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Are any of these a good pre-build gaming system?

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July 28, 2011 3:52:31 PM

I'm looking to buy a new PC that is good in general for most things but better for gaming. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I would like something that will last at least a little while and run the games I do have without any glitches. My current one runs Bulletstorm and Dead Rising 2 just fine but struggles with the Assassin's Creed series.

I have looked around and done some research but I'm really not that tech savvy so I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for half the time. I have found the following pre-builds and was wondering if any of those were any good?

Pre-build 1 (cheapest option)

iBUILD™ AMD Gaming Performance Custom PC,
CoolerMaster Elite 430 Case,
CoolerMaster 700W Silent Pro M700 Modular PSU,
ASUS M4A89GTD-PRO: 4x Rear USB2.0 2x Rear USB 3.0 1x Rear Firewire,
AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Quad-Core 3.2GHz 8MB Cache,
Standard CPU Cooling Fan,
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz,
500GB 7200RPM SATA II,
22x DVD RW Black SATA,
nVidia GeForce GTX 580 1536MB,
Microsoft Windows XP Home,
Built-in audio,
2 Year Parts & Labour Return to Base Warranty Includes 2 Year Free Collect & Return
(I can change the OS to Windows 7 if needed, I'm just far too used to XP to give it up unless totally necessary.)


Pre-build option 2

PC Case NZXT Gamma Black Gaming - Included
Case Fan 2 x Quiet 120mm Fans - Included
Power Supply Quiet Xilence 580W 2 x PCI-E - Included
Processor AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition, Six Core (AM3, 3.20GHz, 9MB Cache) - Included
Heatsink & CPU Fan Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan - Included
Motherboard Asus M5A88-V EVO, 4xDIMM, Max. 16GB, ATX - Included
Memory 8GB (4 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 - Included
PCI-E Graphics nVidia GTX 580 1536MB (+£290.00)
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio - Included
Primary Hard Drive 60GB Ultrafast Sandforce Solid State Drive SATA II - Included
Secondary Hard Drive 1000GB SATA II - Included
RAID Option NO RAID - Included
Main Optical Drive 22x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter - Included
USB Ports 2.0 2 Front + 4 Back Ports - Included
USB Ports 3.0 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (On Back) - Included
Operating System Genuine Windows XP Home Service Pack 3 (32bit Version) - Included
Warranty 2 Years Return To Base (1st yr. Parts & Labour, 2nd yr. Labour) - Included


Pre-build option 3 (2 and 3 are around the same price.)

PC Case Galaxy III Black - Included
Case Fan 2 x 120mm Standard Case Fans - Included
Power Supply Quiet Xilence 480W 1 x PCI-E - Included
Processor Intel Core i5 2400, Quad Core (1155, 3.10GHz, 6MB Cache) - Included
Heatsink & CPU Fan Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan - Included
Motherboard Asus P8P67, 4xDIMM, Max. 32GB, ATX (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0) - Included
Memory 4GB (2 x 2GB) Mushkin PC10600 1333MHz DDR3 - Included
PCI-E Graphics nVidia GTX 580 1536MB (+£290.00)
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio - Included
Primary Hard Drive 1000GB SATA II - Included
RAID Option NO RAID - Included
Main Optical Drive 22x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter - Included
USB Ports 2.0 2 Front + 4 Back Ports - Included
USB Ports 3.0 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (On Back) - Included
Operating System Genuine Windows XP Home Service Pack 3 (32bit Version) - Included

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If all three are bad could anyone tell me what the best thing I should look for is? I'm in the UK and my budget is around £950-£1100 (And if it matters at all, my resolution is 1440x900)

Thanks in advance if anyone has any advice.

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July 28, 2011 4:09:39 PM

3 would perform the best and number 1 would be second. The GTX580 is a total overkill for your resolution so stepping down to a midrange card GTX560Ti or HD6950 1GB with more CPU power like I5 2500K in build 3 is my suggestion.
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July 28, 2011 6:43:08 PM

Thanks for the input so far. I've no intention to upgrade my monitor though, I've only recently gotten this one and it's just the right size for me. I'll look into the advice though.
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