Help in finding the right PC

  Emporer16 19:02 16 Jan 2010

First off i hope i found the right forum, since i'm a beginner it seemed right. Well currently, i'm unemployed and trying to get a pc with pocket money (16 by the way) i have totalled just under 550 pounds (i'll have more money though soon )and i'm in need of a PC.

i'm doing an art course, animation and i have my own camera plus i enjoy playing the latest games, so whatever pc i get has to be able to do all those things well. i've looked and looked but i think you guys/girls could help me a lot more. i'm trying to get a job and i'll definently be buying one by May.

my only conditions are that, it's wireless or can be, allows some customization and has windows 7/XP. Can any of you smart people help? or do you need more info?

  OTT_B 19:11 16 Jan 2010

A lot can happen with PC prices between now and May...

Do you need a monitor?

  Emporer16 19:19 16 Jan 2010

No i don't, we have one spare at home, which i can use, if the comptuer comes with a monitor or i can get a better one for a cheap price then i will

  OTT_B 20:04 16 Jan 2010

Ok, what monitor do you have? The thing with photo and video editing and gaming is your system will only be as strong as the weakest link. If the monitor cannot display a high enough resolution, or does not have a suitable response rate then your results will suffer.

Assuming your monitor is good, then you could look at something like this from CCL Online (£627)

CoolerMaster Elite 330 - Black / Silver
Sony AD-5240S-0B 24x DVDRW
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core CPU
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
Biostar TA770E AM3 Motherboard
460W CoolerMaster eXtreme Power Plus Power Supply - OEM
4GB CCL Choice 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 1GB

or from Cougar Extreme (£622):

Intel Core i5 650 3.20GHz 4Mb Cache socket 1156,
Manufacturer Supplied Cooler,
4GB DDR3 1333 Cougar Extreme Memory,
500GB SATA Hard Drive,
(1156) ASROCK P55M Pro X-fire DDR3 2133 x4 P55 chipset,
ATI HD 5750 1024MB GDDR5 PCI Express DDR DVI,
2036 Black Silver Midi Case Prescott 450W, 450Watt Cougar Extreme PSU, DVD+/- RW - 20X (pioneer 116DBK),
Integrated Sound Card,
Windows 7 Home premium 32 bit,
In Store Collection

They're both a little over your £550 budget, but you did say you'd have more soon :)


  Emporer16 07:50 17 Jan 2010

Yes i like both of them, leaning towards the I5 one more, i'll keep on looking as well and let's see if anyone else has any suggestions.

well this is in the monitor - click here

  OTT_B 12:38 17 Jan 2010

The i5 would be my choice of the two also. Your monitor looks fine - best resolution is a bit low for my personal preference and it won't display full HD. If that poses no issue to you then there's no reason to replace it.

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