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Gaming Computer for £500?

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Looking for the best pre-built gaming computer (no monitor, keyboard/mouse or speakers needed) I can get for £500 - not components, but a package as I have no clue with hardware. May stretch a little higher if it is really good or comes with anything special.

Must be with XP not Vista (or if Vista, leave enough room on the budget to buy a copy of XP to reinstall)

Any suggestions? Obviously the better value for money the happier I'll be!
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
have you had a look here at Aria

They are pretty reliable and reasonably priced with room to upgrade in future unlike dells and such where everything is welded into place.

They do come without a OS though so if you have an old copy of XP from a previous machine you could save yourself some $$ there too.

The real question is what spec games are you looking to play?
banned#2
There's many places you can try...[url]www.pcworld.co.uk[/url]

there is another one [url]www.ebay.co.uk[/url] many sellers are selling gaming PC's and you can then choose which PC and if it has the right specifications/requirements for you
#3
Try the Novatech site, their Elite range is good.. plus you can get XP pre installed as well

Or PC Specialist has the following spec for £557 including VAT and XP
Intel® Core™2 Duo E8300 (2 X 2.83GHz) 1333MHz FSB/6MB L2 Cache
Memory (RAM)
2GB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)
Motherboard
ASUS® P5Q: DDR2, SATAII, PCI-e x16, 3 PCI, 2 x PCI-e x1
Operating System
Genuine Windows XP™ Home + SP3, CD & Licence (£49)
USB Options
8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk
NONE
1st CD/DVD Drive
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM
2nd CD/DVD Drive
NONE
Graphics Card
512MB RADEON HD 3870 PCI Express + DVI
2nd Graphics Card
NONE
Sound Card
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Floppy Disk Drive
NONE
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Case
Stylish Black/Silver Trident case + 2 front USB
Power Supply & Case Cooling
600W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£59)
Processor Cooling
STANDARD CPU COOLER

Aria's Gladiator Trident PC is good. Try and see if you can reduce the RAM to 4Gb and get win XP in return.
#4
http://www.palicomp.co.uk/Kinetic_AMD_BaseGT96SLI_Customize.html

Quad core phenom, 2gb (2 x 1gb) 9600gt sli graphics, 4gb ram, 500gb hdd, 64 bit Vista . . . . £599 (£20 extra to move to XP 64 bit)

for £30 extra can upgrade to 6gb of 800mhz ram . . . . .

Oh, and for another £30 you can upgrade to the 9.6ghz Phenom . . . . . :lol:

Oh and for an extra £1000 or so you could get an Alienware! (got carried away looking at the upgrade list) :lol:
#5
looks like a great deal mbgringo.. except.. they really shouldnt advertise it as 8.8Ghz, as this is not true.. :).. but great price.. tbh!!
#6
unileeds
looks like a great deal mbgringo.. except.. they really shouldnt advertise it as 8.8Ghz, as this is not true.. :).. but great price.. tbh!!


Yeah . . . . . but technically if you have multiple apps open and all 4 cores are being used, it is kind of . . . . can be overclocked too, saw a guy from AMD i think who clocked his 9500 to 3ghz per core! Burn baby burn, processor inferno . . . . . . :-D
#7
yeha AMDs clock real well.. and you get the satisfaction as they are so reasonable in price as well :)
#8
mbgringo
Yeah . . . . . but technically if you have multiple apps open and all 4 cores are being used, it is kind of . . . .


.....still completely false? Four cars going 60mph doesn't equal one car that does 240mph, if it did motorways would be rather noisier from all those sonic booms.

Anything with a 4850, 8800GT, 9600GT or 9800GTX graphics card (512mb of course, avoid 256mb cards) should be fine for gaming, a quad-core would be nice if you can get it as well but it's definitely not essential.
#9
EndlessWaves
.....still completely false? Four cars going 60mph doesn't equal one car that does 240mph, if it did motorways would be rather noisier from all those sonic booms.

Anything with a 4850, 8800GT, 9600GT or 9800GTX graphics card (512mb of course, avoid 256mb cards) should be fine for gaming, a quad-core would be nice if you can get it as well but it's definitely not essential.


Calm down, just trying to help someone out with a deal :roll: If i wanted a dose of mediocre sarcasm i'd buy a Jack Dee DVD. I don't profess to know a great deal about cpu's, just know that the link i provided advertised the 4 cores as 8.8ghz, I didn't, the link did. I stand corrected.
#10
EndlessWaves
.....still completely false? Four cars going 60mph doesn't equal one car that does 240mph, if it did motorways would be rather noisier from all those sonic booms.


A sonic boom is the noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound or supersonic.

Depending on altitude the speed needed to break the sound barrier is 600+ mph, so no sonic booms on your motorway then :whistling:

http://www.aviationexplorer.com/sonic_boom_facts.htm:)
#11
Aldi.

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