Saving up for a new PC, I would like a rough spec

6 Feb 2007
Norwich, Norfolk
Hi all!

I'm looking at getting a new PC in the coming months and would like to know what sort of spec I could get for £700ish (including monitor). The current PC is the family's so I cant borrow anything from that and will be starting completely from scratch. If buying ready made from a retailer will give better value/performance for the money then I'll go for that route instead but I'd rather self-build.

I'd be encoding and listening to music while browsing the net most of the time so I reckon I'd be best off with a C2D but I'm open to suggestions. I don't need a massive hard drive, I have roughy 10gb of music and thats about it at the moment.

Games-wise it would be nice to run some recent games on high settings with decent framerates (30fps>) (FEAR I guess is a good enough benchmark), so I'd like a little graphics muscle but I'm not going to be buying many in the future. Would an X1950 be a good bet?

One more thing, is it possible to include a TV tuner of sorts in this tight budget? I'd like to replace my 14' TV with the monitor although its not massively important (I don't want/need a large monitor, the smallest LCD will do, although I don't think OC stocks smaller monitors?)

Any suggestions for the spec?

Thanks for your time! :)
Man of Honour
27 Sep 2004
Welcome to the forums, I'd suggest something like this as being suitable for your needs. It is slightly over the budget but that is partly because I've included both a TV card and basic speakers, if you drop either or both it will be under the budget. :)

Intel Core 2 DUO E4300 "LGA775 Allendale" 1.80GHz (800FSB) - Retail £95.99
(£112.79) £95.99
Samsung SpinPoint P HD080HJ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM £25.99
(£30.54) £25.99
SpeedLink Instinct SL-8214 2.1 Speaker System £15.10
(£17.74) £15.10
Connect3D ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail £99.99
(£117.49) £99.99
Asus P5B (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £69.99
(£82.24) £69.99
OcUK Value Hanns-G HC174D 17" LCD Monitor - Silver/Black £94.99
(£111.61) £94.99
Liteon DVD-8900 16x DVD±RW/RAM (Black) - OEM £14.99
(£17.61) £14.99
Antec NSK4400 Mini Tower Case - 380W SmartPower PSU £42.99
(£50.51) £42.99
Logitech Cordless Desktop EX-110 - Retail £17.99
(£21.14) £17.99
Compro VideoMate DVB-T200 Digital TV Internal PCI - Retail £24.99
(£29.36) £24.99
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400C5 800MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400DC) £104.99
(£123.36) £104.99
Sub Total : £608.00
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £14.95
Vat : £109.02
Total : £731.97
6 Feb 2007
Norwich, Norfolk
Awesome, thanks for the quick reply. One thing I did forget to mention is that I'll be hooking it up to my stereo so no speakers needed. Wohoo, it's in budget!

An extra bonus is that I may be able to get the VAT off but I'll save enough to cover the inclusive price as well.
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