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#1 Nathan_M

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 12:56 PM

I have just launched my xbox one back to amazon because of a fault and have opted for a refund, I think I'm changing direction here, my 360 is fine enough for me, I'm torn between a mac mini i5, vaio l series all in one or an alienware x51 to do a combination of the 2. I'm the most indecisive person in the world.
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

Mac eurgh....!

 

Now on to the other two. I assume you want to do some gaming, in which case PC is the only serious way forward.

 

Have you ever considered building your own PC?



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:03 PM

Yeh I have but I am really interested in the all in one just because it can do some of everything, and most of the rest, the alienware just has lights, haha, I have planned a few possible builds, although for some reason I don't trust hard drives and things in a self build even though I know they are the same parts anyway, perhaps you could suggest a build that costs around 600 my preferred retailers are amazon and scan uk.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:04 PM

What do you need for your £600, everything, just a tower, somewhere in between?



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:09 PM

For starters I could get away with just the tower to be honest, because it will be plugged into the tv via hdmi or via anyway. I also would like to use quality parts if I do go self build, corsair etc.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:11 PM

I'd only spec quality parts anyway, El cheapo parts are cheap for a reason. :)

 

Do you want/need OS within that budget too?



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:13 PM

Yes I would like windows 8

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:35 PM

Give these guys a look, they are brilliant and I cant recommend them enough! bought many a PC and part from them, and directed many to them as well:

 

Gaming machines specifically: http://www.aria.co.u...s/Gaming Range/

 

Even some of their home PC's are excellent spec for gaming.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:18 PM

I have come up with this as an idea for now:

 

Intel I5 4570

Asus H87m-e

8GB corsair vengeance LP

XFX R9 270Boost

Corsair Carbide 300r (might change this to save £30)

500gb seagate 7200rpm drive

550w XFX PSU

 

it would run anything i could trow at it.

 

otherwise it will probably be one of the following.

 

Mac Mini i5 + accesories (£556)

Sony Vaio L Series i7 gt640m 3d (£1399)

Alienware x51 i5 model (£649)

Vaio L series i5 (£999)

 

i cant really put my finger on what i need from it at the moment, the Vaio's can be used as a TV or monitor as well as having a 3d touch screen and having a large 2TB hdd, the mac mini comes with the best out of box software and its something different to me, other then the all in one i would be using my tv as a monitor, i shall have to make a decision soon otherwise i would never make my mind up.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

I would say if you want the best - go for windows (yes, I never thought I would say those words!) but Windows will offer you more compatibility with more games, and more specifics, plus you can easily upgrade. Windows has a lot more users and a lot more support, and most game companies offering support, know less about mac's than they do about what the chief exec ate for breakfast



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 07:15 PM

I really can't decide now whether or not to send the Xbox one in for repair or just refund and maybe get one later on when a slim model comes out.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:28 PM

I use these guys when buying to build my own PC's. Great service and quality gear.

 

http://www.novatech.co.uk/



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:51 AM

Buying a console during the launch period is fraught with the possibility that you will get a dud one unfortunately. If you do decide not to opt for a replacement then see below:

 

Avoid Vaio's tbh, overpriced for what they are and generally poor in comparison to other PC manufacturers.

 

Mac- just stop right there, dont be fooled by the shiny white plastic or aluminium lines.

 

Alienware used to be hit and miss back in the day and were extremely overpriced. They seem to have become more reasonable since Dell purchased them. Might be worth having a look down that route.

Building your own PC is the best option I think. You can search around in order to get the best bang for your buck and the component choices are entirely in your control. But always plan for future expansion.

 

For hard disk, essential you get an SSD for your OS and core programs. They have come down considerably in price nowadays. 256gb Samsung SSD for example is a must as your main drive. Then get a secondary Sata HD for additional storage, 1TB is not that expensive these days.

 

8gb ram is the bare minimum I'd recommend tbh for comfortable running of a 64bit Windows OS, so if your budget can stretch, push it higher 12gb+, especially if you will be gaming and for future expansion needs.

 

Don't skimp on your power supply either. The GPU, Hard drives etc all draw power and if you plan to expand your PC in the future, you don't want to have to replace your PSU, because you don't have enough power for all your devices.

650W minimum. 800W + be ideal.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

Just had a geek gasm on steam I didn't realise the prices were so much lower these days last ti e I looked seriously at OC games the price was negligable.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:27 AM

Right im Going to reply to this again rather than make a new topic, I am currently choosing parts for a pc and I play quite a lot of flight simulator X now I know that even with the newer service packs it's quite old fashioned and prefers a higher clock speed and less cores anyway should I get the 3.6ghz i3 3440[think that's right] or the i5 4440 3.2ghz, and no I'm not I to over clocking, should I get the i5 for future or i3 and swap for gen5 i5 when it comes later next year?

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