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Bladestorm 21st October 2011, 12:51 Quote
I presume they are waiting while they try to get there hands on all of AMD's new processors to see if it changes anything.

Though at this point they might have decided just to skip it and do November.

Either way I'm also waiting for it here :)
Stefanm 27th October 2011, 18:15 Quote
Hi there I'm new to getting a gaming pc, and I heard this is the best place to get advice. I am stuck between two options. I either build my own gaming pc using your recommended spec for the enthusiastic overclocker, or buy a decent pc that I can upgrade. I was thinking of getting hold of a dell xps 730 h2c to upgrade. The one I am looking at has the following spec:

Intel core 2 extreme Q6800 3.0ghz overlockable to 3.7
Two nvidia 8800gtx graphic cards
1000watt psu
Liquid cooling
4 gb ram
Ageia physx card
2 x 250 hdd

For about £400, so have some money left to upgrade

Which option would be more advised???
Thanks
impar 28th October 2011, 10:41 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefanm
Intel core 2 extreme Q6800 3.0ghz overlockable to 3.7
Two nvidia 8800gtx graphic cards
1000watt psu
Liquid cooling
4 gb ram
Ageia physx card
2 x 250 hdd

For about £400, so have some money left to upgrade
That was a good system 4 years ago. Not much sense geting it now.
Blazza181 28th October 2011, 10:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
That was a good system 4 years ago. Not much sense geting it now.

^This.

Look at http://tomshardware.com .

They often have guides on what budget systems to build
LeMaltor 28th October 2011, 11:11 Quote
Holy cow Stefanm don't buy that PC and don't for gods sake go on Tom's Hardware. Use the buyers guide on bit-tech!
Wavefront 3rd November 2011, 09:13 Quote
Can anyone tell me if there’s likely to be a hardware guide for November I’m finally taking the plunge and getting a totally new Intel rig after a very disappointing wait for AMD. And it whould be cool to get the very latest recommended hardware. Cheers Wavefront
SCole2 4th November 2011, 10:57 Quote
I have done a quick scan of the net before work and can't find HDDs for any where near that sort of price. Does anyone know where to go?
Bloody_Pete 13th November 2011, 20:13 Quote
HDD's are massively expensive, I'm surpised BT didn't add a note to the guide. It's because of the floods out in Tialand ruining some of the factories, and prices are likely to remain high until the new year. Not a good time to be building a new PC...
meandmymouth 13th November 2011, 20:26 Quote
No new guide now for over 2 months...
Bloody_Pete 13th November 2011, 22:54 Quote
Its probably because of the HDD pricing and skt 2011 launch...
Noob? 14th November 2011, 12:25 Quote
Nice guide.
tad2008 14th November 2011, 12:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by meandmymouth
No new guide now for over 2 months...

Middle of November and no buyers guide? I hope we will see a bumper December version to get us through Christmas and help us see in the New Year!
Pcbiz 14th November 2011, 23:59 Quote
I can't understand why the article suggests buying the retail version of Win7 rather then the OEM version for people frequently reinstalling the OS?
facwit 16th November 2011, 13:48 Quote
Will we get a new guid this side of Christmas...2015?
Meaty Pete 16th November 2011, 14:00 Quote
I thought the retail version was the one u did need if u were always reinstalling the OS and changing hardware?
Pcbiz 16th November 2011, 14:17 Quote
I've has an OEM version of XP Pro 32 Bit for approx 4 years. In this time I've reistalled the OS around a dozen times. Never had a problem

However, I have always been using the same MOBO.

The retail versions are quite a bit more in price.
Shielder 17th November 2011, 16:08 Quote
Yup, if you reinstall on newer hardware, you have to revalidate the install. I changed my mobo twice, and all it needed to do was contact the MS servers. This was the retail version though, so I don't know what they'd do for OEM.

Andy
Sloth 17th November 2011, 20:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pcbiz
I've has an OEM version of XP Pro 32 Bit for approx 4 years. In this time I've reistalled the OS around a dozen times. Never had a problem

However, I have always been using the same MOBO.

The retail versions are quite a bit more in price.
Yep, with the OEM version you're free to reinstall all you please on the same hardware.

The difference is that if you replace the motherboard it treats it as a new system and will want you to buy a new copy. Of course, people have gotten around this by phoning up Microsoft and explaining that it's simply a replacement motherboard for an old one that died and is effectively the same PC, regardless of whether or not it actually is.
Arghnews 21st November 2011, 02:11 Quote
No more Buyer Guide's recently? :(
RobJapan 24th November 2011, 07:42 Quote
I think we'll see a December guide, can anyone confirm or deny this?

Right now I'm wanting to build a new PC so I can't wait for the new version!

Finger crossed we get a new one soon!

Thanks for all your hard work guys, please continue to produce quality reviews and guides!!
Silvershot 3rd December 2011, 07:56 Quote
Not entirley sure there will be a December guide. If you look at last year there was a gap between November and February!

Possible they want to wait until 2012 products are released to supply a further guide?

Anyway, no reason why the guide existing still can't be used for quality system building.
D B 3rd December 2011, 14:53 Quote
umm ... September was a bit ago, and there's new hardware out ... when is the next buyers guide?
Mr-Tucker 12th December 2011, 05:48 Quote
Please release a End of December/Start of January guide. Some of the products are not available on Scan any more! Like the Enthusiast/Gaming MSI motherboard. I am looking to build a computer around that time, been saving for awhile.

Thanks!
Dave Lister 26th December 2011, 21:12 Quote
You guys really need to update your prices, £40 it says for a 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3, I was all happy until I tried to find one.... £95 not including postage from scan ! and they were one of the cheaper retailers.
FelixTech 8th January 2012, 21:58 Quote
Three months later and still no guide ;(
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