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A new computer: £400, base unit only.

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1d, 1w agoPosted 1 decade, 1 week ago
Hi everyone.

I'm now computerless, with just the laptop left which I personally HATE using!! Mainly because it's not mine and it doesnt feel like home, lol.

So I need something I can call my own. A desktop PC.

I'm after something for around the £400 mark - just the base unit without the monitor. As great a spec as that kind of money will buy. I'm not too bothered about graphics, because all I really use it for is messenger, browsing the web (mainly HUKD!) and watching the odd DVD.

A DVD-Writer with both DVD-R and DVD+R burning is ESSENTIAL. A second drive would be nice.

Hard disk space is another important thing. Graphics isn't that important but it would be nice.

So... what should I go for? Dell always seems appealing but I'm never around at the right time for their great offers. I can also get to PC World, Currys, Maplin and Comet if necessary.

Thanks. :thumbsup:
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1d, 1w agoPosted 1 decade, 1 week ago
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#1
Two I've been looking at:

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=355216&tab=specification

This has 2.8Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD, TV card (which seems appealing to me), and 512MB graphics. All for £399.99.

This, http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=358967 also seems good.

Also £399.99. It doesn't have the TV Card and only has 224MB SHARED graphics, but it's got a 2.8Ghz processor with 2GB RAM, which sounds amazing. It has a 200GB HDD too.
[mod]#2
305-D01E11 - £427.77 Basic Package, 4 Year On-Site Service (remember to select 4yrs)

OR 1yr warranty for £329.07 delivered or less

Go to deal

AMD® Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (Incl Operating System Re-installation CD) - English
No Monitor
512MB DDR2 533MHz Memory
250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Integrated nVidia® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell 2 Button USB Wheel Mouse - Black
Microsoft® Works 8 - English

Upgrades:
Extra memory isnt a must have so if you want to wait till later for that do so.
This dual core amd cpu could be woth the extra though and still keeps you under £400 if you go for 1yr warranty.

1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory add £58.75

AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ add £41.13
#4
I've just ordered this:-
http://www.johnlewis.com/Computing/Computers/Computers/Desktops/396/230405769/Product.aspx
for £535.


Ooooops, soz Ducky, you said £400.00.
[mod]#5
I looked at the 2 comet ones Ducky, I still prefer the dell ;-)

If you have to stay below £400 then go for 1yr warranty and you can consider these upgrades too.

13-1 card reader £17.62

2nd optical dvd drive for £23.50

Remember Quidco too for cashback savings ;-)
[mod]#6
The AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+ is better than the Intel pent D and if you went for the Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ upgrade its better than all the pent D cpu's for overall performance.

And its not an Acer...sorry Dell man here!
#7
I would go for the acer mate. I really don't like the spec of the Dell to be honest.

The Acer does have a dual core processor (not the best but it does the job). I like the idea of the dedicated graphics card (although I would imagine 256mb of that stated 512 will be from your system memory). Also the 250gb hard drive and the tv card are a selling point too.

If you ever feel the need for the extra memory you can add it later at a cost of about £60 per gig delivered.
#8
I already have 256MB memory to add to it. Every little helps. ;-)
#9
I am almost 100% sure it's DDR2 mate.
#10
What about dells ebay store its called dell outlet ( not to be confused with the outlet website) and normally has the odd bargain or two.

Just check as some items have cosmetic damage but they always say where and what it is.

HP have an ebay store as well called HP renew, might be worth checking there as well
#11
I have just had a look on eBay and there is a company selling a core 2 duo setup as follows:

Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 SKT 775 CONROE CORE CPU, ASUS P5V-VM DH MOTHERBOARD, 1024MB DDR2 RAM, 160GB IDE HARD DRIVE, 16 X DUAL LAYER DVD +/- REWRITER WITH MASSIVE CHOICE OF CASES ALL WITH MINIMUM 400W PSU (MOST ARE 450W).

£360 + £25 postage. You will need to add your own operating system but that can be done for as little as ahem, erm £0 if you really wanted to. Ahem cough, cough.

