Advice on a good cheap gaming system

By Ollie30001
Mar 23, 2006
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  1. Hello All,
    I have been looking to buy a good system for playing games on as ive been playing all games that have been coming out lately on medium-to low settings, and im getting a bit fed up with it.

    Well ive been looking around first for web sites i can buy from with cheap prices, and i think i found a good one last night, but this is my problem, i dunno what to look for, for a good gaming system.

    Any way, this is what i have so far: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php?page=results

    I am looking for a system at around £1000, and what i got there (for £1289) isnt bad.....is it? :slurp:

    Im looking for a system that will be future proof, easy to upgrade, and one that will last me a while in the begginging before i have to upgrade.

    So what do you think? Yay Or Nay?

    Thanks.
  2. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 170

    Sorry, just seen that that link dont display properly, hang on ill post all the specs.
  3. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 170

    CPU
    AMD® ATHLON® 64BIT X2 4400 1MB L2 Cache
    Memory
    2048 MB DDR400 PC3200 WITH LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)
    Motherboard
    ASUS® A8N32-SLI DELUXE: DUAL DDR, S-ATA, 2 x x16 VGA, 3 PCI
    USB Options
    SIX USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT)
    Hard Drive
    SATA II 160 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache (Special Offer)
    Second Hard Drive
    NONE
    RAID
    NONE
    DVD ROM/Combi Drive
    16X DVD ROM WITH 48X CD ROM
    CD/DVD Writer
    4x +R DUAL LYR DVD WRITER (16x +/-R) (& RW) + 40x CD-RW (£24)
    Graphics Card 1
    512MB RADEON X1900XTX PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
    Graphics Card 2
    NONE
    Sound Card
    HIGH END ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL SOUND (RECOMMENDED)
    Modem
    NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
    Network Facilities
    2 x 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORTS ONBOARD
    Floppy Drive/Card Reader
    1.44MB FLOPPY DISK DRIVE
    Case
    Stylish Silver X-Plode Case + 2 Front USB
    Power Supply & Cooling
    500W (Peak) Silent Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & quiet CPU Cooler (£45)
    Operating System required
    NONE
    Firewire & Video Editing
    1 x FIREWIRE PORT ONBOARD (A8N-SLI DELUXE ONLY)
    Monitor
    NONE
    Keyboard
    NONE
    Mouse
    NONE
    Speakers
    NONE
    Printer
    NONE
    Anti-Virus
    NONE
    Office Software
    NONE
    TV Card
    NONE
    Warranty
    1 Year Return-to-Base Warranty + 1 Month Free Collect & Return
  4. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Get a 10,000 RPM 150GB Raptor. (Hard drive) Other than that, dude that is an awesome gaming system and is future proof. (512MB video memory, 2GB RAM, Dual-core) 10,000 RPM Raptors are currently one of the (If not THE) fastest hard drives because of their 10,000 RPM.
  5. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

    I agree, get one of those raptors and you will have a sweet rig. What do you mean cheap? That system costs 4x as much as mine!
  6. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    That is one of the best systems available at the moment. And he calls it "cheap". Pssh that's cheap talk. Maybe that's cheap for rich people like him. The best gaming system possible is not too far from his. He just needs 4GB Corsair XMS, 1TB 10,000RPM hard drive (second) and 10,000RPM 150GB raptor, 2 X1900XTX cards in a crossfire setup, FX-60 etc; But I think his system is VERY good because CrossFire and SLi drains alot of power and is unstable. Some games benefit ALOT from them though. Such as F.E.A.R for SLi (That's what I heard in a trailer)
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,241   +125

    As a good entry level gaming system.. at a realy cheap price i would reccomend..

    At least a 2.6 pentium or a 2.8 celeron.
    512 ddr ram
    any old hard drive..
    radeon 9600/ 9800 256 mb card

    Id say total system would cost maybe 100 pounds new.. 50 second hand..

