HELP on CUSTOM PC around £800

  Quadlad 18:18 27 Jul 2006

hi all

and thanks for clicking on my thread

like the title says i need help on chosing a pc i wanted to make a custom one becuse a few of my relatives and friends (who know more than me about PCs)say getting a custom pc is better vaule for money.

I have come up with 3 choises the 3rd i will need YOUR help on because the 1st 2 are redy built and the last one I have to customise, 1 problem i have next to no experience on computer hardware.

I need my pc for what most general pc owners need, keeping music etc etc. but also i like games, i need to run games like world of warcraft half life etc. i would like a good spec, reliable machine for around £800, and i need your help on chosing.

1st Is a computer from PCWorld its a FUJITSU SIEMENS 3903 INTEL PENTIUM D 940 PROCESSOR + 19" TFT FLAT PANEL MONITOR ... its £100 over my budget but comes with a moniter which i dont need but it adds to the deal ... this is its spec ... # Intel Pentium D 940 Dual Core Processor
# 3.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2 x 2MB Cache
# 2048MB DDR2 RAM
# 2 x 160GB Hard Disk Drives
# Multi-Format Dual layer DVD RW Drive
# 256MB nVidia GeForce 6500 Graphics
# 11-in-1 Media Card Reader
# 6 x USB2 Connections (2 Front, 4 Rear)
# Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
# 19" TFT Flat Panel Monitor

2nd is a pc from evesham its a PC Pro Axis Visto without the screen so its about £800 ... this is the spec * Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
* AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor
* 2 x 512MB dual channel DDR RAM (PC3200) 400MHz
* 250GB Serial ATA hard drive with 8MB buffer
* ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series graphics (on-board)
* 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS graphics with TV-out & DVI
* 19" Viewsonic VA1912W widescreen monitor
* Platinum 3 year warranty
Product features

* AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor
* Evesham warranty packages
* Microsoft Windows Vista capable
* Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

3rd now the 3rd is a custom from now i want to build a custom from the last 3 types - heres the link click here
if your good with computers could you customise the best vaule i can get for around £800 (will go more if nessesary) and then post the link back.

thanks for reading this long post

  Quadlad 18:44 27 Jul 2006

oh - if you think theres a better deal could you please notify me please.

  Diodorus Siculus 18:54 27 Jul 2006

click here

Try this one.

  citadel 19:04 27 Jul 2006

if you want to play games the one with the 7600gs is best. do not get a graphics card with le [ loser's edition ] in the name.

  rdave13 19:16 27 Jul 2006

Have a look at this one click here

  Harpur 21:54 27 Jul 2006

forget about option 2 as the onboard graphics will not run the games you have mentioned.
you could look click here

this is well within your budget and should cover your needs

  dontmeshwithme 09:22 28 Jul 2006

First of all I can recommend both and evesham. My current computer is from pcspecialist it runs well and they have given excellent aftersales support. Mesh on the other hand I cannot recommend, I purchased from them this year and had a nightmare. With them providing the PC works then you will be OK, if it doesn't or an an inexperienced user you need to contact them it can be very difficult. If you do decide to give Mesh a go try calling their customer service line before ordering so you know what to expect! As for your budget, PC specialist can offer:

AMD X2 3800
320GB Hard Drive
DVD +/- RW
256mb 7900GT Card
Super Quiet cooling - I recommend this
XP Home
1 year warrenty (including 1 year free collect and return).
£767 Delivered.

The one thing I really liked about pcspecialist was that I got the disks and manuals for all the individual components (which you don't normally get from the likes of Mesh and Dell). The downsides are 1) I don't know how long they have been around or how stable the company is 2) The case looks really naff (but it's hidden under my desk).

  Quadlad 10:45 28 Jul 2006

Thanks evryone who has helped me so far. :)

i also found "dontmeshwithme"'s post very helpfull - thanks.

my computer now is a rubish aldi medion computer (around £1000) its the biggest waste of money ever, slower than a windows 95 i kid you not! also evrything started braking and the aftersales support is rubish both for reliability, suport, and speed.

so thats why im buying a new pc.

my pc before my medion was a evesham M/E 2000 it never let me down for the 4 years i had it and its still faster than this medion brilliant comperny, they know reliability.

but to the point.
i think "Rdave13" has hit all my needs with one stone, it seems to have a good spec, and been awarded a Computer Shopper Magazine "Best Buy" Award in a recent test of 18 PC systems from UK manufacturers!

it is exacly my price tag, but its a full computer rather than just the box I wanted (bonus)

what do you guys think? heres the link click here

and heres the spec


PROCESSOR - AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ Socket 939



DVD WRITER - DVDRW Bulk Black 16x Double Layer Dual Drive, DVD+R DL up to 2.4x, DVD+R up to 16x, DVD+RW up to 4x, DVD-R up to 16x, DVD- RW up to 4x, DVD-ROM read up to 16x, CD-R up to 40X, CD-RW up to 24x, CD-ROM up to 40x.


GRAPHICS - 256MB PCI-Express NVidia GeForce 7600GS

SOUND Realtek AC '97 Audio 6-channel

MONITOR - 19" LCD monitor

PORTS - 6 USB 2, 2 FireWire, Ethernet,

SPEAKERS - 2.1 Zoostorm S2176

KEYBOARD & MOUSE - Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 3.0 Keyboard and Mouse (DA9-00020)

WARRANTY (parts and labour): 1 year - First 30 days collect and return (system) and repair will be complete with a 3 working day turnaround. After 30 days - return to base warranty with 3-5 working day turnaround. 3 years manufacturer on-site warranty on monitor. 1 year manufacturer on-site warranty on the HP printer.

  dontmeshwithme 12:01 28 Jul 2006

My only comment would be that it is a single processor. Personally I would go for a duel processor nowdays, especially if you are looking to upgrade to vista in the long run. I would be happy to sacrifice 1GB of RAM to do this as this is an easy upgrade at a later date, whereas upgrading the processor is a little more complicated. Just my opinion though.

  rdave13 17:16 28 Jul 2006

My Zoostorm 6-4401 came with a Windows oem disk and driver disk with motherboard manual. I'm very pleased with PCNextday and recommend them.

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