Need a new PC

  twiddle 20:06 12 Jan 2007

My old computer needs replacing now, primarily because it's terminally ill and partially because it's quite old anyway.

Can someone help me find a suitable system? I have a budget of about £800 give or (preferably) take £200.
I need it mainly for uni work, but a powerful system will be needed since I want it to be in touch with modern technologies for at least a couple of years. Also, I play the occasional game (pro evolution 6, the sims 2, spore when it comes out) and dabble with DVD creation and video/audio encoding.

A gigantic hard drive isn't needed since I still have an external and my 2 older (still alive) internals, neither is a monitor, set of speakers, keyboard or mouse. More than anything else I want something reliable, since my last computer died after 2.5 years (of admittedly high activity). Frankly, I'd expect a consumer item of such price to last a lot longer...

  Trepan 20:27 12 Jan 2007

Check out PCSpecialist on the web. You can spec your own machine and the site will give you a price, or you can run with one of their suggested machines at or around your budget, tweaking to suit your requirements/budget.

I have no connection with them other than being a very satisfied customer, as is my daughter.



  Spencer. 20:29 12 Jan 2007

Can ya hold our for a month?

If your spending that kinda money on just the tower go for a high end Dell or visit Alienware. At this stage if I was buying new kit I'd wait until the machine came with Vista and a DX10 compatible graphics card.

  Spencer. 20:34 12 Jan 2007

Can ya hold OUT for a month?

  roy 23:16 12 Jan 2007

I enquired here about PC Specialist in November but got no reply. If you have anything to add perhaps you would post it to my thread:

click here

Thanks, Roy.

  terryf 00:21 13 Jan 2007
  FatboySlim71 00:30 13 Jan 2007

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  rdave13 00:35 13 Jan 2007

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  roy 10:45 13 Jan 2007

Thanks for that very informative web-page.


  twiddle 21:23 13 Jan 2007

Spencer, the new DX10 cards are going to be a little too expensive for me I think, since there's only about 2 on the horizon for now anyway. Plus everywhere's now offering a free vista upgrade when it's launched anyway, so that's no reason to wait.

My new question is: If I buy a new PC now would I then need to upgrade the motherboard when I made the eventual switch to DX10? The G80 looming for example, will it be compatible with the current mboards or will it have a new standard behind it?

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