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Villane
10-09-2006, 08:34 AM
Hi guys n' gals,
i'm a 2d/3d artist who's looking for advice on a new PC purchase. I'm based in the UK and am looking for the most powerful pc desktop or laptop I can get for £1000 (approx 1,700 dollars, 1,400 euros).
Does anyone have any good links/advice on his?

Much appreciated
Sean

Decade
10-09-2006, 03:08 PM
These look quite good for the money & have decent reputations. They have the sort of level of equptment re CPU, Monitor, GFX Card that make them well-suited to 3D work. No personal experience though, as I build my PC's from parts :

http://www.gladiatorcomputers.com/ProductList.aspx?CategoryId=28.31&Link=BrowseSubCategory

http://www.chillblast.com/product.php?productid=17573&cat=201&page=1

http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTVIEWPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=116897

Hope that gets you started, anyway.

Villane
10-09-2006, 03:32 PM
hey cheers, i will take a look.

How easy is it to buy your own parts and buy a new pc your way?

Thanks again
Sean

Decade
10-09-2006, 05:03 PM
Here is an example of parts from :

http://www.scan.co.uk/ (A good place for parts)

As you can see, you don't save a huge amount self-building but you do save a bit. Plus it has the next CPU up & a really good case & Power Supply.


Motherboard :
LN15451 MSI P965NEO-F i965, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533/667/800, SATA II, ATX £59.89 £70.37

CPU :
LN15048 Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 775, 2.13 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail £129.99 £152.74

Graphics Card :
LN15842 256MB Palit 7900GS PCI-E (x16), Mem 1320 MHz, GPU 450 MHz, 20 Pipes, Dual DVI/HDTV £100.79 £118.43

Hard Disc :
LN13120 250 Gb Seagate ST3250620AS Barracuda 7200.9, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.0 ms, NCQ £46.59 £54.74

Power Supply :
LN11602 430w Seasonic S12-430 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 *New Version RoHS £39.99 £46.99

Case :
LN14095 Coolermaster Centurion RC-534 Black Tower Case w/o PSU £39.49 £46.40

DVD Writer :
LN15922 NEC ND-7170A-0S Black x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer (with Ram Support ) DVD-Writer OEM UK £19.29 £22.67

Monitor :
LN13512 19" ASUS PW191 Silver/Black TFT, 1440x900, 8 ms, 600:1, 330 cd/m2, Speakers £177.99 £209.14

RAM :
LN12201 2Gb (2X1Gb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15 £129.53 £152.20

Windows :
LN8089 Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 OEM Single £48.19 £56.62


Net Total £791.74
Carriage £17.39
V.A.T. £141.60
TOTAL £950.72


It's fairly easy to build a PC, mainly the motherboard instruction book will tell you how & where to connect everything. Still, it is handy to have someone with you who has done it before. The CPU will come with instructions on how to fit etc & there are online guides & forums where people will talk you through it. If you self-build, you have seperate warranties on all the parts, so it is worth considering whether you prefer this to a system builders warranty.

maX_Andrews
10-09-2006, 06:17 PM
good build, but ditch the mnitor. Acer is crap. Get a viewsonic 20" widescreen: http://www.cclonline.com/product-info-pc.asp?id=5762

Villane
10-09-2006, 07:37 PM
hey guys many thanks for that,
I like the look of this spec with all the boxs ticked ie. Ram, speed, graphics card etc ad I agree the second monitor looks better!

I've never built a pc but have changed a graphics card and added ram before...I mean how hard can it be?

Something i will definately consider.

Muchos gracias amigos

Sean

andytw
10-09-2006, 07:51 PM
Normally I'd say build your own system as it is quite easy.

However the chillblast system you list is pre-overclocked to 2.53Ghz, so you are effectively getting a much faster processor than your budget would normally allow without the risk of overclocking it yourself.

Given that the saving with building yourself is usually quite small (in the UK on a "budget" machine) I'd buy the chillblast.

Edited to add:

The chillblast system (http://www.chillblast.com/product.php?productid=17611&cat=201&page=1) is available without monitor,keyboard & mouse for £821 if you prefer a different monitor.

Villane
10-11-2006, 10:39 PM
hmmmm the Chillblast certainly looks interesting especially if I couple it with a good monitor..that should make around a thousand and prevent me from ballsing it up by buildig it incorrectly :)

Cheers for that

Sean

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