Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 29

Thread: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    273
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts

    Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Hi

    I am in the process of building a new gaming machine for about £1000-1100
    I will be buying it from Scan and would welcome your comments or feedback on the following spec. Alternatively I will look at your spec or suggestions.



    Case Akasa Zen/Antec P182 £30-90
    CPU Intel Q6600 £160
    HSF AC Freezer/Scythe Infinity £15-30
    Ram 2x2gb Corsair PC6400 5-5-5-12 £70
    Hard Drive Samsung Spinpoint 500gb £60
    DVD Samsung 203 Sata £20

    Graphics 8800GT to be decided £200
    Motherboard To be decided £60-110
    PSU To be decided £55-100
    Monitor Samsung 2232BW £220
    Soundcard and speakers open to sugestions

    Which?
    1.Graphics cards
    From my research the GT seems to offer the best value for money and a single one can run any modern game? Only if you have masses of money should you go for a GTX and even then maybe an 8800GT in SLI would be better? Should I be going for a single 8800GT?

    I note from the forums of noise problems with BFG and XFX. I was thinking to get the ones with Zalman cooling fans as they seem to run cooler and quieter? Gigabyte, Leadtek and MSI have these.

    Does 1gb of onboard memory make that much difference or is 512mb enough?

    2.Motherboard
    If the person concerned wants a single card only then they should get either:
    Abit IP35 Dark raider or the IP35 Pro. Alternatively the AsusP5K- Premium.

    If the person concerned wanted to run SLI now or in the future then he should get Asus MN32-E SLI with a 680 chipset, which is a barebones Asus Striker? The 780 boards look too expensive?

    3.PSU
    I assume a Corsair 520HX would run this fine unless he wanted sli 8800gt and then he would need to go 620HX or higher? Can you suggest psus and I assume Seasonic, Enermax, Thermaltake, Tagan.Antec, Corsair are all in there.


    4. Soundcard and speaker? Is the X-Fi extreme gamer worth it? I can see its how long is a piece of string and I know some of the merits about sticking with onboard sound.
    I assume only worth getting if you go the whole hog and buy decent 5.1 speakers as well? Logitech 5500? For the people who have gone the whole hog was it worth the plunge? Any suggestions on a worthwhile soundcard/no soundcard but speaker combination is welcome.

    Many thanks for your views.

  2. #2
    Lover & Fighter Blitzen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Between Your Mum & Sister
    Posts
    6,310
    Thanks
    539
    Thanked
    382 times in 300 posts
    • Blitzen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 285
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU 82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Antec Nine Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic Q22wb 22" Widescreen - 5ms
      • Internet:
      • O2 premium @ 17mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    For £200 drop the GT and get a new GTS. They can all be had now for around £200 and they are superior to the GT in every way.

    I bought the BFG 8800GTS G92 a few weeks back and its extremely fast and very quiet. Going for around £190 atm i think.

    Note: There ya go: Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK just a shade under £200

  3. #3
    Mostly Me Lucio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Tring
    Posts
    5,163
    Thanks
    443
    Thanked
    448 times in 351 posts
    • Lucio's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-6350 with Cooler Master Seldon 240
      • Memory:
      • 2x4GB Corsair DDR3 Vengeance
      • Storage:
      • 128GB Toshiba, 2.5" SSD, 1TB WD Blue WD10EZEX, 500GB Seagate Baracuda 7200.11
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Sapphire R9 270X 4GB
      • PSU:
      • 600W Silverstone Strider SST-ST60F
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF XB
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8.1 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung 2032BW, 1680 x 1050
      • Internet:
      • 16Mb Plusnet

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    It's pretty much up to personal taste with the last couple of items, personally I heard a lot of good things about the aBit boards, plus the errors seemed well documented with plenty of places to find fixes. What put me off Asus boards was the fact I heard some of their cooling solutions didn't work inverted and the fact their support website is frequently inaccessable.

    PSU: For single card, the HX520 is fine if you want modular, if you want normal cables, anything by Seasonic. For SLI I'd err on the side of caution myself, and streach to that Enermax 720w Inifiniti's that Blitzen recomends highly.


