Those of you who know me will know that I know almost nothing about hardware. Therefore, it has me worried when I am to pick my own PC for Christmas. I have compiled a list of possible PCs, and here they are:
Dell Inspiron 531: Inspiron 531
Packard Bell 2411 (different monitor): PACKARD BELL 2411 Desktop PC and TFT Monitor from PC World - Cheap PACKARD BELL Desktop Computers and the latest PACKARD BELL Desktop PC deals.
EI System 307 (Big Monitor is a plus): EI SYSTEM 307 Desktop PC and TFT Monitor from PC World - Cheap EI SYSTEM Desktop Computers and the latest EI SYSTEM Desktop PC deals.
... which should I get?
I would like to be able to play new(ish) games and be able to multitask with many programs open. With regard to the games, I don't mind low graphics quality, as long as they will run.
So, disregarding OSes, since I do have some OS CDs anyway, which PC should I get?
You won't be gaming on any of those machines even on low...they all have an integrated graphics chipset or a terrible video card in them. Custom building would really be the way to go, if you know how to put it together or possibly know someone who can. Do you have a budget you can give us?
The most powerfull would be the packard bell 2411 (with the 2.2ghz), just upgrade the gfx card to a minimum of a 8600gt (go for the 8800gt for a 200£ or something like that) and put another gig of ram in and you should do okay.
Or you could customize the Dell with 2 gb ram, the best gfx they allow for and a core 2 duo processor (or an equal athlon procesor (someone?))
Custom building is the way to go. You will get a much better computer for the same price, or less.
There's a friend of mine up the road who builds them, I'll give him a shot.
And my budget is £500.
Any advice on good quality parts that are cheap?
Chris;4033327Looked at some sweet components, are they compatible with each other? "Buy GeForce 8800GT today for 130 quid" - Click "Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Bundle" - Click "Zalman Tech CNPS9700 NT CPU Heatsink & Fan" - Click "Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE 7.1 OEM" - Click
They are compatible yes, and very nice choices. I'm no good with UK pc hardware websites (I'm in US)...So I'm a little afraid of searching and listing you parts from an un-reliable website. Perhaps this guy up the street knows a good website? Because you'll need some RAM, a Power-Suppply, A Motherboard, and a case to add to your list of parts to have a complete system.
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10th November 2006
RAM is pretty cheap now, so that won't me much of a problem for him. The only major thing you have left to do is find a mobo that supports all the parts you've picked out, and a case that will fit them.
Yeah have your friend build you a rig, and learn as you go so you can build your own next time. It's way better than going name brand.
Apollo75;4033246Custom building is the way to go. You will get a much better computer for the same price, or less.