Here I will list the best gear, ranging from the most expensive to the best value. Use this guide instead of posting threads like "is this piece of kit the best" etc. Info taken from PCGamer UK JANUARY 2005 PROCESSORS Best in class: AMD Athlon FX-53 - £600 - www.amd.com Mid Range: Intel Pentium 4E 3.2GHz - £160 - www.intel.com Budget Choice: Athlon XP+ 3000 - £90 - www.amd.com MOTHERBOARDS Best in class: K8NNXP-940 - £140 - www.giga-byte.com Mid Range: P4P800 Deluxe - £85 - uk.asus.com Budget Choice: 8KRA2+ - £75 - www.epox.nl GRAPHICS CARDS Best in class: Radeon X800T - £350 - www.ati.com Mid Range: GeForce PCX 6800 GT - £140 - www.sparkle.com.tw Budget Choice: GeForce FX5900XT - £120 - www.nvidia.com OPTICAL DRIVERS Best in class: GSA-4081B - £72 - www.lge.co.uk (Writes to everything and anything) Mid Range: ND-2500A - £60 - www.nec.co.uk (DVD+RW) Budget Choice: DVD1648/AAP - £23 - www.aopen.nl (DVD-ROM) MONITORS Best in class: BENQ FP783 - £370 - www.benq.co.uk (Flatscreen LCD) Mid Range: Imagequest Q17+ - £340 - www.hyundai.com (Flatscreen LCD) Budget Choice: Samtron 76E - £70 - www.samsungelectronics.co.uk (CTR) HARD DRIVES Best in class: Raptor WD36 - £85 - www.westerndigital.com (36Gb 10000RPM) Mid Range: Deskstar 7K250 - £150 - www.hgst.com (250Gb 7200RPM) Budget Choice: Barracuda 7200.7 - £60 - www.seagate.com (120Gb 7200RPM) JOYSTICKS Best in class: Cyborg Evo - £25 - www.saitek.com Mid Range: Extreme 3D Pro - £22 - www.logitech.com Budget Choice: Logitech Attack 3 - £17 - www.logitech.com STEERING WHEELS Best in class: Momo Racing Wheel - £70 - www.logitech.com Mid Range: Enzo Ferrari Force Feedback - £60 - www.thrustmaster.com Budget Choice: R80 - £15 - www.saitek.com MICE Best in class: Razer Viper - £40 - www.razerzone.com Mid Range: Air Flow Mouse - £20 - www.nyko.com Budget Choice: Basic Optical Mouse - £15 - www.microsoft.com SPEAKERS Best in class: Gigaworks S750 7.1 - £270 - www.europe.creative.com Mid Range: Z-2200 2.1 - £150 - www.logitech.com Budget Choice: Inspire 2.1 2400 - £30 - www.europe.creative.com SOUND CARDS Best in class: Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro - £170 - www.europe.creative.com Mid Range: Audigy 2 NX - £85 - www.europe.creative.com Budget Choice: Sonic Explosion - £40 - www.videologic.com HEADSETS Best in class: PC150 - £48 - www.sennheisercommunications.co.uk Mid Range: Zalman Theatre 6 5.1 - £39 - www.zalmanusa.com Budget Choice: HQ-1300 Headphones - £23 - www.europe.creative.com KEYBOARDS Best in class: Internet Navigator SE - £30 - www.logitech.com Mid Range: ZBoard Gaming Keyboard - £40 - www.ideazon.com Budget Choice: Microsoft Internet Keyboard - £15 - www.microsoft.com GAMING MACHINES Best in class: Aurora Extreme - £2200 - www.alienware.co.uk Mid Range: Power FX-53 - £1499 - www.tiny.com Budget Choice: Matrix 64 3400+ - £1199 - www.meshcomputers.com GAMEPADS Best in class: Logitech Wingman Cordless - £40 - www.logitech.com Mid Range: Air Flow Controller - £30 - www.nyco.com Budget Choice: Logitech Dual Action - £17 - www.logitech.com MP3 PLAYERS Best in class: IRiver H320 - £290 - www.iriver.com Mid Range: iPod - £219 - www.apple.com Budget Choice: Muvo NX - £80 - www.creative.com
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
This should clear up some of the would-be questions...or perhaps generate more. :)
Either way, I welcome questions.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
12th March 2004
Kind of beginning to like my CH 3-piece joystick.Nothing wrong with the Cyborg,though.
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
RevenHere I will list the best gear, ranging from the most expensive to the best value. Use this guide instead of posting threads like "is this piece of kit the best" etc. Info taken from PCGamer UK
The forums staffers think I'm Cool
24th November 2004
Where's the X850XT PE / FX 55......
A psychedelic experience.
16th April 2004
Nice posting, i only have one of the best gear :( and thats the graphics card.
turtileWhere's the X850XT PE / FX 55......
They're not out yet. If they were released this month, they will appear next month.
Battlefield 2 ROX!
15th January 2004
I agree this is a good post for this month, unfortunatly the rankings would change from month to month considering how fast this market introduces new technology or just better products. Of course my opinions do differ a bit from PCGammer. Like I'm wondering why they are labeling a 940 pin AMD board as best in class. The 940 pin boards are obsolete and will limit you to an FX-53. its not a huge limitation as an FX-53 is pretty dang powerful, but the FX-57 and faster basic Athlon 64s are coming out later this year and will all be 939 pin.
We should keep updating this list as PCgamer changes it. Reven, this is something that PCGamer keeps updating themselves right? If so then we'll do the same and merge it with the rest of the Commputer Guide Sticky.
Well - the thing is, I will be updating this monthly, so the ranking will change with new technology.
I think they display alot of the budget stuff as stuff you wouldn't expect as the other equipment that is compatible with it is also cheap. Such as a processor. If they displayed a board that was cheap, but only ran an Athlon64 FX-53 (currently retailing around £600) then that wouldn't really be cheap overall.