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April 7, 2011 8:36:54 PM

Sorry if this is in the wrong catergory, not sure where it should go =\
my last computer just died from a HDD failure so I need to get a new PC, for both high(ish) performance gaming and word processing etc. Googled and found this one for £560 and I'm wondering if it's worth the money?

Xigmatek Asgard Case
Corsair CX 500W PSU
AMD Phenom II X2 560 BLACK 3.3GHz Processor
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 USB 3.0 and SATA 600 Motherboard
4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Nvidia GTX 460 768MB PCI Express Graphics Card
Seagate 500GB SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache Hard Drive
7.1 Surround Sound Audio
High speed DVD and CD Rewriter
2 Front and 6 Rear USB Ports + 2 USB 3.0 Ports
Gigabit Ethernet
Windows 7

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April 7, 2011 8:41:22 PM

The processor is too weak for that price, but otherwise it looks like there's no outright junk in the build. For that price, I'd think you'd at least get a Phenom II X4.
Make sure the hard drive is a 7200.12 model, nothing earlier.

Edit: I'm sure you realize you're paying a premium to have this prebuilt. If you build your own, you can probably do notably better (depending on local market availability). For example, if you were in the US, your budget would support a Sandy Bridge build, which would outperform even a Phenom II X6 in almost all applications.
April 7, 2011 8:49:08 PM

Thanks for the advice, I don't much about processors if I'm honest, 3.3GHz is alot more than I have now. Will the X4 be a big improvement for the money?
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April 7, 2011 8:51:47 PM

I'd like to have a go at building my own pc, I've replaced ram, graphics cards and psu's but that's a long way off a whole build. Wouldn't know how to finish or what to buy that works together
April 7, 2011 8:56:01 PM

I could order this from doghouse systems for £750

Armor VS 5750

Intel Core i3 540 Dual Core Processor

4 GB Kingston DDR3 1333 Memory (2 x 2GB DIMMs)

1 x 500GB 7,200 RPM WD SATA Drive

One Radeon HD 5750 video card (1GB GDDR5 SDRAM)

450W Thermaltake Power Supply

48 Hour burn in and stress test at factory

3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty

 
April 7, 2011 9:00:25 PM

No, now that system contains some junk, like the Thermaltake PSU. Also, the HD5750 is considerably weaker than the GTX460. The CPU is stronger than the Phenom II X2 560, but not enough to warrant that huge price premium.
There are a lot of guides online to building a PC, including videos on Youtube. Aside from some guides on this forum, Google really could be your good friend here, depending on what specifics interest you most.
April 7, 2011 10:14:48 PM

I realize that you're looking at getting a new system but I have to ask what are the specifications of your old system? If they're not that bad, then perhaps a simple hard drive replacement and re-install of an operating system is in order; saving you a lot of cash.

-Wolf sends
April 7, 2011 10:43:08 PM

It's not a very good pc if I'm honest, was low on money when I brought it, being a student was expensive :s it's an Aspire m3641 with a HD5450 and 4gb ram.
April 8, 2011 5:49:54 AM

The aspire is listed with an E7200 CPU, 500 GB SATA HDD, 16X DVDR, acceptable.
The power supply is 250 watt, RAM is 2x2 4gb DDR2, 5450 not a gaming card.
You should study the system builders marathons on this site.
750 Pds I think would buy a $1,000 build, an amazing PC by any measure. Opperating system not included.
Basically a good video card (gtx460).
Are you interested in over clocking?
The rest depends on that.
April 8, 2011 4:37:46 PM

The is now 4gb DDR3 upgraded that a while ago.
There's a problem with getting a new PSU, as in most new psu's there's the little on/off switch on the back, but my case doesn't have a hole in it for that button to go, plus islts connnected to a secondary fan mounted on the back of the case inside.
April 8, 2011 4:56:58 PM

I'm not really interested in overclocking the system, just looking for a good solid gaming and general use desktop :)  checked out those building your own articles on this site looked at the budget ones only though, looking for something in the price range between the AMD and Int
April 8, 2011 4:57:29 PM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD USB3
Memory: 4.0GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz XMS3 CL9 (2x 2GB)
Hard Drives: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NEW! ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Xigmatek Asgard
PSU: NEW! 500W Xigmatek
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty

£568.70
http://dinopc.com/shop/pc/configurePrd.asp?idproduct=76...

- Case: Antec 300 Gaming Case
- Power Supply: OCZ 600w StealthXStream II
- CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 640 3.00GHz Processor
- Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M 760G (AM3) Motherboard
- RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9
- Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 6GB/s SATA-II 16MB Cache
- Graphics Card: XFX HD 6850
- Sound: 7.1 Channel Sound (On-Board)
- Optical Drive: OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black)

£554.96

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS...

Here's one more
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS...

And another one, the best

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD USB3
Memory: 4.0GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz XMS3 CL9 (2x 2GB)
Hard Drives: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NEW! ATI Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
PSU: 650W Corsair TX Ultra-Quiet
Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

£695.60

http://dinopc.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=766
April 8, 2011 6:06:02 PM

Thanks man for the links :)  I'll take a look over them when I finish work, which do you think is the best value for money and the most 'future' proof?
Oh and would buying the parts seperately and building it myself save much money?
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