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March 9, 2009 4:50:19 PM

These systems are quite similar, infact the cheaper one has more GPU memory :??:  I will be using computer just for gaming and i wondered if the more expensive one is worth the extra £400 on the price tag!

Computer 1 - £649.99
http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_S...


VS

Computer 2 - £1,049.97
http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_S...



Sorry if this is the wrong section, wasn't sure where to post.


Thanks in advance for replys :) 

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March 9, 2009 5:19:24 PM

Have you considered building your own? You could get better than that for the price I would think, though I don't know prices over there. Any friends/relatives that can help you out there? Here in Canada (which is overpriced vs U.S.) you could build a very nice machine for that much. I also don't know what the specs of that nVidia gt120 are, but a dollop of lard with 1 GB RAM is still lard in games, but I guess you could price out a videocard that you could add in yourself and install that instead. Building your own is relatively easy. Lots of info here and around the other forum sites to help you out.
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March 9, 2009 5:59:55 PM

Curry's is the same as PC World (even owned by the same company), they are over priced and nearly always try to parm you off with a "graphics card" that uses hypermemory or turbocache which isn't much better than onboard (just sounds better).

So basically I'd buy nether, you cane get this from Dell for £929:
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 64Bit - English
1Yr Premium Warranty Support
Microsoft® Works 9 - English
Display Not Included
4096MB (4x1024) 1067MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
750GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) Hard Drive
512MB ATI® Radeon® 4850 Graphics card
16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write)
Dell Multimedia USB Keyboard Black - UK
Dell Laser Mouse USB (6 buttons scroll) Black

Which would be far better solutions than either of those two Curry's ones (not saying Dell are perfect or offer the best solutions, just better than the pants from PC World).
March 9, 2009 6:01:50 PM

If you build it your talking I7 with a 4870 1gb in that price range which would own both those pc's(well maybe not the second one by that much)
March 9, 2009 6:04:28 PM

Devastator_uk said:
Curry's is the same as PC World (even owned by the same company), they are over priced and nearly always try to parm you off with a "graphics card" that uses hypermemory or turbocache which isn't much better than onboard (just sounds better).

So basically I'd buy nether, you cane get this from Dell for £929:
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 64Bit - English
1Yr Premium Warranty Support
Microsoft® Works 9 - English
Display Not Included
4096MB (4x1024) 1067MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
750GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) Hard Drive
512MB ATI® Radeon® 4850 Graphics card
16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write)
Dell Multimedia USB Keyboard Black - UK
Dell Laser Mouse USB (6 buttons scroll) Black

Which would be far better solutions than either of those two Curry's ones (not saying Dell are perfect or offer the best solutions, just better than the pants from PC World).



Firstly thanks for the reply :) 

However I don't understand how 512mb will out perform 1024mb ?

Also I get 10% off at Currys and PC World so that doesn't make the offer quite as bad.

(£585 for the first computer, £945 for second one i posted)

Thanks again
March 9, 2009 6:19:44 PM

It's more about speeds and core's than memory in anything below a 4850 or 9800GTX+ oc'd.
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March 9, 2009 6:55:46 PM

they do not have the same GPUS, a 260GTX vs a 120GTX (which I've never heard of)

Your 10% discount willnot come anywhere near making up for the loss in power, if you are worried about the discount I'm sure there will be some very good systems at 10% less than the currys prices.
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March 9, 2009 8:28:47 PM

Packard Bell do not make good pcs.. Ive never seen a good pc out of the Dixons group yet...
March 9, 2009 8:35:43 PM

The speed of the GPU is far more important than the amount of megabytes, essentially they only put 1024MB on that card as a marketting ploy. It's a complete waste of silicon to make the chips.

Also the GT100 series are just OEM versions of 9000 series, GT120 is slightly below a 9500GT. Meaning the Radeon 4850 would easily out-class it in every possible situation imaginable.

Also with that Dell one you do get an extra 110 GB of hard drive and a more powerful processor than any of those two Currys ones, as well as DDR3 memory instead of only DDR2.
March 9, 2009 8:43:36 PM

Hellboy said:
Packard Bell do not make good pcs.. Ive never seen a good pc out of the Dixons group yet...


Oh sh*t, I was so shocked at seeing that it was from Currys that I missed that it was a Packard Bell. God, it make you want to projectile vomit over it.
March 10, 2009 11:53:27 AM

Thanks for the replys, is this system any better? Only 3gb of RAM though instead of 4.


http://www.ebuyer.com/product/155477


Which out of the 3 i posted would give best performance?

Thanks

March 10, 2009 12:26:32 PM

oh god build your own! either that or order from somwhere that will specialise in gaming pc's like: http://www.krzcomputers.co.nr or www.alienware.co.uk or someone like that :)  just you will get a better quality of product, i always seem to find with places like currys that they will cut costs by not including things or not using high grade products, leaving your computer a bit unbalanced! but if you must buy from them....for some strange reason, go for the first, probably not worth the extra 400 odd pounds to be honest, doubt you will notice much difference!
March 10, 2009 11:12:01 PM

gigabyt3r please listen to the guys who have replyed to you, there giving you some sound advise, dont go to PC World, Currys, there a load of crap.
I only go to PC World when Im depressed so I can laugh at what there selling and cheer myself up, I know you have this 10% discount but there stuff is still over priced and is also out of date.
Im gussing your from the UK so look up a site like SCAN.CO.UK or ARIA PC and other PC componet shops and compare prices of parts, then right down a list and you will save yourself some money and get alot better system, instead of the rubbish you have allready picked.
If your worried about putting it togther yourself just call into a local pc shop some where and they will do it for you for a small fee.
March 10, 2009 11:15:30 PM

Iv'e already bought, about an hour ago! Glad to say it wasn't from Currys/PC World
March 10, 2009 11:19:01 PM

Let me guess, Comet ? Dixons on line ?, Im dreading what your reply will be.
March 11, 2009 5:01:25 PM

u shud have built ur own pc would have costed u less anyways happy gaming!
March 12, 2009 9:38:29 AM

sid_nag17 said:
u shud have built ur own pc would have costed u less anyways happy gaming!


Not attempted it before, about only thing on computers i cant do (well not saying i cant, just never attempted!) Thanks though, arrived this morning as courrier got lost yesterday :ange:  And I will do !! ;) 
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