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Tommy L
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13th Jul 09 at 00:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

As my current Dell one is nearly 4 years old and dog shit.

So i'm thinking a new slim one like so?

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/173555


Or shall i just go for a dell again like so?

http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/desktop-inspiron-545_headless_rec/fs.aspx?refid=desktop-inspiron-545_headless_rec&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

Or can anyone recommend anything else? All i need it for is internet, downloads, maybe an odd film and just general odd stuff. So i don't want to pay loads tbh
*JonnyG*
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Have you fort about building one?
Daveskater
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DIY is where it's at. Compare that PC World one to Ebuyer, it may be cheaper and you will get better after-sales support. One might refer to the average PC World employee as a "window licker".

I wouldn't personally buy a Dell but it may be perfectly good for your needs.

Do you have a rough guide price for a budget mate?


Numberwang!

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I like you Dave, you are a man of men

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Tommy L
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I'll say 300 as a rough guide. Can go higher but obviously would like it to be low as possible.

As for building one, I have no idea where to start, what i need etc
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HP computers are awesome for pre-built
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Their laptop build quality is debatable though Willay
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I think we had a HP laptop a while ago and they are big pieces of poo so I wouldnt be suprised. My comment was purely based on their workstation/desktop range, I started to use them at work and all my clients use them, I even got my mum to buy a couple of them for her office/shops and they work faultlessly
Tommy L
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I use HP at work and can't fault it but i've heard mixed reviews about them
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If you want to go down the DIY route there is plenty of people on here, including me, who can walk you through it

edit - I would thoroughly recommend DIY as well, that way you know the parts you are putting in are decent quality, obviously you dont get the manufacturer guarantee covering the entire system, but each individual part comes with its own warranty

[Edited on 13-07-2009 by dannymccann]
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Places I used to work at had desktop Compaq/HP boxes and they seemed to work well. No idea why their laptop build quality is so shit though.
Tommy L
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quote:
Originally posted by dannymccann
If you want to go down the DIY route there is plenty of people on here, including me, who can walk you through it

edit - I would thoroughly recommend DIY as well, that way you know the parts you are putting in are decent quality, obviously you dont get the manufacturer guarantee covering the entire system, but each individual part comes with its own warranty

[Edited on 13-07-2009 by dannymccann]
Fancy spec'ing one up for me. I don't get the different types of processors etc
DaveyLC
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quote:
Originally posted by *JonnyG*
Have you fort about building one?


Fort? What like a castle? lol..

Building PC's is a waste of money these days, just spend 350-450 on another one from DELL, keep it for 2-3 years then get another one
kz
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Wait for Windows 7 imo, it hit RTM today
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quote:
Originally posted by DaveyLC
quote:
Originally posted by *JonnyG*
Have you fort about building one?


Fort? What like a castle? lol..

Building PC's is a waste of money these days, just spend 350-450 on another one from DELL, keep it for 2-3 years then get another one


Completely agree. For the hassle of deciding what you want, buying all the bits seperately and faffing around installing everything its just as cheap to buy a pre-built.

The few exceptions of course being where you really know what you're doing or what something very specific.
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HP ftw
DaveyLC
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quote:
Originally posted by kz
Wait for Windows 7 imo, it hit RTM today


Agree'd defo worth waiting for OEM Windows 7.. Been running the Beta on my laptop and I love it.
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Mate, if you bought the bits I would put it together for you if you want.
quote:
Originally posted by dannymccann
obviously you dont get the manufacturer guarantee covering the entire system, but each individual part comes with its own warranty
This is true, but good RAM and graphics cards often come with lifetime warranty


Numberwang!

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I like you Dave, you are a man of men

Originally Whatapp'd by Neo
Dave's maybe capable of a drive-by cuddle

Look at my pictures
ENB
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quote:
Originally posted by kz
Wait for Windows 7 imo, it hit RTM today


Why, when a lot of new machines that have Vista on bought now get a free upgrade for Windows 7 when it's released, just like they did when Vista was released.
Tommy L
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Cheers Dave but it's a lot of effort building one when i only need it for basics. I think i am going to go for the HP i posted in the first post. Seems good for the money
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Fair enough mate, I wouldn't mind doing it though, love that sorta thing

If you get the PC World one, don't whatever you do get Norton :mad :It disgusts me how they can try and sell it to you at every opportunity, what with it being about as protective as putting a sausage/rasher of bacon/other inanimate tasty object next to the computer and telling it to protect it from viruses.


Numberwang!

Originally posted by AlunJ
I like you Dave, you are a man of men

Originally Whatapp'd by Neo
Dave's maybe capable of a drive-by cuddle

Look at my pictures
Tommy L
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Anything you would recommend?
kz
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quote:
Originally posted by ENB
quote:
Originally posted by kz
Wait for Windows 7 imo, it hit RTM today


Why, when a lot of new machines that have Vista on bought now get a free upgrade for Windows 7 when it's released, just like they did when Vista was released.


True it's just that I'm fussy and would like a clean fresh install of 7 rather than an upgrade from Vista
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quote:
Originally posted by corsa_tomtom
Anything you would recommend?
For an anti-virus? Avast! is free for the home edition, but if you want to pay for something then Kaspersky is pretty good.


Numberwang!

Originally posted by AlunJ
I like you Dave, you are a man of men

Originally Whatapp'd by Neo
Dave's maybe capable of a drive-by cuddle

Look at my pictures
*JonnyG*
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quote:
Originally posted by DaveyLC
quote:
Originally posted by *JonnyG*
Have you fort about building one?


Fort? What like a castle? lol..



Well, am sorry my English wasn't correct, no need to take piss was they?




Building a pc is simple really, its common sense where every think goes. As long as you have the driver's for each thing you will be sorted.
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You seem cool enough to own an iMac Tomtom.

Join me and Joe on the dark (cool) side.

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