A good gaming PC

  Fateful Shadow 19:13 01 Jan 2005

I've decided that I'm going to get a good (not fantastically amazing as my budget won't allow that!) PC for running games, but I don't know where to go.

I've been to Dell and tried that 'Customise' feature on a few PC's, and I've also seen a few in PC World, Comet, etc. that look good too, but if anyone could give me a bit of advice on where the best place to go would be (if such a place exists) or what specs. I should be aiming for, that would help loads!

Also, I really just need the base unit, a monitor and a keyboard. Is it best to buy this as a bundle or should I get everything seperatly?

Thanks :)

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 19:29 01 Jan 2005

id suggest buying a 128mb graphics card if you want to go extreme get a 256mb card,rather than buying a full new pc,you can buy a 128mb one for about £50 and a 256mb for £100,i know this doesn't answer your question but maybe you should consider?.let me know

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 19:32 01 Jan 2005
  Rayuk 19:41 01 Jan 2005

Those on the link arent very good gaming pcs with only 256Mb ram

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 19:47 01 Jan 2005

256mb is plenty,you don't need alot of system ram.im on about video ram + they have ATI 9200SE,somehow i think this is V good!

  shopkins39 19:48 01 Jan 2005

You don't mention your budget but regardless there's bound to be something in the reviews section of this site to interest you.
I have purchased PC's from both Mesh and Evesham Micros and have been happy with both.
JAL and Carrera are also reputable suppliers who both seem to provide good value for money.

  Starfox 19:54 01 Jan 2005

We all have differing opinions on this subject and there is little agreement as to which is thebest graphics card but for gaming you need to buy a system with a fairly fast cpu,lots of memory and the best graphics card you can afford.

  ste_bla 20:31 01 Jan 2005

What is you budget?

  gudgulf 00:10 02 Jan 2005

Avoid the ATI9200se ,it is one of the lowest performing video cards on the market.In fact stay clear of any ATI se editions for gaming as they are normally much lower performance than the standard models of the same product.If you can look for a processor of at least P4 2800 or athlon eqivalent.Better still any Athlon 64bit processor.A minimum of 512MB of ram memory and an ATI 9800pro/GeForce 5900xt graphics card.If you want to play games,particularly up to date ones you need a lot of power in the processor/graphics card department and as much ram as you can get.If you don't do this you will find yourself needing to upgrade very soon and it would be cheaper to buy a decent machine in the first place.I'm not going to recommend any one manufacturer---I can't as I build my own machines but looking through the ads it seems that *all* seem to cut corners in the graphics department on more cost effective pc's so check if you can specify a better graphics card with any pc that you shortlist.

  Charence 01:17 02 Jan 2005

For £645.52 inc. VAT you can have: click here

P4 2.8GHz 478P 800MHz 1Mb Cache, 512MB DDR DIMM RAM, 80GB HDD, DVD, Nvidia FX5200-T128 128MB, SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Sound Card, Win XP Home, 17" CRT, 3in1 Printer, Some software, Keyboard, Mouse.

For £875.38 inc. VAT you can have:click here

P4 3.2GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, DVD/CDRW, 128MB Radeon 9600, Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS, Keyboard, Mouse, XP Home, 17" LCD Monitor.


  Charence 01:23 02 Jan 2005

or £799.99 for this P4 click here

or £769.99 for Athlon64 click here

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