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    I'm looking to build a decent pc that that run any game and be future proof for at least 2-3yrs, it's not for me but the person who wants it is looking for at least a high speed usb, fast music and video editing graphics card and a decent sound card to match. I will be starting with nothing except for a mouse and keyboard. Whats all you wise and all knowing gods of the penny grabbers got to offer???

    My budget is up to a grand but obviously the cheaper the better.
    Thanks

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    Keep any eye on scan.co.uk ... had a few decently priced barebone systems (motherboard, CPU, RAM, HD, case) in their "Today Only" deals lately

    checkout [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url]

    got all my parts from them, cheapest about at the moment

    Use ]this as a guide on how much to spend

    wickedteen;4063078

    checkout [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url]got all my parts from them, cheapest … checkout [url]www.aria.co.uk[/url]got all my parts from them, cheapest about at the moment



    I have got most of my desktop from them too, it's truth - cheap.However, customer service does not seem to exist.I would not recommend aria, ebuyer.com is much more reliable retailer IMO

    got most of my parts from ebuyer.com, some decent deals on there like monitors etc

    Look for deals of the day on aria - often cheaper than ebuyer counterparts. Wouldn't skimp too much though if you're expecting it to last 3 years. Most common problems will be caused by heat. Budget for decent cooling, and a decent power supply. Other than that, it depends on budget. Can't go wrong with a ATI 4870 card or two, but you won't be disappointed by anything nvidia offer in the same price range. A near top of the range card now will play most games on full settings at high res (other than Crysis of course), but I doubt this will be the case in 2 years time. Therefore plan with expansion in mind, such as tri / quad SLI, support for newer cpu's etc. I'd also look for a fast hard drive (such as the raptor series) for video editing or for the OS, and at least 4gb ram with 64bit Vista.

    Sky's the limit really. You could spend anywhere from £600 to £2000+ on a decent gaming PC.

    Edit: just noticed that you have a budget of £1k...

    Take a look at the new intel processors based on the i7 chipset if you want to future proof, otherwise you can go for a top end core 2 duo on the 775 chipset. DDR3 is faster than DDR2, but if price is an issue, I'd rather spend the extra on a faster CPU or gfx card which will make more of a difference.

    ctuk;4063089

    Use ]this as a guide on how much to spend



    About £200 too expensive ... no OS, 9600GT (£70-80) Graphics Card.

    Scan had a nice i7 system on the other day for around £680, all you needed was OS, Graphics Card and Optical Drive

    :thumbsup: save yourself the hassle and time... buy pre-built... wont be much difference in price. maybe less if ya lucky

    Disco;4066106

    :thumbsup: save yourself the hassle and time... buy pre-built... wont be … :thumbsup: save yourself the hassle and time... buy pre-built... wont be much difference in price. maybe less if ya lucky



    And get sub-standard components for the price you would pay for main brand ones.

    si666;4066162

    And get sub-standard components for the price you would pay for main … And get sub-standard components for the price you would pay for main brand ones.


    the one I linked to had £200 of RAM, £200+ HDD and plenty of other top quality gear, I think you're confused.

    ctuk;4066249

    the one I linked to had £200 of RAM, £200+ HDD and plenty of other top q … the one I linked to had £200 of RAM, £200+ HDD and plenty of other top quality gear, I think you're confused.



    No mention of the motherboard ... which is one of the most important components and an extremely low end graphics card for the price

    si666;4066387

    No mention of the motherboard ... which is one of the most important … No mention of the motherboard ... which is one of the most important components and an extremely low end graphics card for the price


    sell that to fund another

    Original Poster

    OK so what is the verdict then, should i build or buy pre built ????

    longsun;4072322

    OK so what is the verdict then, should i build or buy pre built ????


    it depends how lazy you are, I'm lazy. (and like a Warranty)

    longsun;4072322

    OK so what is the verdict then, should i build or buy pre built ????



    Depends more on how confident you are of your technical skills.

    With higher end machine, you usually need to tinker with a lot to get the most out of them.
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