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Gaming Desktop Build / Purchase Required!


Standard Member
Dear all,

I’m currently hunting for a new desktop, and am considering both self-builds and off-the-shelf options. I haven’t done a self-build before, but have a reasonable grasp of hardware and am ready for the challenge if it’ll give me a better machine for less cash!

So I wondered whether anyone could recommend either of the above options? I’m primarily looking for a gaming machine (with video editing capacity too), and so will be looking for some hardcore processing power (dual core….quad core perhaps?) as well as a meaty graphics card, or perhaps even a motherboard that can field 2 of the puppies! And at least a couple of gigs of RAM, of course.

Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I’m hoping to bag something for about £600…but I can go higher….a BIT higher….if it’s genuinely worth paying the extra.

I’ve been looking around for a while now, but it’s taking me ages to get a handle on what’s hot and what’s not…so….over to the forum!

Oh and has anyone heard of this outfit pcspecialist.co.uk? They seem to do custom builds for you, at apparently reasonable prices.

Many thanks in advance – happy to provide any more info if needed.




If you need everything, then you're looking at around £1000. Unless you want a 17" screen, which kinda is pointless.

Just chucked this lot in basket, not sure of cpu/mobo/memory compatbility, but at least gives you a idea.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.33GHz (1333FSB) - Retail £97.99
(£115.14) £97.99
Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Midnight Grey £214.99
(£252.61) £214.99
Saitek Eclipse 2 Illuminated Keyboard - Blue/Red/Purple £26.99
(£31.71) £26.99
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music 7.1 Soundcard - OEM £42.99
(£50.51) £42.99
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev.B CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA775) £24.99
(£29.36) £24.99
Pioneer DVR-112DBK 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM £15.49
(£18.20) £15.49
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS SuperClocked 320MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (320-P2-E815-AR) £167.99
(£197.39) £167.99
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C5 TwinX (2x1GB) £56.99
(£66.96) £56.99
Logitech G5 Gaming-Grade Laser Mouse - Retail £26.99
(£31.71) £26.99
Samsung SpinPoint T HD501LJ 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM £52.99
(£62.26) £105.98
Abit IP35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £77.99
(£91.64) £77.99
Sub Total : £859.38
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.95
VAT is being charged at 17.5% VAT : £152.66
Total : £1,024.

Two 500GB hard drives
oh forgot case and psu. Add £60 for PSU, £80 for case


Standard Member
Nice one badbob -

Quick question...would the OcUK GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 graphics card also work, do you think? Is it worth the extra 60 quid or so? It has a bagload of extra memory on board which can't be a bad thing...

Also could you recommend a decent psu and case by any chance?




The 8800GTX is much faster card, but you need to use high resolution to make the most of it. Ideally 1680x1050 or greater. 1024x768-1280x1024 would be a waste.

As for PSU, look at 500W-600W for 8800GTS-GTX, Enermax, Seasonic or Corsair.

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