which one is best please?

  brad paisley 03:41 23 Oct 2007

have had alook round and found a few pc's that look good enough. can any of you experts advise me on whihc one to choose, i want it only for playing latest games.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Processor (3.0GHz)
XFX Nvidia 650i Ultra Motherboard
nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB Graphics Card
Casecom LG-5570 Black/Silver Mid Tower Case
500W Power Supply
2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
20x DVD-RW/CD-RW Optical Drive (Black)
320GB SATA 7200rpm Hard Disk
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit OEM
19" Widescreen TFT Monitor featuring 1440x900 resolution

(£750.00 inc. VAT)

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz 2x1MB L2 Cache Processor
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Asus P5K SE P35 Chipset Mboard
• 1GB PC6400 DDR2/800 Memory
• 250GB 7200RPM SATA-II 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
• NVIDIA Geforce 8600GTS 256MB 16X PCI-E Video
• 19" TFT Active Matrix LCD Display
• Sony 18X DVD+-RW Drive
• AC97 3D 5.1 Wavetable Sound
• Logitech PS/2 Internet Keyboard
• Logitech USB Optical Mouse
• Sagitta Mid-Tower Case w/ "See-Thru" Window


• Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz Processor
• MSI 650i SLI Chipset Mboard
• 2GB PC6400 DDR2/800 Memory
• 400GB 7200 RPM SATA-II 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
• 16X PCI-Express NVIDIA Geforce 8800GTS 320MB Video Card
• 22" TFT LCD Display Monitor
• Sony 18X DVD+- Rewritable Drive
• High Definition 7.1 Onboard Sound
• Logitech Keyboard & Optical Mouse
• Xion III Gaming Mid-Tower 420W Case with Side Window


AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
Dell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) - UK/Irish
3072MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024+2x512]
1.0TB (7200RPM) SATA Dual Hard Drives (2X500GB)
256MB nVidia™ GeForce 8600GT graphics card
16x DVD +/- RW Drive


Cooler Master Centurion
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 Power 420W
Processor: Core 2 Duo E6550 4MB cache
CPU Cooler: Standard CPU Cooler
Graphics Card 1: BFG GeForce 7950 GT 512MB PCI Express
Graphics Card 2: None
Memory: 2GB Corsair DDR2 PC4200 Value Select
Motherboard: ASRock ConRoe1333-eSATA2 Socket 775
Hard Disk Drive One: 250GB Caviar SE16 SATA 300
Monitor: Viewsonic VX922 19


Choice of Windows Vista Home OR XP Home
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU
320MB nVidia 8800GTS Graphics Card with Dualink DVI-I
2GB (2048MB) 533Mhz PC4200 DDR2 Ram
320GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive
18x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter
2.1 Stereo Speakers
5.1 Channel Sound
20" VideoSeven TFT With Onboard Speakers
10/100 Integrated Ethernet (LAN) Card
Power DVD & Nero
500 Watt Cooler Master Dual 12 V Rail PSU


first of all are any of them good enough to play latest games well, and second if so, which one would you recomend. big thanks in advance, i really am useless knowing which one to go for.

  crosstrainer 06:08 23 Oct 2007

The Quad core Intel or the AMD systems are the best of the lot. I would give the edge to the AMD, but the quad core intels are fast!

  keef66 12:08 23 Oct 2007

The Athlon only has a 256 mb 8600 grafix card.

I'd say the first one in the list would be the best all round gaming pc for the money, followed by the quad core machine if he wants to spend a bit more

  skidzy 12:14 23 Oct 2007

Agree with Crosstrainer;

Though do make sure you have a good branded psu.

Gamers seem to prefer AMD over Intel cpu's,and what i can gather xp is prefered over Vista for top end gaming.

  skidzy 12:16 23 Oct 2007

keef66 is correct,a bigger Graphics card would be best.

Though im not a gamer,i would opt for the Quad core if the funds where availble.

  keef66 13:36 23 Oct 2007

Gamers don't prefer AMD to intel any more; the Core 2 Duo and quad core chips are better than anything AMD currently has to offer

Bit of a dilemma the XP vs Vista thing. XP is probably the best/quickest for todays games, but you don't get the DX10 your 8800 graphics card supports. Tomorrows games will be written with Vista and DX10 in mind, and then you might regret going with XP.

I'd probably go for Vista if the games I want to play are compatible with it.

  skidzy 14:21 23 Oct 2007

My post refering to gamers prefer AMD over Intel is based on a little old research,i know Intel are way out in front of AMD at the moment..running cooler,running quicker....etc.

The people i speak to running gaming machines with xp as Vista will not run them correctly.
I was going to post regarding DX10...but this depends on brad paisley and if he/she needs to run the games they currently have...therefore i doubt Vista will run them better than xp,even in compatibility mode.

My advice is only based on what ive read through Google and not as a gamer...but i do agree as i said earlier,my preference would be the Quad core also.

There is always the option to dual boot with xp and Vista if required,providing the mobo can take vista and xp drivers.

  brad paisley 18:35 23 Oct 2007

thanks for help guys.

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