A friend of mine wants to buy a computer for her son. She does not need the monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. only the tower which must have an operating system (XP Home). Her son has a few games that he wpould like to play. I realise that with her budget we are not talking super gaming computer but all he needs is for the games to run in a reasonable fashion.
Money is fairly tight and £500 is the max..pref. cheape but I think that may be pushing it. So the task is this...are there any towers c/w XP OS (no need to be Vista), for around £400-500 that could run games reasonably?...naturally PCWorld would be a better option as I can buy toweers without the monitors, this reduces the advertised price by around £150.
The tower does not need to have all the 'bells and whistles' or a huuuuuuge HD and if I can get away with integrated graphics all the better.
Depends on the games GANDALF <|:-)> as I'm sure you realise. Onboard is not a good idea, have to agree with Kate B its not really an option. I like the Novatech bundles as wjrt has already mentioned. You could buy one of the cheaper units as long as it has a PCI Express slot and buy a card later if you wish. I'm a bit of a gamer, not hard core, but have a 7600GS graphics card available for about the £80 mark and it plays everything that has come out so far at 1024x768. If you did buy a onboard graphics PC without the option to upgrade the graphics and it was intended for use in playing games I feel certain that it would be a dissapointment and I am sure that some of the games the kid wished to try would not work on it.
GANDALF <|:-)> you can get a gaming PC for £500 as long as you don't want to go beserk and try running newer games at very high resolutions. Theres was someone yesterday asking about a PC that was £500 and that would be fine. Here it is click here has 1 gig memory, 7600GS graphics card, dual core processor. Admitadly some of the extras are overkill, tv tuner, card reader etc but that would play games ok. Never said where he saw it though, PCW perhaps.