Gaming PC - £1500 budget

  ZootHornRollo 22:31 30 Oct 2008

My Evesham Solar VX is nearly 2 years old and has packed up on me - I will try to get it fixed but may go for a new PC for about £1500 or so. I want it for gaming plus the normal office / net / music functions.

I have never really liked the Evesham - maybe it's them or is it Vista? Who knows. Any way can anyone recommend a good machine for this sort of budget? I have looked at the PC advisor top 5 and have only heard of Mesh and am reluctant to buy form a compoany I have not heard of before.

  red1977 07:57 31 Oct 2008

You will probably get recommendations to go to Cougar Extreme and Novatech. Arbico and Chillblast seem to be highly regarded too. Mesh, PCSpecialist Yoyotech and Overclockers seem to get variable reviews on here. Look at their websites and the consumerwatch forum. BTW £1500 buys you an awful lot of PC.

  rustyboy 08:00 31 Oct 2008

Hi there Zoot.

Well first of all let me say that you do not need to spend anywhere near £1500 for a gaming / home officer machine.
Firstly we need to know what you need. Are you just after the box or do you want a new screen , mouse and keyboard with it? Do you want new surround sound speakers or do you have all the above.
Im going to assume you are just after the box and show you a system that Will run any game you like (online or offline).
click here

Take a look at this company and this machine.
You'll need to configure what you want exactly but lets look at several points.
1. Its an intel based machine - It is currently recognised that intel cpu's are better for gaming than amd, hence ive based it around an intel chip. You do not need a quad core for good gaming but if its within your budget a good quality Quad core wont hurt. I'd go for the Q9550
2. graphics set up - this machine is an SLI capable machine. That way you can start with one card and if you funds later allow you can add a second card to increase its graphical power. I wouldnt suggest going for two cards straight away as very few games are designed specifically for SLI. One good quality card will be more than capable. I'd go for a minimum of the 9800GTX+. I use one of those cards myself and have no problems running any modern games.
3. Spec in a gaming case with the extra cooling, a decent sata2 HD 4 gig of ram and a 64bit operating system and there you go. ive listed below what i would chose. It'll run anything you want and is easy to upgrade with any additional bits you might need in the future. Ive gone for the larger Power supplie purely to allow for future upgrades without having to replace it.

iBUILD™ Intel SLi Gaming PC Performance,
Antec Nine Hundred - Advanced Gaming Case,
Corsair 1000W Power Supply Unit,
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core 4x2.83GHz 12MB cache,
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 Fan,
Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz,
320GB 7200RPM SATA II,
500GB 7200RPM SATA II,
Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD RW Black SATA,
NVidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB,
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Home Premium (64-bit),
Built-in audio,
2 Years Return to Base inc. 2 Years Free Collect & Return Parts & Labour

This spec will run anything you can throw at it and is also very easy to upgrade just by adding more ram and/or a second graphics card if/when you want to (though that shouldnt be anytime soon as this is the latest card on the market and is very very powerfull) Ive also included a second hard drive. This is because i always advise people to keep their boot up drive as clean as possible and install any games or additional stuff on a second drive which you can then clean and format as often as you wish without having to re-install windows and the relevant drivers. It also means quicker cleaner bootups as theres less clutter on your boot drive.

This company are very good and very quick and generally have your machine with you within 7 working days. Also how many other companys come with a 2 year warranty as standard.

Sorry for the extended waffle of this post but i thought i'd give you as much info as i could in one go. Any further questions just post here and ill get back to you.

  rustyboy 08:03 31 Oct 2008

Oh and that spec is £300 under your budget so you have the extra available to get a decent 22"+ screen and other bits if you need to.

  cactusjack 13:00 01 Nov 2008

I would recommend Novatech - I have had very good customer service experience with them after buying their Executor Pro PC in June. They are quick to react if there are problems. They also won awards recently for desktop PC reliability I think - check their site.

Prices are decent too - but machines can't really be customised unless you make a special request to tech support.

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