Most intelligent way to buy a gaming pc

  billy10ft 22:32 09 Oct 2005

With such a fast moving technology such as pcs its hard to know what to go for do u get a mid ranged pc thats good value for money or a top end system thats gonna last longer... (in terms of playing the latest games).......but has huge diminishing returns in price vs performance. Then to complicate things you should prioritise certain components ie graphics card n monitor. Shd i buy a £500 pc each year or a £1000 or a £2000 pc? Thx

  Starfox 23:09 09 Oct 2005

The problem as I see it is that if you buy a top end gaming pc it will probably be outdated before you get it out of the box and it is a very expensive way of trying to keep up with the latest technology.

The way I go about it nowadays is to buy a decent middle of the road pc with the best graphics card I can find and run this for a year or so then upgrade the graphics card to something better and add on bits as I think neccessary.My prsent pc is a Fujitsu-Siemans,Pentium 4,2.4g bought three years ago and I have upgraded the graphics card twice since the pc was new.I use this pc mainly for gaming but I personally am not too bothered about running games at the highest settings so it does fine for me.

Others may disagree but this is the way I think best,although I am considering building my own pc next time.

Hope this helps.

  Totally-braindead 23:18 09 Oct 2005

Personally I would go for a midrange PC but choose one that is as future proof as you can. What I mean by that is if I was buying a PC just now I'd get a socket 939 good make motherboard such as MSI or Gigabyte and a reasonable Athlon 64 CPU such as a 3500+ or 3400+ which can be upgraded later as needs be, a reasonable graphics card, something like a GeForce 6600 and I'd make sure the board had USB 2.0, firewire perhaps but not essential, PCI Express graphics and SATA for the hard drives, also would get one of the newer chipsets such as GeForce 4.

  wee eddie 23:21 09 Oct 2005

to get a bigger income.

To keep up to the mark you will need to "invest" approximately £1800 or thereabouts each year.

  Starfox 23:55 09 Oct 2005

"The best way to buy a Gaming PC is
to get a bigger income. "

It will never be big enoughg.:o)

  dlyte 08:11 10 Oct 2005

I have always advised people to buy a purpose built gaming machine for games. PS something or X something. It's more sociable for multiplayer games and stops you being such a stay at home geek. Hire the games you want (means you get out and meet people a bit), only buying the ones that really have long legs. Broadband online gaming is another option. You'll be quids in and then any old cheap PC will do all the other stuff and you won'y be on the upgrade treadmill, which a game you will never win.

  billy10ft 12:20 11 Oct 2005

You all make valid points! V funny Starfox! I guess you could also get a mid range pc like an amd 3500 and overclock it also, THANKS FOR YOUR HELP GUYS!!! I will keep this post open because its a great topic to get even more input on.

  torpid 14:50 11 Oct 2005

Hello people
Im what you might call a noob when it comes to buying or knowing anything much about pc's, so i would appreciate some advice.
I am planning on buying the Carrera vision c4i-pca-11 (as it is in my price range-£500-£650), which i will use primaraly for games. The web site that sales it offers upgrades-build your own type thing-So i was hoping for advice on what components would be best upgraded.
The specs for the pc are in the Nov issue, at the top of the super budget chart, and the web site is savastore. Thanks for any help

  Totally-braindead 15:11 11 Oct 2005

I'm not in favour of overclocking, there was an article on it in PC Advisor but theres too much that can go wrong. You invalidate your warranty normally, you have the problem with heat and stress on the components and the advantages to be gained appear pretty small considering the risk you take of destroying your PC. There are some on the Forum that do overclock and I'm sure they will supply links to specialist sites that deal with this. But as I said I don't recommend it.

torpid I presume you're new to the Forum, its considered bad form to hijack someone elses thread, you'd be far better either looking through all the other threads using the search box and looking or starting your own thread rather than posting in someone elses. The reasons for this are, people get confused and the messages get muddled up when people reply and you don't know whos answering which person, plus if you start your own thread when someone replies to it you will get an email telling you so.
PS what does NOOB stand for I presume its something about not knowing?

  torpid 16:16 11 Oct 2005

Sorry braindead i am new to the forum.
I have started a new thread in the absolute beginners section. I dont know what noob stands for! It seems to be a word people use to describe a new player in online games.
God i feel like an uncool uncle trying to be cool!

  BigRik 17:10 11 Oct 2005

Is it safe to assume you mean "newbie", which I believe relates to a person new to computing?

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