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  JAK68 10:44 12 Jul 2006
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I Know this question has probably been on here a hundred times, but I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a computer (£400 - £500), I do not need a monitor or anything else. I will also want it to be upgradable so that new games can be played in the future.
Any Ideas

  Naeris 10:46 12 Jul 2006

If you've got that much to spend, I'd suggest building your own (as opposed to buying from pcworld etc) as you'll get better specs.

  dontmeshwithme 10:56 12 Jul 2006

I purchased from click here , you can choose exactly what spec you want and what upgrade you want, and their aftersales service is very good.

ie

AMD 64 x2 3800
512mb RAM
200GB hard drive
16 x DVD-RW
Windows XP Home
is £480

By buying from a smaller company it is generally easier to upgrade, unlike DELL which can have some custom sized parts. The only problem with the above machine is that it has integrated graphics which will not run the latest games. However I have spent a little extra on getting a dual core chip. Alternatively you could have the following spec with is slightly more gaming orientated by you loose the dual core:-

AMD 3000
1024mb RAM
200GB Hard Drive
16x DVD-RW
Geforce 6600 PCI GFX card
XP Home

  dontmeshwithme 10:59 12 Jul 2006

Unless you are confident in knowing your abilities I wouldn't recommend a self build, it can be very frustrating. However if you relish a challenge give it a go. As most companies buy in bulk you will probably find that building your own won't save much money nowadays, in fact it can work our more expensive. Do costings on both options before deciding.

  JAK68 12:24 12 Jul 2006

This at at the top range of my budget what do people think of it's spec for the price ?
click here

  spuds 13:14 12 Jul 2006

Looking at the specifications, I would save a further £19.00 by not having Norton. Use AVG or Avast for free.

Novatech offer a fair range including barebone units with good aftercare service click here

  JAK68 14:52 13 Jul 2006

how does this look for the price ?

CPU
AMD® ATHLON® 64BIT 3700 (San Diego) 1MB (Special Offer)

Memory
1024 MB CORSAIR DDR400 PC3200 - LIFETIME WARRANTY!

Motherboard
FOXCONN 6150K8MA-8KRS: DUAL DDR, SATA II, x16 slot, 3 PCI ETC

USB Options
SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)

Hard Drive 1
SATA II 160 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache

Hard Drive 2
NONE

Raid
NONE

CD Writer/Combi Drive
NONE

DVD ROM
NONE

CD/DVD Writer
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£23)

Graphics Card 1
512MB RADEON X1600 PRO PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Graphics Card 2
NONE

Sound
HIGH END ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)

Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities
10/100 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND - AS STANDARD

Floppy Disk Drive
INTERNAL 23 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD FORMAT) (NO FLOPPY)

Memory Card Reader
NONE

Case
Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB

Power Supply & Cooling
Super Quiet 400W PSU + 120mm Fan + 19.2 dBA CPU Cooler! £32

OS Required
NONE

Firewire
NONE

Monitor
NONE

Keyboard
NONE

Mouse
NONE

Speakers
NONE

Printer
NONE

Anti Virus
NONE

Office
NONE

TV Card
NONE

Warranty
1 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 1 Month Free Collect & Return

Price (excluding VAT)
£467.23

Price
£549.00

Order Quantity
1

Bulk discount
£0

Total order price (Ex VAT)
£467.23

Total order Price

£549.00

Payment method

  Joe R 15:01 13 Jul 2006

Try here. click here

  Joe R 15:06 13 Jul 2006

Just found this one.

Looks hard to beat at this price, and will allow you to upgrade. click here

  Stuartli 19:05 13 Jul 2006

As there are literally many thousands of combinations possible within your price range, it's probably better if you detailed precisely what you require the system to achieve.

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