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    Good Evening All,

    Just back from honeymoon (been in Maui for 2 weeks) and managed to control the spending to a point where we are finally considering getting a new computer. Having spent the past hour or so wrestling with my old Acer laptop (Aspire6920G) just to view a few photos we took, I think its definitely time to take the plunge.

    I note that Dell have a sale on at the moment and I have a 10% off code too, so I plan to use that. I don't know if its one that will only work for my account or not - but will check this out and post the code for others if it would be appreciated.

    The computer will be used for work (using the internet and MS office), fairly basic image/video editing/manipulation/management using Paint Shop Pro (predominately Photox2) and for some games too.

    I've managed to get the Dell XPS 8100 standard spec (i7 processor 2.93 ghz with 6 gb RAM (1333mHz DDR3) and a 1GB NVidia GeForce GTS 240 at what I think is a reasonable price of £656 inclusive, delivered.

    I have a number of queries though and wondered whether someone might offer some advise.

    1) RAM wise, I think 6GB is probably adequate for now, and I know its very easy to upgrade, but is it worth spending an extra £36 to go for 8GB from the start?

    2) Grfx cards - there are 3 spec'd options. All are 1GB but then the waters get a little more muddy. I've only really researched one of the cards but to be honest, its all a little over my head.

    The three options are the:

    NVidia Geforce (1GB Version) GTS 240 (included in the quoted price)

    ATI Radeon HD 5770 - extra £70

    NVidia Geforce GTX 460 - extra £160 (seems steep?)

    You can take 10% off those actually, so increase of £63 and £144 respectively.

    Any advice?

    Thanks


    James

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    That price isn't bad from dell for an i7 tbh, considering you get windows + warranty if stuff goes wrong, etc.

    6gb ram is plentiful, you don't need to worry there.

    £160 IS steep for a gtx460, i bet its only a 768mb version too.

    You could just buy that machine with the 240 and buy a gtx460 separately (or other card), IMO the 460 is a great card on the cheap so it would be a step in the right direction although you'd want a 1gb version - Just an example deal here hotukdeals.com/dea…154 1gb super clocked for cheaper. Doing that means you could use the 240 as a secondary card for physx and other stuff.





    Edited by: "EchoRise" 22nd Jan 2011

    Original Poster

    Hi.

    Thanks for the advice.

    My problem really is that I don't have the confidence to build my own. I do know a little and have upgraded previous systems in the past with changing thngs like optical drives, graphics cards and RAM, but I don't really know what is compatible with what etc. Its a route I would consider though, since I do enjoy tinkering.

    I also checked out dinopc.co.uk I think it was - and they seemed to have some decent prices, but I'm guessing your response will again be the same.

    Perhaps I should rephrase my query a little - there are a lot of graphics cards out there and often the same model will come in 3 or 4 specs and then there will be ANOTHER model, just one number different - so is there a particular brand to go for?

    I apologise if that doesn't make sense, I'm somewhere between jet lagged and buzzing right now

    James

    Original Poster

    EchoRise

    That price isn't bad from dell for an i7 tbh, considering you get windows … That price isn't bad from dell for an i7 tbh, considering you get windows + warranty if stuff goes wrong, etc.6gb ram is plentiful, you don't need to worry there.£160 IS steep for a gtx460, i bet its only a 768mb version too.You could just buy that machine with the 240 and buy a gtx460 separately (or other card), IMO the 460 is a great card on the cheap so it would be a step in the right direction although you'd want a 1gb version - Just an example deal herehttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/evga-gtx-460-super-clocked-1gb-136-79-scan-today-only/858154 1gb super clocked for cheaper. Doing that means you could use the 240 as a secondary card for physx and other stuff.



    Thanks. I think I understand the last part in principle, but in practice not sure how I'd do it.

    I appreciate I'm getting quite technical here - but if I went down that route, is it something I could easily do myself? - and what would be the advantage in doing it?

    James

    maidstone_fox

    Hi.Thanks for the advice.My problem really is that I don't have the … Hi.Thanks for the advice.My problem really is that I don't have the confidence to build my own. I do know a little and have upgraded previous systems in the past with changing thngs like optical drives, graphics cards and RAM, but I don't really know what is compatible with what etc. Its a route I would consider though, since I do enjoy tinkering.I also checked out dinopc.co.uk I think it was - and they seemed to have some decent prices, but I'm guessing your response will again be the same.Perhaps I should rephrase my query a little - there are a lot of graphics cards out there and often the same model will come in 3 or 4 specs and then there will be ANOTHER model, just one number different - so is there a particular brand to go for?I apologise if that doesn't make sense, I'm somewhere between jet lagged and buzzing right now James



    DinoPC is ok for barebones PCs if your going to upgrade them with other parts and dont want to build a whole PC, but dcx_badass is right, where are you based??? maybe buy the hains manual from amazon on how to do it, make sure you get the right one though

    maidstone_fox

    Thanks. I think I understand the last part in principle, but in practice … Thanks. I think I understand the last part in principle, but in practice not sure how I'd do it.I appreciate I'm getting quite technical here - but if I went down that route, is it something I could easily do myself? - and what would be the advantage in doing it?James



    It would be fairly easy to replace the graphics card, its literally open case, undo a plug, slot out old card, slot in new card, put plugs in, put case back on.

    PC building these days isn't that hard as long as the numbers match, its just slot in stuff.
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