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    Advice required which PC would you choose (if any)?

    Hi

    I currently have Project Cars on PS4. I am looking at getting a PC. I want it for Project Cars, Project Cars 2 testing (yes, I'm on WMD2), Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. I am hoping those of you who know enough about PC could comment/recommend. I will also want to do some video editing although that is perhaps lower on the priority list. I'd like to be able to play at the highest settings. I may consider an Ultra HD monitor or Ultra HD TV if the PC was up to it (4K). I'm not sure my wife would entertain triple screen and with that in mind I may want to be able to run an Oculus Rift in the future.

    I'm not really technical enough to build a PC of my own. With that in mind my wife can get the following deals through work.

    Are they worth it or would I get better value elsewhere?

    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-000na Desktop PC
    £949
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Latest Intel® Core™ i7-6700 processor with 16GB DDR4 memory with 128GB SSD and 2TB storage
    Lightning-fast 128GB SSD and 2TB SATA storage
    Customisable LED lighting and Bang & Olufsen audio
    Advanced graphics with AMD Radeon R9 380 4GB


    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-008na Desktop PC
    £1349
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Latest Intel® Core™ i7-6700 processor with 16GB DDR4 memory
    Stunning graphics with NVIDIA GeForce GTX980Ti
    Customisable LED lighting and Bang & Olufsen audio
    Lightning-fast 128GB SSD and 2TB SATA storage


    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-007na Desktop PC
    £1099
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Latest Intel® Core™ i7-6700 processor with 16GB DDR4 memory
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4 GB GDDR5)
    Customisable LED lighting and Bang & Olufsen audio
    Lightning-fast 128GB SSD and 2TB SATA storage


    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-091na Desktop PC
    £1799
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7-6700K with 32GB DDR4 memory
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
    Advanced liquid cooling and customisable LED lighting plus Bang & Olufsen audio
    Lightning-fast 512GB SSD and huge 3TB SATA storage

    Thanks for any help
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    Build your own system its a lot cheaper, and you could get a Titan x graphics card. That's what I'm in the process of doing and total cost is in the region of £1200. With 32gb ram i7 6700 processor 2TB HDD, 512gb SSD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirategenius View Post
    Build your own system its a lot cheaper, and you could get a Titan x graphics card. That's what I'm in the process of doing and total cost is in the region of £1200. With 32gb ram i7 6700 processor 2TB HDD, 512gb SSD.
    Thank you. I understand that it can be much more cost effective when I see the specs you and others have on PC's they've built themselves. I'm just not sure it's an option with my limited technical ability and lack of time having 2 young children to look after and a PS4 Project Cars club to run etc It may be easier to get through my wife's salary (I think pre tax) than through me buying bits and pieces here and there and just a lot easier.

    If I was to buy an off the shelf package like those would any of those give me everything I want to do? I think she said the prices represent a 15% discount.
    Last edited by JohnSchoonsBeard; 26-01-2016 at 13:46.
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    I'd pick this out of the 4 listed:
    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-008na Desktop PC

    With a potential 15% discount and possible tax write off, it may well come in cheaper than a self build.

    Everyone saying build your own is coming from an old mind set. Even Linus himself, a true HATER of pre built PCs says he can't build a better PC than Best Buy offer "for the price".

    This will play well and serve you well, particularly if you factor in any discount and/or tax write off IMO

    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-008na Desktop PC
    £1349
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Latest Intel® Core™ i7-6700 processor with 16GB DDR4 memory
    Stunning graphics with NVIDIA GeForce GTX980Ti
    Customisable LED lighting and Bang & Olufsen audio
    Lightning-fast 128GB SSD and 2TB SATA storage

    Good CPU, Great GPU, SSD for OS and loads of game storage space. 16GB DDR4 is more than enough for anything you will ever throw at it.

    It's a decent build PC but the closed minded ones won't remove their blinkers to agree

    Here is Linus 2016 surprising video where he himself, with all his resources, can't build a better PC than best buy. Nothing wrong with pre built in 2016!

    Last edited by CreamyDischarge; 26-01-2016 at 14:07.
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    Build your own. All you need is a phillips/diamond-head screwdriver.

    I'm pretty mechanically-challenged, got 3 kids and i built mine. Picked exactly the parts i want and saved some decent coin. These days it's quite dummy-proof, the parts can only fit "one-way" and there are notches and labels to guide you. Tons of youtube videos and many of us here can provide help if you get stuck. I think there's 1 or 2 guys near Reading that you could consult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSchoonsBeard View Post

    I'm not really technical enough to build a PC of my own. With that in mind my wife can get the following deals through work.
    I can almost guarantee you will be, its honestly very easy, everything fits in one way and one way only and there are an almost unlimited number of youtube videos that will step you through any part of the process you aren't confident with. You also get (as others have said) massively more for your money and a much greater sense of satisfaction when its up and running.

    If you go for something straightforward with a decent cooler and no overclocking you can't really go wrong!
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    All of what Umer said x2. I built my first pc a month and a half ago. XB1 -> PC. You will not be disappointed. Best gaming decision I made last year. As long as you can follow directions its easier then putting up a Lego set. Honestly.

    Also, stick with Intel. Not 100% sure the reason behind it (single thread performance maybe?) but project cars likes Intel; read that a few times on this forum and I'm sure someone will elaborate.
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    +1 on the:

    HP ENVY Phoenix 860-008na Desktop PC
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    You can always add more memory or HD space later if needed.
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    Take a look at this place and build based on price or spec and then submit your choice to their forum and ask for advice.
    I've bought two from them over the years and recommend them to all my friends ~ PC specialists
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    Quote Originally Posted by centurian View Post
    Take a look at this place and build based on price or spec and then submit your choice to their forum and ask for advice.
    I've bought two from them over the years and recommend them to all my friends ~ PC specialists
    I had mine built by them this year, and i had one built for my nephew last year, really good service from them, and like Centurion said post it up on the forums over there,
    and ask them for advice, the people are very helpful indeed.
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