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#1
Hello Arrse Gamers
I'm after a home PC with all the usual Microsoft office bollocks and family stuff but ill also need it to play ARMA3 so I'm after a recommendation for an off the shelf PC that can do the above?.
Cheers
 
#4
pcspecialist.co.uk are reasonable price wise, excellent customer service too.
 
#6
I forget to mention I'm a PC Mong so I'd probably need ideas on a model that would do the things I need it to,Cheers
Well the ARMA III recommended requirements are:
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
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[TH="width: 125"]CPU: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] CPU Speed: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Info [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] RAM: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 4 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] OS: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Video Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] Sound Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Yes [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Free Disk Space: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 20 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

So anything at that level or higher.

You'll probably want 8GB of RAM if you're gaming, though.
 
#8
Definitely.
 
#10
Well the ARMA III recommended requirements are:
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"]CPU: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] CPU Speed: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Info [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] RAM: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 4 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] OS: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Video Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] Sound Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Yes [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Free Disk Space: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 20 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

So anything at that level or higher.

You'll probably want 8GB of RAM if you're gaming, though.
F-Kin Vista? Have you been at the special medicine again?

In my experience Vista (even SP2) is guaranteed to ruin your computing experience and make otherwise nifty processors run like they have had half of their gates blown.
 
#11
F-Kin Vista? Have you been at the special medicine again?

In my experience Vista (even SP2) is guaranteed to ruin your computing experience and make otherwise nifty processors run like they have had half of their gates blown.
Official system requirements, don't shoot the messenger.

I never said actually get Vista...
 
#12
Official system requirements, don't shoot the messenger.

I never said actually get Vista...
Phew that was close! OK fair enough.

On another note:

Has anyone got first hand experience of Apple Macbook Pros? Are they as good as they are cracked up to be? I would quite like to buy one but it is a hefty outlay.

Or for work use, what about those dinky little 15" HP Pavilion thingies. What are they like at running multiple apps simultaneously such as Visio and XL/Word? Is the battery life any good?

I have a pretty good idea what I am doing with this sort of thing, but as I will be spending somebody else's money I would like to exercise some care.
 
#13
Hello Arrse Gamers
I'm after a home PC with all the usual Microsoft office bollocks and family stuff but ill also need it to play ARMA3 so I'm after a recommendation for an off the shelf PC that can do the above?.
Cheers
Build one, mate. it's easy and cheaper. I built mine for around the £600 mark and it goes like shit through a goose.
 
#14
www.dinopc.co.uk

Ordered mine from there. Be careful of ARMA III as its not optimised at the minute and a lot of people are getting low FPS despite awesome rigs. Whatever build you get make sure you get your OS on a 120Gb+ SSD for awesome load times.


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#15
Well the ARMA III recommended requirements are:
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"]CPU: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] CPU Speed: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Info [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] RAM: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 4 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] OS: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Video Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: #eceef5"]
[TH="width: 125"] Sound Card: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] Yes [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
[TABLE="class: req-table"]
[TR="bgcolor: none"]
[TH="width: 125"] Free Disk Space: [/TH]
[TD="width: 380"] 20 GB [/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

So anything at that level or higher.

You'll probably want 8GB of RAM if you're gaming, though.
Try and get a Phenom Black if possible
 
#16
Try and get a Phenom Black if possible
If he's got the cash handy I'd say he's better going with the intel CPU, i've never been happy with AMD CPUs but they are good if you're stuck on a budget.

Those sysreqs are recommended to play the game on about low/normal graphics and they're never right due to bugs in coding and in-efficiencies in coding. ARMA II is still a laggy game because it's so poorly coded. 8Gb RAM is the very minimum for gaming, 16Gb gives you headroom if you use it for more intensive stuff like video/photo editing in the future.
 
#17
Phew that was close! OK fair enough.

On another note:

Has anyone got first hand experience of Apple Macbook Pros? Are they as good as they are cracked up to be? I would quite like to buy one but it is a hefty outlay.

Or for work use, what about those dinky little 15" HP Pavilion thingies. What are they like at running multiple apps simultaneously such as Visio and XL/Word? Is the battery life any good?

I have a pretty good idea what I am doing with this sort of thing, but as I will be spending somebody else's money I would like to exercise some care.
MacBooks are decent enough, if the software is available for what you need, but I don't think they are worth the difference on a similarly specced PC

I've come across a lot of issues with Pavillion laptops nvidia chipsets overheating and stopping working, and not in a temporary way. I'd say go for a Dell with a 6 cell battery rather than 4 if you want autonomy, thought I'd recommend Asus as a brand but I'm not aware of recent models that can take a 6 cell battery
 
#18
MacBooks are decent enough, if the software is available for what you need, but I don't think they are worth the difference on a similarly specced PC

I've come across a lot of issues with Pavillion laptops nvidia chipsets overheating and stopping working, and not in a temporary way. I'd say go for a Dell with a 6 cell battery rather than 4 if you want autonomy, thought I'd recommend Asus as a brand but I'm not aware of recent models that can take a 6 cell battery
Thanks for the answer.

One of my colleagues has got a whole Apple thing going on; Macbook air, iPad and an iPhone set up for tethering both of them on a Vodafone euro-roaming contract when mobile. I have to admit that it is quite impressive and as a scalable integrated solution is a formidable technological solution. It is technically very sexy indeed. We are about to buy a huge hatful of iPhones and iPads for on the move and in the field use, which gives us tremendous power across about 40 key users when access to static services is unavailable. The beauty of the iPads is the sheer amount of access it gives us to Cisco and other vendors' manuals in a tiny device, for which we then don't have to schlepp about boxes of books we might not use.

Thanks for the timely reminder about Dell. I lost my confidence in them about 6 years ago when they were having a lot of issues, even with new devices, but I have heard better things recently so will take another look at what they can do for me.
 
#19
If he's got the cash handy I'd say he's better going with the intel CPU, i've never been happy with AMD CPUs but they are good if you're stuck on a budget.

Those sysreqs are recommended to play the game on about low/normal graphics and they're never right due to bugs in coding and in-efficiencies in coding. ARMA II is still a laggy game because it's so poorly coded. 8Gb RAM is the very minimum for gaming, 16Gb gives you headroom if you use it for more intensive stuff like video/photo editing in the future.
Phenom Black is anything but a cheap alternative. Mine is running on 32 gig with twin dual head 1 gig graphics cards. It hasn't broken into a sweat over anything in the 18 months/2 years since I put it together
 
#20
Thanks for the timely reminder about Dell. I lost my confidence in them about 6 years ago when they were having a lot of issues, even with new devices, but I have heard better things recently so will take another look at what they can do for me.
You, me, and a lot of people. They seem to have got their support shit together in the last few years, though it could be better. I'm basing the Dell option on the support being less than impressive, but the chances of needing it are much less. If you have Dell Certified Engineers in house then you can use the 60 (or 90, I forget) day warranty option then go onto "self support" - best check how that works though, long time since I looked at it. It may be that you get reduced cost warranty.

The iShite option always looks good, and I found it made a good impression with clients, the iPad is certainly a handy bit of kit and MacBook wake up time is astounding
 

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