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Looking for a Gaming PC HELP!


Wafflelancher
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I am looking for the best possible gaming pc for £1000 or under but I am a complete newbie when it comes down to choosing what I need in the laptop to get the ultimate gaming experience I can! I want to be able to put games up to the highest settings possible or near enough! I went on PC specialist and put together a computer I thought might be good but am probably paying too much for. I ain't really interested in building a computer myself but if it is as easy as people have been saying may be willing to give it a try

This is the computer I put together, I do want it to look pretty cool but to be honest I just want the ultimate gaming experience! Altogether comes up to around £920

Case InWIN BLACK DRAGON RIDER GAMING CASE

Processor (CPU) AMD FX-4130 Quad Core CPU (3.80GHz/4MB CACHE/AM3+)

Motherboard ASUS® M5A78L-M/USB3 (M-ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, 3Gb/s)

Memory (RAM) 4GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 X 4GB)

Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 - 2 x DVI, HDMI, - 3D Vision Ready

Memory - 1st Hard Disk 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT

Power Supply 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER

Sound Card ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)

Network Facilities WIRELESS 802.11N 300Mbps PCI CARD (£16)

USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD

Operating System Genuine Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£109)

Office Software FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365

Anti-Virus NORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2013 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC (£9) SPECIAL

Monitor AOC I2367FH 23" Widescreen IPS Monitor - 1920 x 1080, HDMI (£139)

Keyboard & Mouse Cyborg V.7 Gaming Keyboard with Illuminated Keys (£55)

Mouse CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse (£19)

Gaming Mouse Pad ROCCAT™ Sense Gaming Mouse Mat (£15)

Speakers LOGITECH S120 2.0 BLACK SPEAKER SYSTEM (£11)

Surge Protection 6 Socket Compact 2M UFO Surge Protector (£9)

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Wafflelancher

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That's great out of all the computers I have looked at really it does stand out.... thanks a lot really appreciate it!:)

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Wafflelancher

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Would it be best to customise it a little? When I clicked on 'Customise or Buy' it comes up with further options to choose from, obviously adding any of them would be better I presume? But would it just be worth either adding just more or better Cooling? if u could have a look only if you have the time and see what you think would just be so helpful

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Chronos the 2nd

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I can certainly do that for you but any alterations will bring added cost. I'll have a look anyway and see if there is anything that can be done to improve the set up.

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Wafflelancher

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Perfect cheers:) I don't mind it going slightly over that is no problem like an added £100-£200 is fine

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Ian in Northampton

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Wafflelancher: my son has a PC with a much inferior spec to that (e.g. only a GT560 and a slightly elderly 4-core AMD CPU), and plays BF3 very happily. (He tells me that Planetside is graphically even more challenging, and he also gets on very well with that - and he's fairly picky about lag, detail and so on.) His screen isn't fullHD - only HD-ready - and I'm not sure all variables are turned up to the max, but he finds it a very smooth, satisfying gaming experience. Fyi, he got his from ViBox who I found excellent to deal with. He spent just over £400. But, as Chronos notes - you pay more, you get better (even if I somewhat disagree with him that you need to spend more than £1,000. On the other hand, he's more knowledgeable than I am...)

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Wafflelancher

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Thanks Ian, im wanting to get as many options as possible so I can find the right and best PC possible, what make and model is the computer? Sounds a lot like me I am very picky about lag and detail as this computer just seems to want to lag and even on the lowest settings of a fair few games.

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Chronos the 2nd

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Ian in Northampton

I do not think you need to spend more than a grand on a PC but the OP wanted an decent gaming experience plus all the peripherals which will take a decent chunk from the budget, which means less cash for the PC itself.

Now I do not doubt that your son is happy with his PC but I wonder if he will say that later this year or next year as games become more and more graphically intense. The lower or budget PC's will struggle whereas if you spend decent cash at the outset then you put off the inevitable upgrade.

I had a look at Vibox some nice gear and I might well recommend people have a look as you do speak highly of the company.

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Chronos the 2nd

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I had a look at the customise options and a definite is swap the Chillblast PSU for the Corsair Ultra Low Noise 600W PSU, you should never skimp on a PSU as it is the most important component in your PC.

I am not keen on the case that comes with this build but it is you that will be looking at it, but if it was me then the fractal would be my choice. I have had the fractal R3 and it was a quality case,very quiet and looked sleek.

Or perhaps the Corsair Carbide 500R Midi Tower Case in White with a few coloured LED fans in it. Looking good. But as I said your choice.

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Ian in Northampton

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Chronos: you have a good point. His current PC is his third in four years. The PC he thought was fantastic four years ago, and played everything he wanted the way he wanted (IIRC, a GT9800-based PC) soon became incapable. The next one was GT520-based: it was good, and just about passable on BF3, but then Planetside came along... And no, I wouldn't be surprised if there's another one round the corner in a year's time. That said: all three together have cost me less than £1,000 - so it kinda evens out... :-)

Re Vibox: yes, it was the only purchase I've ever made from them, but I'd definitely go back. Competitively priced, excellent pre-sales and post-sales support, responsive and helpful - and (touch wood) the PC is still going strong three months later.

Wafflelancher: it was the ZETA X5 - see here. It's now about £60 more than I paid for my son's.

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Wafflelancher

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Yea the computer looks pretty decent with 8GB Ram etc and its half the price of the Chillblast Fusion Vantage, my only concern would be continuously upgrading parts to keep it up to date and run the games smoothly in the future but knowing me im properly wrong but yea I the computer does look like a pretty good one, I will look more into it and see how the computer can be enhanced and how much that would cost.

Chronos do you think the computer you have said would need to be enhanced anytime soon with games coming out or just how games are getting more advanced?

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