As the title suggests I'm looking to buy a decent spec desktop. Whilst I put the word 'gaming' in the title, it will be used day to day as a work desktop involving document editing and such, so by no means heavy use. However, we do want it to be fast and reliable, and I would like to use it for gaming when I have the time, so something that can at least, say, play current games on high settings would be nice. As a price range I was thinking around the £500-£700 mark, though if I'm going to get significantly increased performance for a little more money I would consider that. I've been looking around a lot of different sites that sell ready made gaming desktops, both tower only and with monitor/keyboard/mouse included, and the choice is overwhelming, so I'm looking for some guidance to narrow down the choice. My questions are basically as follows:
1) Is it even possible to get a decent gaming desktop with monitor etc for the £500-£700 price mark?
2) Should I be looking at buying the tower by itself and picking up the other bits separately (I have noticed some decent monitor deals on HUKD recently) or go for a package that has everything?
3) What are best sites to buy from?
4) What's the minimum spec I should be looking out for and/or are there any particular needs or pitfalls to look out for when picking processors, graphics cards etc?
I realise this is probably basic information for a lot of people on here, but any and all help is greatly appreciated.