They have over 6,000 feedback with 99.8% positive.
#12
i found this base unit on Ebuyer:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116034/rb/24297800071

seems to be a nice system but its similar in spec to the acer posted above.
#13
Also i found this site where it seems cheap to configure a pc. This comany is kinda like a cut price dell but there products seem nice

http://www.crystech.co.uk/files/html/__catalog.html

this is the Crystal Elite: £439 inc VAT
Athlon 64 AM2 3800, 2048MB(2GB) DDR RAM, 300GB 7200RPM HDD, 256MB Geforce 7300GS Graphics card, Dual format 16x DVDRW, 16x DVDROM , 6x USB(2.0), Soundblaster Comp 5.1 HD Sound, 10/100 Network adapter, Midi tower ATX USB case, Ps2 Optical Mouse, Ps2 Genius keyboard, Subwoofer speaker system

I think thats the best performace : price ratio ive seen so far.
#14
how do the pc mentioned above compare with this

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116052/rb/24298109571

i can get this from comet,brand new.with my mates discount for 270.would you says its worth it.and how does it compare to the pc's above.is it a good buy for the money
#15
Hi there Jim, If i was you id deffinetly jump at that deal for £270 brand new, but make sure to check if it includes the upgrade to windows vista. Most media center pcs will inlude a free upgrade to Windows vista, but still that is a very good deal for £270.
#16
jim4571
how do the pc mentioned above compare with this

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116052/rb/24298109571

i can get this from comet,brand new.with my mates discount for 270.would you says its worth it.and how does it compare to the pc's above.is it a good buy for the money


In fact looking at that, that would be ideal for the OP. Just £329 is a bluddy good price, off the top of my head I could not build one with that spec within that price range, especially as it comes loaded with OS. If he wanted to he could add another gig of ram or half a gig and a cheap gfx card to take it up to his £400 budget.

Nice find.
#17
Hi mate

CHeck this site out, have a lot of systems, good for everything else too! Check out their web super specials daily, as they always seem to have base units there.

http://aria.co.uk/newAriaSystems.asp
#18
How about this spec for £405 delivered

Core 2 Duo Processor 1.86Ghz, 1066MHz, 2MB
Windows® XP Media Center 2005
1024MB RAM
2 x 160GB disk
Video card ATI Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB

Can get it for £405 delivered including 3 yr next day onsite

Is it a good spec for the money?

How does this compare power wise to the previous offers listed here today?
#19
Aria have some too:

http://www.aria.co.uk/newAriaSystems.asp

Please note that all Aria Systems are fully tested and built in specially created areas, to ensure and maintain the highest possible standards. Aria Systems do not include Monitors, unless specified.
Technical Specifications
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ AM2
Liteon-Benq 16x DL DVD-RW+RAM Blk
2x 512MB A-Data PC5300 DDR2 667 SDRAM
160GB Maxtor DMax+10 SATA2 8MB
Coolermaster Centurion 5 Silver
Asrock AliveSATA2-GLAN AM2
nVidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB PCI-E
OnBoard Sound
600W Super Silent ATX PSU

Sub Total : £347.95 exc VAT
Total : £408.84 inc VAT

small form factor too
#20
everydayisxmas
How about this spec for £405 delivered

Core 2 Duo Processor 1.86Ghz, 1066MHz, 2MB
Windows® XP Media Center 2005
1024MB RAM
2 x 160GB disk
Video card ATI Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB

Can get it for £405 delivered including 3 yr next day onsite

Is it a good spec for the money?

How does this compare power wise to the previous offers listed here today?


Great price that one, does it come iwth DVD writer? It's normally very difficult to get a core 2 duo system for £400 delivered, and that is one without a dedicated graphics card, this card is not great but at it does a job and for £400 is great value.

Just noticed 320gb too, wow, any chance of a link?
#21
Sorry - got the price wrong - its more like £480 so not such a great deal.
#22
hey can anyone find a pc with a core 2 duo and 512ddr2 ram? i have 1 stick of 512ddr2 pc4200 rqam at home and if some 1 can find a barebones core2duo such as the one on aria for £300
#23
Sohail
hey can anyone find a pc with a core 2 duo and 512ddr2 ram? i have 1 stick of 512ddr2 pc4200 rqam at home and if some 1 can find a barebones core2duo such as the one on aria for £300


A company on eBay sell a full base for just £360, 1gb ram, you could add your 512mb and have 1.5. You would also need to add your own operating system though.

Their reputation is almost perfect and they give 1 year warranty on parts and labout.

P&P is £25, read this thread, further up I have listed their name, just go to eBay and do a search for them. I really can't find cheaper anywhere else for a core 2 duo system, even though it's only the 6300 it's still a decent price for a ready made PC.
#24
How about THIS one??

I bought this when desperate for a PC!!

