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    Opinions needed on these two gaming PC builds

    So I've taken my general desire to buy a gaming PC one step further by finding a local store that builds them. The two gaming base builds are below, and include base unit only. Given the abundance of opinions that fly around every time a PC deal is posted, I thought I'd leave it open to you guys to debate. For the record I want a PC that can play most current games on high settings, but I don't need something futureproof. Something that can play the likes of Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, and Shogun 2/Napoleon Total War and other well known FPSs and RTSs would be fine.

    The two builds are as follows, with the information written here exactly as it is displayed on fliers, so if it is incomplete or vague this is something that I will have to raise:

    Option 1: £549
    3.0Ghz AM3 Athlon Triple Core
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    550GB Hard Drive
    Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    22 x DVD Writer +/-
    Midi tower case
    Front & Rear USB Ports
    Integrated LAN and Sound
    1GB GT GFX Card

    Option 2: £949
    AMD Phenom 3.2Ghz Quad Core
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    2 x 500GB Hard Drives
    Windows XP Home or Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    2 x 1024MB GT Graphics Cards
    22x DVD Writer
    Quality Gaming Case, 700w+ PSU
    Security Software Suite
    7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB
    Fully built and tested
    Optional upgrade to Phenom Hex Core CPU and 6GB RAM for £150

    With options to add monitor, keyboard mouse and speakers for £150.

    It is worth noting that I do realise that I can probably get better value assembling the computer myself, but the bottom line is that I don't know how to do it and don't have the time or tenacity to learn. So I expect to pay a little more to get someone to do it for me, but obviously get better value than if I was going through Currys or similar.

    So, thoughts of all shapes and sizes are welcome. It may well be that the information is too vague (it is, after all, intended for the general public and not those in the know), but a general feel along with what else I need would be nice.

    7 Comments

    Honestly mate build one yourself it's pretty simple like a jigsaw puzzle!

    You can get better pre built systems for better price than those. Option 2 is more powerful than option 1. I'll be back later with some better pre built options.

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    exStudent

    Honestly mate build one yourself it's pretty simple like a jigsaw puzzle!

    Yeah I've been told. It would be rewarding but I just don't have the time to devote to it.
    exStudent

    You can get better pre built systems for better price than those. Option … You can get better pre built systems for better price than those. Option 2 is more powerful than option 1. I'll be back later with some better pre built options.

    I did guess that Option 2 is more powerful, being twice the price

    I'd appreciate some other ideas as to pre build bundles. Obviously ones that can be bought online would work as well, but as I understand it I can probably go back to this supplier anyway and see what they can do with more tailored requirements. All I need to do is convince them that I vaguely know what I'm talking about and I might be able to negotiate something better.

    Saying you don't have the time isn't an excuse
    If you get some help here picking components it takes very little effort to fit a system together. And if you really are struggling you can get a barebones - and half build it

    Go with Intel for the CPU, seriously - they're so much better VFM these days!

    I cannot understand those fliers, half the information is missing. If they build their computers like they type their advertising material, then I would advise you buy from an online retailer.

    AMD is fine by the way.

    Check out the system on scan today only nice i5 system which will need building though just add a ATI 5850 from 0verclockers if they still have it on a pre order special than you'll have a very capable and overclockable system which will be much faster than both your builds.

    Again we can customise this depending on how much you are willing to spend by choosing better parts.


    Edited by: "exStudent" 6th Apr 2011

    WTF are these 2 PC's ?
    What GTA are they ?
    What Motherboard is it ?
    What CPU are they ?
    What PSU are you getting ?
    What is the MHz of the Ram/Memory ?
    What speed are the HDD's ?
    What cases are they ?

    Don't buy any of them until you find this info out then get back to us.
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