What PC to buy & where to buy it ?

  Audacious 09:59 01 Mar 2008
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Hi guys, I'm just looking for some advice on what PC to get and the best place to get it from. My current system is nearly 3 years old, 1gig of RAM 300gig hard drive AMD athlon 64 processor 2.2GHz.

I'm willing to spend around £1000 on a new system, I've considered cube247, however I think there has been some horror stories about them. The spec's look amazing, 8gig of RAM, 1500 hard disk space. That might just be my noobie opinion but it seems you get alot for your money. click here

I've also been looking at mesh systems, my current system is mesh and I've never had a problem with it, I've been looking at MESH Tempest Quad PRO click here

I would also consider buying just a base units. I'm just looking for some advice really on what to buy. I'm not really into gaming, I'm really just looking for a PC which has lots of hard drive space and is fast enough to deal with programs such as photoshop and other multimedia apps. Any advice would be appreciated.

  belfman 10:15 01 Mar 2008
  Audacious 12:02 01 Mar 2008

Thanks for the link, is the site good value for money ? Noobie question I know, however I always just end up customizing these units with the most expensive things so I'm not really sure what's the 'best buy' so to speak.

For example here's what I just added

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz 4Mb Cache 4gig RAM 1TB hard drive, 24 inch monitor and 512mb graphics card. Few other bits and pieces and it comes to around £1100.

  190119 12:10 01 Mar 2008
  Starfox 12:13 01 Mar 2008

Agree with the other postings, you will be hard pressed to find anyone better than Cougar, a great company to deal with. They get my recommendation every time.

  iscanut 13:11 01 Mar 2008

I would certainly recommend Cougar. You will not be ripped off by overpriced components.

  lisa02 14:04 01 Mar 2008

Stick with Intel Quadcore and 4GB RAM, 2x2GB sticks in Dual Channel. Aswell as a good PSU and graphics card.

Here's what I'd choose:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz 8Mb Cach,
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 2 x 2gb modules
500GB SATA Hard Drive,
500GB Secondary SATA HDD,
X-Discovery Black,
Atrix 800Watt Silent Dual Fan PSU
640Mb Nvidia 8800GTS PCI express,
QC - ASUS P5N-ESLI 1333fsb-DDR800x4 SLI motherboard (Dual graphics),
2 x Samsung DVD +/- Re-writer Lightscribe,
No Floppy Disk Drive,
No Monitor,
Keyboard & Mouse Set Black and Silver, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem OEM
Internal 3.5Inch Card Reader
13 Month Warranty, Free Carriage

£961.40 From Cougar

  Audacious 09:01 02 Mar 2008

Thanks for the advice Lisa, I've have a look into it :-)

  The BB 11:18 02 Mar 2008

Have a look at PC World (I'm off later to look myself) Item code 819725: Quad core / 2GB / 400GB / 256 nVidia 8500; 20" AOC for £499

  citadel 17:20 02 Mar 2008

you could get a faster processor and add another 1g of ram, plus another hard drive to your current pc. the cpu's for you board are bargains now.

  pcbengo 22:57 06 Mar 2008

Whatever you do, don't buy from PC Option Ltd.

They are relatively cheap but their service is appalling. They sent me the wrong spec'd PC. They overcharged me. Their customer service was inept and their promises to remedy matters failed to materialise.
Be warned!

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