Please help a noob have a merry xmas

  herrflick 01:33 16 Dec 2009

Top of the morning everyone,

I'm looking for a PC and monitor for max £550.

I'm a keen Football Manager player and my current PC struggles on medium or large databases. Whilst playing FM I also like to surf, check email, listen to the radio... I'm a 'flicker' basically. I also use it for watching the occasional DVD and downloaded cartoons, I mean, whale documentarys.

In short, the faster my PC is when playing Football Manager the happier I will be.

I am hoping for any good advice on which spec is best for my needs and what I should buy.

I would also like to watch TV and connect my PS2 to the monitor but these are secondary to my need for speed.

Thanks all


  howard64 09:19 16 Dec 2009

you do not say what the specs of your current pc are? Without that we might suggest something worse.

  mr simon 10:16 16 Dec 2009

The PS2 will connect directly to your monitor, just need the appropriate hardware.

Do you have an operating system installed on your current one that you want to keep, or are you looking to upgrade that too?

In short, you don't need a really powerful PC for your needs, and so I would recommend not compromising on the monitor and getting a really nice 22" or 24", you can get some great ones for between £120 and £200. By getting a large screen like that you would be able to surf while playing FM, as there will be room on the screen for both.

  herrflick 12:21 16 Dec 2009

My current specs are -

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+

2gb RAM

NVIDIA GeForce 6100


Windows XP

Samsung Syncmaster 913v

This is too slow by far!

  howard64 16:58 16 Dec 2009

if you are not planning on upgrading what you have look at eg novatech for their pre built pcs and go for the fastest chip one that you can afford. If your present one can take more ram you will certainly notice a considerable difference. I am not into gaming myself but some of the top gaming video cards are up in the £100 to £200 range which will not leave that much from your budget for a new system.

  GaT7 17:24 16 Dec 2009

I would go for something like this click here for £377 & spend the rest on a nice, large monitor - like mr simon suggests. Not so keen on Vista though - would rather have Win7.

Another option is to get this for £300 click here & install your own graphics card (HD 4670 £45 click here) & OS (£40 Vista, with free upgrade to Win7 click here). That leaves £155 for the monitor. G

  herrflick 18:06 17 Dec 2009

Am looking at these 4 PC's

Would appreciate any opinions plz

Home PC AMD (AM3 Phenom X2 245 2.9 GHz 6MB Cache
Manufacturer Supplied Cooler
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 1066 (2x2Gb)
160GB SATA Hard Drive
AM3 Asrock N68PV-GS INT - DDR2 1066x2
Nvidia 750 chipset
ATI HD 4670 1024MB DDR3 PCI Express DDR DVI,
2036 Black Silver Midi Case Prescott 450W,
450Watt Cougar Extreme PSU,
DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK)
Integrated Sound Card, Intergrated Monitor Speakers
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
Standard Warranty
Total Cost - Cougar £437

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
4Gb 240Pin DDR2 800Mhz
Micro ATX Tower Case With 350w PSU
500Gb 3.5" 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
GeForce 9600GT SLI 1GB GDDR2 TV-Out/DVI PCI-Express
Intel G31 Intel ICH7
Intel Socket 775 DDR2 Motherboard
Logitech Corded Mouse PS2 / USB
Logitech Corded Keyboard - USB
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
Total Cost - Novatech £460

AMD Athlon II X2 250 (2x 3.0GHz) 3600MT, 2mb
Standard AMD CPU Cooler
Ccivo 2003 Black Case
Standard case fans
Power Supply - 400w Standard
Motherboard Asus M2N68-AM Plus - nForce 630a Chipset
Memory - 4gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800mhz CL5.0
Hard Drive 1 - 160gb SATA2 Hard Drive
Optical Drive 1 - Dual Layer DVDRW Drive
Graphics - 1024mb Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
Warranty - 1 Year Collect and Return Warranty
Total Cost - Ginger £445

Premium ATX Midi Tower Case
650 Watt Power Supply Unit
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
AMD Athlon™ II X4 620 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache AM3
Coolermaster Hyper 212 CPU Cooler
Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz
22x DVD RW Black SATA
nVidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB
Microsoft Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Built-in audio
Internal Card Reader 26 in 1
TV Tuner DVB-T Digital Freeview
2 Yr Return to Base Warranty Free Collect/Return
Total Cost - Power Computing £508


  mr simon 09:12 18 Dec 2009

I would personally go with the Novatech computer.

  GaT7 12:57 18 Dec 2009

I would go for the Cougar/Novatech one, with the latter edging it on account of the much larger hard drive. However, it has no optical drive?

The Power Computing one has the best components, but the graphics card is a bit weak - don't get anything less than a HD4670 or 9600GT. £480-500 will get you a PC with significantly better graphics cards (GTS250 / HD4850) & Win7 64-bit at Overclockers - click here & click here. G

  GaT7 13:03 18 Dec 2009

Couple more options from Overclockers for £380-400 after choosing Win7 click here & click here. But you'll need install your own graphics card - HD4670 click here / click here. G

  GaT7 13:07 18 Dec 2009

Sorry, forgot to say that all the Overclockers' PCs have mostly branded components - no generic cases or PSUs there, which you're likely to get with most of the others. G

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