OK, thanks. I guess the 7870 will probably be 'current' enough to run things reasonably well for at leasr 2-3 years anyway. We'll see, cheers!
FYI, I went with an almost exact replica of Sakkura's suggestion, as it seemed a good buy, but then went silly and flogged a few things on ebay to justify bumping up to a 670, which I did some further reading about. Reckon it's going to serve me for a good few years now, lovely. Thanks again.
I bought this yesterday, which is over your budget but not hugley so and should do for a while:
I was originally looking at this however. It should manage most things very well for the next few years I would have thought, and is in your budget:
I bought my last PC from them and it was superbly built and put together, lasted me five years more or less to the day. You also get a two year collect and return warranty as standard with them, often you have to pay at least £100 for that.
As mentioned above you'll probably have to choose if you want overclocked CPU or 660 as 660 is a mid-high range card and £600 is not a mid-high range pc budget.
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That second build has a crap PSU as standard, but at least you can customize it and get something decent. They're forced to stick a budget graphics card in there though, to make room in the budget for an overclockable CPU and a Windows license, so it's going to perform a lot worse than a homebuilt system out of the box.
The one you bought is more balanced, though I still dislike a few aspects of it. Slow RAM in particular... RAM is so cheap it's silly to skimp on it. And they demand £19 for upgrading to DDR3-1600 lol. Nice little scam.
I’ve been playing on a Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz and a Radeon 4890 for three years and that could play pretty much everything well to my eyes. I won’t notice discrepancies in RAM or what have you, this thing kills the system I’ve been happy with for three years. I’m sure if you’re gaming for hours a day it might be notable but not for me : )
I wouldn't call it a scam, I'd say they were making money because they're a business. That's fair enough. They are exemplary where it counts.
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The RAM difference isn't something anyone would notice without running benchmarks. It's just a silly decision to make, because the actual price difference is maybe £3, and that's at retail. That they then extort £19 out of people to correct it is definitely not what I would call fair.
Still, the system looks fine in general. These are just little niggles that demonstrate why DIY is worth it beyond just saving a bit of cash.
I would definitely build my own system if I had the time and confidence/wasn't inept, no arguments there
Originally Posted by Sakkura