Budget Gaming PC

  Malnic 10:03 25 Jun 07
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Hi. I'm considering building / buying a gaming PC and am looking for something below the 500 mark (desperate i know). I found a pretty interesting system the other day but would be curious to others opinions as it seems very cheap.
- Am i missing something? Is it an ok system for modern games?
- Where could i spend an extra 100 pounds or so?

Thanks. This is the system....

Motherboard
Asus P5VD2-X LGA775, PCI-E, DDR2, SATA2, 5.1Snd, GBLan, ATX £51.07

Processor
Intel Pentium D 935 3.2Ghz Dual Core LGA Processor -Retail- £51.25

Memory Slot 1
1024Mb DDR2 533Mhz Memory Module £18.31

Memory Slot 2
1024Mb DDR2 533Mhz Memory Module £18.31

Graphics Card(s)
256Mb nVidia GeForce 7900GS PCI-Express VGA Card £67.87

Optical Device 1
NEC AD5170A-0B 18X+/-DVD-R Dual Layer Dvd Writer- Black £15.95

SATA Device 1
250Gb Maxtor DiamondMax21 SATAI/II 8Mb Cache Hard Drive £30.25

Case
X-Blade Black ATX Case with 450W PSU, Side Window £24.95

Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista 32bit - Home Premium Edition - oem £57.95


£406.27 inc VAT

i find games and vista dont go together at all at the moment, i now have 2 set ups 1 with vista and one with xp pro and this is the one i use for games, even lotro and supreme commander which are very recent games perform very poorly with vista, on a very high spec pc.
however if you go with vista, as im sure we shall all have to do, maybe look at a dx 10 ready card (a g80 for gaming) or see what ati release, and if you're looking to clock it, as the cpu will possible not supply the gpu fast enough i would get faster ram (800mhz)
obviously this would mean a bigger psu.......
it never ends! just depends how far you want to go. with xp that would be a great setup, not too sure with vista though.

  Malnic 12:21 25 Jun 07

Thanks adman, makes a lot of sense, couple more questions that you might be able to help with.

- Graphics card: Maybe up grading to a 256MB GeForce 8600 GTS?

- In terms of memory maybe upgrading to 2 x 1024MB 667Mhz? Not quite 800 but good value

- For the processor, i'm very new to all this. Whats the difference between Intel Duo and Intel Core 2 Duo?

  Starfox 12:28 25 Jun 07

Try to go for one of the 8 series cards if you can as it will support the new direct x 10 when it's released.

Definately agree with adman about Vista. In our gaming circle we have a library of 500+ games and although we have not tried them all yet there are at least 200 that won't work or won't plat properly with Vista.

  Malnic 12:36 25 Jun 07

Thanks for your feedback guys. Based on your recomendations i'm thinking of going for this set up...

Motherboard
Asus P5VD2-X LGA775, PCI-E, DDR2, SATA2, 5.1Snd, GBLan, ATX £51.07

Processor
Intel Pentium D 935 3.2Ghz Dual Core LGA Processor -Retail- £51.25

Memory Slot 1
1024Mb DDR2 667Mhz PC5300 Memory Module £19.33

Memory Slot 2
1024Mb DDR2 667Mhz PC5300 Memory Module £19.33

Graphics Card(s)
256Mb nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS PCI-Express VGA

Optical Device 1
NEC AD5170A-0B 18X+/-DVD-R Dual Layer Dvd Writer- Black £15.95

SATA Device 1
250Gb Maxtor DiamondMax21 SATAI/II 8Mb Cache Hard Drive £30.25

Case
Galaxy III Black Gaming Case, Window,450W,PSU, Bubble Lights £23.95

Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista 32bit - Home Premium Edition - oem £57.95

the 8600, is not really a games card, the first number is the series the second, generally is the model ie:
8800= 7800- 6800 (new to old)
8600= 7600 etc

so the 7900gs is way way above the 8600, which is in my opinion is inferior to the 7600gt forerunner.
1 8800gts 320 mb will rip through games much faster than 2 7900 in sli, they are awesome cards, but you do need 26 amps on the 12 rail of the psu.
if you cant stretch to a 8800 card stick with the 7900 gs, it's a great card at a great price, because they have a limited lifespan, due to the 8 series cards

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