Which new computer option is best

  JoanneBonnett 10:51 23 Sep 14
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I am looking at buying a computer which will be used my myself for playing the Sims 3 and for internet use (facebook etc) but I do tend to multitask - switching between Sims and facebook games whilst also either watching the built in TV or listening to music, and by my daughter for playing Skyrim, GTA, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Minecraft and Sims 2 (though she would probably play other games on a computer better than the one she has now). My budget is around £1000.00 and I want the best system I can get for this money.

I have listed below some of the computers I have been looking at. The 2 Dell Gaming PCs have some upgrade options so I have listed the base model stats and put in brackets the upgrades I may consider if the extra cost warrants it.

Which do you thing would be the best option ?

Dell XPS 8700 (Desktop not Gaming PC) £879.00

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4790 processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz) Windows 8.1 (64Bit) 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive + Intel SRT 32GB SSD Cache NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB DDR5 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 + Bluetooth 4.0 Dell Wireless-DW 1703 + Bluetooth 4.0

Dell Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop Computer £648.99

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4460 processor (4-cores, 6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/Intel Turbo Boost Windows 8.1 (64Bit) 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz (upgradable to 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz for £65.00) 1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s (upgradable to 2TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s for £50) NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 745 with 4GB DDR3 Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (9.5mm) Dell Wireless 1550 (2x2 11ac combo with Bluetooth)

Dell Alienware X51 Gaming Desktop computer £1148.99

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4790 processor (4-cores,8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/Intel Turbo Boost) Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz (upgradable to 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz for £65.00) 2TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760Ti 2G GDDR5 Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (9.5mm) Dell Wireless 1550 (2x2 11ac combo with Bluetooth)

Dell Alienware Aurora Gaming Tower computer £1229.00

Intel® Core™ i7-4820K Processor (4-cores, 10MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.2 GHz w/ Turbo Boost) Windows 8.1 (64Bit) English (upgradable to Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit English for £42.40 8192MB (4x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Quad Channel (upgradable to 16384MB (4x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Quad Channel £100.00) 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (7200RPM) 32MB Cache (upgradable to either 2 or 3TB SATA 6Gb/s 7,200rpm Hard Drive for £80.00) 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760Ti Optical Drive : DVD+/-RW (Read/Write) 24x Dell Wireless 1540 802.11a/n Dual Band. High Speed Wi-Fi

PC WORLD - ACER Aspire TC-605 Desktop PC £799.99

Windows 8.1 Intel® Core™ i7-4770 Processor (3.4 GHz, 3.9 GHz with TurboBoost, 8 MB cache) 12 GB DDR3 (16 GB maximum installable RAM) 2 TB HDD, 7200 rpm NVIDIA GTX 745 (4 GB) Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n DVD/RW

  JoanneBonnett 12:45 23 Sep 14

I've just seen this Zoostorm at argos for £999 - seems quite good but I'm not familiar with the make- how does this compare to my other options and has anyone had experience of this make ?

click here and Memory: • Intel Core i7 quad core. • I7-4770. • Processor speed 3.4GHz. • 16GB RAM. Hard drive: • 2000GB SATA hard drive. DVD optical drives: • Dual layer. Graphics: • Dedicated graphics. • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 with 2000MB memory. Interfaces and connectivity: • 5 x USB 2.0 ports. • 4 x USB 3.0 ports. • Ethernet port. • Wireless/Wi-Fi enabled. • Wired keyboard and mouse. Operating system & software: • Microsoft Windows 7 Premium. General features: • Size H43.2, W19, D49.5cm. • Weight 9.8kg. • Power saving facility. • EAN: 5055396011180.

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  Woolwell 13:30 23 Sep 14

Have a word with Chillblast too. Chillblast.

Zoostorm is ok as a make.

IMO Dell Alienwares are a bit expensive for what you get.

  JoanneBonnett 21:53 24 Sep 14

My son's friend has recommended this

click here overclockers Uk - any opinions/advice on this one ?

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  spuds 11:50 25 Sep 14

The Overclockers specification listing is not complete, there are still added extras to the £803.98 listed price. With the operating system and extras, the bill would most likely come into excess of possibly £1000.00.

There are other possible cheaper options available, but two member's who are well versed with gaming machines are not around much nowadays, so you might have to wait a little longer for a more precise and helpful answer.

  Woolwell 13:12 25 Sep 14

Do you need monitor, keyboard, speakers, etc?

  JoanneBonnett 16:30 25 Sep 14

No Woolwell, I have all of that - I just need the actual base computer (if that is the right phrase !)

  spuds 16:46 25 Sep 14

Here's PC Advisor's September 2014 gaming computer selection. click here

  JoanneBonnett 17:08 25 Sep 14

Could someone please explain to me what the difference between SATA Hard Drive + SSD Cache is or are they the same thing ? I get the impression that SSD is better but not really sure what it means - do I need both and if so why (I'm sorry if that is a stupid question !)

  Forum Editor 17:40 25 Sep 14

SATA (which stands for Serial ATA) is the standard hardware interface for connecting hard disks and CD/DVD drives to a computer. It has been around since 2001; that's a long time in computer technology terms.

SSD caching is a term that describes the practice of using a small Solid State drive in addition to a conventional hard drive to store (cache) commonly used application or game data. SSD drives are much faster than ordinary hard drives. It's a desirable add-on if you play games a lot, or if you use data-intensive applications - photo editing software, or autoCAD for example.

  Woolwell 18:16 25 Sep 14
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I had a system with SSD cache and it became a pain. I changed it for a SSD drive containing the OS and programs and the older type hard drive for storage of data. It's reasonably quick.

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