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k.inglis Avatar
7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
Hi Guys, thought I would ask my Hotukdeals peeps for some suggestions for a desktop deal that would be suitable for my budget.

Basically I am looking for a pc with monitor etc with a reasonable spec that will be mostly used for playing games and surfing the internet. My budget is £500. So far I have looked in PC world/Currys/Tescos but found that most pcs within my budget either have an intergrated graphics or a very poor spec card.

Do any of you out there know of any deals with reasonable specs ie good memory and graphics capability within my budget or am I just expecting too much.

Thanks guys for any suggestions you may have.
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
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#1
Depends what games you want to play. If it's fairly basic stuff, i.e. you don't want to play Crysis at max resolution, then you should be able to get a reasonable setup for around £500.

So, first - what games do you want to play - second, what size monitor do you want - third do you need speakers and, if so, how good do you want them to be.
#2
build it yourself, you get decent parts this ways, rather then budget parts from a pre-built system
#3
wickedteen
build it yourself, you get decent parts this ways, rather then budget parts from a pre-built system


I think that if op has been looking in PCWorld, Currys and Tesco, he may not be a good candidate for build it yourself. ;-)
#4
tony_s1
Depends what games you want to play. If it's fairly basic stuff, i.e. you don't want to play Crysis at max resolution, then you should be able to get a reasonable setup for around £500.

So, first - what games do you want to play - second, what size monitor do you want - third do you need speakers and, if so, how good do you want them to be.


Thanks for the quick reply :) as far as games go he is currently playing things like:

Guildwars, The witcher, Rome, The sims, Age of Mythology (titan Quest), War of the ring, Civilizations at war, The settlers & Oblivion.

To name but a few lol, would want at least a 19" monitor and I suppose I could get speakers and keyboard/mouse separately if need be.
#5
this looks a good deal

seems well specified even got a "good" graphics card

i am not a gamer but processor and ram is excelent, you can even up the graphics card within your budget :thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/538709/dell-inspiron-546-desktop-base-amd-
#6
tony_s1
I think that if op has been looking in PCWorld, Currys and Tesco, he may not be a good candidate for build it yourself. ;-)


?? You shouldn't judge a book by its cover my friend, I have upgraded my own pc with new graphics card, mem, hard drive, power supply, case and more. Building doesn't scare me but don't know whether I can be bothered with the hassle when you can get some good deals already pre-built :)
#7
k.inglis
Thanks for the quick reply :) as far as games go he is currently playing things like:

Guildwars, The witcher, Rome, The sims, Age of Mythology (titan Quest), War of the ring, Civilizations at war, The settlers & Oblivion.

To name but a few lol, would want at least a 19" monitor and I suppose I could get speakers and keyboard/mouse separately if need be.


This looks a reasonable buy (the third from left £499) although I'm not certain that the graphics card will play all those games at max resolution - they should all work though!

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/desktop-inspiron-545?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&ref=dthp

I wouldn't bother with Dell's "upgrade" card. I don't think it's that much better. You could always get a different graphics card later if necessary.
#8
k.inglis
?? You shouldn't judge a book by its cover my friend, I have upgraded my own pc with new graphics card, mem, hard drive, power supply, case and more. Building doesn't scare me but don't know whether I can be bothered with the hassle when you can get some good deals already pre-built :)


Sorry! :oops:

Tend to agree that building them can be a hassle. I usually add a few parts at a time so over a couple of years everything gets replaced. I have bought from Dell in the past because you often find that you couldn't build it yourself for less. This is mainly, I think, because you have to pay £80+ for the latest Windows OS whereas Dell probably pay about £10!
#9
tony_s1
Sorry! :oops:

Tend to agree that building them can be a hassle. I usually add a few parts at a time so over a couple of years everything gets replaced. I have bought from Dell in the past because you often find that you couldn't build it yourself for less. This is mainly, I think, because you have to pay £80+ for the latest Windows OS whereas Dell probably pay about £10!


Lo no probs, will check out the above now, haven't bought from Dell before but they seem to have a better rep than they did many years ago. The last PC I bought was a Targa from Lidls, its actually quite a good pc for the most part but has been upgraded some in the last few years. They give an automatic 3 yr warrantee (which I have used due to hard drive crashing) and had no complaints about their cust service.

I think as long as it has a reasonable processor/mem/graphics card as you say I can upgrade if necessary in the future :thumbsup:
#10
tyke-eng
seems well specified even got a "good" graphics card


The 4350 is a terrible graphics card. You want at least a 4770/4850 or 9800GTX+/GTS 250 if you play games like Oblivion. A quad-core processor is now a good idea too.

Your budget is unfortunate since it's just below the point where good gaming PCs start, at £500 for just the PC you could get a cracking gaming system and a 22-23" monitor would cost £100-120 on top.

You could wait for a really good deal to happen if you're not in a hurry.
#11
EndlessWaves
The 4350 is a terrible graphics card. You want at least a 4770/4850 or 9800GTX+/GTS 250 if you play games like Oblivion. A quad-core processor is now a good idea too.

Your budget is unfortunate since it's just below the point where good gaming PCs start, at £500 for just the PC you could get a cracking gaming system and a 22-23" monitor would cost £100-120 on top.

You could wait for a really good deal to happen if you're not in a hurry.

As I said, I am not a gamer
#12
Hi Guys just an up date really as I thought it was quite a good deal.

Ended up going over budget as you do lol, but went for this deal in the end:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170254 currently out of stock tho.

Specs: Ebuyer extra value advanced gaming pc,

AMD Phenom 9850 2.5Ghz, 4GB RAM, 1 TB HDD,

DVDRW, ATI HD4870, Added Win 7.

Total : £501.32

Just got to find reasonably priced monitor now, so any suggestions ??

Thanks

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