Help with purchasing computer

  lilburne 16:37 02 Dec 2007
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Hey hey guys
Im looking at investing into a new computer and getting myself a decent rig!
Im looking to spend no more than £500 if possible... Ive done a quick search around, and come up with this package....

PC Case: Coolermaster ELITE 330 Case

Power Supply: Standard 450 Watt PSU

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 CPU


Heatsink & CPU Fan: Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan

Motherboard: Asrock Conroe 1333-D667
Motherboard

DDR2 Memory: 2 GB Kingston 800Mhz PC6400 DDR2 RAM

PCI-E Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA Geforce 8400GS Turbocache PCI Express Graphics Card

Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Sound Card

Primary Hard Drive: 160GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive

Secondary Hard Drive: None

Main Optical Drive: 18x Dual Layer DVD Rewriter

Secondary Optical Drive: None

Floppy Drive: None

Memory Card Reader: None

Dial-Up Modem: None

Network Adapter: Integrated 10/100 Network Card

TV Tuner: None

Firewire: None

TFT Monitor: None

Keyboard & Mice: Multimedia Keyboard & Optical Mouse

Speakers: None

Printer: None

VOIP Hardware: None

Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic

Antivirus Software: None

Multimedia Software: None

Office Software: None

Miscellaneous: None

Warranty: 1 Year Return To Base Warranty

Build Time: Standard Build

£454 which includes vat and shipping...

Is this a decent rig, what would you upgrade or change... I might be willing to go above £500, but not by a large amount..

And yes, i do realise a monitor isnt included!

  skidzy 17:03 02 Dec 2007

you have not mentioned your intentions of use.

If just a basic system for internet/email writing the odd document and burning a few cd/dvd's etc...that will serve just fine.Though i would be looking for a psu of 500watt or higher.

Where is that spec taken from..Dell ?

Some others to look at with Monitor if needed click here

and click here

Or better still click here remember to add the os to the cost.

  lilburne 17:06 02 Dec 2007

It would be for gaming... I'd obviously like to play top end games, but i know i'd have to invest alot more to get a top end computer

Bascailly im just looking for the best computer available for serious gaming on (mainly FPS's), for around the £500 mark.... the spec is taken from a company called Arbico!

  skidzy 17:21 02 Dec 2007

If you are really hoping to play top end games,there is more to consider..mainly the budget for starters im afraid.
£500 will not get you a good gaming machine sadly,also you need to consider the os and directx 10 games.

Im not a gamer but do follow a few threads regarding gaming and requirements and i do believe Vista will play directx10 but xp will not.

You would also need to consider cooling,maybe an extra case fan would help.

  SANTOS7 17:33 02 Dec 2007

Power supply is underpowered too even before you consider gaming, high end gaming 6/700w + at least, don't skimp on it either....

  SANTOS7 17:35 02 Dec 2007

Missed the last bit, Arbico are a fine company bought the tower i have now from them....

  lilburne 22:17 02 Dec 2007

PROCESSOR AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium

HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return edit

MONITOR Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) - UK/Irish

MEMORY 4096MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]

HARD DRIVE 500GB Dual Hard Drive Non RAID (2x250GB - 7200rpm)

GRAPHICS CARD 256MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2600 XT graphics card

OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD +/- RW Drive

KEYBOARD Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)

MOUSE Dell Optical Scroll Premium Mouse edit
Accessories

SOUND SOFTWARE Sound Blaster® X-Fi Xtreme Music PCI Soundcard

SPEAKERS Dell™ A525 Speakers with Subwoofer

FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Media Card Reader

MODEMS No Modem

MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English


This is the system i am thinking of going for....

Price = £744, thats with Dell.... Better deal?

  lilburne 22:41 02 Dec 2007

Or on the other hand... Ive been looking at...



PC Case: Xblade Silver ATX Midi Tower

Power Supply: Quiet Coolermaster 460Watt Dual 12V Rail PSU

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU

Heatsink & CPU Fan: Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan

DDR2 Memory: 2 GB Kingston 800Mhz PC6400 DDR2 RAM

PCI-E Graphics: 320MB nVidia GeForce 8800GTS PCI Express Graphics Card

Sound Card: Creative PCI AudigySE 7.1 Sound Card

Primary Hard Drive: 320GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive

Secondary Hard Drive: None

Main Optical Drive: 18x Dual Layer DVD Rewriter

Secondary Optical Drive: None

Floppy Drive: None

Memory Card Reader: None

Dial-Up Modem: None

Network Adapter: Integrated 10/100 Network Card

TV Tuner: None

Firewire: None

TFT Monitor: 20" VideoSeven TFT With Onboard Speakers

Keyboard & Mice: Keyboard & Optical Mouse

Speakers: 2.1 Speaker System
VOIP Hardware: None

Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home
Premium -

Antivirus Software: None

Multimedia Software: Cyberlink Power DVD 6 & Nero Burning Rom

Office Software: None

Warranty: 1 Year Return To Base Warranty

£906 Which includes vat and shipping....

Any of you guys got any idea's... £900 is alot more than i was looking to spend...

  warlord12345 00:33 03 Dec 2007

try building @ click here

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz 4Mb Cache
2GB Crucial ballstix DDR2 800 - 2 x 1GB
500GB SATA Hard Drive
Impress Case
Colors 550Watt Silent Upgrade
256Mb Nvidia 8600GT graphics card DX10
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 - 1333fsb
Samsung DVD +/- Re-writer
Integrated Sound Card,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Free Carriage
13 Month Warranty

£517

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz 8Mb Cach
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 - 4 x 1GB
500GB SATA Hard Drive
X-Clio Propeller Midi Tower case
Colors 550Watt Silent Upgrade
512Mb 8800GT PCI express
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3
Samsung DVD +/- Re-writer
19 Inch (DVI) AMW TFT widescreen X1910WDS, Keyboard & Mouse Set Black and Silver, Integrated Sound Card,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM)
13 Month Warranty
Free Carriage

£865

Both these specs are great for current games but i would say the second is more future proof, and alot better than the one you build for £906

8800GT are better than 8800GTS
and also the GA-P35-DS3 or DS3R are rated very good motherboards :)

from what i have heard cougar extreme are really reliable and have great customer service, really helpful... ask for mario if u call them. i heard he is the best

hope i have helped you... good luck in your computer searching :)

  lilburne 20:33 05 Dec 2007

just thought i would update, I dont need a monitor, as I've already got that sorted!...!!

  Totally-braindead 22:03 05 Dec 2007

What about this click here £477.05 with Vista Premium its not bad for the money.

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