    If you get the aBit board, I'd wait with regards to the soundcards and use the onboard. I've got a pair of fairly unimpressive Creative 2.1 speakers (unimpressive in the amount of tweaking I had to do to get the sound right) but once I've was done it's fine.

    (\___/) (\___/) (\___/) (\___/) (\___/) (\___/) (\___/)
    (='.'=) (='.'=) (='.'=) (='.'=) (='.'=) (='.'=) (='.'=)
    (")_(") (")_(") (")_(") (")_(") (")_(") (")_(") (")_(")


    This is bunny and friends. He is fed up waiting for everyone to help him out, and decided to help himself instead!

  4. #4
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    58
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Mick84's system
      • Motherboard:
      • GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3
      • CPU:
      • i7 2600K
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600MHz XMS3
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 840 250, 2x Samsung 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Geforce 460 GTX
      • PSU:
      • 620W Corsair HX Series Modular
      • Case:
      • Antec 182
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell UltraSharp U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Fullrate 20mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100


  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    273
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Thanks Mick. I noted that.make sure you have a dvi cable as they said it doesnt come with one. I will tell the person concerned but they might wnat to get everything from 1 place.

  6. #6
    Lover & Fighter Blitzen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Between Your Mum & Sister
    Posts
    6,310
    Thanks
    539
    Thanked
    382 times in 300 posts
    • Blitzen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 285
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU 82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Antec Nine Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic Q22wb 22" Widescreen - 5ms
      • Internet:
      • O2 premium @ 17mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Thats one of the last places on earth i would shop.
    Its in Franc and their customer service is shocking.

    Pay the extra and get it from the UK.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    6,453
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    226 times in 192 posts

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    At £200, it is definitely better to get a GTS. However, shop at little and you will find a 8800GT for under £150 (possibly even with a dual slot cooler), and that's very hard to beat from a performance/cost perspective. The most attractive 8800GT I've seen from a low noise perspective would be from ECS with the Arctic S1 pre-fitted (note that they have two versions, one with Arctic S1 and the other without, make sure you get the right one) which go for about £170 and capable of going full passive. The GTS is about 12.5% (+/- 2.5%) faster, I'll leave it up to you to decide if you think it's worth the premium. In any case, forget the 1GB version, 512MB it only really improves at unplayable settings.

    Personally, I am a big advocate of a discrete sound card. You will hear the difference with most quality headphones and even with multimedia speakers (to a lesser degree). The Xtreme Gamer is a good all-rounder from a price/what you get perspective, and the card I would go for if I was building for a friend who is not much of an audiophile but want a versatile multimedia/gaming card. The X-Fi (any of them including the Prelude), generally pairs well with the Gigaworks S-series in my experience. But please note that they do not have 5.1 optical out (except perhaps the Prelude), so they are not a good match for setup without analogue in. From a sound perspective though, I do prefer the Gigaworks to the Z-5500 (which has the advantage in terms of connectivity).

    While I am at it, I have to say that I find headphones more tiring for long period listening, yet much better sound wise than a similarly multimedia speakers.

  8. #8
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    58
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Mick84's system
      • Motherboard:
      • GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3
      • CPU:
      • i7 2600K
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600MHz XMS3
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 840 250, 2x Samsung 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Geforce 460 GTX
      • PSU:
      • 620W Corsair HX Series Modular
      • Case:
      • Antec 182
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell UltraSharp U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Fullrate 20mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    Thats one of the last places on earth i would shop.
    Its in Franc and their customer service is shocking.

    Pay the extra and get it from the UK.
    Argh crap! I thought the shop was in the UK when it is a co.uk site

    Are you sure the cable won't come with the monitor? I didn't order any.. which one should I get? Is this one okay? Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    Last edited by Mick84; 17-02-2008 at 03:57 PM.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Andaho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    590
    Thanks
    241
    Thanked
    8 times in 8 posts
    • Andaho's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS iX2 GTXS
      • CPU:
      • XC18650 4.2GHz 10664FSB 16 Core
      • Memory:
      • 64GB (2x32GB sticks) PC21320 Corsair Domititan Magnetic RAM 0 latency
      • Storage:
      • 16TB Western Digital SATAV 28800RPM Ultra Edition 1GB Cache
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX AMD 9985GTS LP 25Watt
      • PSU:
      • 150W Corsair
      • Case:
      • Lian-Li Aluminium ABX-951
      • Monitor(s):
      • SG-942IPS 42" 3840x2160 0.01ms 5,000,000,000:1
      • Internet:
      • 10Gb Virgin Media Cable

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    Thats one of the last places on earth i would shop.
    Its in Franc and their customer service is shocking.

