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    My son wants a new desktop PC, largely for gaming. He plays a lot of the rpg's such as the total war series and the newer ones won't work on his laptop (Napoleon and Shogun 2 for example)

    He is interested in this one direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx probably with a 24" Asus or Samsung monitor which will come to around £630-£650.

    Any thoughts on how suitable this PC might be or any suggestions for better ones?

    Much appreciated - thanks

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    When choosing specifications for gaming one of the most important factors when purchasing a computer system or components, is choosing a mid to higher range graphics card. Usually system builds from Dell, HP and other larger manufacturers omit or fail to include a high range graphics card on their lower to mid specification systems, instead concentrating on other parts of the system. Unfortunately the system linked has a similar problem with a lower specified graphics card Nvidia G210. If you are looking for a manufacturer which builds systems with gaming in mind have a look at Scan, and Mesh Computers.

    My advice before purchasing a computer is research the components and manufacturers by buying a couple of computer magazines - i.e. Computer Shopper, PC Pro etc. This way it will provide recommendations for manufacturers who concentrate or specialise on gaming. Also have a look on internet there are plenty of excellent websites dedicated to reviews and upgrading i.e. Anandtech, Hexus, HardOCP, Tom Hardware etc etc. This way you will understand what you are purchasing and give you the confidence that you've chosen the right machine for your requirements.

    A warning whenever you purchase a system it's always advisable to use a credit card (if possible), as it provides added protection in case you have problems with the system or component, or the company goes into liquidation / bankrupcy and a warranty is still valid.

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    nemesiz;8878386

    When choosing specifications for gaming one of the most important factors … When choosing specifications for gaming one of the most important factors when purchasing a computer system or components, is choosing a mid to higher range graphics card. Usually system builds from Dell, HP and other larger manufacturers omit or fail to include a high range graphics card on their lower to mid specification systems, instead concentrating on other parts of the system. Unfortunately the system linked has a similar problem with a lower specified graphics card Nvidia G210.My advice before purchasing a computer is research the components and manufacturers by buying a couple of computer magazines - i.e. Computer Shopper, PC Pro etc. This way it will provide recommendations for manufacturers who concentrate or specialise on gaming. Also have a look on internet there are plenty of excellent websites dedicated to reviews and upgrading i.e. Anandtech, Hexus, HardOCP, Tom Hardware etc etc. This way you will understand what you are purchasing and give you the confidence that you've chosen the right machine for your requirements.



    Thanks

    for £650 you could build a good gaming rig, do you have a old system, if so this is where you start, all you need to buy is a good motherboard, cpu, ram and graphic card

    Have a look at ]Novatech.

    As someone said above, building your own pc is perhaps cheapest.

    Nearly the best way to buy a gaming rig is buy the components yourself and if your nor able to put it together find someone that can. Usuall about 50 quid or as a suggestion see what overclockers.co.uk can offer you for the price. They usually have some good rigs

    wickedteen;8878414

    for £650 you could build a good gaming rig, do you have a old system, if … for £650 you could build a good gaming rig, do you have a old system, if so this is where you start, all you need to buy is a good motherboard, cpu, ram and graphic card



    dont forget psu

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I thought the graphics might be a bit light, but it's hard to compare like with like. I doubt that I'm up to building a PC any longer - used to work with computers, but a long time ago in PC terms. My first PC was in 1986, had a 20mb hard drive......

    merlinthehappypig;8878884

    Thanks for the suggestions. I thought the graphics might be a bit light, … Thanks for the suggestions. I thought the graphics might be a bit light, but it's hard to compare like with like. I doubt that I'm up to building a PC any longer - used to work with computers, but a long time ago in PC terms. My first PC was in 1986, had a 20mb hard drive......



    lol I remember them days. IMOO i would go for a home build and get yourself a nice phenom 4 quad core 3.2ghz for about 120ish a grphics card for about 200 and some nice ddr3 memory on a decent board for another 200 approx and sell the old pc for the other bits u need
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