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    Is this a good deal?

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    I'm interested in the deal with the 19" widescreen for £550.

    Can anyone tell me how this machine would handle games, the ease of upgrading it and if its value for money in general.

    If there are better monitors around that would keep the PC & monitor price around the same please let me know.

    Thanks.

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    seems expensive for onboard graphics....I'm sure Mike can point you to a better deal....have a look at ]pcnextday.co.uk the Zoostorm 2-4301 versatile PC won a recent best of £599 inc vat systems tested in Computer Shopper.

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    Thanks for that.

    Is the AMD Athlon 64 3800+ faster than a 3.4Ghz Dual Core Pentium? what are the advantages/disadvantages of both?

    Also do you know if you can alter the packages as I would prefer a widescreen monitor, so could i just order the PC seperately?

    Well it comes down to what you really want to use the PC for??? if gaming then you are loooking for a good graphics card like the Gforce 7600GT and a speedy processor and at least 1gb of RAM.

    Not sure about which is best of the AMD and Intel CPUs you mention but the new Intel Core 2 seems to be the recommended choice but at present are expensive..as with all new technology.

    I have a Intel 930D pentium (3.0 ghz dual core) and it works well and I expect Mike can recommend a DELL system with a similar CPU within your budget that is a better deal that the Ebuyer one...and with Dell you get 4% Quidco cashback ...with PCnextday it's 3% and with Ebuyer I think it's 1.5%.

    If I was you I'd await further postings that may provide better guidance..another to look at is ]meshcomputers.com who have a good reputation..their Vistra CSX came second in the test but had the advantage of a 19 inch TFT and seperate speakers.

    Good luck with your hunt

    and yes you can alter the packages on pcnextday so that no monitor is supplied..there are some really good deals on widescreens at present..many have been posted on this site.

    £120 for a widescreen 19" monitor

    Dan I cant be of much help with Dell I'm afraid, for a start Dell dont do a 19" widescreen, closest is 20" and thats £400+ on its own!

    The Dimension 9150 series is the best value for upgradability, the 5150 is cheaper but has only limited upgradability for graphics as the PCIe slot is positioned so some of the latest double width cards wont fit in the gap.

    This is £353 delivered with no graphics card or monitor and they only get more expensive after that.

    307-D08511a - £353
    Intel® Pentium® D 805 Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 533MHz fsb, 2x1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows® XP Professional SP2 (Does not include Operating System Re-installation CD)
    512MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x256] Memory
    250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
    16x max. DVD+/-RW Drive
    Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
    Microsoft® Works 8.5 - English
    90 days trial of Network Assistant included
    No monitor.

    Original Poster

    I'm not to bothered if its a Dell machine or not to be honest.

    Just want something with at least 1Gb Ram and a high speed processor, I would also want something that has the space for the latest graphics card like you said.

    I would avoid the D processors now that Core Duo is out, even the slowest/cheapest core Duo is faster than the fastest D processor.

    I have a D805, mainly so I could overclock it, but wouldn't recommend one over a Core Duo.

    Original Poster

    Looks like I'm going to go for the Zoostorm 1-3401.

    Anyone got any opinions on the spec, and will I void any form of warranty if I were to upgrade the ram to 2Gb?

    - AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.2GHz CPU
    - 1 GB DDR400 PC3200 RAM
    - 250GB SATA Hard Drive
    - 256MB PCI Express NVidia GeForce 7600GT Graphics Card
    - 16x DVD+/-RW +/- DL Drive
    - 52-in-1 Flash Memory Card Reader
    - Floppy Drive
    - Nvidia NForce 4 Motherboard
    - 7 USB Ports
    - Giga LAN
    - 5.1 Realtek Surround Sound
    - Windows XP Home

    It would be prudent to check with PC nextday about the warranty...they may well offer to upgrade the Ram for a reasonable price..I find their prices very reasonable and have just purchased £50 of stuff from them this morning at very competitive prices and a reasonable postage charge.
    Do remember to go through Quidco for your 3% cashback...new PC's are so much joy...well until they play up!!!!

    I am selling a new build 64 bit sempron 3000 on the for sale or trade board £270 + £15 delivery. all details are on the board If intrested message me.
    If you want upgrades let me know
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