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After a basic desktop PC with wireless, cheap as possible, really.

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Hi, my aunty is after a new computer, ideally:
- Very basic PC for browsing the internet and not an awful lot more, something that'll run Vista Home Premium decently would be the main criteria I guess. Wireless is an absolute must too.
- Wireless ADSL router
- Basic, cheap printer. Won't be used for photos although it wouldn't hurt I guess.

I've found a PC on Dell which has Vista Home Premium, a decent spec and built-in wireless for £410. Add another £40 for a HP printer and another £38 for a Netgear ADSL Router and the whole thing comes to £490 - not bad, but since she'll probably seldom use it I was wondering if there's anything a bit cheaper.

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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System Configuration:
PC Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Case - included in price
Power Supply: Standard 450 Watt PSU - included in price
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU - included in price
Heatsink & CPU Fan: Standard Heatsink & CPU Fan - included in price
DDR2 Memory: 2 GB Kingston 667Mhz PC5300 DDR2 RAM - included in price
PCI-E Graphics: 256MB nVidia 8600GT PCI Express Graphics Card - included in price
Sound Card: Integrated 5.1 Channel Sound Card - included in price
Primary Hard Drive: 250GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive
Secondary Hard Drive: None
Main Optical Drive: 20x Dual Layer DVD +/- Rewriter - included in price
Secondary Optical Drive: None
Floppy Drive: None
Memory Card Reader: None
Dial-Up Modem: None
Network Adapter: PCI 802.11G 54Mbps Wireless Network Card
TV Tuner: None
Firewire: None
TFT Monitor: 19" Widescreen Multimedia TFT - included in price
Keyboard & Mice: Std Keyboard & Optical Mouse - included in price
Speakers: Built into Flat-Panel - included in price
Printer: None
VOIP Hardware: None
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium - included in price
Antivirus Software: None
Multimedia Software: Nero Burning Rom - included in price
Office Software: Ability Office - included in price
Warranty: 2 Years Return to Base Warranty (Second Year - No Parts, Labour Wty Only) - included in price

£581 Delivered

http://www.arbico.co.uk

note you get a monitor you can sell on or keep and get money for
#2
If it's only used for web browsing, emailing, and the occasional dvd or document this seems adequate, only with Vista home basic...but basic is all you really need.
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/656/863/-/5214447/Acer-Veriton-L410-Sempron-3800+-2-2GHz-1GB-160GB-DVD-SM-Vista-Home-Basic-Desktop-PC/Product.html?searchtype=genre

oh yes it's very cheap: £184.99

Add one of these for £9.99
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3593637/Sweex-Wireless-LAN-USB-2-0-Adapter-54-Mbps/Product.html

So that's £194.98.

an adsl router for £29.99:
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/931048/Belkin-ADSL-Modem-Wireless-G-Router-F5D7632UK4A/Product.html

then a basic printer for £32.99
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3361738/Epson-Stylus-D92-Inkjet-Printer/Product.html

In my opinion this would make a relatively nice looking, compact, and all round decent basic pc for an aunt.

All that for £257.96!

Just keep in mind this is just one retailers site, so looking around will shave even more pennies off.
#3
That's awesome, thank you so much guys (dandy p in particular, some of the stuff looks awesome)

That Acer looks perfect really, and the printer/wireless router too (although I've had bad experiences with Belkin unfortunately) - would she be better off with the wireless USB adapter, or a proper PCI wireless card?

Currently thinking of getting:
Acer PC (£185) - http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/656/863/-/5214447/Acer-Veriton-L410-Sempron-3800+-2-2GHz-1GB-160GB-DVD-SM-Vista-Home-Basic-Desktop-PC/Product.html?searchtype=genre
Acer Monitor - (£150) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-P193W-Crystalbrite-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B000VPG16G/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204808324&sr=8-1
Epson D92 Printer (£33) - http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3361738/Epson-Stylus-D92-Inkjet-Printer/Product.html
Netgear Router & USB Adapter (£50) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/DG834G-54Mbps-Wireless-Firewall-Adapter/dp/B000QG206A/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204808237&sr=8-6
#4
It would be better having a wireless PCI card but im not sure if the Acer has any free PCI ports...so you'd have to wait until you got it to see.

Also if you wanted a slightly cheaper monitor (I know the Acer from amazon does look very good though), there are some cheaper models, still from Acer to keep the whole Pc matching:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3497560/Acer-AL1716FS-17-LCD-Flat-Panel-Monitor/Product.html

This model is way cheaper than the amazon model, but would need an unsightly VGA to DVI adaptor, as i think the Acer pc only has DVI:
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/4162732/Belkin-VGAS-to-DVI-cable-DVI-I-Single-Link-M-HDDB15-M-3M/Product.html
(Although these are much cheaper on ebay if you buy just the adaptor not the cable-adaptor)


However I think this model is an absolute steal, it has DVI so no messing around with adaptors, is silver so matches the PC, is 19'' widescreen and best of all is only £114.99:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3514390/Acer-AL1916WASD-19-Flat-Panel-Widescreen-Monitor/Product.html
#5
Many thanks, some great information there. Tempted to go with this from Ebuyer which actually bundles that monitor with the PC, as well as a mouse, keyboard and speakers for a very respectable £320 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126118

As well as a Bufallo wireless adapter thingy :)

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