New PC

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by IT_GEEK, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. OK, I thought I would use my fellow arrsers researching capabilities. I am buying a brand new PC this week, no more upgrading for me, Mrs Geek has given me full permission to "get what I want". So my new baseline PC is shown below.
    I am not after advice as to components, but would be intrested to know if people know of any site that can match the £1521 delivered price for the spec machine below. I may be willing to compromise in small areas, but generally speaking, what is below is my "minumum spec"

    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600 (4 X 2.40GHz) 1066MHz FSB/8MB L2 Cache

    Memory (RAM)
    4096 MB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (4x1GB)

    Motherboard
    ASUS® P5K-E/WIFI: DDR2, SATAII, 2xPCI-e x16, 3 PCI, 2xPCI-e x1

    Operating System
    WINDOWS® VISTA Ultimate (inc. Genuine CD & License) (£119)

    USB Options
    8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

    Memory - 1st Hard Disk
    500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)

    2nd Hard Disk
    500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 16MB CACHE (7200rpm)

    RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
    NONE

    1st CD/DVD Drive
    20x DVD±RW/RAM/Dual Layer + Lightscribe (48 x CD-RW) (£16)

    2nd CD/DVD Drive
    16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

    Graphics Card
    768MB GEFORCE 8800GTX PCI Express (Special Offer!)

    2nd Graphics Card
    NONE

    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeMusic 7.1: £48

    Modem
    NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

    Network Facilities
    ONBOARD 54Mbps WIFI (802.11g) & GIGABIT LAN (P5K-E only)

    Floppy Disk Drive
    1.44MB - 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive

    Memory Card Reader
    INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

    Case
    Stylish Silver Aluminium Trigon Case + 2 Front/Side USB

    Power Supply & Case Cooling
    600W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)

    Processor Cooling
    ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER (£36)

    Firewire & Video Editing
    2 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE ONBOARD (1 in back + 1 on board)

    TV Card
    NONE

    Monitor
    WIDE 22 INCH TFT Silver/Black 1680 x1050 5MS D-Sub, DVI (£165)

    2nd Monitor
    NONE

    DVI Cable
    NONE

    Keyboard & Mouse
    Logitech® Cordless Keyboard & Rechargeable Mouse (Black/Silver) (£34)

    Mouse
    NONE

    Speakers
    NONE

    Printer
    NONE

    Surge Protection
    NONE

    Webcam & VoIP
    NONE

    Media Center Kit
    NONE

    Anti-Virus
    NONE

    Office Software
    NONE

    Warranty
    1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return

    Delivery
    Standard Insured Delivery to UK Mainland (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) (Free)

    Quantity
    1
     
  2. ... Rather a hefty system that, isn't it? Do you actually need all of that, or is it more a case of "I can get it, so I'm getting it!"? I mean, what the hell will you use the 1000GB space for??!
     
  3. Goon, yes you are partly right, it is a case of the wife has said "OK" so I am going the whole hog :D

    But at the same time, the last time I brought a brand new system was 1994, since then I have upgraded component by component. So in some respects, I am getting the best I can now, with a view to not having to "upgrade" any part of it for at least 2 years (hopefully).

    With regard to data. I currently have around 300Gb of data. Its quite easy to use space if you are into "lossless" music for example, and Film collections and assorted "torrents" etc. I also intend to implement (as much as possible) a Virtual CD/DVD system, whereby rather than having to insert CD's/DVD's into a drive to play a game, I have a CD image stored on the drive and load them as required, keeping the originals safe. I set a small version of this up on my daughters PC when I built it for her a few months ago and it works nicely. My grandkids play it a lot and never have to work about messing with CD's etc
     
  4. Thanks tango, I would be intrested just out of curiosity, but at the same time, I would be dubious about buying a system from an unknown source. The above system is from a reputable supplier of many years experience. Advertised in multiple PC magazines, offering Lifetime Hardware support to a Local call number, Free Collect and return of system in event of problems etc. So aftercare is a factor also
     
  5. Do a bit of home video and start editing it and saving various versions - 1000gb will soon fill up.....
     
  6. Whilst never having built one totally from scratch, I have at some point replaced every single component, so I suppose I could. But again I would be intrested to see what the total price of the items mentioned would be. TBH if its a matter of a tenner or 2 difference, I would be unwilling to loose the warranty of a prebuilt (all be it custom) for the sake of a few quid.

    But as I said, if you are willing, I would,be intrested to know your prices on the above spec, noting of course the brand name items of the components
     
  7. I don't use the system I have to its maximum, i.e. I don't edit video, iTunes is my music player and, generally, supplier, and I'm too much off a numpty to figure out how to copy DVDs to my PC! :D
     
  8. Yea, you got any cheap core 2 mb and cpu, with memory and graphics?
     
  9. Hiya Seedubs :D
    Have new credit card will travel, lol, Intrest free until next September.
    At the moment I am getting it from
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php

    The old Alienware Laptop is still dojng me proud thx, but I am still working away from home and it is in permanent residence at my Work digs :D

    ** Stop Press ** Just heard about Directx 10.1, current graphics cards do not support the new Directx 10.1 specification recently announced by MS (B@stards!!)
     
  10. Just noticed you are not getting a DVI cable, is that because you already have one, or are choosing to just the VGA cable, better off with DVI?

    I am looking for a cheap laptop in Jan for my resettlement course for 9 weeks, alienware may be a little above my finances!! lol
     
  11. Well spotted, thx for that. The web site only saves your quotes for 5 days, and so I had to redo it this morning and missed the DVI cable, thx a lot :D
     
  12. I have a very close system to that. With a Q6600 and a GTX. Not had a problem with it. Make sure the motherboard has a onboard ethernet port. Yeah stupid but it can happen. Whats the O/S? 32 bit or 64? 64 has some bad driver problems but 32 cant use 4GB memory. Still i have a 32bit O/S and 4GB ram. Just you wont use over 0.5 of a GB.
     
  13. I have decied to go with the 32bit for now. I am aware of the 4Gb problem, but as you say, its still more than 2Gb and more is better.