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tom2007

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I've spent the last few weeks figuring out how much money I can afford to spend on a new pc gaming system, and have arrived at a few conclusions...

With my budget ending at about £600 these are the systems I've found:


www.eclipsecomputers.com:

Motherboard:
Asrock ConRoe 1333-ESATA2 LGA775,Lan,7.1Snd,ATX £66.95

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66Ghz LGA775 Processor - Retail £105.95

Memory Slot 1
2048Mb (2X1024Mb) Dual Channel DDR2 667Mhz Memory £39.73

Graphics Card
256Mb nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS PCI-Express VGA Card £98.95

Optical Device 1
NEC AD5170A-0B 18X+/-DVD-R Dual Layer Dvd Writer- Black £14.95

SATA Device 1
250Gb Maxtor DiamondMax21 SATAI/II 8Mb Cache Hard Drive £28.50

Case
Gladiator Black/Silver ATX Case, 500W PSU, 12cm Blue LED Fan £26.95

Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse - Black/Silver - Radio F £7.95

Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista - Home Premium Edition - oem £54.95

Warranty
Bronze Eclipse System Warranty (1Year RTB + Premier30) £4.95

Total price: 528.55, no monitor included there because the ones they offer arent paticularily good. I have looked around and you can easily get a 19" widescreen for £100, which brings the total to £630 which is the highest end of my budget.

An alternative is this system from www.arbico.co.uk

Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 CPU
2048MB PC4200 DDR2
Sapphire ATI radeon X1950 Pro 512mb PCI-E graphics card
250GB SATA Hard Drive
18x Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
20.1" widescreen monitor
Cyberlink Power DVD 6
Nero Burning Rom
5.1 Channel Sound
Keyboard & Optical Mouse
Onboard 10/100 Ethernet - Broadband ready
2 Year Return To Base Warranty

I can see this one has a worse proccesor but the graphics card is better i think, even though it doesnt have dx10 compatibility.

So those are the best two I've found so far, any feedback will be appreciated :thumbsup:, especially if anyone has dealt with either of these 2 companies in the past or can offer up another system into the mixer. £630 really is top-end budget and I really cant go over it.


Thanks all! :smashin:
 
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tom2007

Guest
Anyone used arbico before? If you have how was the service there?

Thanks:thumbsup:
 
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tom2007

Guest
Despite what I said before my budget has actually increased to around £650, I might go for and upgrade to the proccessor if i choose the arbico machine..
 

Miss Chief

Distinguished Member
TBH you could probably cut back on the CPU a bit and try and go for an 8800 of some sort and OC the CPU to get the speeds you want.
 
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tom2007

Guest
Not being very adept with computers I dont think overclocking is a good idea for me and my limited technical skills. I do plan to upgrade the graphics card to 8800 in 12/18 months to co-incide with dx10-only games.

No-one has used arbico then?

Thanks.
 

amjedm

Active Member
Only my personal opinion and experience but i used Eclipse a couple of times last year and found the service terrible.

You're not the only who's received bad service - a number of posters on another forum say the same.

I was fortunate (thank God) that the items I wanted were out of stock - this was some years ago.
 
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tom2007

Guest
Took the suggestion of the 8800 into account and I think ive found a even better system:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
CPU Cooler: Standard CPU heatsink & fan
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
Memory: 2.0GB Kingston DDR2 667mhz (2x 1GB)
Hard Drive: 250GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 18x Double-Layer DVD+/-RW
Second optical drive: 16x DVD-ROM
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8800GTS PCI-E 320MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
PSU: 550W PSU
Case: EZCool K110
Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty

Product Subtotal: £599.65

Thats from dinopc, plus delivery it comes to about 620. I'll order monitor/mouse/keyboard off ebuyer.

That look like a good setup?

Thanks.
 

amjedm

Active Member
Took the suggestion of the 8800 into account and I think ive found a even better system:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
CPU Cooler: Standard CPU heatsink & fan
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
Memory: 2.0GB Kingston DDR2 667mhz (2x 1GB)
Hard Drive: 250GB S-ATA2 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 18x Double-Layer DVD+/-RW
Second optical drive: 16x DVD-ROM
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8800GTS PCI-E 320MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
PSU: 550W PSU
Case: EZCool K110
Warranty: 3 Year Bronze Warranty

Product Subtotal: £599.65

Thats from dinopc, plus delivery it comes to about 620. I'll order monitor/mouse/keyboard off ebuyer.

That look like a good setup?

Thanks.

What's the make of the psu?
 

amjedm

Active Member
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tom2007

Guest
Ive ordered the dinopc system, with the 550w psu (the only option was quantity not quality, i.e. I could upgrade to a 650w but not to a more quality 550w), however if I have any problems I will change it in the near future.

Thanks :thumbsup:
 
Maybe you can give the rest of us some info on your new system. I am due a new machine and would like some pointers. ;)

Also some pics would be nice :smashin:
 

SeanT

Distinguished Member
eclipse are ok if you are around the corner, never had any mail order experience for that reason!
 

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