    Pay the extra and get it from the UK.
    I got my 226BW from pixmania, delivery took a couple days longer than I was expecting, and if I was going to buy another I'd get it from there again.

    mine came with both a VGA and a DVI cable in the box.

  10. #10
    Lover & Fighter Blitzen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Between Your Mum & Sister
    Posts
    6,310
    Thanks
    539
    Thanked
    382 times in 300 posts
    • Blitzen's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ABIT iX38 QuadGT
      • CPU:
      • Intel Quad Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz : 30 Degrees Idle - 41-46 Degrees Load
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 1GB OCZ Platinum PC6400 @ 4-4-4-12
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 500GB Samsung Spinpoints - RAID 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 285
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU 82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Antec Nine Hundred
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic Q22wb 22" Widescreen - 5ms
      • Internet:
      • O2 premium @ 17mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Quote Originally Posted by Andaho View Post
    I got my 226BW from pixmania, delivery took a couple days longer than I was expecting, and if I was going to buy another I'd get it from there again.

    mine came with both a VGA and a DVI cable in the box.

    You got lucky then.
    What would do for an RMA if it all goes wrong?

    Spend a small fortune shipping something back to France.

    I think the extra £15-20 buying from a reputable company is worth the cash tbh

  11. #11
    Senior Member Andaho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    590
    Thanks
    241
    Thanked
    8 times in 8 posts
    • Andaho's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS iX2 GTXS
      • CPU:
      • XC18650 4.2GHz 10664FSB 16 Core
      • Memory:
      • 64GB (2x32GB sticks) PC21320 Corsair Domititan Magnetic RAM 0 latency
      • Storage:
      • 16TB Western Digital SATAV 28800RPM Ultra Edition 1GB Cache
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX AMD 9985GTS LP 25Watt
      • PSU:
      • 150W Corsair
      • Case:
      • Lian-Li Aluminium ABX-951
      • Monitor(s):
      • SG-942IPS 42" 3840x2160 0.01ms 5,000,000,000:1
      • Internet:
      • 10Gb Virgin Media Cable

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    You got lucky then.
    What would do for an RMA if it all goes wrong?

    Spend a small fortune shipping something back to France.

    I think the extra £15-20 buying from a reputable company is worth the cash tbh
    Not an extra £15-20 though... it's £30+ if it's £190 from pixmania including delivery and £220 at scan excluding delivery.

    If something went wrong I'd directly call samsung - officially the goods are sold as in the UK... because pixmania don't ship directly from france... they have a ship bring over huge crates of orders, and then sort and send them by parcelforce from a UK warehouse - I'm just guessing at this, but mine was sent by standard UK mainland parcelforce 24, not by a euro service.

    Even if that's not the case and you did have to send something back to france, if you check ebay for parcel courier booking agents, you can send something upto 30kg to europe zone 1 for around £15 who will come collect it from you. - Most fools would spend more than that sending it by royal mail standard parcels within the UK! - the booking agent I use charge me £6.45 for parcel force 48 uk delivery.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    273
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    They are about £210 from ebuyer. Pays your money and takes your choice.

  13. #13
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    58
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Mick84's system
      • Motherboard:
      • GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3
      • CPU:
      • i7 2600K
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600MHz XMS3
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 840 250, 2x Samsung 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Geforce 460 GTX
      • PSU:
      • 620W Corsair HX Series Modular
      • Case:
      • Antec 182
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell UltraSharp U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Fullrate 20mb

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    This guy says the monitor comes with cables Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW - Review - Brilliant Monitor

    So I guess we don't have to buy an extra one.

