Gaming PC Advice

Discussion in 'Technical queries' started by The Silver Surfer, 5 Jun 2016.

  1. ColinLee

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    I meant to say that there is a possible downside to your existing PC (similar to the Medion one I bought for the son) in that the Windows OS license is probably tied to the MB Bios chip. That means that you can probably upgrade everything but the MB without having to buy new OS software.
     
  2. The Silver Surfer

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    Decisions, decisions! thanks for your help pal i'll let you know what I decide on
     
  3. ColinLee

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    I've probably already confused you enough ;) but Tomshardware do quarterly system builds although they do use modest overclocking to get better performance which may glaze your eyes. It gives you an idea of a balances gaming rig at various price points. The Q4 2015 one has a Lan box which would be something similar to what your looking for at around £600 or so.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...r-marathon-q4-2015-value-comparison,4402.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/newegg-system-builder-marathon-q4-2015-lan-box-pc,4403.html
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/q1-2016-system-builder-marathon-value-comparsion,review-33515.html

    There's not much relevant to you in the Q1 2016 one but the Q2 one should be out in the next couple of weeks I think.
     
  4. The Silver Surfer

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    Well I've been at Scan in Horwich today, really helpful and put together a build for £620 - but I have to build it myself, still I can pay £15 for insurance in case I fry it!
     
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    Just use an anti static wristband and get any pets out the room when building it up boss, good luck :-)
     
  6. The Silver Surfer

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    Haha cheers mate, just a bit apprehensive with the motherboard mainly as I last tried to do this six years ago with a board I got off ebay but it popped and I think it was to do with some dimm switch being in the wrong position. This being new I hope its just a case of screwing it in and plugging the respective bits in.

    Anyway, here's the sum of its parts for anyone interested.

    Case: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/in-...e-case-side-window-ez-hdd-swap-usb-30-w-o-psu
    Processor: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd...re-37ghz-4ghz-boost-95w-with-near-silent-cool
    Board: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asu...ta-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-hdmi-ma
    PSU: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650...rossfire-single-rail-54a-plus12v-1x120mm-fan-
    Wifi: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/gig...al-band-80211ac-bluetooth-40-pci-e-20-externa
    SSD: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/240...c-flash-read-450mb-s-write-450mb-s-85000-iops
    HDD: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb...014-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-64mb-cache-8ms-ncq-oem
    RAM: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb...c3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-150v
    Graphics Card: https://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb...7010mhz-gddr5-gpu-1279mhz-boost-1342mhz-cores

    Particularly happy with the processor (just slightly under i5 spec) and motherboard - combined price £100. They did an i5 and motherboard combined for £250.

    Going to pick the bits up this weekend hopefully.
     
  7. ColinLee

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    What about the OS?
     
  8. The Silver Surfer

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    yeah windows 10. Wondering though weather its possible to the product key from his old machine to save £70 odd quid.

    Still if I do that i'd probably try to put a bent version of Windows on his old machine because i'd use that machine - and if i do it won't update will it??
     
  9. aguerrrroooooooooooo

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    Trust me on this one mate, I'm a Linux enthusiast (or freak if you will) and windows is the only os you should be using for gaming mate, otherwise you'll have a frustrating experience for lack of choice
     
  10. aguerrrroooooooooooo

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    If you want to wear the eyepatch, get yourself a windows 7 ISO and install that then put daz's loader on it ;)
     

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