Where to buy and what.

  SW-880 17:02 11 Aug 07
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I'm looking to buy a new computer to replace old faithful that I'm on now. I'm on a budget so money is an issue but I don't mind spending more if it's worth it.

I've been looking to buy online rather than go to somewhere like PC World since you seem to get a better deal and can tailor your PC a bit more.

My first question is had anyone had dealings with PC SPECIALIST and can they be recomended.

Second question is will the following spec PC meet my needs....

Processor
Intel® Core™2 Duo E6750 (2 X 2.66GHz) 1333MHz FSB/4MB L2 Cache

Memory
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2 667MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

Motherboard
ASUS® P5K SE: DDR2, SATAII, PCI-e x16, 2 PCI, 3 x PCI-e x1

Operating System
WINDOWS® VISTA Home Premium (inc Genuine CD & License)

USB Options
8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
80GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Hard Disk
250GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

1st CD/DVD Drive
20x DVD±RW/RAM/Dual Layer + Lightscribe (48 x CD-RW) (£16)

Graphics Card
320MB GEFORCE 8800GTS PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card
8 Channel Realtek ALC883 High Definition Audio (P5K-SE)

Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

Floppy Disk Drive
1.44MB - 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive

Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

Case
Stylish Silver/Black Trident case + 2 front USB

Power Supply & Case Cooling
500W (Peak) Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£25)

Processor Cooling
STANDARD CPU COOLER

Monitor
19 INCH TFT Silver/Black 1280 x1024 8MS D-Sub, DVI, Audio (£105)

Speakers
LOGITECH S100 2.0 BLACK SPEAKER SYSTEM

Surge Protection
Belkin 4 Socket 2M Surge Protector with Phone Protection! (£7)

Anti-Virus
NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2007 (£19)

Warranty
1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return

Delivery
Standard Insured Delivery to UK Mainland (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) (Free)

Quantity
1


Cost is £874.

Any guidance would be recomended.

  Totally-braindead 17:24 11 Aug 07

Will that spec meet your needs?

How would I know as you never said what your needs are, what you use it for etc. For what its worth it'll do everything including playing any games, even the newest ones as long as the game will run with Vista as it has a good graphics card, fast processor and plenty of memory.

Don't like Norton, I use the freebies, if I was going to buy a security suite it would be either NOD32 or Kaspersky, probably Kaspersky.

Its a damn good PC and will do anything so I suppose it will meet your needs, might be OTT though depending on what you want.

Heard of the company but no experience of them so cannot comment.

  Totally-braindead 17:29 11 Aug 07

Heres an example of what else you could get for a bit less click here no monitor so you have to add that, take you choice click here a computer still rather good but cheaper click here though the graphics card is only a 8500 as opposed the 8600 on the dearer one which is better for games.

  SW-880 18:01 11 Aug 07

I could have sworn I said I wanted the system for gaming. Must have deleted it and forgot to add it again.

  Totally-braindead 18:35 11 Aug 07

Well the 8800GTS is the best of the 3 cards we have listed here. Novatech for a similar spec system is £827 click here and thats without monitor but it does have 2 250 gig hard drives and the case and power supply is branded (thermaltake) and it has a Microsoft cordless keyboard and optical mouse. But of course thats not including the monitor which would be another £116. Which does make it dearer than the one you're looking at by about £70. But the hard drive is bigger than the primary one in the PC you are looking at and they have the larger 16 meg buffer which should make the Novatech one a tiny bit faster.
And I think the Novatech one doesn't have speaker and I haven't included a surge protector.

Its swings and roundabouts I suppose. The Novatech one has bigger better hard drives, and a branded power supply and case as well as a decent wireless keyboard and optical mouse. But the PC Specialist one is cheaper.
I've had a few Novatech PCs and they are all running perfectly, even the ones I bought a few years ago. Because I know Novatech and their good customer service I would be tempted to spend the extra and get the slightly better PC.

  Totally-braindead 18:37 11 Aug 07

Forgot, the Novatech one doesn't have a card reader either but if you really want one they're only about a tenner.

  Totally-braindead 18:44 11 Aug 07

Buy the latest PCA mag or wait till the 16th August when the new one is out.
In the £501-750 PCs the number one they have chosen is the Eclipse Matrix i67N88-VSTA at £750 and its a similar spec to the PC specialist one but with a E6700 processor and one 320 gig hard drive and a 8800GTS. Just as an example, things move so fast it might not be number one next month.

  Joe R 21:29 11 Aug 07

I agree with Totally-braindead, think that the Eclipse PC is a better one than the one you have chosen.

The link click here

  SW-880 10:40 12 Aug 07

If I buy from these other companies do I get a CD and registration key for Vista?

  project 90 13:41 12 Aug 07

i have got a mesh pc bought there base package with athlon am2 5000 erm left all the graphics card out and sound car and monitor and bought my own.

the 8800gts will play probally every game on an lcd monitor as the screen res is normally 1280*1024 and it copes fine

as an example i get 170fps or so on the counter strike stess test with erverythin on high and think it was 4x aa and 4x af.

also you shouild note the ms response time for the monitor cas depending if u play fps games. there could be some motion blur (ghosting) if it above 8ms i think it is.

other than that it seems that pc spec is close to mine now with only a few differences and mine plays all the games i have easy at high settings
and mine cost just under 1k at the start of this year so seem quite reasonably priced.

  Totally-braindead 19:31 12 Aug 07

If you buy from Novatech as far as I know you do get the disk and with every company you would get the key regardless of whether you get a disk or not. Phone Novatech and ask.
Regarding the likes od Dell for example and many other brand names you don't get a disk instaead there is a hidden partition on the hard drive and this is to save them costs. Its a fine idea in theory but if the hard drive fails or has problems and you don't have a disk you're up the creek without a paddle.
On the plus side, Dell at least, I'm unsure about the others recommend making a windows disk and even have an icon on the desktop to make up a windows disk.
Eclipse and the others I just don't know so I would phone them and ask.

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