Need Help!!... on buying a new P.C. !!

  DaleButt 12:17 15 Oct 2005

Hi there, I am desparate to purchase a new PC. I have been searching around for a long time now for the best deal.

I am a student studying graphic design and trying to run my own business. So I do a lot of heavy application work including having Photoshop and Illustrator running at the same time or something.

I also love my games including Doom 3 which I would like to run at decent quality at decent speed.

I would like a minimum of 19" monitor, DVDRW and possibly digital tv and/or media centre. However, I have been tihnking that these could be upgrades; products I can buy separately. (Of course, the monitor is extremely important!)

I am looking at a price of a maximum of around £1350.

I would appreciate it if anyone could lead my in the right direction. Are there any good deals which may meet my requirements about? Please help as soon as possible as I am loking to buy right now! :)

Thanks! :)

  tizerlily 12:47 15 Oct 2005

not that i know much but cube247 look good to me

  DaleButt 12:57 15 Oct 2005

Hmmm yes but the thing is...

1.Do they offer finance options?
2.Ive heard bad things about their 'warranty' options.
3.How long will this company last?

I've looked at companies like Dell, Mesh, Evesham, PC World, Demonite, ToysRUs, Cube247, even Lidl... but I don't fully know what spec computer will suit my needs and also meet my price boundaries...

  sharkfin 13:03 15 Oct 2005

I would recommend evesham. They provide excellent support and also have difference finance plans.

I'm also doing a multimedia course at university , lots of macromedia/photoshop design work. If I had the money I would get something like the Evolution Xcaliber. click here

Would run all your applications and more easily.

  DaleButt 13:04 15 Oct 2005

Just found 2 very similar PC's; one from Mesh and the other from Cube247. There is quite a significant price difference, and Mesh are financially more suitable.(i just copied and pasted these from the company websites)

Aurora £1599 inc vat

* AMD64 X2 4400+ Dual Core with New 939 Socket!
* 1024MB DDR400 Corsair Memory - Fastest That Can Be Used!
* 500GB Seagate Data Storage - RAID Stripe - Ultimate Performance!
* ABIT AN8 Ultra Motherboard - Very Tasty!
* 16x48 DVD Player - Fastest DVD ROM Available!
* NEC DVD ReWriter ND3540A 16x Dual Layer & Dual Format - The Best Drive In The World!
* Sapphire ATI Radeon x850 XT 256MB - When Game Play Really Matters!
* Sony Floppy Drive
* 7 in 1 Internal Memory Card Reader
* 8 Channel Sound (7.1 Surround Sound)
* 14x USB2 Ports
* Firewire
* 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Adapter
* Serial ATA
* Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard
* Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse
* Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speaker System
* 19" TFT Screen 12MS - Ultra Fast & Stylish Screen
* Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2 (Original CD & Licence also supplied)
* Norton Internet Security (Inc Anti Virus, Personal Firewall, Anti Spam - 1 Year)
* Extended 3 Years RTB Warranty

Matrix Eclipse £1299 inc vat

* AMD Athlon™ 64 X2-4400+ Dual Core Processor
* Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
* ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe PCI Express 939 Mainboard
* 1024MB DDR 400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
* 300GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast HDD
* 256MB nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - PCI Express
* 19" TFT Flat Panel LCD Monitor
* SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (R/W all standard formats)*
* Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS Audio
* Creative Labs Inspire T7900 - 7.1 Surround Speakers
* Internet Ready V.92 56Kbps data/fax/voice modem
* Network Ready integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
* Logitech Cordless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
* FREE Microsoft Works 8.5
* FREE CyberLink Video Editing Software (oem)
* Classic Warranty - 3 Yr Parts & Labour (Back-to-base)


  DaleButt 13:05 15 Oct 2005

I'm also interested in DualCore processors as I've heard these are excellent for large applications like Photoshop etc??

  stylehurst 13:14 15 Oct 2005

Have a look at Novatech

  Diemmess 14:16 15 Oct 2005

Put Dell on your list rather than Mesh.
click here

  DaleButt 14:29 15 Oct 2005

I've tried configuring a PC to match something similar to the Mesh and Cube247 PC's above and keep coming up with prices around £1700/£1800! :-S

The Novatech PC's sound great, mainly because of the 12 month interest free finance option. The computers are slightly different in specs and price but I dont think they can be altered/confgured.

What specs would anyone reccommend for a graphic designer who also likes games now and then (im not a MAD game fan though, but I do like a couple of the latest graphic hungry games)...?

  DaleButt 14:50 15 Oct 2005

..Just to let you know, I was talking about Dell in the first paragraph of my last post ^

  bibo1465 15:55 15 Oct 2005


i bought my pc from carrera(now taken over by watford). I am so happy with this pc.If i want to buy another pc i would definitely buy from carrera again .

The components is number one,such as graphic card ATI X800 pro)
hard disk(maxtor)
the monitor(sharp 19 inch).

the warranty is 5 years,which other company provide that.

Stay away from Mesh,i had a big probelm from the day i bought my pc(i would never buy from them even they give me the pc free).

The first time ti switched my pc on with MESH my pc froze,the mouse stopped working.I haven't received any software with the pc for(graphic card,speaker,motherboard) etc...

But with carrera i received anything(all the softwares)

Take my advise and buy from carrera.

Whatever you choose good luck

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