What system?

  • andyjeff 3 Nov 2002 21:30:15 3 posts
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  • Moonbender 3 Nov 2002 21:32:20 407 posts
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  • andyjeff 3 Nov 2002 21:46:23 3 posts
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    About to take the plunge and buy my new games system, but have lost touch which is now the best choice.
    TFT screens - are they ok for games? I want something that gives really a sharp image, but not at the expense of update delay. I do graphic design.
    P4 preferred to Athlon as they run cooler and are more reliable - or are they?
    What motherboard? Is a RAID board a good idea?
    And finally, can anyone recommend a good supplier that will deliver to Spain!
    I'm fed-up of looking through web sites only to find that your carefully configured machine will only be delivered to America or the UK!

    I'm looking for something upto 1500, ie:

    P4 2.4
    512 Mbs -PC2700
    120Gig - or 2 smaller drives and RAID
    Radeon 970 (or is 8500 ok?) Want to use it for DV editing
    17" TFT or should I go for 19" CRT - if so, which one?
    Audigy sound of course
    DVD and seperate CDRW
    Plus XP Home, I suppose

    Any suggestions at this critical moment would be gratefully received,

  • Moonbender 3 Nov 2002 22:52:49 407 posts
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    Go for more RAM, 1024 MB wouldn't be a bad idea at all. Don't go for a TFT - they're awesome, and modern (=expensive) ones are okay for gaming, but if you're going to do anything related to graphics design and DV editing, you want a CRT.
    I doubt the extra cost of SCSI or even a IDE RAID is justified, but IDE striping RAIDs aren't expensive, anyways. I don't know much about DV editing, though, so maybe you really do need 15k rpm.
  • andyjeff 4 Nov 2002 07:03:13 3 posts
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    Thanks for the advise - I'll go for a CRT. Would anyone state their preference in graphic cards / CRT monitors - best balance for games / DV / graphic design.
    If my funds stretch that far I'll go for the Audigy Platinum.
    What about suppliers - the only one that has come back to me with positive feedback is Falcon - delivery anywhere and a well designed site. Mesh also has a good site.
    What suppiers offer the most flexibility in configurations?
  • ssuellid 4 Nov 2002 08:41:46 19,141 posts
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    Samsung TFTs are excellent for games - I've been using one for a year without problems, no blurring.
  • gizmo 4 Nov 2002 09:10:28 2,100 posts
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    try dell.co.uk, their customer services is bloody terrible, but once you get your machine, it is well worth it.

    also its a useful site to quickly 'prototype' different cost combinations of gear
  • Gurgy 4 Nov 2002 15:10:53 2,922 posts
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    I use a 18 inch NEC TFT for both gaming and simple DV editing and have to say that I am very happy with it. I've not noticed any problems with refresh rates, dead pixels or anything. Adding in the sheer lack of size of it compared to a 19/20 inch CRT, and I would not go back to CRT now.
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  • Dirtbox 16 Sep 2020 13:54:02 91,433 posts
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    18 year old threads just kind of suck.
  • nickthegun 16 Sep 2020 13:58:41 82,940 posts
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    Im loving that 1500 spec list, tho. Wow.
  • Blackmarsh63 16 Sep 2020 15:13:04 3,570 posts
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    CRT's weren't cheap 😃
  • dfunked09 16 Sep 2020 15:15:01 261 posts
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    Audigy sound, of course...
  • richarddavies 16 Sep 2020 15:16:35 7,862 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Im loving that 1500 spec list, tho. Wow.
    DVD AND a CDR drive?? Look at John Rockefeller over here.
  • Psiloc 16 Sep 2020 15:53:08 5,660 posts
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    So he can copy a CD without using the 650MB of HDD space in the interim :D

    TBF I remember having to make this decision because there literally was not 650MB of space on my HDD...
  • dominalien 16 Sep 2020 20:28:51 9,805 posts
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    P4 though, lol. That was the first time AMD was king.
  • ZuluHero 16 Sep 2020 20:32:26 9,153 posts
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    What's 1500 quid with inflation? That would get you some decent tech these days. It's easy to forget how relatively 'cheap' things are now...
  • ZuluHero 16 Sep 2020 20:34:21 9,153 posts
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    Oh a quick Google says it's around 2600 now.
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