MESH X-treme 9-4000 is it worth it?

  Hawk-N-Spit 15:26 10 Nov 2004

I have £1500 to spend on a gaming machine and I was looking at the MESH X-treme 9-4000 Pro for £1500 the specs are

AMD Athlon™ 64 4000+ Processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Mainboard , IEEE 1394, SATA, RAID
1024MB DDR 400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
300GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast Hard Drive
128MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro All-in-Wonder
17" TFT Flat Panel LCD Monitor
SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (R/W all standard formats)*
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
Creative Inspire T7900 - 7.1 Surround Speakers
X-treme3 Games Bundle (Speedpad, 3 titles)
Internet Ready V.92 56Kbps data/fax/voice modem
Network Ready integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Mouse
ASUS WiFi 54MBps IEEE 802.11g PCI Card
FREE 128MB Creative MuVo TX MP3 Player
FREE Microsoft Works 8.0
3 Year Parts & Labour Warranty (Back to Base)
Mini Tower Case/4 USBs + Additional Features

Should I buy it or can someone else recomend something better for that price?

Thanks Peter

  [email protected] 16:02 10 Nov 2004

If your buying it for a gaming machine, at that price I would be looking to get a Radeon X800 XT rather than the 9800 pro as the difference is performance is quite substantial.

If you do go for a 9800 pro, you wouldn't even be able to upgrade it to a X800 in the future as the 9800 uses an AGP port while the X800 uses the faster PCI Express port.

  [email protected] 16:04 10 Nov 2004

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  Hawk-N-Spit 16:07 10 Nov 2004

I can get the 256MB ATI Radeon X800 XT for an extra £110 + vat

  speedy12 16:44 10 Nov 2004

yep.. you can get an X800 XT on the AGP port. My Mesh FX-53 has one.

  Jdoki 17:16 10 Nov 2004

Personally I'd downgrade the CPU to a 3800+, I'll try and find the links, but reviews I've read show almost no performance difference between the 4000 and 3800.

You should definitely upgrade the graphics card as suggested, but there is also the GeForce 6800Ultra to condsider.

Supply problems with X800XTPE and 6800Ultra graphics cards means your order may have a long lead time, ensure you ask when you order. An X800Pro or 6800GT would be an excellent alternative

I'm not a fan of the Audigy 2 Platinum, and have found that the Audigy 2 ZS is a much better value card - identical sound output to the Platinum, just without the control panel.

The savings you might make by downgrading the bits I've mentioned might be better invested in to a superior flat panel screen.

  Hawk-N-Spit 17:23 10 Nov 2004

I`ll more than likely do that but are there any better online computer store to buy from i was lookin at the demonite site but its a nifty case and all but you seem to be paying over the top prices the same with alienware. The case will be stuck under my desk in my bedroom so looks don`t really matter. Cheers again

  Forum Editor 17:48 10 Nov 2004

"I'm thinking of buying an Aston Martin DBS Vanquish, it's about £163,000, is it worth it?"

Everything's relative, and with computers, as with cars, different qualities are more or less important to different people. It all depends on what your budget is, and what you want from a computer. Try to read reviews if you can, and of course there'll be some helpful contributions to this thread from people who know about gaming machines (that rules me out for a start), but the ultimate decision can only be yours.

  Jdoki 08:56 11 Nov 2004

of advice.

Before you buy from a company you may want to do a search on these forums to see how many problems people have had.

This year alone, I've had bad experience with a couple of companies. I'm chalking it down to very bad luck (which is why I haven't posted the company names), but it is worth checking.

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