Looking for some purchase advice - complete desktop gaming PC - Budget 600-700

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  • jack-s 25 Feb 2013 12:59:12 4 posts
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    I've been tasked with finding a good gaming PC for a family member. They're after a complete desktop PC with monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. for around 600-700. Usually I build my own systems, but I'm not able to do that at the moment, and I really don't know where to start with pre-build systems. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Even just an idea of which manufactures to look at/avoid would be a great help. I've been looking at Mesh, Overclockers, and Alienware's X51 range (although I have nothing but contempt for Dell, maybe their gaming PC's aren't too bad?), but the sheer number of options is a bit of a minefield.

    Thanks in advance.
  • THFourteen 25 Feb 2013 13:07:16 47,549 posts
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    Pick something off here, they do take a few weeks to deliver but i've had a friend use them before and the quality is good.

    I'd not get anything with an AMD processor mind you.

    you will probably need to buy a monitor and keyboard / mouse seperately off amazon, which will set you back 150 or so.
  • Deleted user 25 February 2013 13:37:03
    Cue people speccing a build without taking OS cost into account.

    Do you need a copy of windows or do you have one?
  • jack-s 25 Feb 2013 14:00:43 4 posts
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    We will need a copy of WIndows included.
  • Mr_Sleep 25 Feb 2013 14:05:29 21,588 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    you will probably need to buy a monitor and keyboard / mouse seperately off amazon, which will set you back 150 or so.
    Or another company who pays their corporation tax, of course. You could try CCL who I use a lot for PC purchasing, they run a good operation and their deliveries are excellent.

    Edit: Speaking of which, you could just use the following link at CCL to create and customise as you see fit. I always go with a Gigabyte motherboard as I never have any problems with them.

    Edited by Mr_Sleep at 14:07:54 25-02-2013
  • andytheadequate 25 Feb 2013 14:51:13 8,980 posts
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    I bought a pc for 600 from ccl. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the spec and how it performs (don't want to bore the rest of the forum, it's only a step away from putting the specs of 'the rig' in a forum signature...)

    Edited by andytheadequate at 15:00:49 25-02-2013

    Edited by andytheadequate at 15:01:41 25-02-2013
  • jack-s 25 Feb 2013 15:41:51 4 posts
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    CCL look really good actually, and I've bought stuff from them before.

    @andytheadequate Be great if you could let me know what you got, either a post here or a PM, whatever you prefer.
  • Scirvir 26 Feb 2013 11:46:46 253 posts
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    Another possible option might be pcspecialist.co.uk

    I've been looking at getting a new system myself and their prices seem decent enough and you can completely customise the system to your liking. Never actually used them mind.
  • sanctusmortis 26 Feb 2013 20:05:02 9,914 posts
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    PC Specialist's very good, as are Dino PC and Cyberpower.
  • jack-s 2 Mar 2013 15:41:03 4 posts
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the advice, we went for CCL in the end, they're pricing was very competitive for the spec's offered, and they had some great deals on the other peripherals as well.

  • Punctum 28 Nov 2013 09:47:38 1,255 posts
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    Having never gamed on PC (with the exception of Football Manager), what would be the recommendation for PC gaming in place of a PS4/XO?

    I will want to use it on the living room TV and being a console gamer am used to controllers as opposed to keyboard and mouse.

    How much do I need to spend for something which will compete with the 'Next Gen' ?


    Edited by Punctum at 09:49:00 28-11-2013
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