Acceptable specifications? - help needed

  JonSon 13:22 16 Sep 2005

Hello all,

Can any of you please cast a critical eye over the specs I've attached below and tell me if there's anything major that's missing - many thanks!

AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ Processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Mainboard , 1600MHz SB, IEEE 1394, SATA
1024MB DDR400 RAM (PC3200) Memory
250GB Serial ATA (150Mb/s) Ultra Fast Hard Drive
256MB ATI Radeon X800 - PCI-Express
17" TFT Flat Panel LCD Monitor
SONY 16x Dual Layer DVD-RW (R/W all standard formats)*
5.1 Surround Sound 6 Channel Audio
Creative Labs Inspire P5800 - 5.1 Surround Speakers
Internet Ready V.92 56Kbps data/fax/voice modem
Network Ready integrated 10/100 Ethernet
FREE Microsoft Works 8.0
FREE CyberLink Video Editing Software (oem)
Logitech Cordless Keyboard & Optical Mouse
Classic Warranty - 1 Yr Parts & Labour (Back-to-base)
Black Mini Tower Case/4 USBs + Additional Features

£799.00 inc VAT

  Thalmus 13:30 16 Sep 2005

If your gonig to use it for games check that the monitor had a refresh rate of less then 16 ms, otherwise you will notice blurring

  omega-13 15:10 16 Sep 2005

Is that a cube247 pc specs look similar? click here should run virtually any programme, if you want to test the machine get 3d mark to test the graphics card and maybe sisoft to test the other hardware, use google to find.

  Yoda Knight 18:14 16 Sep 2005

Do you need a modem ?
If money is not an issue, a bigger hard drive, a gigabit lan card, XP PRO and maybe some more ram would be nice to have, but not essential.

Nice build so far !

  wolfie3000 19:01 16 Sep 2005

WOW!!! lol i think any program will run on that pretty impressive must cost a bit.

  JonSon 13:26 20 Sep 2005

800 squids...I think it's expensive too, but apparently that's still in the 'budget' category. My wallet is already aching at the thought of what a premium system must cost!

  wolfie3000 04:50 21 Sep 2005

well being a pauper lol i built my pc for £200 i cannibalized two other pc,s for bits to save money all i bought was the mother board some ram and the cpu every thing else was second hand and it works great for my needs could do with some more ram when i can afford it currently got 320mb.

  JonSon 09:52 21 Sep 2005

sounds good and for £200, you can't go wrong!

  Pineman100 11:40 21 Sep 2005

Are you sure you're happy with a RTB warranty? If you had a warranty problem you'd be without the machine for a while (no telling how long). There's a horror story in this month's PC Advisor about a guy who's been waiting months to get his machine back from a warranty repair cos the supplier says he can't get the parts.
I always reckon that an on-site warranty is well worth the extra cost (sorry - more wallet pain!)

  JonSon 13:19 21 Sep 2005

I've been paying that point some consideration and I don't much fancy the idea of a RTB warranty.

Further to this, I have enquired as to the typical delivery time from the order being placed and they quoted me 2-3 weeks!

This makes me wonder how long they'll take with a repair job if a build takes almost a month to complete.

  JonSon 09:59 22 Sep 2005

...that deserves a closer look - what do you all think?

AMD Athalon 64 3500+ (939 pin)
SLI Nforce4 S939 PCI-e motherboard
Windows XP home ed.
MS Works 8
1024MB PC3200 DDR RAM
250GB Ultra Fast hard drive
Sony 16x DVD drive
Sony 16x duel layer DVD re-writable +R/-R/RW
256MB DDR NVidia Gforce 6800LE
17" TFT - 8m/s
Soundblaster compatible multi ch audio
Creative Labs Inspire 7.1-7900 speakers
10/100/1000 MBPS ethernet
3 years on site warranty.


What's the view? Feel free to be as critical as you like.

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