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New budget PC advice please... Also anyone used Novatech?

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
So my last PC was a cheap Acer, and well, I won't go into why I'm not rushing to make a second purchase, but anyways...

It's become to time to move up from a slow single core machine to something more gamer friendly. I'm on a serious budget, and not one for the latest games, but this one seems to struggle to even play WOW well now. It'd be amazing if I could actually play GTA IV on min settings at maybe 20fps.

Anyways, I have a ATI 4830 in there at present, so I'm thinking of keeping that and putting it into the next PC I get, and I'm considering this:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/barebones.html

The 5th 6th and 7th barebones machines, and I'll reuse my DVD and video card from my old machine, and buy a new HDD to go into it.

What do people think, is it good for the money, are Novatech a good company (I feel like they have a good rep, but I'm not sure where I'm getting it from!)

I'd say I'm looking at a max spend of 300, but I can reuse bits from my old pc if needed, and I don't want to be building my own, tho I don't mind slotting a few bits into place.

Again, I'm not after an alienware PC for £200, just something better than I have, which I feel was outdated in 2005 (bought it new in 2007 but manf date is 2005, seems cheeky).

How much emphasis should I put on dual core vs triple or quad core? I doubt I'll be able to upgrade the machine again for about 2 or 3 years, so I want it to be reasonably future proofed.

I'm posting because all the exciting deals on desktops seem to have dried up since new year.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
I have used Novatech years ago as was recommended by a mate who does a lot of computer stuff and had no probs with them at all - they seem to have a good name with those in the know. Cant help with the technical stuff tho sorry :-) !!
1 Like #2
Novatech are brill. Used them a few times, customer service is A+
1 Like #3
My current main PC is a nova one, not had a problem at all.. They also have their own forum which is good. The occasional 'moan' from customers who've posted on there is usually dealt with quickly as well, most if not all the mods on the site actually work for the company. Lets face it, you can get the occasional failure with technology when it comes to any company and I think imo Novatech like to resolve problems quicker than some others.
1 Like #4
yeah we always seem to use Novatech, they're very good.
1 Like #5
I was recently looking at a new PC, looked at the Novatech barebones, very tempted. In the end decided to buy the required components and upgrade my current system. The cost was cheaper and better quality parts, but, if you're not wanting to do the upgrade yourself the barebones do offer pretty good value. I would personally go for the AMD Athlon II X4 620 for something around the £200.

Also, the following have been mentioned on here recently, maybe a bit more than you said, but could sell the monitor if not needed, or lastly a popular Acer machine (I know what you said earlier!)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/568462/compaq-cq5223-quad-core-desktop-pc-?page=9
The above is actually a Quad core, read the last few posts as to why Tesco have changed the description (incorrectly!)

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.206-8767.aspx

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167442#

Didn't see much else over the last few weeks. A nice HP one from Misco is now discontinued.
Hope you find what you want.
1 Like #6
Novatech seem pretty good usually but their barebones are lacking in information. They provide no details of their power supplies for example so you've no idea if it'll even run your 4830 and on the fifth E6300 option they've got their CPU details rather muddled up. There's no such thing as a 65nm Core 2 Duo E6300 running at 2.8Ghz. I suspect it's the 45nm Pentium Dual-Core E6300 as the 'Core 2 Duo E6300' is three years old and runs at 1.86Ghz.

For a gaming system I wouldn't look at the dual-cores unless they're fast ones (i.e. E8400 and up), quad-core is a better choice for a rounded gaming system.
#7
EndlessWaves
They provide no details of their power supplies for example so you've no idea if it'll even run your 4830


Thats what put me off the barebone option, the 400w PSU could still be a £15 power supply. Same really went for all systems I mentioned above, the PSU was likely to be an issue. Having recently had power supply problems I wanted a decent one this time.
#8
Yeah, I'm kinda hoping that Novatech having a good name, they're not going to use shoddy gear to knock the prices down, but PSU's usually are one of the places where corners are cut.

Worst case, I'll get one for now and invest in better PSU when I can afford it.

BTW I've been repping people as I go, but thanks to everyone who's replied, and I'll keep checking in case of any new info or opinions.
#9
TotalCarnage
Yeah, I'm kinda hoping that Novatech having a good name, they're not going to use shoddy gear to knock the prices down, but PSU's usually are one of the places where corners are cut.


If you're still considering them then it's definitely worth asking beforehand for the details of the PSU.

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