New Computer

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by Mediaeval, Oct 5, 2008.

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  1. I'm looking for a bit of advice.

    Have just reached the 42 month (warranty expired) point with an Advent T9103 and was looking to upgrade the processor and graphics card to give it a few years more life and a bit more oomph for the latest games.

    Having enquired, most responses, web and retailer are along the lines of "you're fecked (wattage, motherboard and AGP slot (?) all allegedly old hat now), but if you insist on wasting your money you might try......" Not exactly hopeful.

    So, the other option is to bite the bullet and upgrade to a reasonable gaming/internet machine at a cost of up to about £1k all-in.

    Any suggestions on a decent retailer (not PC World...!!) or model. Oh, and I have been offered a self build by one of our IT guys...

    M
     
  2. I would suggest that you go out and buy a copy of Micromart (it comes out on a Thursday and cost's £2.00) as it tend to have lots of different suppliers listed, and great advice.

    I tend to purchase a new PC every 4 - 5 years, then just upgrade it as required, until it can no longer be upgraded, the last box unit I got from http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ and they do sell complete systems.

    I last complete system I purchased came fom here http://www.compsol-uk.com/ I used this place to get a PC for my other half, so she could play a few games, use the internet, and print things out.

    For PC Games this isn't a bad deal http://www.compsol-uk.com/traderpro/index.php?formaction=itemdisplay&prod_code=1001848

    Myself I am running a 5200 Duel Core AMD, with 3 GB Ram, 1TB Hard Disk, with HD 4850 Graphics card, into a 22" widescreen TFT.

    If you do purchase a copy of Micromart you will soon see that you don't have to spend £1000 to get a top of the range PC.

    Regards
     
  3. Build one yourself have a look at link: http://www.scan.co.uk/ for components dont touch AMD cpu's lol as they are pissssssssssssh
     
  4. Building one your self or getting a mate to do it will probably be the cheapest option.

    I built my PC just before Christmas, can't remember exactly whats in it at the moment but it's more than a match for modern games and cost around £1200,
     
  5. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    If you are into PC's and fancy a technical challenge then self build is a sure fire way to get exactly the spec you want, especially if you need something special. However don't underestimate the challenge of building your own PC and matching components. The price difference isn't usuallly that great either, in same cases it can be more expensive

    If you just want to switch on and load up the apps you want then one from a system builder might be the best bet, go to the newsagents and with your copy of Razzle buy a couple of computer mags, there are even some dedictaed to self builders, but will also have loads of adverts for system builders.

    For hi spec gaming machines, check out alienware

    http://www.alienware.co.uk
     
  6. If you are going to go for a new rig alienware are very good but can be a bit pricey.

    I suggest using these guys if you are on a bit of a budget as they cater for all wallets and are pretty much the daddies at custom rig's.

    cyberpower clicky

    Also I would recomend getting hold of a copy of pc gamer and taking a look at the custom rig they have built on the cheap.Its as good as any system out there and much cheaper than most.
     
  7. self build is the best bet to be honest and if you contact reputable dealers such as SCAN.CO.UK or Microdirect.Co.Uk they will put you on the right track for what you want it for, As for the idea about avoiding the AMD cpu's don't listen him thats just tosh they are fine for everything but just not quite as fast as the Intel core2 duo's or quads at certain apps for the cash. Really can you see the difference between 52 frames per sec and 62 frames per sec, thought not.....
     
  8. I think the L2 cache on an intel does a little more than a few frames better, or check http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/
     
  9. Look at Apple, then compare the number of viruses for PC's compared to the number for an Apple.

    Games for Apple do take a wee bit longer for release but they do exist.
     
  10. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    ...'for the latest games.'

    so an Apple is the perfect choice, of course. duh.
     
  11. yes but for everyday use you aint gonna see that much of a diff now are you
     
  12. Thanks everyone. On balance, self-build it probably is, although I'll scout around the mags you suggest first. I will update how I get on IDC....

    M
     
  13. So pretty good advice here. If you didn't want to self build you will probably do better upgrading RAM and Graphics rather than CPU and Graphics for a overall performance boost.

    If you are buying I would suggest taking a look at

    www.aria.co.uk

    One of the best priced places I have found so far, can pick up some decent deals in the bargains section and they do pretty good spec barebone base units at reasonable cost. These have no pre-installed software, not even operating systems.

    In my opinion Alienware are outdated now, they were good when they first came out but there are many others manufacturers now that do the same specs for less, Dell bought out Alienware 2006 anyway.

    Ive just done a quick and dirty comparison between Alienware and Aria (top specs in comparable ranges)and for a base unit with the same processor, graphics card, amount of RAM, Hard drive size (1TB) you are looking at around £1400 more for the Alienware which only has Vista, Speakers, Keyboard and Mouse extra!

    Ebuyer, as mentioned by SS above are also very good, ive used them a lot in the past as well for Systems, upgrades and repairs for myself and friends / relatives.