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Spec me a basic gaming machine

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DaveBennett, 5 Jan 2009.

  1. DaveBennett

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Jun 2005

    Posts: 635

    Location: Sunny Brighton

    Time for a new machine, reason being? I want one that will play the new grand theft auto!

    My current spec can be seen in my signature. What I already have (and therefore dont need is..)

    Powersupply - although, could do with a new one I think, old ones not great.
    Harddrive - got a 160, 500 & 76 raptor.
    Optical Driver - got a dvdrw
    Case - My Antec Super lanboy is fine.

    So I need...

    Processor
    Motherboard
    RAM
    Graphics Card

    Want something that will happily run the new GTA and wont need upgrading much for a good 4/5 years.

    Would be nice to have something I can Overclock a bit.

    My budget is about £350, upto £400 max.

    Cheers!

    Dave
     
  2. Swi1ch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Nov 2008

    Posts: 1,542

    Not 100% sure, but for £400 without PSU, you might struggle to get a machine that runs the bugged all to hell GTA4 PC version.
     
  3. 95thrifles

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    Joined: 15 Nov 2008

    Posts: 6,970

    agreed, youre going to be struggling, closest I could come is this which should run it ok, OC the CPU and RAM a bit you should be fine, but is over your max budget, sry
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Ben M

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    Joined: 17 Nov 2007

    Posts: 10,279

    Location: Chester/ Bristol uni

    HIS ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail(£123.04)
    Asus P5Q Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (£97.74)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 LGA775 'Wolfdale' 2.66GHz (1066FSB) - Retail(£97.74)
    Corsair 4GB DDR2 XMS2 PC2-6400C5 TwinX (2x2GB) (£42.54)
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket LGA775)(£20.69)
    Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
    DHL @ Home Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)
    (This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £8.49

    Total : £381.74

    minus the shipping for your forum membership
    you need to wait for the board to come into stock though.
     
    Last edited: 5 Jan 2009
  5. Cristian

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jan 2009

    Posts: 1,968

    Location: London

    for ram, there's really no doubt about it:
    http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-086-OC
    get a 4850 for a video card
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail

    decent mobo, like
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...P43 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
    and a quad-core like
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
    alternatively you could switch the cpu for a e7300/8200 and overclock it. you'll be less "future-proof" but have relatively close performance in games.

    opus, it took me ages to write this post, looks like some other people posted aswell.
    but i've got quad core and i'm near the 400 pounds budget :D
     
    Last edited: 5 Jan 2009
  6. 95thrifles

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    Ben
    I recomended the quad as I hear GTAIV is one of the few games that actually utilizes it, Id normally recomend C2D myself but if he wants a machine specifically for that game wouldnt quad be better recomendation?
    I went for the powercolour over the HIS as although it is slightly more it is pre-OC and has better warranty
     
  7. DaveBennett

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Jun 2005

    Posts: 635

    Location: Sunny Brighton

    Nice one, cheers.

    How much do you think I should spend to get a decent machine that will run it?

    Cheers,
    Dave