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Build Advice - Budget vs Mid Range system

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Joobs, 6 Dec 2008.

  1. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 488

    Location: Brighton

    Hi guys

    I have a habit of not upgrading very often, i think this pc is about 6 years old (P4 2.2ghz, but gpu is newer). But it's now falling under spec of modern games so would like something new.

    What I want to know if it makes more sense to get a budget system (£300-£500) now and upgrade in a couple years assuming it can handle future games for that long, or get a mid-range system (£500-700) and hold on for a bit longer? My thinking is that any cpu upgrade i will be an expensive one due to the new socket tech that's just come out so it might make sense to go for a budget system right now.

    I have a 24 inch monitor, use pc for photoshop, fps/online games, and then the usual web stuff.
     
  2. pj85

    Associate

    Joined: 8 Nov 2008

    Posts: 51

    Location: Jersey, Channel Islands

    how much are you looking to spend?

    will you be using photoshop or gaming more?

    also (last one) what graphics card have you got already?
     
  3. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 76,645

    Mid range quad core and just upgrade gpu. Then when it really gets bad do another full upgrade.
     
  4. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 488

    Location: Brighton

    I guess I want to spend not too much more than £500, I would go over this if there was a real argument to do so. I do photoshop daily, more screen stuff than high res print stuff. Gaming is nice on the odd evening.

    CPU wise, is the Q6600 still the best bang for your buck quad?

    What is a good value GPU for a 24 inch monitor?
     
  5. pj85

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    Joined: 8 Nov 2008

    Posts: 51

    Location: Jersey, Channel Islands

    are you also looking for case etc? you can get a spec that way :)

    for quads yeah - e8400 for duals (the general consensus)
     
  6. Joobs

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 488

    Location: Brighton

    Thanks, I need the basic tower spec :) I would like to reuse my current case though (+ monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, DVD RW), assuming current motherboards fit in an 6year old coolermaster 201 case? but feel free to spec a case anyway. I dont plan to overclock at the moment, but thats more because it's not something i've looked into.

    Budget around £500, but would go over if there was a good reason to
     
    Last edited: 6 Dec 2008