what pc should i buy?

  smcg69 13:44 30 Jul 05
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I am interested in buying a new pc but i don't have a clue what to buy. Its primary purpose will be for gaming but i will also want to use it to play and burn cds and dvds and i will use it for school work. I have about 1200 euro to spend. Is that enough to get a decent gaming pc? if so what would you suggest i buy?

  howard60 14:07 30 Jul 05

that is about £800 and the super budget offerings in the mags charts will give you an idea of what you could get for that sort of money

  WallyD 14:32 30 Jul 05

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  Happy Soul 14:39 30 Jul 05

click here and read through the specs.

  dagwoood 14:47 30 Jul 05

smcg69, as it's mainly for gaming, the three main considerations are:

i)CPU
ii)Graphics card
iii)Amount of RAM.

In order, a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP/64 CPU rated at 3GHz or above to get the best out of the graphics card. To play the latest games at decent settings, you should look to having an Nvidia 6600GT or better. As to the amount of RAM, you would need 1GB of RAM(or 1.5GB according to some).

You might struggle to get a system at the ideal specification for just over £800 :(

There are some good base units on this site that meet your requirements and are in your price rangeclick here

HTH, dagwoood.

  ade.h 16:53 30 Jul 05

This is in Consumerwatch as well. Please avoid duplicate threads.

I have responded to your other thread.

  smcg69 00:01 31 Jul 05

thanks a lot for answering. i have found a number of pcs and was wondering which would be the best. i was thinking of probably upgrading the graphics card in them. what would you suggest to upgrade to considering i am on a budget?

1.
Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz 64bit
1GB Dual DDR Memory
128MB Intel GMA900 PCIX Graphics
300GB ATA Hard Disk
16X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
17" TFT Flat Panel Monitor
Windows XP Home SP2
Works 8, Antivirus, CD/DVD Burning
2.
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
1GB Dual DDR Memory
128MB ATi X800 PCIX Graphics
250GB ATA Hard Disk
16X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
17" TFT Flat Panel Monitor
Windows XP Home SP2
Works 8, Antivirus, CD/DVD Burning

3.
3.0GHz Pentium 4 820 Dual Core
1024MB DDR2 533MHz Dual Channel RAM
300GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
128MB DDR GeForce FX6600GT PCI-E
16x Dual Format +/- DVD Burner
DVD Rom Drive
7.1 8-Channel Capable Sound
2 x RJ45 Network Port (10/100/1000)
56K Modem

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