judging by the motherboard spec on the Novatech website, the iRush only has 1 x PCIe x16 slot so a Crossfire solution with 2 x 5770s wouldn't be possible. You would have to replace the 5770 with another card, then perhaps sell the 5770 on via fleabay or similar.
right Phoenix, what about this one. Slightly more expensive but....
Your link brought up the configurator with 'baseline' spec for that PC:
- Case: Antec 300 Case with ATI red case fans.
- Power Supply: Corsair Extreme 600W
- CPU: Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz Clarkdale overclocked to 4.20GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte H55M-UDH2 Intel H55 (Socket 1156) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
- Cooler: Akasa Venom CPU Cooler
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
- Graphics Card: ATI DX11 Compatible Graphics Cards
- Sound: Realtek 7.1 Channel Sound (On-Board)
- Optical Drive: LG DVD+/-RW SATA Drive
- Asus Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1GB DDR5
- No operating system
Not sure what changes you made, but assume you put in a HD 5850 and Windows 7 64-bit OEM bringing total up to £761.82 inc VAT
Decent PC although only a 500GB hard drive whereas the others mentioned before all had 1TB hard drives. Also no keyboard, mouse or speakers.
Bought components but never bought a system from OcUK so can't vouch for their quality or after-sales service - seriously considered doing so but always gone to Novatech or Mesh as they have been within easy driving distance. They seem to get a mixed bag of reviews around the net for this, but no more so than most online retailers. They also have a very active forum with a lot of seemingly knowledgeable people.
cheers for the advice Phoenix, i think i'm good to go. I'm getting a wee bit excited to be honest (big kid really).
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