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June 22, 2012 4:43:46 PM

Hi
I have been wanting a new PC for sometime as i'm using a rather crappy laptop, the problem is im new to buying PCs.

I have found a deal on the DinoPC website for £600
I want a PC pretty much just for playing games

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333mhz (1x 4GB)
Hard Drive: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Monitors: 23.6" Widescreen LCD
Case: Xigmatek Asgard
PSU: 400W Xigmatek
have mouse/keyboard

Im not sure how good this deal is exactly but i have looked at what sort of performance i can expect from some of these components and i am happy with them.

Is this a good deal and are there any changes that i need to make? (bear in mind i cant spend much more)

Thank you very much for your time :D 

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June 22, 2012 4:49:29 PM

I don't noe how much £1 is excatly worth...but the system looks a little overpriced to me.
Btw these spec are for a pretty decent computer.....maybe u cud drop in another 4GB RAM stick if u feel like....and get a better graphics card and a PSU with higher wattage :) 
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June 22, 2012 4:58:41 PM

It could do with a better gaphics card if you want to be getting good settings and frame rates for a while. Its a decent system though could be better but £600 including the monitor and windows is a reasonable price. You can drop more ram in at a later date but try to get a better GPU if you can think GTX560ti or higgher

@ $hawn.... £600 is around $900
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June 22, 2012 5:02:33 PM

Have you thought about buliding a computer yourself? This isn't a bad computer for gaming but it is lacking in some area's. 4 Gigs of RAM is kind of lacking and the video card is ok. You can upgrade the RAM to 8 Gigs, you'll probably have to upgrade the PSU because more than likley it's going to be junk and you can get a new video card. The problem is by the time you do all that you just spent another couple hundred dollars. You can build your own, spend around the same amount and get everything you want right from the start.
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June 22, 2012 5:17:29 PM

To build that yourself but using 8GB RAM, better motherboard, better PSU and a 560ti would cost you just under £715 (that includes windows 7 and a 23" HD monitor)
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June 22, 2012 5:22:28 PM

The CPU is good for gaming, problem is the video card is not ideal for a serious gamer. I have one, but.. I'm a casual gamer. Bottom line, as other people have said, building your own would be a better solution.
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June 22, 2012 5:25:46 PM

wr6133 said:
To build that yourself but using 8GB RAM, better motherboard, better PSU and a 560ti would cost you just under £715 (that includes windows 7 and a 23" HD monitor)


Depending on how much he has to spend he can do without the monitor and that will cut out 100+ dollars. He can also buy the Windows 7 OEM which is only 100 dollars compared to 180 dollars for the full package. If he had to make a choice he would be better off dropping the monitor for now and doing the build himself he would be getting a much better computer.
June 22, 2012 5:29:53 PM

Thanks for the advice
Although some people have said it would be better for me to make it myself, im very new to this and im sure i will screw something up :) 

I made a few changes and ow for £647 have:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 4GB)
Hard Drive: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Monitors: 23.6" Widescreen LCD
Case: Xigmatek Asgard
PSU: 500W Xigmatek

I got a better PSU, graphics card and RAm

would this now be ok? I want to play recent and future games with good setting and good fps
again sorry for not knowing much :D 
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June 22, 2012 6:10:05 PM

sushi1 said:
Thanks for the advice
Although some people have said it would be better for me to make it myself, im very new to this and im sure i will screw something up :) 

I made a few changes and ow for £647 have:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 4GB)
Hard Drive: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Monitors: 23.6" Widescreen LCD
Case: Xigmatek Asgard
PSU: 500W Xigmatek

I got a better PSU, graphics card and RAm

would this now be ok? I want to play recent and future games with good setting and good fps
again sorry for not knowing much :D 


For that price you would be hard pushed to build a better system here in the UK, also the HD7770 is a decent mid ranged gpu, i say go for it.
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June 22, 2012 6:13:45 PM

Do they have any corsair, xfx or ocz PSU's? Xigmatek make nice cases but aren't exactly known for PSU's.... also what would you save if you bought it without a graphics card? you can get a decent 560ti for about £169 and drop it in yourself

However if you could be persuaded to self build you could do this and I promise its very easy to put together!

Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Processor
http://www.cclonline.com/product/73987/BX80637I53450/CP...

Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Motherboard
http://www.cclonline.com/product/78346/GA-B75M-D3V/Moth...

Corsair CMV8GX3M2A1333C9 Desktop Memory 8GB Kit
http://www.cclonline.com/product/60879/CMV8GX3M2A1333C9...

Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Graphics Card
http://www.cclonline.com/product/76220/4260183361824/Gr...

Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive
http://www.cclonline.com/product/66223/ST500DM002/Hard-...

Lite-On LITEON DVD ROM /CDRW
http://www.cclonline.com/product/79102/DH-52C2S/Optical...

Xigmatek Asgard ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.cclonline.com/product/25920/CPC-T45UB-U01/Ca...

OCZ ZS Series 550W 80+ Bronze Power Supply
http://www.cclonline.com/product/60911/OCZ-ZS550W-UK/Po...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.cclonline.com/product/55272/GFC-02050/Operat...

Philips 236V3LSB 23" LCD Monitor
http://www.cclonline.com/product/72846/236V3LSB/00/Moni...

Total £711.49

This is better than the Dino build because

The motherboard is actually meant for IB generation CPU's not just an old one BIOS flashed like the DINO uses.

The GPU is far ahead of the Dino builds and this is what matters gaming if you want decent frame rates for a bit to come.

The PSU is better than the Dino build

Ok all in it costs £60 more than the Dino but its going to be alot better gaming due to its better GPU. Also you can look at with a grin andthink "Hell yeah I made that" as you enjoy a nice cold beer. :) 
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