Which desktop to buy?? Less-than-hard-core gamer

  stu382 00:51 09 Apr 2006

Hi. I am about to graduate this summer and I have put aside 1000GBP to spend on a new PC, mostly for gaming. However I am not a hard-core gamer, and just wanna run Oblivion and Call of Duty 2 pretty well so they don't lag. I was considering a Dell 9150 with 2GB RAM and a GeForce 7800GTX (it would be cheaper to get a 9150 than an XPS). I currently have a basic Dell and I have had no problems with it, and I often feel safer buying from a bigger company, due to the experience I had with a highly respected computer company called Dan, which went under a few years ago. Because they went under we lost the support. My sister's boyfriend has recommended getting a Gladiator computer, which would be more expensive overall, as the Dell would be a package system that I could buy all at once. He has a gladiator trident system with 1GB RAM and a GeForce 7600GS. This runs brilliantly altho overall it would be more expensive doing it this way. I have been recommended buying a cheapest one possible and then upgrading it myself but I really cannot be arsed to, and I am prepared to pay more to get a decent one straight off without having to worry about modding. Basically I am looking for a computer that will run Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Call of Duty 2 well (and also my older shoot-em-ups) and I'm not that bothered about games that will be coming out in the future because I will have less and less spare time when I get a full-time job. I am thinking of getting a Dell 9150 with 2GB and a GeForce 7800GTX (as I said before). Will this be sufficient for a less-than-hard-core gamer? (1000GBP would get me a 9150 by the way) The main question is: What do specialist gamer PC companies give you that Dell doesn't, and would the double memory and a better graphics card make up for this discrepency?

  Totally-braindead 01:08 09 Apr 2006

Once you get over a Gig the difference is slight. I'm told that Battlefield 2 prefers 2 Gig but thats the only game I know of that demands so much memory, every other game that I have seen so far will run on either of the systems you describe so the choice is really yours. Specialist gamer companies like Alienware for example use standard branded components for the most part and provide in my opinion at least a higher quality item, better case, better power supply better cooling etc but this does come at a price and unless you are a hard core gamer, which you say you're not I see little point.

The thing to do is get a balanced set of components, there is no point having the fastest processor available if you only run with 256mb ram or expect it to play the latest games with a GeForce 6200. Same goes with having the fastest graphics card available and using it with a Duron 800 or whatever.

See what Gladiator are offering by all means but try to compare same for same if you can to get an idea of how the prices vary. If you like Dell and have had good service then by all means stay with them, they produce PCs at a price that I cannot even get the components for.

  jimmybond 02:19 09 Apr 2006

I realise I'll probably get stoned for this, in a PC forum - but an Xbox360 will run Elder Scrolls 4 and Call of Duty 2, better than a £1000 PC, and it costs £280 ;-)

  stu382 10:43 09 Apr 2006

I've been recommended a 360 but I love playing Morrowind and shoot-em-ups with a keyboard and mouse. I jst get annoyed when I play those type of games with a controller. Also I'll need a PC for doing general computer stuff (the one I got now at uni is technically my dad's and so it'll become the family PC when I graduate)

  citadel 16:09 09 Apr 2006

the graphics card is the most important item for games. you can cut back on other stuff to suit your budget. Call of duty2 and oblivion both run well in high detail on my pc and it only has a 3g p4, 1g ram and a vanilla 6800. Once you start oblivion you will not have time for other games.

  Starfox 17:46 09 Apr 2006

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