I've seen a cheap refurb system that i can get for the nice tidy price of £200.
its a Intel Q6600, 3g DDR2 ram, 640gb hdd and a 8600gt. (btw, its an acer m3640 system)
I'm planning a new build after the HD5870 comes out to go with a core i5/7 set up.
But ned something to tide me over so i can do some gaming as my laptop just cant cut it anymore, and i'm guessing it wont be till xmas that the HD5xxx come down in price and the GT300 (or whatever) will be out to compete.
do we think the cheap refurb will cut it in games like fallout 3, empire total war (and maybe starcraft 2 if it ever comes out)?
at lunyone : I'm planning to get a new 24" HD monitor (probably the iiyama since its the only sub £200 2ms tft with a HDMI input and good reviews).
obviously I'm not expecting the £200 system to play at HD res.
I'm planning a totally new build probably around christmas time now to give the HD5xxxx time to drop in price. (system will be based in a coolermaster scout, probably x58 mobo with an i7 or the new 6core from AMD, with either Ati or Nvidia's new offerings, on windows 7 with an 850W PSU) so will probably buy this system and sell it off for spares.
I've waited over a year to build my new system, wating for all the intel stuff and new HD series to get finalised and now i just cannot put up with my computer's stuttering anymore!
The 8600gts is a slightly better GPU over the 8600gt. As far as the FSB is concerned, most manufacturers LOCK down their BIOS, so you probably won't be able to OC anything on the mobo. This is why I don't buy pre-built PC's, unless it is for someone who needs a lot of tech support (grandma's). You would be better off buying basic cheap parts yourself and just pulling out the parts later and putting together your own bad a$$ system yourself, IMHO.
I always build my own systems. but am just waiting atm for the new i5/7's and HD5870s to come out and then drop in price. This system is purely for an interim gaming system, and is way cheaper than anything i cud build at that spec.
I see where you going with this. I wouldn't bet on any i5/i7 price drops anytime soon. AMD will have to undercut the i5's to be competetive and than Intel will have to counter sometime. I wouldn't expect any price breaks until after the first of the year, IMHO.
I've bought the system now, getting it next week. There's no games out atm that I'm desperate to play, just want to play the games i have without stutters. plus i have a PS3 and most games i want come out on that too (except strategy games annoyingly!). I'll wait till after christmas for the price drop then, hopefully starcraft 2 might be out by then!
Thanks for everyone's input!
System arrived, day after i ordered it(pains told them to deliver it in a week as i was away! anyway picked it up from Royal Mail depot) all works, quiet but its saying the GPU is an 8600GS, i dint think there was an 8600gs.