Pc Specialist

  JAK68 10:49 02 Aug 06
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I am looking to buy a new desktop from Pc Specialist (with spec below) I am going to use it for films and music etc and possibly upgrading it in the future to play the top games. This will cost £477 delivered. What do people think of this for what I need, and what is the reputation like for pc specialist.
Spec:
CPU
AMD® ATHLON® 64BIT 3700 (San Diego) 1MB (Special Offer)

Memory
1024 MB CORSAIR DDR400 PC3200 - LIFETIME WARRANTY!

Motherboard
ASUS A8N-VM: DUAL DDR, SATA II, x16 slot, 2 PCI ETC

USB Options
SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)

Hard Drive
SATA 80 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache

Second Hard Drive
NONE

RAID
NONE

DVD ROM/Combi Drive
16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM

CD/DVD Writer
16x +/- DVD WRITER (8x +/- Dual Lyr) (5x DVD-RAM) (40x CD-RW) (£23)

Graphics Card 1
INTEGRATED 128MB GEFORCE 6100 PCI Express (SMA)

Graphics Card 2
NONE

Sound Card
HIGH END ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)

Modem
NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

Network Facilities
10/100 NETWORK CARD FOR BROADBAND - AS STANDARD

Floppy Drive/Card Reader
1.44MB FLOPPY DISK DRIVE

Case
Stylish Silver/Black Sigma case + 2 front USB

Power Supply & Cooling
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler (£39)

Operating System required
NONE

Firewire & Video Editing
NONE

Monitor
NONE

Keyboard
NONE

Mouse
NONE

Speakers
NONE

Printer
NONE

Anti-Virus
NONE

Office Software
NONE

TV Card
NONE

Warranty
1 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 1 Month Free Collect & Return

  dontmeshwithme 11:00 02 Aug 06

1 thing is glaring, there is no operating system selected, unless you have pruchased it elsewhere or you are intending to run Linux, this could be a serious omission. However I can recommend the company from personal experiance. Very please with both them and the product. Also I would up the warrenty to 1 year collect and return for an extra £5. Also the hard drive is quite small if you plan on running games at a later date, try "upping it" to 250gb or more, you should find the cost increase is quite small. And if you can afford it buy a seperate graphics card, a cheaper one for now. Again I personally find it easier to upgrade a separate card than I do an integrated one.

  JAK68 11:31 02 Aug 06

I have changed the hard drive to SATA II 250 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache,
the graphics card to 256MB RADEON X550 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT and changed the warrenty as well, is that better suited for my needs, and more future proof (comes to £543)?

  dontmeshwithme 13:07 02 Aug 06

Don't forget you still need an OS. Also the graphics card is going to struggle playing the latest games on even low settings, but if you plan to upgrade this at a later stage then thats fine. Have a look at the following link to see what the different available cards will do click here remember you can spend upwards of a grand on just the graphics cards.

  dontmeshwithme 13:08 02 Aug 06

Also ask pcsprecialist what they recommend. I did and really appreciated the advice. I found they responded to an email enquiry within a couple of hours.

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