help looking for desktop base unit high spec

  frankie 18:58 29 Oct 2007

help looking for desktop base unit high spec,looked at the compaq sr5249uk £550 in currys with the viva processor and 3gb ram,is this good value?.or anyone bought a good desktop lately they can recommend,many thanks for looking,

  johnnyrocker 19:01 29 Oct 2007

click here build to order


  frankie 22:11 29 Oct 2007

not impressed with thar site,click on things nothing opens thanks anyway

  The Kestrel 00:00 30 Oct 2007

Try click here they come highly recommended.

  GaT7 00:35 30 Oct 2007

"compaq sr5249uk £550 in currys" - couldn't find it, but did at HP click here.

Similar system for ~£125 less click here - needs to be configured to a similar spec, & card reader added separately. Configured it with 2Gb RAM, but 1Gb has a value of only £17, & I've added a cordless keyboard/mouse set for £20.

frankie, what are you going to use the PC for? G

  frankie 09:50 30 Oct 2007

myself just for photo/video editing,kids want to play games,

  johnnyrocker 09:54 30 Oct 2007

it works ok here just click past the trailer, i have had my machine faultless fo 5 plus years.


  GaT7 16:59 30 Oct 2007

Which games are they going to be playing & what's your budget? G

  frankie 20:09 30 Oct 2007

about the 500 mark kids want to play most games, but that is really secondary to me,i just want decent spec pc running vista with enough storage and ram to be swift,all advice gratefully recieved got a good monitor so just need base unit,thanks

  frankie 20:12 30 Oct 2007

clicked all over page does nothing for me link works but tells me nothing about them cheers

  GaT7 01:05 31 Oct 2007

Komplett Intel Entry click here, configured to the spec below = £372 incl VAT & del:

* Gigabyte GZ-X1 Black [solid & good enough]
* Fortron Source Blue Storm II 500W [worth paying £15 more for this]
* MSI P4M900M2-L [£37 more for alternative seems too steep]
* Intel C2D E4500 [best CPU offered here]
* OCZ Platinum PC6400 2GB [£19 more over cheapest 2GB PC5300 - worth it]
* NO Graphics Card [buy from elsewhere - see below]
* Samsung 160GB SATA2 16MB [change according to your needs/budget]
* NEC DVD±RW AD-7173 Black/Dual/LabelFlash/ [change according to your needs]
* Windows XP Home SP2b English OEM [choose Vista Home Premium if you prefer. I went for XP as I prefer it & it's quicker IMO].

As I wasn't too keen on their graphics card selection, may I suggest to get one off eBuyer: PowerColor X1950Pro AC2 256MB DDR3 click here = £69 (after Google Checkout discount click here). More alternatives at click here. No DX10, but I've read even the high-end GPUs aren't doing that great in this department in games.

Grand Total = £441

With the £59 remaining may I suggest an external hard drive for data storage & backups click here.

However, if you choose Vista & must have a DX10 card go for a 2600XT click here = £55 incl VAT & del (after GC discount) - seems great value. For £35 more you can get a 8600GTS click here, but I'm sure if it's really worth it. This article - see conclusion click here - may sway you back to the X1950Pro & DX9. G

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