Ok, I think I have narrowed it down nicely

  Bob Bob™ 17:45 28 Nov 06
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Hi guys.

Well, in another thread I asked about some Dell systems then Power Computing was mentioned. I just made a system and I think its pretty good when compared to the Dell with the same processor.

Here is the Dell one, and note that the screen will be either haggled out or sold on eBay which will be 200 less approx.

€1175

Intel® Viiv™ Core™ 2 Duo E6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 1066MHz, 4MB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro PCI Express graphics card

Accessories
Free - Dell Colour Printer 725

Dell™ 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) To be sold/haggled out

Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™ ADVANCED HD software

Dell™ A225 Stereo Speakers

Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader

€1175



The Power Computing one. €790

CPU: Power Intel Dual Core Tower System (Intel® Core™2 Duo E6600 Dual Core,
GFX CARD: ASUS N6200/TD 256MB AGP DVI TV-OUT,
HDD: Samsung 80GB Serial ATA 8MB cache,
RAM: PC3200 DDR400 184-pin 1GB (2x512))
ASUS P5PE-VM microATX motherboard Socket 775

* Chipset: Intel 865G, ICH5
* 4x USB2 rear ports
* 1x AGP x8, 3x PCI slots
* 5.1 audio
* 2x IDE ATA-100
* 2x SATA
* built-in 10/100/1000 LAN
* Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
* 1x Parallel; 1x Serial; 2x PS/2 ports for Mouse and Keyboard

Does not include operating system.

€790

Both prices include shipping.

Presuming that the Power Computing Inc. is a good company I think that the Power C system is the better system.

So, are Power Computing any good?

Thanks all
Rob

  Carronade 12:49 30 Nov 06

I bought a system from them in September 2004. In daily use with no problems and still running well. A friend bought a similar system in July 2005 and his has been completely trouble-free too. I found them very helpful. They offer a free 2 year return to factory warranty. They advertise every month in PC Advisor magazine. I've no connection with the company other than being a very satisfied customer.

  freaky 13:39 30 Nov 06

The drawback with the The Power Computing one €790 is that the MOB is AGP rather than PCI Express, and there are no front USB ports.

  Tick Tock 3 15:44 30 Nov 06

I have a friend who bought a pc from power computing
and is very happy with it.

  Bob Bob™ 17:04 30 Nov 06

for your replies guys.

Well, from what I have read the Power Computing one is the one to go for. But regarding the AGP and PCI slots.

I decided that I can save up for a graphics card at a later date so I came up with the setup at the end of this post.

Power Intel Dual Core Tower System (Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 Dual Core, built-in graphics, Samsung 80GB Serial ATA 8MB cache, PC3200 DDR400 184-pin 1GB (2x512), built-in audio)


# Black and Silver ATX midi Tower case

* 400W PSU
* 2 front USB2.0, mic and out audio ports
* 4 front 5.25" bays
* 2 front 3.5" bays

# ASUS P5PE-VM microATX motherboard Socket 775

* Chipset: Intel 865G, ICH5
* 4x USB2 rear ports
* 1x AGP x8, 3x PCI slots
* 5.1 audio
* 2x IDE ATA-100
* 2x SATA
* built-in 10/100/1000 LAN
* Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
* 1x Parallel; 1x Serial; 2x PS/2 ports for Mouse and Keyboard

So, my question is, would having PCI and AGP(I have no idea what they are) slots be a disadvantage when it comes to graphics cards. Also, the PCI slots are grand for me because I have a netgear PCI card in my pc now and I dont want to buy another one.
Anyway, I guess I really just want to know are there any good GFX cards out for PCI and AGP or is that really going to be a disadvantage.


Thanks
Rob

ps. In my post above this one I neglected to post the part saying the 2 USB 2.0 slots on the front. So the pc does come with front USBs.

  Bob Bob™ 17:08 30 Nov 06

I have a choice here,
Do I get the E6600 processor for an extra 60 pounds and get a GFX card later on
or
do I get the E6400 processor and the ASUS N6200/TD 256mb GFX card with it?

Are there better PCI GFX cards out there for a decent price? Or are the ASUS ones good already?

Thanks again,
Rob

  stylehurst 17:10 30 Nov 06

I personally would go for the E6600 processor

  Bob Bob™ 17:12 30 Nov 06

That last Power Computing pc system I posted with the E6400 core 2 duo cpu costs €560

  GaT7 17:26 30 Nov 06

Bob Bob™, I think you may be confusing PCI (click here) with PCI-E/PCI Express (click here).

You've not mentioned what you intend using the PC for - could you let us know please?

And why are all the prices in €uros? Presumably you don't live in the UK? I don't have anything against either - I'm just finding it more difficult to know if the prices are competitive, unless I use XE click here. G

  terryf 17:35 30 Nov 06

I have just bought a bundle from Power and their price was about £100 less than a similar one from another well known site, arrived very quickly, no hassle and an email pre-sales query was answered on Sunday afternoon about an hour after I had sent it, I am still waiting for a reply from No**t*ch :-)

  freaky 18:20 30 Nov 06

PCI is an abbreviation for 'Peripheral Control Interface' which are used for attaching cards i.e. networking cards etc.

PCI Express as explained in Crossbow7s link above, is used to attach PCI Graphic cards which have superseded AGP Cards. As a result you have a bigger range of PCI-Graphic cards available than AGP. Hence Crossbow7s question above about what you intend using the PC for.

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