I was due to have a P.C. delivered today but in never arrived, so in my fury I told them to cancel the order completely and refund me my money. So, now I have a grand to spare to spend on a new P.C. and I thought I would throw it open to the good folks of Tech Discussion to help me choose what to buy. You have £1000 to spend on a new P.C., what would you buy?
Please bare in mind this is UK based, so no cheap American shit. ;)
How does an Alienware sound? Or would I need to spend hundreds more than my budget?
Oh, and just two questions:
1) What is SLI?
2) Is dual core worth having in a processor?
A CAL Map.
29th July 2005
SLI or Scalible Link Interface means you can have 2 GFX cards (With a SLI Mobo) connected by a "link" allowing them to work in unison to create more GFX horsepower. As far as Procs I'm not the one to ask. :)
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
Aleinware=good but very expensive, your looking at $5000(about 2,800 pounds) if you want a top of the line system to play games on.
SLI is Scalable Link Interface. 2 video cards connected together. More info can be found here
Dual core is not necessary now, but they are comming down in price. If you want to keep your PC for some time then a dual core processor will be nice.
SLI (Scaleable Link Interface) is a mechanism developed by nVidia that allows you to link two nVidia cards together (as long as they are the exact same make and model) and thereby doubly your graphics processing power. A dual-core CPU is a waste of cash in my opinion. They won't become useful until Windows Vista comes out, so I fail to see the point right now. Anyway. I've thrown together a rough spec below:
That comes out as £1050.94, including VAT. Ideal gaming machine, very powerful. However, the motherboard I've linked to doesn't support SLI - it doesn't have enough slots. If you're seriously considering it, you'll want to pick out a compatible motherboard.
You can either agree with meor be wrong.
12th November 2003
alienware rocks, but is indeed very expensive. I dont know alot about computers but for a 1000 pounds (1500 euro) you can get a hell of a lot power, concidering you dont need a new screen/audio/keyboard.. SLI is worth it IMO, dont know about Dual Core, there are people who say it rocks, and others say its unnecessary power, for gaming that is... maybe you could tell us what the PC is gonna be used for?
It's Not Easy Being Green
10th November 2003
nice set up for under about 780USD if u want some tips on a rig try theese specs out intel PD 2.8ghz dual core 2gb ddr2 667mhz X1300 256mb GDDR3 1ghz+ and a 60$ case comes out to about 963USD 801EURO
Rookie_42I've thrown together a rough spec below:
That comes out as £1050.94, including VAT.
OK then, so using this as a basis, I'm going to make some changes. I don't need a keyboard, mouse, and I have, spare (in this machine I am using now) two sticks of 512 DDR. Will those two sticks be able to be used alongside the 1GB stick in this suggested system?
Will the above support 2GB RAM?
By removing the Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard and RAM, I've got this down to £785.84 inc VAT & Delivery.
Depends what speed that RAM runs at - if it's slower than 400MHz, then it will run, but you won't be taking full advantage of the motherboard's power. As to how much you can fit, that particular motherboard will support up to 4GB of RAM, so no worries there.
If you have some spare cash leftover, I'd advise getting some high-performance RAM, like Corsair XMS, or some decent OCZ stuff. It's a commonly overlooked fact that the speed of the RAM can have a large effect on performance.
The existing RAM is Kingston 512MB DDR PC3200 400MHz. I have 1 GB of it. So, not needing keyboard, mouse, monitor, we have this:
Power Supply: Antec SmartPower 2.0 400W PSU - Atx 2.01 Dual Rails
Graphic Card: BFG GeForce 7800GT OC 256mb PCI-E
Yep, everything looks compatible. Good luck with it. :D
Although, I seem to remember you mentioning having problems with your old PC? Are you sure it wasn't the RAM that was messing up? If it was, it may not be wise to use it again...