Hi all, ive finally decided to screw my laptop and custom build a pc justfor games. Im doing this on pcspecialist.co.uk for now but if anyone knows any cheaper sites plez tell me. i want to be able to play bf2 on medium-high with no lag, however money is an object so i want to try and keep this below £600. This is not impossible as this is purely for gaming so i dnt need any unneccsary programs usb ports etc. So, can u advise me on what parts to use, i.e what kind of dvd drive i need to play bf2. processor (intel or amd) graphics card sound card screen etc plez help any suggestions will be greatly appriciated.
The Internet ends at GF
26th June 2005
Well for 600 quid you would want to get entry level AMD64 (whatever is cheapest/best value) try and stretch to 2 gig of memory if you can and also try and get dual channell which on 2 gig will add more onto the price. Screen wise at your budget I would say your best with a 19" CRT rather than flat screen (probably £150 or thereabouts) although if space is an issue a 17"flat with 4-8ms response is gonna set you back 200 quid or so, at the very least a 12ms response flat will set you back 150 quid. Re-use the HD from your old PC if you can (not ideal but saves money) and spend the rest on a graphics card, 6600 series or 6800 if you can afford it (I've got a 6800gt and it handles everything I throw at it). If youre in the 6600 range I dont think ATI have anything to rival it although if you looking at the 6800 range then ATI X800 range couldf be an option (although bang for buck the 6800GT is the one I reckon). Slim
ok cheers m8. just one more thing. Anybody know any cheap custom pc websites or good cheap computer brands that i can buy fully fitted.
Waffle-Sprocket is broke
24th November 2003
I would suggest something like this http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?MBB-643051 with another 512 of RAM and a 6600GT card, stick it in a case, bung in a monitor and bingo!! You'll have change too if you go for the best parts within your budget as opposed to blowing money on a pretty case.
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
Build it your self is the best way. If you want to play Bf2 maxed out you need Case $40-$100 with PS) At lest an AMD64+3000($140Us) AMD compatable motherboard nforce 4($100US) 120gb HD($90us) 1Gb pc3200 ram($110 US) 6600gt PCI-e($160us) CD/DVD drive($30US) Build it your slef and save alot of money and you will get the best you can.
I would die without GF
20th May 2002
Basically I agree with most of the stuff posted here. But particularly don't be sucked in by the P4 hype, the Athlon 64 is a far better gaming CPU. There are particular issues associated with SATA HDD's and WinXP, so if you get a SATA HDD read up before trying to install windows.
Also don't buy a cheap case with a PSU. As Pethegreat™ mentioned, you can get cheap cases for $40, even with PSU's, but they are junk. While not a component given much though by the average PC buyer, they just take whatever comes with the computer, a good quality PSU is an absolute must have for a gamer because we tend to run our computers at a much higher continuous stress level than your average internet junky. When considering PSU's don't look at the first number your see, most cheap power supplies are quoted by the PEAK output, which is unsustainable over a long period, most good PSU's will have a peak and RATED output. A good case with a good PSU is a must have.
How many dogs are Pb'd?Maybe 2
30th April 2004
while i aggree with AK on somethings Deffinitely about the powersupply and case. Get a quality powersupply...... I will say that if you are trying to save money get the amd chips. I have two p4 chips and have had nothing but good experiences versus the amd i had for about two weeks. also, if you are trying to save money, you can get a 9600 card starting at 80 bucks USD. Including the xt, the pro, 128 or 256. A few people in my clan have it and they love how well they work. If you try pricewatch.com they have an "international" link for shipping.
Dread thinks I'm a special person
6th January 2004
So true about PS. I bought an SH 465W for 50.00CDN. It was $50.00 because it is crap. http://www.tomshardware.com is an EXCELLENT site that has comprehensive reviews on everything PC. If you want a good PS you should look into an "enermax" or " antec" they make good PS
3rd February 2005
Take a look at my reply to a thread here about half way down the page. This will give you a hand into ideas for a more budget focused rig and the sites listed I find very good. Hope it helps.
wo thx all of u, uve been a massive help!