What's the best system I could get for ~350?

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  • FoxMulder 19 Nov 2008 20:00:26 1 posts
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    My current PC is coal powered, and the smoke it emits when I run any sort of game on it is quite distracting and toxic. As such, I think it's high time I upgraded. I've been looking around on eBay, and quite frankly I'm absoloutely baffled by it all. I have absoloutely no idea what constitutes a good part and what doesn't.

    So, uh, I was wondering if someone would perhaps recommend me a setup. Ideally I'd like a pre-built one, as I'm a cack-handed moron whose rummagings inside a PC have never gone beyond fitting a new DVD drive. I could probably go a little bit higher than 350 if there's like some big upgrade for 20 or 30 more than that.

    Oh, and I'm totally sorted for an OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc., so that's not a concern in the total price.

    Anyway, yeah, thanks in advance for any responses.
  • jellyhead 19 Nov 2008 20:10:40 24,350 posts
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    A mate tried PC Specialist recently and had no problems apart from they take a week or so to build it and get it to you. Not for the impatient and they have systems that start at 300 and you can customise them.
    There's also the usual places like Dell, PC World etc to try.

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  • deem 19 Nov 2008 20:11:34 31,641 posts
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    If you can use a soldering iron, I have a Sapphire 4870 that I could sell you for 100, which would be a good start.

    It just needs a capacitor soldering back on, which is apparently very easy, but I can't use one for toffee.
  • ColinMCMXC 19 Nov 2008 20:15:56 2 posts
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    do you want the system for gaming?
  • noops 20 Nov 2008 12:32:00 1 posts
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    Mine cost 400 to build. 4gig ram, 8800gt 512mb...

    mobo: Gigabyte P35-S3G - 57
    http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase18.4&prodID=B94464

    ram: OCZ 4GB Gold DDR2 800mhz - 39
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-086-OC&utm_source=froogle

    gfx: 512MB EVGA 8800GT Superclocked - 117
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/6q5yqb

    case: antec 300 - 35

    hdd: 500gb seagate 32mb cache - 45

    psu: ocz stealth xtream 500w - 45

    cpu: E7200 dual core, 2.53ghz (very overclockable): 80

    Around 400. I got most of mine from ebuyer.com, except the graphics card which I got from overclockers.co.uk, they have different ones every day so check back, the 8800GTs sell out very fast. I got one for 107. I saw some on there for 94 though a few weeks ago. Then you just need to "acquire" Vista.
  • FooAtari 20 Nov 2008 13:59:08 3,955 posts
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    noops is retty decent system for the money. You can get ATI 4850's for around 100 which might be a better option than the 800GT
  • jellyhead 20 Nov 2008 14:00:27 24,350 posts
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    I've a HD4850 and for the money they are the dog's danglies!

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  • phaze08 22 Nov 2008 21:55:24 15 posts
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    8800GT is better than in some cases and usually equal to the hd4850

    8800GT 80-100 (check ebay) [New]

    HD4850 130+ [New]

    On the downside my 8800GT sounds like a fighter jet with the stock cooler, no idea what the 4850 is like in this department
  • jellyhead 22 Nov 2008 22:22:08 24,350 posts
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    Most articles i've seen have said the 4850 is ahead and up to 9800 level or above depending on the game. The 4850 runs hotter if that's a consideration but it does dx 10.1 which is lovely under vista. As for noise, i can't tell because my chassis fans aren't too quiet :)

    Of course it is more expensive but it's still very cheap for the performance it provides.

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  • JediMasterMalik 22 Nov 2008 22:29:59 11,820 posts
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    Get the Gigabyte 8800gt, it comes overclocked with a flashy zalman cooler.
  • godfatherobie 23 Nov 2008 11:29:40 23 posts
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    Ps3... 2 games & blu-ray 300 (Gta & LBP)

    Install Linux (Free) buy a Usb Mouse & Keyboard. 15

    Fallout 3 35

    There ya go, sorted for net, and great for game,s with a bluray drive thrown in for good measure. ;)

  • morriss 23 Nov 2008 11:59:13 71,286 posts
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    innit
  • Deleted user 24 November 2008 19:29:30
    cpu: E7200 dual core, 2.53ghz (very overclockable): 80

    Can't find this...
  • coastal 24 Nov 2008 19:47:11 5,390 posts
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    godfatherobie wrote:
    Ps3... 2 games & blu-ray 300 (Gta & LBP)

    Install Linux (Free) buy a Usb Mouse & Keyboard. 15

    Fallout 3 35

    There ya go, sorted for net, and great for game,s with a bluray drive thrown in for good measure. ;)


    lol, you don't even sound convinced yourself.

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • neems 24 Nov 2008 21:31:31 1,472 posts
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    The basic rule is spend as much as you can afford - if you possibly can spend that bit extra then do so, and put it into the graphics card. At this point in time it may well be worth waiting until next year - not for the sales so much as the rumours that Nvidia are going to do 'something', probably involving a new production process (55 nm?) or a product revision. ATI will probably do something to match them, and old stock will probably be going cheap.

    That said, the 8800 GT is a great card, as is the Radeon 4850.
  • Deleted user 24 November 2008 22:01:31
    But wots an E7200 cos I can't find it!
  • UncleLou Moderator 24 Nov 2008 22:04:06 35,855 posts
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    Get the 7300 then, it's not much more, overclocks just as well, and is faster anyway. ;)
  • Deleted user 24 November 2008 22:14:17
    TAKE THAT, NEEMS!

    /doffs cap

    I BID YOU GOOD DAY, SIR.
  • Deleted user 24 November 2008 22:15:24
    What's the toppiest 4850, or is the Powercolour cheap end 4870 worth it instead?
  • neems 24 Nov 2008 22:35:26 1,472 posts
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    I have no idea what that was about Hero, unless it is a reference to my eloquent olde-worlde charm (self proclaimed).

    I don't know what the price difference is between the toppiest 4850 and the cheap end 4870, but if you can afford it definitely get the latter - GDDR5 and extra stream processors for the win.

  • Deleted user 25 November 2008 10:14:08
    I was just messing with you. ;)

    I've got a lot of thinking to do, so cheers for the info!
  • waddy256 26 Nov 2008 02:25:47 93 posts
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    Ive got a zx 80 if your looking for a doorstop, paperwieght or calculator..........no ? oh well.
  • irhex 26 Nov 2008 05:28:49 42 posts
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    http://www.avforums.com/forums/computer-systems/860929-perfect-pc-build-no-faults-300-medium-gamer.html
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