Gaming PC - What a beginner should buy???

  Adrian2106 17:19 19 Apr 2012

Hi, I have always been a gamer (Xbox, Playstation etc) and always used PC's (at work of sufing the net) but am now looking at going into PC gaming.

There seems to be alot of choice out there and I have no clue where to start or what standard of equipment I should be looking to get.

I have seen good and bad reviews for the main brands like Alienware but are they over priced?

If any one has any good advice for a newbie I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

  KRONOS the First 04:50 20 Apr 2012

Without a budget to work with it is fairly impossible to advise you. So first things first how much dose are you willing to spend?please remember a decent gaming rig does not nessessarily come cheap. Second thing is what sort of games are you in to?

  Adrian2106 16:40 20 Apr 2012

Thanks, I did mean to mention a budget but somehow forgot. The little I've looked into it a straight forward rig is approx £550 but to be honest with getting a monitor and a few other bits as well I wouldnt be looking to spend a massive amount more than that without good justification. That said I dont want to end up with something that doesnt keep up.

I was also thinking a good gaming PC would be good for photo editing etc but correct me of I'm wrong.

As for the types of games, The Old Republic, Mass Effect, Battlefield and racing games.

At the end of the day I dont want to spend any money on something rubbish and would be happier to save a little longer to get something of a good standard so let me know what you think.

  KRONOS the First 18:39 20 Apr 2012

Sorry,just to clarify the £550 is that including monitor, keyboard, mouse?because you might be struggling to get a decent gaming rig for that sort of money. I'll have a look around tomorrow see what I can find,but I would suggest saving another couple of hundred and at least you will get something quite reasonable, and something that you will be able upgrade easily in the future.

I will admit I am not the best at looking for prebuilt systems as I have always built my own, but I am fairly good at components and I am a gamer,(FPS'S)so have an idea of gaming specs.

  Adrian2106 10:38 21 Apr 2012

Looking into it a little further the £550 is just the tower, not even an operating system. Cyberpower seem to have a good offer on Yesterday, but seems to have gone now, an amd system that works out at £750 keyboard, monitor etc and opprrating system.

Thanks for your help.

  KRONOS the First 10:40 21 Apr 2012

Are you say that £750 is now your budget?

  Adrian2106 10:34 22 Apr 2012

I'm kind of saying I dont have a budget as such but want a decent unit but don't know how much that is. Would be willing to stretch to £750 for a good unit but would have to save a little but longer to wt there.

  KRONOS the First 11:38 22 Apr 2012

I think it might be better if you had a look around for something that you quite like the look of and then post a link here and I will take a look and see if it can be tweaked or not. Here are a few places to look.


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and Zoostorm is another.

  Adrian2106 13:13 26 Apr 2012

Hi, this is one I have seen and seems like quite a good system but if you do have time to cast your eye it would be appreciated. The only problem is I do need to save a little longer but thats my problem.

Thanks for your help.

  Adrian2106 11:16 27 Apr 2012

Clicked on link myself and realise it didnt work. System is as follows:

AMD FX-6100 Processor • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory • AMD HD 6770 1GB • Asus M5A78L-M 760G MB • 2TB SATA-III Hard Drive • 24X Double DVD±R/±RW • CoolerMaster Elite 310 Case

Its called Weekly Sales I.

  KRONOS the First 11:58 27 Apr 2012

I am not convinced that the AMD FX-6100 Processor AM+3 (Bulldozer) CPU is the way to go. To be honest an i5 with a z68 motherboard would be better.

Also the Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 is only a small improvement improvement over the 5770,which was certainly a good GPU but a little dated now. You really should be looking at a 6870 or 560 TI

I know that you are having to save extra but it would be better to get something that has a better upgrade potential than the one you have specced.

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