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  1. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
    Location: Essex, England
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    Default Help, looking to Build/Buy a PC

    As it appears I am going down the self build route now heres a lsit of what I am deciding on getting (will get updated after I decide on each part)(Also I have to go through and make sure all this is compatable with each other):

    Case:
    Thermaltake VA3000BWA Tsunami Dream 62.99

    PSU:
    1000W Corsair HX Series PSU ATX 138.52

    MoBo:
    Asus P5Q Premium 163.80

    Processor:
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Yorkfield Core 211.37

    CPU cooling:
    ASUS Silent Square EVO 35.68

    RAM:
    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR2 PC2-8500 82.07

    Graphics Card:
    Sapphire HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card 184.40

    HDD:
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* 84.99

    DVD RW Drive:
    Optiarc (Sony/NEC) AD-7201S-0B 16.79

    Floppy Drive:
    Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive Black - OEM 3.59

    OS:
    Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit 112.96

    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 63.88

    Total: 1161.02
    Last edited by Nodz86; 15/09/08 at 18:40 PM.


  2. Baldy is offline Wibble Wobble
      
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    Well i know from my woolies day's that medion's customer support is rubbish. And so is there build quality. We had laptop's which were less than a year old coming back, some had dead batteries, dead chargers, keyboard's falling out and one that had loads of red pixels on the screen. After trying for month's to source part's for them the task became impossible, and sadly the customer's had to take a replacement from another manufacturer. So i feel that buying this desktop would be a big mistake but of course it's your choice.

    Here's some reviews on medion in general. http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/misc-systems/medion-uk/reviews/
    Another insightful post by Baldy!!

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  3. Iced_Bullet is offline Cheese=Milk's Death Route
     
    Location: Norfolk, UK
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    As baldy suggests (or kind of does in a way) I would go for named brands. Dell (Yes I personally have had no trouble with the in the past except when it comes to upgrading) for when it comes to buying a pre-built PC. Of course you are buying the badge, so maybe slightly ripped off but don't have the agro of different parts from different places. But if you wish to buy your own PC for #400 w/o a monitor you should get a fairly good deal if you wish to keep you current HDD and Sound Cards etc (If you have one).
    Life is good. Simples. Cccchhhhh.

  4. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    I read that site Baldy and the reviews seem half and half.

    I know what your saying Iced the trouble is the named brands with that sort of spec are about a 1000 and I can't justify spending that on a PC.

    I may just be looking in the wrong place for them i.e. PC World and I would self build but then I'll just go stupid like when I spec cars on the net. plus anywhere that does sell named brands always do them with monitors and the like which is an expense I could do with out (plus I ain't got the room for one, not with my TV).

    If anyone has any alternatives please suggest as I do want to get one as I'm getting bored of the 360 and I want to start modding games.

  5. Baldy is offline Wibble Wobble
      
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    I've shown this nodz, but what do you guys think? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145784
    Another insightful post by Baldy!!

    "Life is like a slush puppy, the longer you leave things the more they melt"


  6. iBilo is offline ;)
     
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    Vadim Computers are very good, a bit expensive but the pcs are custom built and done by hand, you can get so much good stuff with it though.


  7. Iced_Bullet is offline Cheese=Milk's Death Route
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldred »
    I've shown this nodz, but what do you guys think? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145784

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    Looks a good system ... looks a good basis for being able to up the GPU in future if Nodz gets it
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  8. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    Never even heard of Zoostorm before, its also got a shorter warrenty and less stuff on it. Still not exactly sure what to do. I want to explore evry avenue even self build but not to sure.

    I'm very tempted to save and get an alien but with them you are paying well over the odds for the name.

  9. RB26DETT is offline Banned
    Location: Manila, Philippines
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    want to build your own? you can save some cash.

    we can help pick out parts.

    if you want, i'll put out a list that'll fit in your budget. what's your budget?

  10. googlproxer is offline Rusted Banger
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    I'd say custom build one to the specifications listed in the first post
    that's a fairly good PC
    It'll probably set you back $800AU (dunno what it is in pounds or euro)
    but it'll still be cheaper than buying a brand new PC off the shelf

  11. HavockJoker is offline PGR4 Master
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    Build your own. Its cheaper and you get want you want.