Intel Pentium 4 524 Processor. 512Mb RAM. 80Gb HDD. Integrated sound and graphics. 7 in 1 digital card reader. 10/100 Lan (Broadband ready). Keyboard & Optical Mouse. 56k modem. Microsoft Windows Media Centre.
#25
Thanks all i needed was a mobo, processor and ram so ill be shure to check out ebay :thumbsup:
#26
beerman1
I have just had a look on eBay and there is a company selling a core 2 duo setup as follows:

Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 SKT 775 CONROE CORE CPU, ASUS P5V-VM DH MOTHERBOARD, 1024MB DDR2 RAM, 160GB IDE HARD DRIVE, 16 X DUAL LAYER DVD +/- REWRITER WITH MASSIVE CHOICE OF CASES ALL WITH MINIMUM 400W PSU (MOST ARE 450W).

£360 + £25 postage. You will need to add your own operating system but that can be done for as little as ahem, erm £0 if you really wanted to. Ahem cough, cough.

They have over 6,000 feedback with 99.8% positive.


you diddnt actually give the name of the ebay shop?
#27
Ok - I have done the dirty deed and handed over me credit card details to Dell (worringly the padlock had a red line across it, but I had put in my card details before I noticed - it wasn't open though and hovering said 'signed by Dell' so hopefully will be ok).

Spec as above (Dimension E520 Core2Duo, 1GB memory, 2 x 160GB disks), but with return to base warranty - £380 all in.

This was from the Dell Outlet option on the main dell website and includes a £95 off offer that runs till 10th Jan or something like that.

They had quite a few Core2Duo's that will come in under that price if you don't want the additional warranty.

Had a dodgy moment when I lost the system out of my cart and it wasn't reavailable so I assumed someone else had bought it, but it reappeared after about an hour so I snapped it up. So my advice is - if you see a spec you like go for it, because I was gutted when I thought I'd missed the specific one I wanted.


Christine
#28
Sohail
you diddnt actually give the name of the ebay shop?


Lol, there are actually quite a few mate, just type in core 2 duop in the search then narrow it down by clicking on buy it now and the price between £300 and £400 and there are a couple selling systems for less than £400, without OS though.

I have chekced various prices and you would save by purchasing from ebuyer.com, what level Core2Duo are you after? E6300 is £118, say £55 for 1gb ram and £60 for a motherbaord would give you about £233 with free delivery.
#29
everydayisxmas
Ok - I have done the dirty deed and handed over me credit card details to Dell (worringly the padlock had a red line across it, but I had put in my card details before I noticed - it wasn't open though and hovering said 'signed by Dell' so hopefully will be ok).

Spec as above (Dimension E520 Core2Duo, 1GB memory, 2 x 160GB disks), but with return to base warranty - £380 all in.

This was from the Dell Outlet option on the main dell website and includes a £95 off offer that runs till 10th Jan or something like that.

They had quite a few Core2Duo's that will come in under that price if you don't want the additional warranty.

Had a dodgy moment when I lost the system out of my cart and it wasn't reavailable so I assumed someone else had bought it, but it reappeared after about an hour so I snapped it up. So my advice is - if you see a spec you like go for it, because I was gutted when I thought I'd missed the specific one I wanted.


Christine


I have been on that site loads but I have only found normal or even inflated prices, I must keep missing them or looking in the wrong place.


birdyboyuk
How about [URL="ThIS"]THIS[/URL] one??

I bought this when desperate for a PC!!

Intel Pentium 4 524 Processor. 512Mb RAM. 80Gb HDD. Integrated sound and graphics. 7 in 1 digital card reader. 10/100 Lan (Broadband ready). Keyboard & Optical Mouse. 56k modem. Microsoft Windows Media Centre.


£350?

Oops.:shock:
#30
Just caught up on your deal request ducky..so what did you buy?...must say the £299 deal for the Acer AMD dual core CPU based system at Comet seemed good value but now probably out of stock.
#31
I haven't bought anything yet... Vista's obviously coming out at the end of the month and I was wondering if it was worth waiting until then on then basis that:

a) I could get a new Vista PC.
b) computers with processors too poor for Vista will come down in price.
#32
duckmagicuk2
I haven't bought anything yet... Vista's obviously coming out at the end of the month and I was wondering if it was worth waiting until then on then basis that:

a) I could get a new Vista PC.
b) computers with processors too poor for Vista will come down in price.


Well that's exactly what I'm doing before I purchase a laptop...as I'd rather it came with a clean install of Vista and as you say with the right spec...If I was looking for a desktop I'd go for a Intel Core 2 based system....these may drop in price as the cheapest core 2 CPU has now dropped below £100.
#33
Yeah, it all depends exactly what the prices are like, what happens to old stock, etc. I'm really not sure what companies like PC world are planning to do. It's a long time since they had a big change over...

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