PC Advisor Best Buy - Upgrade Recommendations?

  Bevan Ashford 19:18 18 Apr 2008

Hi Everybody

The latest Best Buy click here in this month's PC Advisor is the one for me. Does anyone have any reservations about any of the below specifications or what I should definitely choose to upgrade?

I was thinking specifically about reducing noise and increasing future upgrade potential

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500;
Windows Vista Home Premium (available with XP 32/64bit or Vista 64bit at no extra cost);
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R;
10 x USB; 20in Acer X201 (0.255mm pixel pitch, 1,400x1,050 maximum resolution @ 75Hz);
512MB PCI Express Zotac nVidia GeForce 8800 GT; Creative Audigy SE 7.1;
2 x Cyber Acoustic CA3095; subwoofer;
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM); OpenOffice;
Ahead Nero;
AVG Free;
two-year return-to-base warranty;

  GaT7 21:35 18 Apr 2008

"Does anyone have any reservations about any of the below specifications or what I should definitely choose to upgrade?" - Depends what you're going to be using it for.

If you were to build it yourself, you'd get double the hard drive space (click here), better quality RAM (click here), a better + quieter case (click here) & better speakers (click here) for around the same price.

Btw, there's ~£50 difference between an E8400 & E8500 - do you think you'll notice the difference in games or in general? G

  GaT7 21:37 18 Apr 2008

Sorry, forgot to post the speakers Arbico are supplying click here. G

  Bevan Ashford 16:01 20 Apr 2008


Thanks very much. Plenty for me to put some research into.

Very very helpful.

  GaT7 17:19 20 Apr 2008

No problem.

Forgot to post the 'order' screenshots I made at eBuyer & Scan the other day (split the order between two retailers for the best value).

These include the E8400 & a 22" TFT - as against Arbico's better E8500 but inferior 20" TFT.

The other components also show the 'improvements' I posted in my previous post.

• eBuyer click here = £458 (with free delivery option)

• Scan click here = £298 (free del click here)

Grand Total = £756


  GaT7 17:48 20 Apr 2008

Forgot yet another thing....

Cooler for the OEM CPU click here, which will add £6 to the total.

Also look at my Dell XPS 420 suggestion in this post click here for £575-600. You could add the 22" monitor & 2.1 speakers for ~£160 from Scan click here & click here (see link above for free delivery). G

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