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:
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,
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.
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 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 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 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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