Calling all PC experts

Hi guys,

Used to be into the whole PC gaming thing a few years back but haven't dabbled in it for years now and just had a friend ask for some advice on a PC.

He wants a new PC, his budget is £350, I've told him he probably wont be able to get a good graphics card inside that, but he's OK to wait a bit before he can afford one (maybe when the newer cards drop in price a bit?), but I was wondering if there was a decent machine doing the rounds for that price that could at least be the basis of a decent gaming machine?

I would prefer a pre-built machine with some kind of warranty as I don't want the hassle of having to go round and help him fix it if something goes wrong, and I remember all too well the pains of many companies RMA procedures (had a dodgy motherboard and PSU on my first build).

I was thinking along the lines of a good Dell Vostro deal or something (doesn't seem like you'd be able to build anything decent for £350 out of components?) Maybe something with a Core i5?

Anyway help would be much appreciated

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aren't you the one who always call pc-experts........i did told you so many time that they are on lunch break

I got a Vostro few years back I recently up'd the graphics card to a ATI HD 5570 1gb for £60 got to be careful because the Vostro only has a 300w psu. plays GTA IV at 720p with an average 34fps

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siwrath

I got a Vostro few years back I recently up'd the graphics card to a ATI … I got a Vostro few years back I recently up'd the graphics card to a ATI HD 5570 1gb for £60 got to be careful because the Vostro only has a 300w psu. plays GTA IV at 720p with an average 34fps



That's a good point, are the PSUs inside Vostros upgradeable? Or does Dell have some kind of proprietary thing going on?

You wont get anything built that you will be able to game on for £350. You can build (minus OS) something reasonable for less than £350.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/GAVINLEWISHUKD/comp-1.jpg

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z343/sakil7395/hotdealuk.png

scan.co.uk/sav…2ac

I have the same case, psu, ram (different brand) and motherboard. The only difference is that I have a gtx 460 and a 1tb hdd. This will be good for when you upgrade your gpu.

As for the OS it depends whether you are windows or linux. Also its your choice whether you buy or do a dodgy deal.

Hope I helped

The 5830 or 5850 Sapphire xtreme is the way to go for a graphics card at the moment. Building around AMD is obviously a must at this price range also. I recommend Kingston Value memory, very good for the price. A cheap MATX board should be fine also. It should be possible although you may have to order from several different shops to get the best deals.

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Wow how misinformed was I! Looks like building this is the best way to go. Thanks for the suggestions they have been excellent, just a quick question, if I drop the hard drive (he's already got a 500gb that will suffice) should I up the RAM or opt for a better graphics card?

Also, which of those very kindly linked bundles would be better?

He's already gotten a student copy of Windows 7 Pro for £30 a while back, so the budget is purely hardware.
Edited by: "Xeijin" 2nd May 2011

Xeijin

Wow how misinformed was I! Looks like building this is the best way to … Wow how misinformed was I! Looks like building this is the best way to go. Thanks for the suggestions they have been excellent, just a quick question, if I drop the hard drive (he's already got a 500gb that will suffice) should I up the RAM or opt for a better graphics card?Also, which of those very kindly linked bundles would be better?He's already gotten a student copy of Windows 7 Pro for £30 a while back, so the budget is purely hardware.




Definitely up the graphics card, get a gtx 460 if you can. If you any money left over upgrade the ram but that can be added at any date. I recommend my deal as its from scan, so if you your an av forum member you get free next day delivery. I think most of these parts go only today only you can save extra money too.

scan.co.uk/pro…sub

I have this card and it certainly is worth every penny, ( I got it during today only). It makes sum noise but the performance makes up for it
Edited by: "coolsakil" 2nd May 2011

dcx_badass

I5 2500k system could be got for £400 minus a graphics card and will … I5 2500k system could be got for £400 minus a graphics card and will destroy all the systems above.Here, comes to £394.56Much faster, more futureproof and more upgradable than any above.



Its a very nice system but the person is on a budget

How about this, if it works lol
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 125W C3 (Socket AM3) Processor - Retail This £ 77.99
MSI 880GM-E41 AMD 880G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Micro-ATX Motherboard #43832
£ 43.99
4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10600C9 1333Mhz Dual Channel Kit - TW3X4G1333C9A
£ 31.66
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA 6GB/s 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31000524AS)
£ 32.50
from aria
with the
Coolermaster Elite 430 Black Computer Chassis with 500W PSU (from scans.co.uk)
£56.38
Total:£289.29 including delivery and tax

Edited by: "Zeeeee" 3rd May 2011

Zeeeee

How about this, if it works lolAMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black … How about this, if it works lolAMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 125W C3 (Socket AM3) Processor - Retail This £ 77.99MSI 880GM-E41 AMD 880G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Micro-ATX Motherboard #43832 £ 43.99 4GB Corsair XMS3 (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10600C9 1333Mhz Dual Channel Kit - TW3X4G1333C9A £ 31.661TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA 6GB/s 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31000524AS) £ 32.50Xigmatek Asgard Pure Black Edition Gaming Case £ 23.79from ariaTotal:£264.32 including delivery and tax



Excluding.

As a minimum your going to need a PSU too.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Excluding.As a minimum your going to need a PSU too.


LOL, ur rite, completely forgot bout dat lol

Would dis wrk:
https://****myAria/ShoppingBasket?operation=shoppingBasketDelete&productId=44244&priceBand=A
with
scan.co.uk/pro…psu

boom.....

cube247.co.uk/pro…GT4

£350 8gb 6 core, graphics card weak but the rest spot on

stigma

boom.....http://www.cube247.co.uk/products.asp?partno=Delta+GT4£350 8gb 6 … boom.....http://www.cube247.co.uk/products.asp?partno=Delta+GT4£350 8gb 6 core, graphics card weak but the rest spot on


seems like a very gud deal, but is da power supply supplied suitable for da system?

Zeeeee

seems like a very gud deal, but is da power supply supplied suitable for … seems like a very gud deal, but is da power supply supplied suitable for da system?



Not the best, but you can upgrade it for £30
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