  14. #14
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Carlisle
    Posts
    4,121
    Thanks
    504
    Thanked
    368 times in 278 posts
    • matty-hodgson's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Abit IP35 Dark Raider
      • CPU:
      • Q6600 @ 4GHz (59'C Under a TRUE Black)
      • Memory:
      • 4GB OCZ DDR2 890MHz (5-4-4-15)
      • Storage:
      • Intel 80GB - Games. Intel 80GB - OS. 1TB Samsung - Storage.
      • Graphics card(s):
      • NVIDIA Zotac GTX 275: 728 Core, 1614 Shader, 1340 Memory
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU82+ 625w
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung SM2343BW (2048x1152)
      • Internet:
      • Smallworld 4Mbps

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    8800GT for £140 inc. VAT..

    nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCI-E - Aria Technology

    or the 512MB G92 8800GTS for £176 inc. VAT

    nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512MB PCI-E - Aria Technology




  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    273
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    2 times in 2 posts

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Thanks for all the feedback guys and I have adjusted the system as follows.



    Case Antec P182 £90
    CPU Intel Q6600 £160- no time to wait for the E8500
    HSF AC Freezer/Scythe Infinity £15-30
    Ram 2x2gb Corsair PC6400 5-5-5-12 £70
    Hard Drive Samsung Spinpoint 500gb £60
    DVD Samsung 203 Sata £20

    Graphics 8800GT to be decided £200
    Motherboard IP35 Dark Raider £70 or Asus P5N32-E SLI if he wants SLI
    PSU Corsair 520HX if a single card and am asking Corsair about capacity of 620HX to run SLI. I would have preferred an Antec Quattro or cheap Thermaltake Toughpower 750.
    Monitor Samsung 2232BW £220
    Soundcard and speakers I am suggesting he tries onboard sound. Asus comes with a reasonable soundcard. He can upgrade easily at a later date maybe an x-fi gamer and some Logitech z5500.

    Which?
    1.Graphics cards

    Ok the research and latest Toms hardware review suggests the 8800GT and they are about £165 with the Zalman cooler. He wants to play Crysis so have suggested going for this

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    because it comes with free crysis which is worth £30 to him. Evga also have 10 year guarantees. In effect he can have a gts for about £15 more. I know the performance gains are small, but they are larger in higher resolutions, so I think it makes sense otherwise I would have gone for a GT . he can always upgrade later.


    2.Motherboard
    If the person concerned wants a single card only then they should get either:
    Abit IP35 Dark raider at £70
    If the person concerned wanted to run SLI now or in the future then he should get Asus MN32-E SLI with a 680 chipset, which is a barebones Asus Striker? The 780 boards look too expensive? These boards are about £120.

    3.PSU
    I am going for a 520 hx or 620hx if he only envisages single card and no upgrading depending upon what Corsair say about capacity for it to run GTS and ocd 6600 or if the 620 can run 2x gts in sli. Otherwise Scan are limited and I’ve told him to consider Enermax Infiniti.I said he could sell the psu easily. I wish scan sold some themlatake toughpower 750s at 75or Antec Quattro 850 at £110.


    4. Soundcard and speaker have told him to wait. X-fi extreme gamer if not satisfied and the Logitech z5500 or similar.


    Any further views welcome..

  16. #16
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,497
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: Build me a gaming system £1000-1100

    Pretty sure the 520w HX would run GTS's in SLi if you felt the need. Don't bother with SLi though. Dual GPU like the ATi 3870X2 might be worth considering but if you have £400 for graphics card(s) get a £200 card now and then a £200 in a year or so if the old one is running out of steam.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Need help in attempt to build a gaming PC £700 - £1000
    By blackshadow7 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 53
    Last Post: 14-02-2008, 05:11 PM
  2. Best hardware out for new gaming system
    By Infinitive1 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-07-2007, 04:52 AM
  3. Looking for a high end gaming system
    By kinkladze10 in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 16-06-2007, 06:01 PM
  4. New build for gaming - check and advice
    By fisnik in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 28-01-2007, 11:34 PM
  5. Shall i build this Shuttle system?
    By Jimmy Little in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 15-09-2003, 01:39 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •