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Matt2001

Active Member
Looking to upgrade my four year old PC to be able to run the latest games efficiently. Alienware seem to be among the best in performance but a bit pricey. I found a site called PCSpecialist.co.uk and they can do me this setup for around £2k. Is this a decent setup for most games and is it good VFM or not? Thanks for any help.

Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX9650 (4 X 3.0GHz) 1333MHz FSB/12MB Cache

4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz (2x2GB)

ASUS® P5Q3 DELUXE Mobo

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Edition + SP1

300GB WD VelociRaptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10,000rpm)

500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

RAID (HDD 1 & 2)

1024MB GEFORCE GTX280 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

700W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER
 

Matt2001

Active Member
Thanks, never looked there. The little Intel Sugo is a good size for me, running out of space fast here :eek:, but not much room in the case for upgrading and extra bits and bobs I wouldn't imagine. The AMD looks a stonker, quite a few other nice rigs there too, will have a good look round :D
 

socom23

Active Member
Can you build your own??
 

Matt2001

Active Member
I built the one I'm using now a few years back. My time for doing this is limited though and picking the right combo of mobo/cpu/gfx etc. makes my head spin, so many options these days. Would prefer to buy one already made but it's not impossible for me to do it myself, major factor really would be how much cheaper it would be for me to do it myself.
 

socom23

Active Member
If that's the case, then I've heard good things about PC specialist. Esp when comparing against Overclockers.
 

Singh400

Distinguished Member
2k? Are you kidding me? I think you could build that yourself for £1700 easy. Besides, the choice of components is complete overkill.

QX9650 is just a waste of money in my opinion. As well as the DDR3 RAM.

IMO, get a Q9450/Q9550/Q9650 chip with a good set of DDR2 RAM.
 

Perceval

Banned
If you don't want to build yourself there are still suppliers that will sell you an overclocked system based any of the chips Singh400 mentioned for far cheaper and they'd perform better to boot.

A Q9550 with a safe/stable overclock will give 3.2+ghz easily.

Look at suppliers such as www.dinopc.com
www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk
www.chillblast.com

as a few examples for alternatives before you make up your mind.
 

Matt2001

Active Member
How's about this for £1622? I'm assuming the 2 gfx cards will work in crossfire mode.

Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9550 (4 X 2.83GHz) 1333MHz FSB/12MB Cache

4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 1600MHz (2x2GB)

ASUS® RAMPAGE EXTREME Mobo

Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Edition + SP1

300GB WD VelociRaptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10,000rpm)

320GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)

6x BLU-RAY ROM & HD-DVD ROM Drive, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

1st Graphics Card

512MB RADEON HD 4870 PCI Express + DVI

2nd Graphics Card

512MB RADEON HD 4870 PCI Express + DVI

ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
 

Matt2001

Active Member
Ok, I've come to my senses finally, and spending over a grand for a gaming PC is utter lunacy for me, as I only play games a few times a week :eek:

So I'll go with a mid-price PC, around 500 quid, that can play most games on medium quality or so and will take care of all my other PC needs too, and an X-Box 360 for hi-def gaming. Best of both worlds :thumbsup:
 

Maxsys

Standard Member
I Bought my current PC from PC Specialist and i can highly recommend them, top notch service :thumbsup: And the PC is a dream, fast, quiet and very reliable
 

Matt2001

Active Member
Yeah, I've seen a lot of good words about them. I'm waiting on an AV cabinet right now, hopefully stock will be in sometime this week, then I'll know how much room I have left and can start planning the PC setup :D
 

lordo

Standard Member
I'm thinking about getting this system from pcspecialist for gaming, your thoughts re price\the system etc much appreciated:

AMD PHENOM™ X4 9950 (2.6GHz) 4 x 512K L2 Cache (Socket AM2+)
8GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 1066MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY (4x2GB)
ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE: AM2+, DUAL DDR II, S-ATA II, 2 PCI
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Edition + SP1, CD
150GB WD VelociRaptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10,000rpm) x 2 (RAID 0)
6x BLU-RAY ROM & HD-DVD ROM Drive, 16x DVD ±R/±RW
2048MB RADEON HD 4870X2 PCI Express
CoolerMaster Cosmos S Black Aluminium Case
1010W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan
SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER


total: £1500
 
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