Help Choosing Desktop

  dharma24 23:23 26 Oct 2009
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My old PC has died, and I've decided to get a new one. After doing research i've opted to purchase from cougar-extreme.co.uk as the site has received many positive reviews here.

Requirements: The types of games i want to play are Medieval Total War, Empire Total War, Mass Effect, Doom 3. Also if possible on medium settings, Crysis, Far Cry 2 and Fallout 3. The PC would also be used for watching and editing HD content. I am going to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, the monitor will be purchased from another site.

****£652 – cougar extreme****
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 Ghz 12Mb Cache,
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb),
500GB SATA Hard Drive,
QCE - MSI P43 NEO F - 1600FSB DDR2 1066x4 P43 chipset,
896Mb GTX260 PCI Express Nvidia DDR DVI,
CiT 500W Black Edition PSU, DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK),
Elite 330 Black Midi Case Window No PSU RC-330K-KWPC-GP
DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK),
No monitor and OS


****£608- cougar extreme****
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 Ghz 12Mb Cache,
Manufacturer Supplied Cooler,
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb),
500GB SATA Hard Drive, , ,
QCE - MSI P43 NEO F - 1600FSB DDR2 1066x4 P43 chipset,
ATI 4850 1024MB PCI Express DDR DVI,
Elite 330 Black Midi Case Window No PSU RC-330K-KWPC-GP,
CiT 500W Black Edition PSU,
DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK),
No monitor and OS


****£675 – cougar extreme****
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0 Ghz 12Mb Cache,
Manufacturer Supplied Cooler,
4GB Corsair Memory DDR3 1333 (2 x 2gb),
1000GB SATA Hard Drive,
QCE - P43Twins1600 - 2000FSB DDR3 DDR2 1333x4 P43 CHIPSET,
ATI 4870 1024MB PCI Express DDR DVI,
CiT 500W Black Edition PSU,
Elite 334 Black Midi Case No Psu RC-334-KKN1-GP,
DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK),
No monitor and OS

NOTE: I am not sure which motherboard to choose from, as well as the types of RAM.

DDR2
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb)
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 1066 (2x2Gb)
4GB Kingston DDR2 800 (2 x 2gb)

DDR3
4GB Corsair Memory DDR3 1333 (2 x 2gb)
4GB Corsair Memory DDR3 1600 (2 x 2gb)

  scousejen 13:26 27 Oct 2009

They all seem like good specs, i would look into other comapnies aswell and get some quotes to compare prices. Try Cube247 - ive bought from them a couple of times and their systems are always cheaper than other companies. Give them a call and as them to price up the spec you prefer. They have similar systems on their website but they will build a pc to your specification so its probably best to talk to the sales guys.

  dharma24 14:17 27 Oct 2009

Thanks, will check out cube247. I have been recommended to Overclockers by one of my friends. I have found this system: click here=

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.66GHz Overclocked to 3.20GHz!
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 TwinX Dual Channel
ATI Radeon 4870 1024mb
LG GH22NS30 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Akasa AK-967 Nero Direct Contact Heatpipe CPU Cooler
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Modular Power Supply
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound professionally hand installed by our technicians
Coolermaster Elite 335 Case
1yr Onsite Collect & Return Warranty

  scousejen 14:42 27 Oct 2009

Yeah that seems like a good system. I have used overclockers before but i dont particularly rate them. You should definately shop around though and get some quotes, so many companies are over priced. Let me know how you get on!

  dharma24 21:57 04 Nov 2009

Sorry for th elate reply, the best i could find on cube247 within my budget is this one: click here

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core i5 750 Processor
4096MB Corsair DDR III Memory
1000GB SATA II Seagate Ultra Fast Hard Disk Space
NEC 7200 Multi Format DVD/CD ReWriter
ATI Radeon 4870 Performance Graphics
5.1 High Definition Surround Sound
Intel Deluxe Motherboard
Multi Format Memory Card Reader
10/100 Ethernet LAN

Not so sure about the motherboard or PSU.

  Spencer40 11:27 10 Nov 2009

That looks like a good system, i noticed its also avaliable for next day delivery to - impressive! I would phone them and ask what motherboard they use in that system - chances are if you ask for a specific motherboard they will fit it.

  scousejen 11:34 10 Nov 2009

I agress with Spencer, if there is a particular motherboard you are wanting chances are Cube will be able to buy it in a fit it. Although Cube have those systems on their website they will built a custom pc from scratch to the customers specification so it is worth calling them, giving them to spec you listed in your first post and getting them to price it up - see if they can beat the price you have been given.

The Zuben system does look like a very good system, and it is a bonus that it is avliable for next day delivery. You could also reduce the price of the system by going to a lower hard drive if you didnt really need 1000GB

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