£800-£1000 for gaming rig

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by postman_pat, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    Hi,

    Basically my dad wants a new PC and said he wants to spend £800-£1000 on everything, except a monitor and speakers.

    He wants to use it for just general office work (not graphics design or anything intensive like that!) but said that I can play my games on it if its good enough for the job. So what can I get within that price range that will play games? Can I play the latest games on this? I will happily build it myself but I am no OC'er.

    Thanks for your help,

    Mike
     
  2. oscaryu1

    oscaryu1 VIP Member

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    $2000USD? You don't need that much. Especially for office work. I'd work out something like this:

    Q9450
    4GB DDR2-800 (2x 2GB) CL4
    HD4870
    P43-DS3L
    DVD Burner SATA
    Antec 900
    OCZ GameXStream 700W
     
  3. Gareth

    Gareth Active Member

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    It may be equivalent, but with the UK prices, you won't get anywhere as much as you can in the US.

    Here is what I found

    Q9450 = £217
    4GB DDR2 6400 = £59.99
    1TB 7200RPM HDD = £86.99
    DVD+RW = £14.87
    Antec Case + Antec PSU = £75.99
    ASUS P5Q-E = £94.99
    Radeon HD4850 = £120
    Windows Vista Home Premium x64 = £60.54

    Total £718.52 Inc Shipping and VAT.
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008
  4. Nigouki

    Nigouki New Member

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    As usual, my advice for midrange gaming computers is as follows: E8k-series CPU (NOT quad), 2 GB or less of DDR2-1066 or faster, two WD Raptors or Excelstor Jupiters in SATA RAID, and Windows XP Pro (NOT Vista!).

    A few months ago, I would have told you that nVidia was raping ATI like a prison bitch, but ATI now seems to be returning the favor with its HD 4k series of GPUs.
     
  5. just a noob

    just a noob Well-Known Member

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    i would go with garethman's build, and nigouki, have you even used vista?
     
  6. cohen

    cohen New Member

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    Totally agree - Great Build, that will be very nice, and will run vista nicely!
     
  7. Nigouki

    Nigouki New Member

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    Yes. I had to put up with Vista's crap for about 6 months before the laptop on which it was installed suffered an unfortunate "accident". I will never again buy a new laptop unless the manufacturer gives customers the choice between XP and Vista.
     
  8. Gareth

    Gareth Active Member

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    *Scratches head*, looks like your stuck with what you have :p
     
  9. daisymtc

    daisymtc Active Member

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    +1 :D
    But I doubt if he really need 1TB...
     
  10. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    Thanks a bunch for all of those replies - especially oscaryu, garethman and Nigouki for your suggestions.

    Garethman, your build looks like the one I would plump for (sorry to others!). Would a Radeon 4850 be good enough to run the latest games? I was looking at Nvidia cards at around the £250 mark. How does a 4850 compare?

    Thanks again,

    Mike
     
  11. daisymtc

    daisymtc Active Member

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  12. cohen

    cohen New Member

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    Yes the 4850 will be play the latest games nicely.

    The HD radeons are very good.
     
  13. Nigouki

    Nigouki New Member

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    The Radeon HD 4850 is loosely equivalent to the GeForce GTX 260, except much less expensive.
     
  14. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    OK, cheers, thanks for clearing that up!
     
  15. Gareth

    Gareth Active Member

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    Indeed, its also a very quiet card. I am glad you like the build I picked out :)
     
  16. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    Thanks again, Garethman - I've actually just ordered the parts!
     
  17. Gareth

    Gareth Active Member

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    Not a problem, glad you liked what I picked out :)
     
  18. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    The plot thickens! The case you picked out was luuuuuuush, but my dad is saying that he wants the case to be as small as possible. How small can I go with these components?

    Cheers,

    Michael
     
  19. Gareth

    Gareth Active Member

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    Since the motherboard is ATX, thats about as small as you can get, unless you pick out a Micro-ATX case and motherboard, then you can go a lot smaller.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  20. postman_pat

    postman_pat New Member

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    ok, so all of that will fit into a Micro-ATX case? If so, are there any of these cases you could recommend?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     

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