Potential purchase - opinions, please

  bruce 11:32 24 Mar 2003

Replacement for silver surfer, but with visiting gamer teen, so trying to keep the price down, but the spec up to at least middling.........
Any/all opinions welcomed.

P4 2.53Ghz, 512Mb DDR RAM, 80Gb 7200 HDD (Maxtor or Seagate), 1.44Mb FDD, CDRW (Liteon), DVD (various incl. Artec/Mercury), 64Mb GeForce4 MX440, Jetway P4X400DAP mobo with VIA P4X400 MCH & VT 8235, Socket 478, supports 533Mhz system bus in data transfer rate, 133/166/200MHz Memory clock frequency, DDR266/DDR333/DDR400 DDR Module, ATX form factor 4 layers, PCB size: 30.5x21.0, 5x32-bit PCI slot, 1xAGP - supports AGP 2.0 & 4X/8X mode. On-board sound, on-board LAN 10/100, ATA 133, USB 2.0 Port x 2 and Headers for 4x USB (9 PIN CLOSE), 56K Modem,
300W ATX Case.
Would then add 15" TFT eg AOC LM520 or Ilyama BX3814UT for @ £200.

  Spook Tooth 11:47 24 Mar 2003

Sounds like a bit of a bargain really, at £500 (inc?) plus another £200 for the monitor.

What I feel people would comment on was the relative benefits to be had in spending an extra £100 for a 17" TFT monitor (if TFT screen is what you require). The additional viewing size is really much better and the AOC monitor from overclockers.co.uk amongst others is a very good monitor (as Djohn would testify).

The other factor to note would be the graphics card. I have used it briefly and it is not really the best 3D graphics performer, though it does hold it's own for light usage. If looking for a budget solution, go for the MX600 instead, slightly more expensive but much better. Or, if you can stretch the budget a little further, go for the GF4 Titanium version, the '4200' (GF4 Ti4200) model which is really the gamer's graphics card, costs almost double the MX400 though at say £120 inc. It performs at double the ability of the former MX400 card also though, but is only really required if the system is going to get a lot of use gaming wise by a serious gamer, really. Only the latest most demanding games require such processing power - these are targeted more at the late teens/20/30 somethings (and Ordep ;o]).

Otherwise - a great system it seems. The P4 will run more silently than an AMD Athlon system, as it requires less cooling so perhaps a good choice, though Athlon systems are tradionally less expensive than Intel Pentium chips. A link to the computer might encourage more opinion - good luck all the same with it though.

  Paranoid Android 12:54 24 Mar 2003

Personally I would opt for a better graphics card (4600ti) and a decent flat screen 17in CRT display rather than a cheap TFT.

You probably don't need a 2.53 Gig processor either, you could save by opting for a 2.2 Celeron. More than enough poke for gaming, especially with a Ti graphics card.

(Now I am nitpicking)


  bruce 10:31 28 Mar 2003

I'm being offered an ATi Radeon 8500 R200A1D (64 MB DDR, TV, DVI) for an extra £20 instead of the 440MX (which is being defended as "an excellent card").

Any thoughts on the Radeon 8500, please ?

  Rayuk 18:17 28 Mar 2003

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  Spook Tooth 18:53 28 Mar 2003

Sounds good to me - Ordep uses the same card (an avid gamesplayer and PCA postee). He has no gripes about its ability. £20 extra is very reasonable.

  bruce 19:38 28 Mar 2003

Thanks to all.

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