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November 21, 2010 6:05:48 PM

Hi, Everyone - Christmas is coming soon and i might get a chance to persuade my parents to get me a new pc, trouble is that there is so many options and prices that i get frustrated from the Fight between price and Quality. I need a computer that can run new games and to be able to survive for atleast a few good years.
Budget is from £600 - £1000
I don't need anything fancy but i'm the type of person who likes to multitask a lot ( such as 7 different IE opened, 1 firefox, 1 game, etc) and i like to use different programs including small video editing tasks etc.

Stuff I don't need unless cheap or good deals: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Wireless adapater.

I would like a monitor but only if it's a good deal as i'm alright waiting for good deals with my current one but if anything i would prefer atleast 22 inch as i like to be able to watch movies.

I don't know which sites are the best for prebuilt systems, I've visited yoyotech,arbico and a few others but again have no idea which is the best place to buy from and don't really mind as long as their known and reliable.

I don't really have many preferences of parts, I just want the best possible parts that are reliable and worth it. I do want it to be Windows 7 ( just to clarify :)  ) and also would like the proccesor to be quad core - I have this feeling of: the more cores the better lol.

Thanks for Help in advance!

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November 21, 2010 6:23:49 PM

At the moment your bang on wanting a quad as most games dont even make use of all the cores on them yet,
plenty of life left in them even though Hec-cores are making their way into mainstream pc's.
Dont go pre-build, for £1000 you can build a decent rig that will last you 2-3 years easy
post your current specs and realistic budget limit, We'll come up with something for you
November 21, 2010 6:39:26 PM

Hey Moto,
I'm not sure if i'm understanding pre-built correctly, I mean I like customising the Computer myself but the computer to be built by the company.
I wouldn't want to spend more than £1000 excluding Monitor but if is possible to get something worthwhile with less than that then it would be perfect. What i mean is that, if there is a good gaming pc that will be able to run games alright for few years for £800 and 1 that will stay at the top ends even in a few years but costs more, then i would prefer the cheaper.

My current computer is a dell, 1gb ram, single pentium 4 3.2ghz, 256mb video card (the video card only works whenever it feels like, however) 180GB HD atm if i remember correctly. The rest i don't really know.
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November 22, 2010 5:28:34 AM

Yes, prebuild is you design it on the website/over the phone and they physically build it,
most if not all people on here will advise you to build yourself, you get a better pc for the money and the enjoyment of learning how your pc goes together, **edit cause the page didnt save: 955 chip, only 4Gb of ram,not 8Gb
This works out at £765 with a 955 instead of a hex-core, although they only have Nvidia cards as options, so I put a 460 in there as its not a shabby card, feel free to change/ignore the build though, something like that would do you for a few years to come,
just google 'uk prebuilt pc' and youll get a nice list of builders, sorry I cant recommend/warn you off any though man
November 22, 2010 2:38:10 PM

The thing is, i managed to get the same "quote" with almost all of the same parts (But better proccesor, sic core and it says they will overclock it to 3.6Ghz) for around £100 less than in pcspecialist in yoyotech, which is why i'm so confused at where is the best place to buy from and which parts exactly to get.

Few questions i got are:
Do you think I need more than 4gb of Ram?
If later on i decide to get more Ram, would i be able to do it?
Is the graphics card good enough? (i can upgrade it to 5770 from 5750 for £10) or would it be wise to invest even a little bit more? "+£44 for RADEON 6850 1GB"
Any other tips?

This was actually a already on show computer on yoyotech, only thing is I added the OS.

[YOYO Code 72565]

Thermaltake 550W Modular Powersupply (TR2 RX-550)
[YOYO Code 70680]

Asus M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
[YOYO Code 37709]

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 Six-Core CPU (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
[YOYO Code 26823]

Thermaltake Contac 29 120mm CPU Cooler (Socket 1366/1156/775/AM3/AM2+/AM2)
[YOYO Code 51291]

4GB DDR3 (2x2Gb) - 1333Mhz PC MEMORY
[YOYO Code 4GB1333]

500Gb SATAII HARD DRIVE (7200rpm)
[YOYO Code SB500]


[YOYO Code R5750]


Operating System Opted [64Bit Windows 7 Home Premium]
Operating System Cost £85.99
OS Installation Cost £19.99

Total: £591.07 ex. vat Total: £694.51 inc. vat
November 22, 2010 2:52:23 PM

I just posted it as an example build,
but as you've noticed, you look around and find better deals,
I suggest a quad instead of a Hex as Games dont fully use quads yet
but yes if your going to get a decent setup I'd say look at a 58/59xx series card, I'd wait for other cards in the 6xxx series to come out before buying one of that series though, 5770's are still good cards though, I run two myself at home and We only play WoW :p 
Ram 4Gb is plenty for games, if you edit videos etc then more ram is good (same with cpu, although 4 cores is plenty for gaming, 6 would benefit adobe cs5 use or similar)
November 22, 2010 3:01:52 PM

Yeah I did try to find 4 core AMD but Yoyotech seems to favour Intel as they only have 4 AMD models, 3 of those models are six core and you can't degrade them while the last 1 is a cheap old alternative.

I will have a look in few more websites, as the lower the price, the more chance of success in persuading but also I don't want to make the same mistake and get something that will get old too quick.

Also, I do wonder why do programs require more power and ram then games though? ^^
November 22, 2010 3:47:22 PM

Because they use more cpu resources to operate basically, so more cores sharing the load is better,
whereas in cpu terms gaming is relatively simpler, a lot of the work is done by the graphics card/s
One idea you may consider is see what xxx company will build you, then talk to another company and say 'can/will you beat this offer?' and play the consumer game