Hello GFers! I need a hand buying a PC (in Britain) with a budget of £600 max (that's about $1050 American). I'm not going for the top of the range (especially with that amount I've given you) but I want a system that can play games confidently, even new ones. I'm not saying the graphics have to be perfect, eg, the example I'm showing you has the ability to play Quake 4, not top settings though. Anyhow, can you tell me what you guys think of this: http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/572514 It's been the best I'be seen for a bit and obviously has a bit of power as it was cut from £700! You'll note the graphics is the Geforce6200 but the letters after it mean nothing to me, I'm not brilliant when it comes to that langauge. Simply put, can you say whether nor not this is any good to keep an eye on till around christmas time. If it's good, please say why it is, if it's the opposite, please say why. I'm going to be spending a lot of money which will not come back again quickly, so I want to make sure I make the perfect decision for these circumstances. As far as I can tell though, the biggest problem with this is the 512mb of RAM. Personally, I've seen others with double that but far less powerful graphics (those on the "graphics/video cards thread that are in the lowest of the three groups). Thanks for any and all input!
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
That computer is a huge rip-off. You could do so much better if you build it yourself: not as daunting a prospect as it sounds. £600 could get you a very powerful computer, if you are willing to use a monitor off of another PC you have currently for it. If you aren't, then you'll have to sacrifice either the processor or graphics card (or probably both) as the other components don't vary too far in price.
We can help you every step of the way in building it, but before we go off and start choosing components for you, we have to know if you're willing. If you're not, we can recommend better buys than that terribly overpriced kit.
The reason why it is overpriced is because it has a Celeron processor, which is far inferior to the Pentium and unspeakably worse than the Athlon64 - the current choice for gamers. It also has only 512Mb of RAM, and you can bet that the stuff they've got in there is the slowest the computer can take without being noticeably bad in-store. If you build it, you're looking at the following sort of prices per component:
Processor - £100 Memory (RAM) - £50-£60 Hard Drive - £40-£60 Case - £20+ Windows XP (if you need it) - £60 (OEM) Motherboard - £70-£100 Graphics Card - £70-£120
Overall, that's £410-£520. With a monitor, it will cap around £600, depending on what components you choose. However if you have an old CRT monitor sitting around which you could use then I would use that and buy a TFT later, and instead get a better graphics card - if you have space for a CRT, then it's really worth getting a better graphics card and/or processor instead.
If you really want a DVD-RW, you can get an OEM model for around £30.
Another factor to consider is whether you're willing to buy from the internet. I can guarentee if you buy from a certified retailer using a credit card, there's nothing to worry about. You might have done it before, I don't know. It's just that some don't like the idea.
Don't buy from currys or another high street retailer, they are just too expensive.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/pcrange.html?MTE Matrix Elite is within your range and leaves you change too.
I didn't make it!
Yeah that Matrix Elite looks nice or just get the parts off of www.Ebuyer.co.uk
Thank you very much for your ideas and to be honest, it's surprised me about how much apparently that's a rip-off! From doing loads of research (several months worth), I obviously didn't realise quite how expensive these were, so again, thank you. Whilst buying online is not a problem, something which I've done frequently (thank e-bay for my Nintendo 64!), my concern for building a PC, which you'll probabaly find amusing, is that I thought I would miss out something really important to let the machine work or just completely, to be blunt, **** it up when building it. My practical skills don't really aid this. Nevertheless, I shall have a look around at these sites, see if I can spot any full kits with little or no customizing required. The only problem I would have with getting something like this from the net would be I'd want it to be in the UK and delievery might be an issue. Anyhow, if you've got anything else to say, that would be really appreciated and thanks again for your help.
Sorry, I should also point out that I don't know the whole jargony details about parts, just a little more than the basics. Eg, I don't need XP BUT, I'm not sure how you would put it on a computer so that it worked and other small things like this.
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
Ok, well if you make a decision we'd be more than happy to run it over with you to see if it's worth your money. I'll probably make a 'Build Your Own Computer' guide soon, so you could follow that if you decide to build it yourself.
Delivery to the UK shouldn't be an issue - there are a great number of UK sites such as ebuyer.co.uk or aria.co.uk, and they have very good prices too. Kelkoo might also be helpful to find the best deals in the UK.
Thanks, a build-your-own-computer guide would be very helpful. Additionally, the link UNDIESRULES provided does seem to be very good, so I'll be following that one up too.