    It aint gonna win any 3d mark competitions. but it will run the majority of todays games at a respectable lvl..
  8. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Guys look at fimbles post. I don't think he read the 2nd post. LOL he recommends a 9600/9800 when the guys got a X1900XT 512MB in his hands. He says a 2.8 celeron or a 2.6 P4 when the guy has a X2 4400+ LOL. 512mb ram (come ON!) and any old hard drive...(seriously?!) No offence or anything though. I'm just using the fact that you didn't read his posts and using it to make fun of you.
  9. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Hmm, go a little higher and get this awesome system:

    http://www.cyberpowersystem.co.uk/system/cfg01.asp?v=d

    Switch the parts around and change the power supply to the Antec TPII-550 550W ATX 12V power supply and you should have these:

    £1459.00 ex. VAT
    (£1714.33 in. VAT)

    Case : NZXT Trinity Tower 400W Case w/ Side-panel Window (SILVER Color)
    CPU : (939-pin) AMD Athlon™64 X2 4400+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
    Motherboard : (Sckt939)Asus A8N5X nForce4 Chipset SATA RAID PCI-E w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio
    Memory : 2048 MB (512MBx4) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair XMS PRO High Performance Memory w/ Heat Spreader & LED Lights)
    Video Card : NEW!!! ATI Radeon X1900XTX PCI-E x16 512MB VIDEO CARD
    Video Card 2 : NONE
    Monitor & LCD : NONE
    Hard Drive : Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD740GD)
    Hard Drive 2 : Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD740GD)
    Optical Drive : LiteOn SHM-165H6S 16X Double Layer DVD+-RW Super Allwrite + Lightscribe Technology (Silver Color)
    Optical Drive 2 : NONE
    Sound : Creative Labs SB Audigy SE

    Awesome don't you think? I even changed the sound card to a good one since you want a gaming system. 2GB of Corsair XMS PRO High-performance memory just kills the game. AMD 4400+ is dual-core and is a good bang-for-bang CPU. The X1900XTX is the killer card so it's there. Don't use the motherboard that's already there. Change it to the one I told you above. 2 74GB 10,000RPM Raptor hard drives just BURNS the challenge man. The optical drive I customized is better than the one there is already. This price might be too high? Lemme get you a cheaper one.

    £1312.00 ex. VAT
    (£1541.60 in. VAT)

    Case : NZXT Trinity Tower 400W Case w/ Side-panel Window (SILVER Color)
    CPU : (939-pin) AMD Athlon™64 X2 4400+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
    Motherboard : (Sckt939)Asus A8N5X nForce4 Chipset SATA RAID PCI-E w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio
    Memory : 2048 MB (512MBx4) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair XMS PRO High Performance Memory w/ Heat Spreader & LED Lights)
    Video Card : NEW!!! ATI Radeon X1900XTX PCI-E x16 512MB VIDEO CARD
    Video Card 2 : NONE
    Monitor & LCD : NONE
    Hard Drive : Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD740GD)
    Hard Drive 2 : NONE
    Optical Drive : LiteOn SHM-165H6S 16X Double Layer DVD+-RW Super Allwrite + Lightscribe Technology (Silver Color)
    Optical Drive 2 : NONE
    Sound : HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

    Remember that you're using an X2 processor so you can get a free Nero 7 Ultra Edition.
    I think you should get the one that costs more though because it's only about 100 more bucks but the performance you get with the higher-cost one is WAY more than 100$ worth of performance. You'll be able to play every single game out there on highest setttings getting amazing FPS and gameplay.
  10. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

    Don't buy from CyberPowerSystems, though! They have a bad reputation, and very lousey customer service. If you are getting a premaid, get Alienware, or if you can afford it, Falcon!
  11. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Alienware charges too much man. Check out the price for the damn 3200+, 512mb ram and 6600.
     
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,241   +125

    Yip... i just read.... cheap gaming rig........too expensive... blah de blah.........

