off the top of my head ebuyer and scan are 2 I would go for, look at scans today only and budles pages see if theres any bargins, as for the spec… do you plan on going sli? if not look for a non sli motherboard will be cheaper, also I would swap the generic psu for a known good make, if you do go sli you’ll need a psu with good amps on dual 12v lines.
edit: might be worth waiting a few days till the new intel cpu’s are out as there should be price cuts on the AMD cpu range.
for overall service, I would suggest MicroDirect - not once have I been let down by them since making them my primary place for buying things after ebuyer and scan both had a series of failed to deliver items.
And of course, an afiiliate link exists for them as well :chuckle: :sneaky:
I was going for a Venice Chip, any pros / cons of this approach? I’m not interested in dual core or anything fancy, just want a mid(ish) range office PC that can play the odd 1st person shooter in more than 800 x 600
bump up the memory to 1gb…I play many FPSs, and Im finding even 1gb is not enough some times…should have my 2gb kit in tomorrow. Also, I would get a quality PSU…its one of the most critical parts of a build, and often the most overlooked. But I cant help you with where, since im in the US…sorry.
Go for the 64 bit 3500+, chip runs at 2.2 gig and is very cheap now £73 at Dabs and £71 at http://www.aria.co.uk/ Boxed.
Although the 3000+ does overclock very well the 3500+ does not cost much more and you wont need to overclock as most games run as fast on that as a dual core (most games are not written for dual core).
PS. Buy 2 matched pairs (2 x 512 if budget is tight) of RAM to reap the benefits of the Board/chip/GPU. I know we keep saying it but it is important for game play.
PPS. Go to http://www.pcworld.co.uk/ and order Hyper Type R 580 watt (630 watt peak) SLI PSU. Order online to collect at the store and it costs £60, very cheap for SLI PSU.