How much would you expect to pay for this system?

  Bailey08787 12:09 05 Aug 2005

Processor AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Socket939

Motherboard MSI K8N SLI Platinum Socket939 ATX

Memory 256MB PC3200 DDR RAM

Case Sonata Black Tower PC Case with 380 Watt PSU

Hard Drive Western Digital 160Gb 8mb Cache 7200

CD/DVD Drive NEC ND3520A Dual Layer Int IDE Black 16x DVDRW +/-

Graphic Card 128MB nVidia Geforce 6600GT PCI-Express Graphics with TV-Out and DVI

Monitor LG 19" TFT Grey 12ms L1915S

  Wilham 13:00 05 Aug 2005

An off-the-cuff comparison with the Medion 8385 on offer at Aldi ...

Medion has more RAM, higher HDD capacity, analogue + digital TV, and is priced at £500, plus £140 for 17" res 1280x1024 TFT monitor. (Prices less 1p).
Medion's Intel P4 3.06 cpu has about same no. of successors as Bailey's Athlon 64 3500.

Bailey (call it) includes 19" DVI monitor, intrinsic worth ca £200 if of comparable resolution. Also 'TV out' does not not mean the Bailey receives TV signals.

On the surface the Bailey would appear to me less in value than the £640 Medion, assuming the latter's 3 yr warranty is sound.

Just thoughts.

  Kate B 16:58 05 Aug 2005

That system needs quite a bit more ram. It will run like a dog with just 256MB.

  Bailey08787 16:52 06 Aug 2005

you should see my dog run - he's very fast. anyway, the above pc is one i specified, and it comes to about £850 (i already have a gig of ram, so kept the ram request to a min).

I'm also not too worried about hard drive space, as I'll be putting a few more drives in that will give me plenty.

was just wondering if peeps thought £850 for this system represented good value for money. I'd especially be interested if people knew any pros/ cons of the motherboard and/or monitor.


  Forum Editor 17:31 06 Aug 2005

I have just acquired a new LG LG L1980Q 19" TFT and I'm absolutely delighted with it.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:38 06 Aug 2005

I've that monitor and it is ok for the price - a touch under £200 - but seems somewhat dull when compared to my last CRT.

Anyway, such things are in the eye of the beholder and to my mind it is fine.

  Bailey08787 11:35 08 Aug 2005

I've read a review that says the monitor has problems in terms of blurriness etc when playing pro evo (one of my fav games) :-/

  Kellogg 22:11 08 Aug 2005

Is this system intended to play games? If so with 256MB ram, this will hold it back terribly even with the fast processor and graphics card, aim for 1GB. A TFT with a faster response time is desirable, look around 8 to 10ms.

I purchased a PC from some months ago using their custom build option. Its worth fiddling around with that to see what spec you can get for the price.

  harps1h 23:35 08 Aug 2005

you may want to look at the psu if you intend to add much more to it

  PJM 16:33 10 Aug 2005

As the mobo is SLI compliant then go for a larger PSU in case you ever wish to take advantage of SLI in the future. Also, it's probably worthwhile with that spec to have a bigger PSU anyway.

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