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    gaming tower help please

    I was going to get my son a laptop to surf and play games.He plays oldish games like command and conquer, stronghold etc.

    I have a £400 budget and i relise now ill have to go down the desktop route instead.

    I have to get a monitor as well

    I know im not going to get the greatest machine for this price, but can anybody recommend me something that will at least play the games with reduced settings maybe.

    I am looking to buy one today in time for xmas

    I would also prefer to avoid vista as i am using it and im not a fan of it

    Thanks

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    Original Poster

    looks quite good mate, thanks

    We havent had any experience with linux operating system though, do you think he will adapt to it ok after using vista and xp?

    yes I just realised it was linux, which is good, but perhaps for a gamer it might be better to use win 7, I have added another one above

    Original Poster

    i wish that linux one had windows 7 on it, i would have probally gone for that one.

    I might have a read about linux though as i dont know much about it

    Thanks for your help though, appreciate it

    Linux+son unlikely to mix anyway.

    Original Poster

    Your probally right deek, id prefer windows 7 or xp

    Can you recommend a tower £350 max ill worry about the monitor after that lol

    hotukdeals.com/ite…324

    There's a diy build shopping list in the thread too:thumbsup:

    http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff26/GAVINLEWISHUKD/Ebuyer.jpg

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    you can get a decent laptop for £400 that will play C&C etc easily

    Original Poster

    can you point one out mate

    Original Poster

    I have upgraded extra ram and changed dvd drives etc, but never built one from scratch, what skill level would you need

    if you can change a drive and put ram in its not a great deal more difficult to put one together completely

    Original Poster

    i can get 10% off collections at comet

    are any worth the money though?

    comet.co.uk/sho…947

    Original Poster

    that seems a good deal mate thanks

    If i still go for a tower though what would be your choice for 300-350

    Thanks

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    pughy2000;7209033

    that seems a good deal mate thanksIf i still go for a tower though what … that seems a good deal mate thanksIf i still go for a tower though what would be your choice for 300-350Thanks


    post no.8 above :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    the dell one mate or the build yourself

    jtx;7207916



    That's a terrible suggestion, if you get a graphics card that slow then you might as well have gone for a laptop in the first place.

    Plus how exactly do you plan to plug a PS/2 keyboard into a motherboard with no PS/2 slots?

    Something like this is a far better suggestion:
    http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/9643/400suggestion.jpg

    It is slightly above budget, but you may be able to get it under £400 if you spend a couple of weeks shopping around for the best prices on each item. More importantly it does have a good graphics card and there aren't any dodgy components (although in the other one only really the case + power supply would have been a concern, and then only if you'd fitted a decent graphics card).

    There are probably a couple of things I'd change personally. I'd upgrade the ram to 4GB and switch the keyboard to a cherry one (something like the cymotion expert) but the former can be added later if needed and the latter is personal preference.

    I've included a mouse but he/you might already have one, it's also a fairly slow one which I like but I guess if he's a strategy gamer he might like something faster (the DPI is the speed).

    Perhaps the biggest change I'd consider is upgrading the monitor to something like ]http//ww…568. It does add £30 to the price, but at 1920x1080 it's a lot bigger than the 1366x768 screen I've included and strategy games generally don't scale with resolution so a higher resolution screen means you can see more stuff which is great. If you do go for it then ]don't forget a DVI cable.

    csiman;7208912

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/549474/acer-aspire-5738g-laptop-15-6-core-



    That'll play old C&C games, and may even just about handle C&C4 coming out in march but the G105M is slow so I wouldn't expect it to play much after that. If you want a laptop you're better off going for one of the two £480 laptops posted recently ]here and ]here. They'll still be half the speed of a desktop at the same price and have lower resolution screens but they're a lot better value than the laptop with the G105M (which could be half the speed of those).

    Original Poster

    i like the look of this mate, however its just the building it im worried about having not done it before, if i cock it up im going to be in th s**t lol.

    I wish there was a pre built one around this price, thanks for taking the time to help out though

    Original Poster

    Anybody had any experience with this website, i have never heard of it

    ginger6.com/cus…tml

    I looked at the contact us and the shop is only a few miles from me, so if someone could tweak the tower on that link best for gaming around£350 i could pick the tower up, thanks

    pughy2000;7210146

    Anybody had any experience with this website, i have never heard of … Anybody had any experience with this website, i have never heard of ithttp://www.ginger6.com/custom-built-computers-gaming-ddr3-gaming-custom-built-p-33929.htmlI looked at the contact us and the shop is only a few miles from me, so if someone could tweak the tower on that link best for gaming around£350 i could pick the tower up, thanks



    They've been around for at least a couple of years, but I don't know what their quality and service is like.

    There's no way to get the price down to £350 in that link. The starting cost is £333 with nothing to reduce and you'll need to add at least a copy of windows (£66) and a decent graphics card (£40).

    As for complete PCs you'll probably have to wait for a deal to squeeze it all in at £400, there are a couple of things on ebuyer at the moment. First there's this ]mesh PC which has everything except monitor and costs £375. Then there's this ]Ebuyer PC at £230 which would get most of the bits assembled and which you could then add power supply, graphics card, operating system and monitor of your choice, although it would be about the same price as the mesh one so if you don't want to assemble that may be the better deal.

    Original Poster

    thanks for your help mate, i went for the acer laptop from comet £500, £425 with 15% code that choc1969 kindley gave me(thanks again)

    Not as powerful as the desktops but its what my son wanted the most a laptop.

    seems good value, i hope it can handle most stadgedy games c&c etc

    I have reserved to collect tommorow, nearest avaliable to collect 15 miles away so hope its ok

    thanks again to everyones for you help
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