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About to Buy This PC - Any Better Ones Around?

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suspended9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
As per subject, I'm on verge of buying a PC and then thought I should check with the site that knows best! The PC is from Dixons and is shown below...just wondered if there are any others that I should be considering?

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0701982530.1172675139@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdcaddkfihifeecflgceggdhhmdfho.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=052058&category_oid= >>Click Here<<

[U Spec:
Packard Bell 2479 PC
Intel Pentium Processor D 641
2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache
Microsoft Windows Vista Premium
1GB DDR RAM
160GB Hard Drive
Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD RW Drive
64MB nVidia GeForce 7500LE Graphics
8-in-1 Media Card Reader
6 USB Connections
19" Widescreen TFT Monitor
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suspended9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
DO NOT BUY!!!!

Can you purchase online? Loads of better deals around.

The flipping graphics card in that thing is about 7 year old!!!

What are they thinking about? Onboard graphics will be as good as that thing, in fact better.

Will find you a much better spec for less than £500. Is this your budget £500?
#2
Purchase this base unit:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123119/rb/25682495255
And this monitor:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/118009/rb/25682764012

Total cost is just under £468.

If you require a graphics card for casual use then add this for an extra £45.
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119698

Choose super saver delivery when purchasing these goods all at once to get free delivery.

Or as an extra option you could get the slightly faster processor in the exact same system for an extra £10 here:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124997

Another monitor option at just £106 delivered is here which I would go for, I can;t see there being much difference in image quality, in fact probably none at all over the one listed above:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52175

Or out of the whole lot this is probably your best buy:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51365

I have not used Vista but this comes with the basic package, when it was first released people were saying stay clear of the basic package and get the premium, just add the premium for an extra £17.
#3
I agree with Beerman. The computer he has shown you is a great spec. If you re concerned about buying online and want some sort of over the counter after care then you may be better off looking/asking around for your local PC components shop. There are bound to be a few nearby (assuming you don't live in the middle of nowhere!) and they will be able to advise you and probably build you something that you will be happy with. Often the biggest problem with these pre-built systems is they show everything other than the motherboard spec and memory brand which can make a difference.

If you have the time then look around and see what you can get for the same or similar money.

You will almost certainly be better off buying your monitor seperately from somewhere like Ebuyer but keep an open mind on that one.

Hope this helps.

Ta Duff
#4
some sound recommendations from beerman,there.

FYI,two of my friends have recently bought the Acer T180 from ebuyer and it is a fine pc,good value for money.No problems so far either,which is good( as these were recommended by myself and the OH!).
banned#5
NO!

DO NOT BUY FROM PC WORLD/DIXONS DSG GROUP READ MY THREAD
http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=100754
#6
http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=358967

another base unit to consider..collect from store option available.. 3.5 % quidco cashback
#7
I have found the best deal

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/desktops_better?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo E4300 (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB) Processor
Genuine Windows VistaTM Home Basic
1024MB DDR2 RAM (Upgraded from 512MB) Memory
19" Analogue Flat Panel Monitor Monitor
160GB SATA Hard Drive (7,200rpm) Harddrive
16x DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive
256MB nVidiaTM GeForceTM 7300LE Turbocache graphics card Graphic Card
Integrated Intel® Pro 10/100 NIC Network Card
1 Year Collect and Return (CAR) service Service
FREE 3 Years McAfee Security Centre

£529 includes VAT and shipping

This processor is way better than the mentioned one
#8
I'm not allowed to give you rep again Mr T, stop doing people favours!!
suspended#9
[SIZE=2]Thanks for people who have chipped in here...I am no stranger to ordering online so will take a look at the ebuyer deals. I'm going to make a decision for this weekend so any others that come on will be gratefully considered.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Thanks again guys - Mark.[/SIZE]
#10
Are we not allowed to state what deals are good
#11
http://www.pcnextday.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?ProductCode=3362-3304

OK 17 inch monitor, XP home are poor but the rest is top spec..3%quidco
#12
The best Dell Deal must be the one Beerman mentioned,(Mike T posted this) but i would upgrade the graphics card as well as Vista.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=D02E06d

305-D02E06d - £438.99 or less delivered
Intel® Core 2 Duo E4300 Processor (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
English Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory
160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Microsoft® Works 8 - English

For £485.99 you can upgrade to a 7300 card or for £509.49 an x1300 card. A further £17 odd for Vista Premium.
#13
yeah but u get a dell... lol. which would be disapointing.

i'd go with ebuyer deal or local pc shop.

Dell use nonstandard componants which can cause real issues when its out of warranty and goes wrong.
suspended#14
What is this one like guys...seemed good value at £399delivered?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/21823/gateway-2-8ghz-duo-core-pc-1gb-ram-
#15
Letsworktogether
What is this one like guys...seemed good value at £399delivered?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/21823/gateway-2-8ghz-duo-core-pc-1gb-ram-


It has on older processor than the Dell I suggested, otherwise the specs are pretty similar. However I'm not sure I would trust Gateway as a relaible brand anymore. As for Dell you either like them or don't.
#16
MR T
I have found the best deal

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/desktops_better?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo E4300 (1.80GHz, 800MHz, 2MB) Processor
Genuine Windows VistaTM Home Basic
1024MB DDR2 RAM (Upgraded from 512MB) Memory
19" Analogue Flat Panel Monitor Monitor
160GB SATA Hard Drive (7,200rpm) Harddrive
16x DVD+/-RW Drive Optical Drive
256MB nVidiaTM GeForceTM 7300LE Turbocache graphics card Graphic Card
Integrated Intel® Pro 10/100 NIC Network Card
1 Year Collect and Return (CAR) service Service
FREE 3 Years McAfee Security Centre

£529 includes VAT and shipping

This processor is way better than the mentioned one


No you have not.

I posted the exact same system with Windows Vista premium (you only list the basic) and add a much better graphics card that I listed seperate for £505 delivered.

It's also Dell day again today so lets see what Mike T brings us all. He has already spotted the above system but again with Vista Premium AND a 20" Monitor for I think it was just £450. But it looks like a pricing error somewhere in there so it won't be at this price for long. If I were the OP I would go and buy it now if he can!!!
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52310

Quick go here and buy this now!!!!!! BE QUICK!!!!! Add the 22" monitor and drop the warranty down to 12 months, go through Quidco for a decent cash rebate. You will not get a better price than this!!!!
#17
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=377065

agreed beerman..excellent value

just one thing to consider if you're an overclocker..and the E4300 has bags of potential as beerman has mentioned on a number of occasions...the Dell bios will not allow overclocking..well not in my experience.

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