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Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 07:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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With University approaching fast and my need for gaming slowly reasserting its self in my mind I find my self in need of a new gaming rig my old rig, featured, was a decent box but didn’t offer the “wow” factor I was after. Although the aesthetics of a PC are not a huge concern of mine; my old rig was a bag bolts.

Old Rig Specs:
AMD Athlon Dual Core 2.66ghz
3gb Ram
Nvidia 8500GT
Windows XP Pro
Creative Audiology
Razer DeathAdder
Razer Mantis(still own)


(the above names and specs may not be 100% accurate)

After I attended i37 with my CSS team I wanted to upgrade my PC with an ATI 3650 I bought. On doing so something went drastically wrong; my PSU made some really terrible noise and everything powered down. S**T. I thought to my self; however I changed out the PSU and it all worked fine; until I tried to plug in my monitor. All the hardware was receiving power all though no image was being displayed. After trying a multitude of different PSUS/GFX and ram I found it had to be the mobo; which I couldn’t afford to replace; at the time. Now just under 6 months on I want to purchase a new PC.

Many of you have assisted me in the choices I have made in buying my new pc, concerning the case, GFX Card and the sound card.

I have decided to use the following for my final PC.

This is a link to the main bulk of the components of the pc; because this supplier can upgrade, downgrade and modify each computer I will be making some slight changes.
http://web-systems.co.uk/?page=Computers&pid=5045

Changes

Graphics Card - As I have a 22Inch Monitor already I use high resolutions when image editing etc and creating gaming clips in song Vegas thus I need a GFX card to support it therefore from your recommendations I have decided to upgrade to the GTS250 1gb as apposed to the GTS250 512mb. The upgrade will only cost £7, the supplier couldn’t tell me why (not through policy, but lack of knowledge) as to why the price increment was so little.

Sound Card - This was a difficult decision as I don’t 100% know what onboard sound is on the mobo; however I have decided to just use the onboard and purchase a sound when and if necessary

Case - This again was requiring a lot of thought; as I am an extreme computer enthusiast however my knowledge of a computers actual working nowadays is limited and dangerous. This said I think I will purchasing the thermaltake v9 from web systems as the suppler is including a full set of fans free as they have one left they want to get rid of and as in addition giving me a discounted price.

With all this said the original price was

£515.00

+ £7 GFX
+£15 Case
+£54CoolerMaster 550W PSU
-10% Student Discount ( this may be more or less forgot to ask)

Final Total = £532 which is a decent price for the following;

Intel i5 750 Quad Core Processor 2.66GHz 8mb L3 Cache
GeForce GTS250 1024mbVideo Card
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3 10666 Dual Channel Kit
Asrock - H55M PRO (Skt 1156) Motherboard
500GB SATA II Hard Drive
DVD-RW Drive
CoolerMaster 550W GX PSU
Thermaltake V9 Black Case


I would really appreciate constructive critiscism; pleas bear in mind i do NOT own a credit card or debit card that allows me to purchase goods online. Therefore my only logical suppliers are as follows; http://www.web-systems.co.uk and pcworld; as i can access them via public transport as i can't drive.

Thank you for all those who helped me espcially "michael c"


Patrick




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Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 08:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Patricks Gaming PC
Oops forgot to mention because of the course I'm on at college i have access to the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance and i have access to XP home, pro, Vista Home, Ultimate and Windows 7. My plan is to use windows 7

Dublin_Gunner May 30, 2010, 08:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 31, 2010, 05:22am EDT

 
>> Re: Patricks Gaming PC
Definitely go with windows 7.

The machine you've specced there seems decent enough for the price, but don't expect to max out newer games with that video card (which is about 3-4 years old tech now).

Would you be comfortable building a machine yourself?

If so, I'd urge to go with an AMD system, as at the moment you get a lot more for your money, particularly for gaming, where the CPU makes very little difference at 1920x1080 (I assume thats your screen resolution).

Go with a Phenom x4, and try to get the fastest vid card you can, a HD4870 or HD5770 for quite cheap would be streets ahead of the GTS250.

Without spending time checking through online prices right now, I reckon you could build a faster machine for the same money or even a little less.

I've never heard of that supplier before, and by the looks of their site, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.

Check out tekheads.co.uk, dabs.co.uk , overclockers.co.uk and komplett.co.uk

I've dealt with all in the past and found them very good. (and some may have collection points near enough to where you live).

Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 08:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'd only be using it for Counter Strike Source and potentially EVE-Online. The main issue with this supplier is the convienience tbh my friend; with regards to AMD and ati issues i;m more confident using Intel Cores and Nvidia GFX cards as i know them far better. Despite the fact i've used an AMD dual core previously

Dublin_Gunner May 30, 2010, 08:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Patrick McConnon said:
I'd only be using it for Counter Strike Source and potentially EVE-Online. The main issue with this supplier is the convienience tbh my friend; with regards to AMD and ati issues i;m more confident using Intel Cores and Nvidia GFX cards as i know them far better. Despite the fact i've used an AMD dual core previously


?? I do not know what that refers to!

I moved from a Core 2 Duo / Nvidia rig to the one on my sig, and I haven't been sorry :)

Sure, the 8 series cards are well matured, but they're way behind the times these days.

The i5 750 is a good CPU no doubt, but on the gfx front, I'd urge you to re-consider. Especially if you plan on using this machine for over a year. Getting a better gfx card would be well worth the purchase, especially for future-proofability, and resale value.

You wouldn't even get £30 for a GTS250 second hand TBH.

Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 08:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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looking at the suppler i'd be using the most decent ATI one i can see they have is:
http://web-systems.co.uk/?page=Products&pid=5470

what do you think?

Dublin_Gunner May 30, 2010, 08:42pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The HD5850 is a fantastic card for the money - if you can afford it on your budget (I note you're a student etc).

Its one of the best cards money can buy at the moment.

Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II
Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 08:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Patricks Gaming PC
its only an extra £20; i wonder if it wil fit lol

Patrick McConnon May 30, 2010, 08:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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lolololol wrong one

Michael C May 30, 2010, 09:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 30, 2010, 09:36pm EDT

 
>> Re: Patricks Gaming PC
Dublin is right about the videocard. I used to own a 9800GTX+ which is exactly the same card as the GTS250 and trust me, you don't want that. Even one 4870 blows it away.

Did you say the HD5850 is only 20 more than the GTS250? That can't even be right, be sure to check the prices again. The HD5850 is one of the best cards out right now and if you CAN get it, make sure to do it! It will easily max out just about any game right now.

Patrick McConnon May 31, 2010, 02:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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sorry i confused it with

http://web-systems.co.uk/?page=Products&pid=5088

how does that fair?

Patrick McConnon May 31, 2010, 03:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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just used a GFX Card comparer(if thats a word lololol) and the 5770 BEASTS it and that is only £40 more which is a good deal.

Michael C May 31, 2010, 03:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yep the 5770 is a great little card. It's the exact same as a 4870. It's also miles ahead(I mean literally 3x as good as the GTS250). Add that to your list.

Dublin_Gunner May 31, 2010, 05:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yep I had mentioned the 5770 above (though my mistake, a typo led me to write 5570 lol).

Great card for the price, pretty fast, DX11, low power consumption. Go for it.

Lancool PC K62
Phenom II x3 @ 3.5Ghz
4GB DDR2-800
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II

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