Which is the best all round system i can get for 750 pounds

Sunshinewelly

Distinguished Member
I am looking to buy a complete new system and have seen some nice ones online for around the 750 quid mark. now i know hardly anything about PCs and would appreciate some feedback on the following models and anything else out there which i have missed.

i will primarily be using it as a gaming platform with streaming to my PS3 and or transcoding etc.

there is this one the chillblast meteor

Chillblast :: Chillblast Fusion Meteor :: Step 1

As seen in PC Advisor Magazine, our Fusion Meteor system offers 3.33GHz of Core 2 performance, combined with great graphics and a choice of quality peripherals. An Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor, with an ATi Radeon 4870 512MB and 4GB of system RAM offer exceptional performance in day to day applications and gaming situations.

This system comes fully installed with Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit as standard!

Basic Specification:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Processor (3.33GHz)
MSI P43 Neo3-F Motherboard
ATi Radeon 4870 512MB Graphics Card
Colours IT Case with 450W PSU
4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
20x DVD-RW/CD-RW Optical Drive (Black)
500GB SATA 7200rpm Hard Disk
Creative Audigy 2 SE
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM
2 Year Collect and Return Warranty - see bottom of description

Included Peripherals:

22" Widescreen TFT Monitor featuring 1680x1050 resolution
Gemini M1 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech S220 Speakers

Ports on rear of system:

6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x PS/2 for keyboard
Audio outputs
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet for network
2 x DVI outputs
1 x S-Video

this also has the option to change the processor to a quad core @Free Quad Core upgrade pack (Q6600 overclocked to 3GHZ+, Asus motherboard) - Extreme Power Recommended .

is this a good upgrade choice in processor or should i stick to the stock processor - there is not a lot of info about the motherboard in this one.


then there is this crossfire one

YOYOtech AMD Dragon XFIRE PC System - Apollo Case / 550W PSU / Phemon II 720 / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive / Radeon 4770 Crossfired / DVD Rewriter / Onboard sound


PC CASE NZXT APOLLO ATX CASE
POWER SUPPLY 550W QUIET PSU
MOTHERBOARD 790GX CHIPSET ATX MOTHERBOARD
PROCESSOR AMD PHEMON 2 - 720 TRI CORE (O/C @ 3.4Ghz)
CPU COOLER GLADIATOR MAX COOLER
MEMORY 4 GB DDR2 PC MEMORY
HARD DRIVE 500GB SATAII
CARD READER NOT INCLUDED
OPTICAL DRIVER DVD REWRITER
GRAPHICS CARD ONE RADEON 4770 - 512MB DDR5
GRAPHICS CARD TWO RADEON 4770 - 512MB DDR5
GRAPHICS MODE TWIN CARDS - CROSSFIRED
SOUND 5.1 CHANNEL
OPERATING SYSTEM NONE - CAN BY ADDED AT TIME OF PURCHASE



no monitor with this one or operating sytem though but i assume its a better model than first one i have linked too.

or this one

YOYOtech AMD DRAGON BE - PC System - Silverstone PS02 Case / 500W PSU / Phenom II - 940 (O/C @ 3.4Ghz) / 4GB Memory / 500Gb Hard Drive / Radeon 4870 - 512Mb Graphic Card / DVD Rewriter / Onboard Sound


then there is the waterdragon which seems identical to the one above apart from a different case and a 50 quid premium

YOYOtech AMD Water Dragon 940 - Coolermaster 690 Case / 500w PSU / Phenom II 940 (O/C @ 3.6) / Cool-It Water Cooler / 4Gb Memory / 320Gb Hard Drive / Radeon 4870 - 512Mb Graphics Card / DVD Rewriter / Onboard Sound


there is also this cheaper one from medion

MEDION® AKOYA® P4314 D

Designed for performance, this powerful multimedia entertainment Akoya PC packs a dual core Intel Core2 Duo processor, a huge 1 Terabyte hard disk, massive 4 Gigabytes of RAM, an ATi Radeon HD4650 1GB graphics card and a DVB-T Freeview TV-Tuner with remote control. Everything you need to enjoy movies, play the latest games or watch and record digital TV. All of this backed comes with Medion's award winning service and support and a 12mth collect and return warranty.



or this one

Mega Sales IV

# ase: Cyberpower Gangster Mid Tower 420W Black
# Lights & Illumination: NONE
# Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default Case Fan
# Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts Power Supplies (CyberPower 600W Power Supply)
# CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ i7 920 @ 2.66GHz 8 MB cache LGA1366 ***Overclockable XXX***
# Overclocking Service: No Overclocking
# Cooling Fan: INTEL LGA1366 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK
# Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R X58 2 Way Crossfire/SLI DDR3
# Memory: (Req.DDR3 MainBoard)(3x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz Triple Channel Memory (G.SKILL NQ Series w/Heat Spreader ***Overclockable XXX***)
# VGA Power Supply: NONE
# Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4870 PCI-E x16 512MB DDR5 Video Card
# Video Card 2: NONE


i would be grateful for any advice that you may have
 

Steviekid

Standard Member
I'd definately go for the last one. It's a good system as it is but more to the point I would say it'll be the easiest one to upgrade in the future. The processor is easy to clock and can be replaced in a year or two by an intel 6 core CPU (same chipset) and it's a doodle to upgrade the gfx card or ram when funds allow. It's not a top spec motherboard but the UD3R gets decent enough reviews.
 

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