Buying new Desktop PC - £1000-£1500 Help!

  Salamol 16:36 07 Mar 2007

I want a new computer and have up to £1500 to spend. I play alot of games, and use the computer all the time.

I really need a whole system spec for the latest stuff, for example Intel Dual Core or AMD Athlon Dual Core. I'm hoping for around 400GB to possibly 1TB SATA Hard Drive or more.

Obviously I need alot of RAM for gaming but I'm a little confused about the DDR and DDR2.

Also CRT or TFT monitor? I heard that CRT has richer colors and a faster frame rate, yet they arn't as widely available as they once were.

And graphics card wise, do I go ATI Radeon or Ge Force.

I basically want the best of the best for a price range of £1000 to £1500. Dual graphics cards probably won't be nesecary as I understand you can upgrade later and at a second one. The same with the hard drive, as long as it is at least 400GB in total.

I have a couple of local shops nearby but I don't want to get ripped off.

Thanks for taking the time :)

  crosstrainer 16:55 07 Mar 2007

What you need is a "custom build" soloution several places...even Dell will now let you choose your own spec. and then build it for you or try this: click here very helpful if you explain your needs...As far as graphics are concerned you need SLI or Crossfire to use 2 cards if you buy a motherboard without 2 PCIE slots this will not be an option even at a later date, so choose the best you can afford...Are you planning to run Vista on your new machine?

  Salamol 16:59 07 Mar 2007

I don't plan to put Vista on, at least for a while. I will probably get it with xp home edition, and/or upgrade to the 64 bit version. I am part of Microsofts Academic Alliance, so I am able to get the OS at a later date. But for now I will buy it with the normal xp.

  Salamol 17:22 07 Mar 2007

I got 3 quotes from my local shops, these are what they actually say, and I'm told that some arn't very descriptive:(All are priced at £1,200 inc VAT)

Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 Processor
4096MB DDR2 667 Kingston Memory
400GB 16MB Cache SATA 2 Hard Drive
Gigabyte 965 Motherboard
LG 17" TFT 8ms DVI Flat Screen Monitor
320MB BFG Geforce 8800GTS PCI Express Video DVI
Gigabyte Aluminium Tower Case
550Watt Super Silent power Supply
Twin DVD Writers/CDRW
Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Mousepad(4USB ports)

AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core 5000+
4096 MB DDR 667 Memory
800GB SATA Hard Drive(This is probably 2 x 400 @ 7200 rpm)
Gigabyte Motherboard with Raid
19" DVI TFT Monitor 5ms
320MB BFG Geforece 8800GTS PCI Express Video
Tower case with 600 Watt PSU
Twin DVD Writers
Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Mousepad(4USB ports)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2x2.4) 775 Pin
MSI P965 Neo-F
2 x 1024MB PC5300(667)(major)DDR2
512MB 7650GT (PCIe)(Nvidia)(MSI NX7950GT-VT)
2 x 250GB 7200rpm SATA II Hard Drive
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Fatality
4 Bay Antec Black P180 Tower Case
Hiper Power 530W Silent ATX PSU(HPU-4M530)
Pioneer DVD-111D Black DVD Writer(OEM)
XP Home
System Build + Install

NOTE: The third quote doesnt include keyboard, mouse, speakers*. This will cost around £20-50 extra. The first two do not include XP (again £50~ extra)

*The third quote doesnt include a monitor either, I don't know wether to get a CRT or TFT, but again this will add to the cost.

Any suggestions on which to buy? Or things I could ask to be added/taken out, keeping the price below £1500. Also is £1200 a good price for these?

I'm really confused about the whole thing, it's alot of money to spend.

  crosstrainer 09:28 08 Mar 2007

It's your choice but I would steer clear of quote 3 In my opinion quote 2 is your best option, from the ones you have provided.

  Totally-braindead 10:10 08 Mar 2007

Something like this click here choose no operating system and buy an OEM copy of XP at the same time as well as the monitor of your choice.

  I am Spartacus 12:07 08 Mar 2007

Have a look at Komplett click here especially the 'Customise with recommended options'.

  citadel 17:06 08 Mar 2007

as it is a new pc it is worth getting the dx10 graphics card and the 640mb version of the 8800gts. I would just get the base unit and get a monitor from somewhere else as there are lots to choose from and you need to read reviews to make sure it is good for gaming.

  CodenameCueball 17:50 08 Mar 2007

i think building it is quite good. i discovered you could build a pc with all this,

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz,
2GB of Corsair ram,
ATi X1550 512mb graphics card,
400GB Seagate 7200rpm HDD,
Belinea 20" TFT Monitor,
Logitec X-210 25W Speakers,
Sony Floppy Drive,
7-in-1 card reader
Logitec Cordless Rechargeble desk set,
2 HP LightScribe DVD-RW Drive's,
Windows Vista Ultimate
and a cool looking balck and silver case!

shop around and it costs about £870. I know its not in the £1000-1500 price area but it is quite good. for the price.

  Totally-braindead 18:15 08 Mar 2007

Its good fun when everything goes well to build your own but it is more expensive.
CodenameCueball I presume theres a motherboard included and you just forgot it.

  textmum 09:53 09 Mar 2007

I bought mine from PC Specialists, custom made, it has the follwing specs if you are interested, might be worth you looking on that site.
INTEL® Core 2 Duo E6600 (2 X 2.40GHz) 1066MHz FSB/4MB L2 Cache
Memory (RAM)CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz -(4x1GB)
Motherboard ASUS® P5N-SLI: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, 2 PCI, etc
18x DVD±RW/RAM Lightscribe (48 x CD-RW)
512MB GEFORCE 7900GS PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
600W Quiet Quad Rail PSU incl Case Fan & CPU Cooler
Monitor - 19 INCH TFT SIL/BLACK 1280x1024 8MS DVI
Logitech® Internet Keyboard & Mouse
2 Year Return-to-Base warranty.

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