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    Advice on next PC - £700-£800

    Hey folks, in South Africa at the moment with the family but in a weeks time im comming back to the uk (). I start my second year at university in september and want a new PC to join me(old PC is staying here in SA with the family).

    I have a budget of about £700(£800 at a push), this PC will be used for a bit of heavy gaming and a lot of multi tasking (MSN, music/films, downloading & web, at all times, then DVD encoding/gaming etc now and then). Im hoping to go back to a duel screen setup so within that £700 budget id like a decent widescreen monitor(20+), something in black that would fit, style wise, with http://img.product.pchome.net/00/02/...s75d-27242.jpg, so height adjustable & in black.

    Would quad core & an 8800GTS fit into that budget? Im hoping to run vista on it, but if thats pushing the budget a bit XP will be run until christmas.


    Many thanks guys.

    edit: i really like the look of this monitor, but the price would cut into the budget for the rest of the PC, would i have 2 sacrifice much to afford this?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...uct_uid=113148

    editx2: id also like to try and include a case which isnt garish, but is something slightly different. Iv been having a look at this: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=584958 but i havent heard much about it. Has anyone had any experience with it/recommend me a case?
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    Will you be overclocking?

    Do you plan on upgrading to DDR3 at some point along the line?

    Do you need a mouse / keyboard / speakers?

    Do you already have an XP CD or will you be buying a new OS with the hardware?
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    Sorry, knew i would miss something(s).

    I like the idea of o/c so i might have a go at giving it an extra 10-15% in the future, but if its gunna add much to the price then i wouldnt bother.

    Dont know a great deal about DDR3, im afraid. Would do some research but im on a very very poor connection out here so any page with excessive pictures is a no go. Hexus' forums alone can take a good few mins to load, if they decide to load that is.

    I already have a mouse & keyboard and a hi fi i use sound wise.

    Already got a very old XP CD, however if vista premium can fit into that budget without cutting back on to much then i wouldnt mind giving it a go.

    edit: HDD wise im just gunna go for a WD 250gb i think, already got one full of films & music so id just use a 2nd for OS & as an overflow.
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    Vista'll take about £100 off your budget so it's probably worth leaving.

    Quad cores are too expensive at the moment so I'll use a dual core but maybe when price cuts kick in this can change.

    Also, getting the rig up to overclocking standard will cost more money so you're probably best going for a powerful stock system.

    That Sony display you already have, what size is it? I only ask because 22" widescreen is the sweet spot at the moment.
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    That Sony is a 17inch, 22'' i think would be pushing the budget out a bit too much(?), however if there is a (trustworthy make) 22'' that fits style wise & into the budget then id be more then happy to go for it. I watch a lot of films at uni so a bigger screen would probably come in handy.

    As i said, if i did o/c it id only add 10-15% max, which im guessing wouldnt be worth the extra money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightshadowUK View Post
    Vista'll take about £100 off your budget so it's probably worth leaving.

    Quad cores are too expensive at the moment so I'll use a dual core but maybe when price cuts kick in this can change.

    Also, getting the rig up to overclocking standard will cost more money so you're probably best going for a powerful stock system.

    That Sony display you already have, what size is it? I only ask because 22" widescreen is the sweet spot at the moment.
    Vista £100?
    Were are you buying it from?
    Get an OEM copy
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=527300
    And thats an expencive one, not much more than a copy of XP
    You might though have to give quad core a miss if you looking at under £800 with a monitor in that budget.
    Get a dual core with a board that'll overclock well and a big cooler.
    My specs on left <<<< came to about &#163;740 with a few bits not listed and that was minus a monitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andehh View Post
    however if vista premium can fit into that budget


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    Anyway here's the best I can do:

    - Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 ~ &#163;86.06

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    CPU should overclock to 3.2GHz.
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    Thanks for that, tried to look at the components but the connection here just isnt having any of it. Think im going to have to wait till i get back to the UK before i can look into it in any real detail.

    Thanks again though guys.
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