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Old 06-18-2007, 06:17 AM   #1
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Hi all. I'm stuck between 3 different pc's at the moment, I have a budget of £580 but i'm a heavy gamer so of course im looking for the best money can buy. These are the specs for the 1st pc (also bear in mind im only after a tower....got all the monitor, wireless keyboard mouse etc.)

Case: Antec NSK 1300 m-ATX case with 2x USB2.0, mic and out audio ports

Motherboard: Asus M2NPV-VM Socket AM2
4x 240-pin DIMM, support max. 8GB DDR2 800/667/533 (Dual channel memory architecture)
4x USB2 rear ports
Firewire
1 PCIX x16, 1 PCIX x1 and 2 PCI slots
6-channel audio
4x 3Gb/s SATA II with RAID 0, 1
built-in 10/100/1000 LAN
on-board nVidia 6150 graphics (up to 128MB) this was meant to be Palit nVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI
2x PS/2 ports for Mouse and Keyboard; 1x Parallel
AMD Athlon64 4600+ Dual Core Socket AM2
Kingston 2GB DDR3 (2x1 GB 667 Supports dual channel mode) PC2-5300 240-pin
500GB SATAII 16MB Cache HD
Samsung SH-S182 18x DVDRW MultiFormat LightScribe Black with Nero Express
2-year Parts and Labour warranty (Hardware only - Return To Base - free collect and return)

Specification 2:
CoolerMaster Elite 330 Black and Silver Midi Tower Case
front panel with 2x USB ports, earphone and mic ports
600W Watt Power Supply
120mm rear fan
Dimensions 480x 202x 435 mm
ASUS M2N SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 Motherboard
nVIDIA® nForce 500 SLI Chipset
4x 240-pin DIMM, support max. 8GB DDR2 800/667/533 (Dual channel memory architecture)
10/100/1000 LAN
4x USB 2.0 ports; Firewire controller
2x IDE ATA-133 connector (for up to 4 devices)
4x SATA2 (3Gb/s) RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
2x PCI x16 slots for x8 + x8 SLI or single x16
2x PCI Express x1, 2x PCI slots
AMD Athlon64 4200+ X2 Dual Core CPU Socket AM2
Kingston 2GB (2x 1GB) DDR2 667 PC2-5300 240-pin
Palit nVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI
Samsung 320GB Serial ATA II 16MB cache, Samsung 80GB Serial ATA II 8MB
Samsung SH-S182 18x DVDRW MultiFormat LightScribe Black with Nero Express
Internal pci 56k v92 fax/modem
sound blaster audigy 7.1 sound card
2-year Parts and Labour warranty (Hardware only - Return To Base - free collect and return)

Specification 3:
Cooling Fans SPEEZE - Heatsink/Fan - Silent
Computer Case ThermalTake CASE MOZART M/LAB VC4001SNS SIL
CPU\Intel Core 2 Duo INTEL CORE 2 DUO E6320 1066FSB SKT775
Memory\DDR2 4GB DDR2 PC-5400 667 MHZ
Hard Drives\SATA 500 GB SATA HDD UDMA 300 7200 16MB
Second Hard Drive NOT INCLUDED
Graphics Cards ASUS 256MB GeF 7900GS 2xDVI PCI-E SLI
Motherboards\SKT 775 ASUS SKT-775 P5GC-MX S/V/L M-ATX 1066FSB
Optical Drives\DVD Writers SAMSUNG DVD+/-RW 18x6x18x8 D/LAYER SILVER (IDE)
Second Optical Drive NOT INCLUDED
Floppy Drives NOT INCLUDED
Card Readers Sweex - Internal USB 2.0 Card Reader 50-in-1
Power Supplies ThermalTake W0061 PSU 420W TR2-420W
Operating Systems NOT INCLUDED
Anti Virus NOT INCLUDED
Sound Cards ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL 5.1 SOUND
Firewire Card NOT INCLUDED
USB Ports 10 X USB 2.0 PORTS
Networking FAST 10/100 LAN (BROADBAND READY)
Technical Support 1 YEAR - E-MAIL SUPPORT
Warranty Package 1 YEAR RETURN TO BASE
Delivery Options NEXT DAY AFTER COMPLETION

Basically i would like anyones input on which case is the best, which spec is the best any general feelings would do.

The 1st two specs came from: http://www.powerc.com
The 2nd spec came from: http://www.computerplanet.co.uk

Thanks all, Jay
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:23 AM   #2
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I'd say if your a big gamer, rule out number one, as its only an onboard graphics card? Only had a quick browse through, but for the simple reason I like AMD better than Intel I'd say number 2, and it has good warrenty aswell.
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:28 AM   #3
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well a lot of people are gonna say get a core 2 duo and i agree it is a far better processor then intels dual core processors in terms of performance , may you also consider building your own system you would most definatly get a better spec and may even have some money left ,and it isnt very hard at all , people here can help you out when it comes to building your own computer
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Definitly, if you built your own it would be far superior. And you get to choose a nice graphics card for yourself that suits you
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honestly for £500 you could get a c2d e6600 2gb ddr2 800mhz a decent mobo , a few decent hard drives and some nice graphics like an 8600gtx or even an 8800
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I'd say if your a big gamer, rule out number one, as its only an onboard graphics card? Only had a quick browse through, but for the simple reason I like AMD better than Intel I'd say number 2, and it has good warrenty aswell.
number 1 was meant to be Palit nVidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB DDR3 Dual DVI gfx card instead of onboard.
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Definitly, if you built your own it would be far superior. And you get to choose a nice graphics card for yourself that suits you
Only problem for me would be to find the sites to get the compents and cases from as i have no experience in that field. But i must be hones i thought some of the specs i showed were quite top of the range for £500 and didnt think i could get anything better.

As for building it myself i am willing to do it and have plenty of spare time on my hands.

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Only problem for me would be to find the sites to get the compents and cases from as i have no experience in that field. But i must be hones i thought some of the specs i showed were quite top of the range for £500 and didnt think i could get anything better.

As for building it myself i am willing to do it and have plenty of spare time on my hands.

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building your own would be great , getting components aint a problem , you are in the uk assuming the currency you used if so , there are loads of places to go to get components ,
http://www.aria.co.uk/- i use this place all the time , i live in manchestr so i go to their shoroom/warehouse
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ another place i have been to frequently , also in manchester so i go to their showroom

the next 2 i havent used but have heard good things about
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/home/
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

and a friend of mine bought a hp printer from here and said the customer service was great
http://www.dabs.com/

also them 3 systems you shown us where not top notch systems , you can build a lot better for your money , and have more variety in case and what brand of components yoou use
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I've already pretty much decided im going to build my own rig, only problem is i cant decide what Case i want at the mo!

Just having a look through some sites and components to see whats out there for my current price range...shall be back with info shortly.
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cool , a realy nice case is the antec900 , its about £70 tho http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=25541
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