  12. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by RB26DETT »
    want to build your own? you can save some cash.

    we can help pick out parts.

    if you want, i'll put out a list that'll fit in your budget. what's your budget?
    Thanks RB, the thing is I don;t have a budget as such. Also your talking to the person who has to get the best theres is even though there is something cheaper that does the job just as good. i.e. my tomtom is the tt920t, I could have got the tt720t but that hasn't got a remote control nor does it have a map of the USA. Have/Will I ever use the remote control, no, will I ever use the map of the USA or take my tomtom when I go there, no, but its nice to know I have it just incase. This is also the reason why when I spec an area 51 comp on Alienware it comes out to 6000.

    Anyways this is roughly what I'm after:
    1. Vista Ultimate (again premium will probably do) also I was tlkain to mellors and theres 2 versions one will recognise something and the other one you need to play with the bios which I dont really want to do.
    2. Quad core processor would be nice (pentium or AMD, I've only ever used pentium comps)
    3. 4gb RAM, unless you can have more now
    4. 500gb hdd (if you can get bigger fo not alot more then that'll be good, a terrabyte will never get used tho)
    5. A very good graphics card with full HD output.
    6. A very good DVD RW drive with good speeds (not bothered about HD-DVD or Blu Ray)
    7. Card reader
    8. lots of ports
    9. and a good case with a huge fan (to keep it cool)
    10. lots of LED lights
    I don't want alot, lol. I'll post a pic of a case I like later as I know roughly what I want (use alien ones as a guide)

  13. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    Erm, here's where I can help.

    Processor:

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, Yorkfield Core, S775, 2.66GHz, 1333MHz, 12MB Cache, Retail
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=743028

    Motherboard:

    EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1, NF790i Ultra SLI, 3-way SLI, S 775, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333/2000, ATX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=778516

    Video Card:

    512MB Gigabyte HD4870, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 3600MHz GDDR5, GPU 750MHz, 800 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/ HDTV, HDCP
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=838515

    Sound Card:

    Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Professional
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=503578

    Hard Disk Drive:

    500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA300, 8Mb Cache, 7200rpm
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=850814

    Power Supply:

    1000W Corsair HX Series PSU ATX, EPS12V, PS/2, Modular Power Supply, UK Version, 5 Year Warranty
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=782927

  14. Neo-Tech is offline TDU 2 = Win.
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    Ask on JCXP.net, bthey can give you a very good info on what PC to get and why. Check it out

  15. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    I take it you want to spend less than 500, so i'll take a look later on today when I get back home.

  16. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellors »
    I take it you want to spend less than 500, so i'll take a look later on today when I get back home.

    As I said above I have no idea to be honest, I'm trying to work out my finacial situation atm as I ain't getting the overtime anymore but am due a pay rise soon so once I've sorted that out I'd have a good idea.

    But realistcally to get what I want probably about 750 tops, but as I say it all depends, but when you's are looking don't just look for self build as I want to explore all avenues.

    Thanks RB, I'll have a proper look later one when I get some time to go through it properly.

  17. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    EEK! I forgot about the RAM. (flaps) >.<

    get these babies:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=782925

  18. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    hmmm. changed the Motherboard since I picked a ATi card as best bang for the buck and the MoBo I initially picked out was a SLi mobo.

    if you'll be crossfiring, check this one out. it's way cheaper too.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=847363

  19. Nodz86 is offline ____________
     
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    Just had a look through all them bits RB and I'm suprised how cheap you can get things, just wondering a few things.

    The first one is how good are them components in the grand scale of things?? are they budget, top end or in the middle. Because if I do go down the self build route, which looks likely now, I want to try and get as best I can for the money.

    Also when building computers is it just simply plug the bits together or is there soldering involved?

  20. RB26DETT is offline Banned
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    the processor i chose is a very good one but not the best. probably somewhere above middle because the best ones are the core2extreme

    motherboard = excellent, not the best but it's up there

    video card = ONE OF THE BEST! the HD4870's performance is in between the new Nvidia GTX260 and GTX280 and those two cards are beasts!

    sound card = middle but still good

    hard drive = middle but still good

    power supply = very good

    RAM = BEST!

    if you want to change stuff to make them better,tell me. i'm lacking an optical drive, i don't know what's a good one.

    nodz, i've never built a rig. i have my rigs custom built from where i get my parts. (perks of not buying online) and they dont charge for labor. i'd ask the true builders here like kalniel. but afaik there's no soldering just plugging and connecting.


 
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