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Topic # 84190 26-May-2011 10:58
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Im looking at getting a new PC on a budget dont want to spend any more than $1500.

Totally newbie to PC world as have always had a 360.

Looking at something like this.

Will be playing on a TV so wont be maxing out reslutions. Should this keep me upto date with latest games for another year or so?

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  Reply # 474294 26-May-2011 11:03
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go to forum at

they should be able to help with a nice machine

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  Reply # 474298 26-May-2011 11:09
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I recommend buying from a reputable store that you believe will be around in a few years. Preferably local too, so it will be easy to get warranty issues easily resolved.

The best online retailers that I have used, are computerlounge and playtech. Their prices are sometimes a little more, but, their warranty service is second to none.


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  Reply # 474303 26-May-2011 11:15
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Would be better if you could purchase parts yourself and put it together, you would save money this way but it is a bit daunting so understandable if you dont want too.

Usually systems off TM are rubbish but this one isnt too bad, except a couple of things the hard drive is a WD Green, which is no good for gaming etc, a WD Blue (even if it went down to a 640gb, it would be better than a 1tb green). Second thing is there is no operating system included, so you will have to purchase windows 7 for about $220. And finally it is the old revision of the i5.
This would be a better buy off tm

However as stated, Playtech and Computerlounge are a far better idea.. there is a $1500 system on playtech that is fairly decent.

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  Reply # 474378 26-May-2011 13:04
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Thanks for the advise guys

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  Reply # 474441 26-May-2011 14:50
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We had a situation at work where a collegue needed a computer for graphics processing type of work, we got a quote for what he "thought" he needed, the company came back with a quote on exactly what he had asked for, it was very expensive so I asked a system engineer friend for some help, he spent an hour understanding exactly what the machine was going to be used for, he was able to bundle software and offered an upgraded processor, more ram and a better spec gpu for a hell of a lot less money.

So my advise is to forget trade me, find a reputable computer store that make up systems and discuss what you need with them and your budget. 

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  Reply # 474467 26-May-2011 15:56
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+1 for Playtech - keep in mind tho, most of their systems dont come with a screen so remember to budget for that.

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  Reply # 474484 26-May-2011 16:56
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Two company's I trust. Top techs good support, try PCforce first as they can build you a pc to your liking, Compucon can as well but they are really into servers etc.,. My gaming pc weighs a ton and a half the case is friggin huge Im sure it was a server before. Very pleased with it.


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  Reply # 474499 26-May-2011 17:48
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+1 for computer lounge

Request a quote/build on their build forums

You can also read/browse what other people are been getting lately.

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  Reply # 474549 26-May-2011 20:27
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I must agree.. +1 for computer lounge. Good price for what you want in a machine. :)

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  Reply # 474933 27-May-2011 20:14
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Natux: I must agree.. +1 for computer lounge. Good price for what you want in a machine. :)

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