    Sorry about that i wasnt paying attention..

    Therefore i rename my previous post "PCS for the poor"

    PS: FIMBLES
    newcomer, in training..

    PPS.. i have a system pretty much similar to the one in my post.. and i can play all my games on medium to high settings...bf2.. wow..

    Weird....
  13. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Actually fimbles. PCs for the poor would include a 3200+ instead of a Pentium 4. Also, these days, an entry level system that is good for the price includes:

    AMD 3200+
    1GB Corsair or other company (I prefer Corsair for gaming) (Dual-channel if prefered)
    Geforce 6600GT

    Anything less is considered "Crap". Hope I made myself clear. CRAP :unch:
  14. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

    I pretty much have what you just said, I have a Athlon XP 2400, 1GB Kingston, and 6600GT. And it is an incredible increase over my former system, which I loved!
  15. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058


    The bigest dive the make is 7.2k rpm 500-700gb


    Unless you put hella 10k rpm 150gb in raid, but thats a whole different story...
  16. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    I'll make You desent computer

    Won't be more than $800


    Unless thats to much or go with perviously stated a Falcon or alienware

    Computer
  17. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    Whatever your pick it will be helped!!!




    Best of Luck...
  18. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Are you allowed to triple-post in these forums CrossFire851?
  19. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Questions about what type of posting behaviour is allowed/encouraged/discouraged really should be somewhere else than in a thread about a gaming system.

    But to answer the question, and thus leaving the discussion dead:
    TechSpot highly discourages double/triple/quadruple posting.

    Any further discussion about it can be had in a new thread either in the meeting spot or in Site Feedback and Suggestions.
    Any further posts about it in this thread will result in moderator intervention.



    As for the original topic, it looks like a great setup.
    I'd skip the Raptor though, since the speed increase isn't too large, and the system you're suggesting is already above budget.


    [EDIT]
    So, he triple posted. You double posted earlier. It's not really a very interesting discussion when you're out to buy a new system... Start a new thread here[/ur] and discuss it, if you're really keen on discussing it further.

    As for your suggestion of more space, he is above budget already. Thus suggesting him adding to the price might not be what he's after.

    Lastly, you strike me as a pretty knowledgeable 11 year old...
    [/EDIT]
  20. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    Sorry MrGaribaldi (Btw, you forgot quintuple posting ;)) And to the thread-starter, if you don't really want a 10,000RPM drive, you can just skip it and get a hard drive or 2 that has ALOT of disk space which would also increase speed due to more disk space remaining. I think. Also, MrGaribaldi, I was asking him because he triple-posted :knock:
  21. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,241   +125

    Hmmmmm.. i can feel a rant coming on..
  22. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,241   +125

    If my above specced machine is crap..CRAP..

    why when i have a 2.8 ghz celeron
    1 gig o ram!
    256 mb radeon 9600 pro

    Can i play battlefield 2 on medium to high settings, 1200x1600 res.. and at a pretty good framerate as well... 45 to 60 fps..

    World of warcraft.. full eveything.. 50.. to 60 fps
    counterstrike source.. full everything.. 50 to 60

    I suggest to you akifudden. that you sir have more cash than sense.. i bet your wearing the latest vesaci jeans as you are reading this..

    I have a sinclair spectrum with a alienware sticker on if you want to buy it
  23. legendz411

    legendz411 Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    to be fair, the 9xxx series Radeon cards were one hit wonders. Those cards were beastly.

    They were/are like the x800 series cards... Truly something that runs awesome.


    By comparison though, the 7600GT kills the x800 and the Radeon in preformance and future-proofing.



    <3 ATI back in the day.

    my rig:

    Athlon 64 3800+ *STOCK*
    GeForce 7600GT *STOCK*
    1gig Crucial Ballistix
    Asus A8N-SLI


    PS
    *STOCK* indicated that I havn't overclocked yet.
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