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Base unit under £200.00 if possible......

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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
Hi, want to buy my parents a new base unit but don't have a lot of money and i don't really know what i am looking for.....lol. But it is a great way for me to keep in touch with them as i live quite a few miles away , and there old unit is on its last legs....... thank you in advance xxxx :-D


Iam in the midlands and would like to buy on line but can drag myself to the shops at a push :0)
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Do you require a monitor?
Is it just for basic low use?
#2
Hi Dinosteveus, No i don't need anything but the base unit and low use is fine. :-)
#3
If it's only for internet and email, then something like this would be fine.
#4
£230 here at Comet
Sure, it's basic but for the price you'll not find better, I think.

http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/355240.jpg
Brand ACER
Processor AMD Sempron
Processor model number 3000+
Processor speed 1.6 GHz
Processor bus 1600 MHz
Processor cache 256 kB
Memory (RAM) 512 MB
Storage (hard drive) 80 GB
Optical drive Plays & records CDs and DVDs
Operating system Windows XP Media Centre
Windows Vista upgrade available Windows Vista Home Basic
Shared graphics 256MB
USB 2.0 slots 6
Firewire Yes
Media card slots 9-in-1
Keyboard Yes
Mouse Yes

Fine for internet etc.

Get a free AntiVirus such as Avast

Load Mozilla Firefox as a browser and Thunderbird as an email client.

Either AbiWord as a Wordprocessor or OpoenOffice as a complete office suite
#5
Thanks Diodorus-siculus ...

Anyone any codes for comet lol :-)

Have looked and no codes at the mo......... shame
#6
meagain
Thanks Diodorus-siculus ...

Anyone any codes for comet lol :-)

Have looked and no codes at the mo......... shame


you get 3% quidco cashback at Comet...no codes sorry
#7
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124843/rb/24984474946

if you're on a really tight budget there's this one...free delivery and 1.5% quidco cashback
#8
Go to Medion shop. Base units are normally about £149, refurbished but that should nto be a problem. Decent spec for the price. I am chacking now to see what they have in stock.

Here you go:

* Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (OEM version)
* Intel® Celeron® D Processor 336 2.8GHz (533 MHz FSB, 256 KB Cache)
* 256 MB DDR-RAM (PC-3200)
* 80 GB HDD
* DVD/CDRW combo drive (write: 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW, read: 16x DVD, 48x CD)
* S3 graphics Unichrome Po IGP on board
* LAN onboard
* 56K V.90 PCI data-fax-modem
* 6 Channel Audio

Connections

* 4 x USB 2.0
* 1 x Rear Line Out/Line In (shared)
* 1 x Serial Port
* 1 x Parallel Port
* 2 x PS/2
* 1 x LAN
* 1 x VGA
* 1 x Front Line Out
* 1 x Subwoofer Centre Line Out/Mic In (shared)

Software Included

* Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (OEM version)
* Sun StarOffice 7.0 (OEM version)
* Power DVD 5 (OEM version)
* Nero Burning Rom (OEM version)
* Nero Recode 2 SE (OEM version)
* CA e-Trust Antivirus (90 day trial)

Warranty

* 90 days

Refurbished Item Information

As refurbished products have been unpacked and undergone repair they often have minor cosmetic imperfections, this is reflected in the price of the item.

£159.99 (Not sure on delivery costs, was lazy and never checked).

https://www.medionshop.co.uk/

Click the link, on the left hand side you will see a menu, click on refurbished stock then click on refurbished pc. Bargain mate.
#9
Whatever you go for, remember that for XP to run comfortably, you will need a minimum of 512mb RAM; it will run on less but not so well. 256mb is about £25 from Crucial.com/uk
#10
That my friend is not true. I am currently on the computer in the spare room, the specs are AMD xp 2000, and 256mb ram. In fact I have just ran CPUz 20 seconds ago and it shows up as only 224mb and onboard graphics.

I am currently running windows XP professional and it runs perfect.

People always over-estimate the power needed to run an OS. 256mb is fine.

Also while on the subject I will metion that with the new Vista, people are raving on about you need at least 1gb ram just to run it, preferably 2gb. That is also not true. Although I have not had any experience of this I have info from a reliable source that it runs perfect on 512mb and even better if you have a dedicated graphics card.

But if you do want to add more ram you can get 256mb here for about £15 + a couple of quid postage:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/cat/Memory---Desktop/subcat/DDR-3200-.256MB
#11
Try Novatech for one of their 'barebones bundles':
http://www.novatech.co.uk:80/novatech/specpage.html?BB-S7285BB
delivery charges:
http://www.novatech.co.uk:80/novatech/payment_and_delivery.html

Quidco: 3% cashback.
#12
beerman1
That my friend is not true. I am currently on the computer in the spare room, the specs are AMD xp 2000, and 256mb ram. In fact I have just ran CPUz 20 seconds ago and it shows up as only 224mb and onboard graphics.

I am currently running windows XP professional and it runs perfect.

People always over-estimate the power needed to run an OS. 256mb is fine.

Also while on the subject I will metion that with the new Vista, people are raving on about you need at least 1gb ram just to run it, preferably 2gb. That is also not true. Although I have not had any experience of this I have info from a reliable source that it runs perfect on 512mb and even better if you have a dedicated graphics card.

But if you do want to add more ram you can get 256mb here for about £15 + a couple of quid postage:
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/cat/Memory---Desktop/subcat/DDR-3200-.256MB



Correct..I had 2 pcs running XP on 256 of ram..the limitations come into play when you try editing pictures or other tasks that are memory dependant.
#13
currychops
Correct..I had 2 pcs running XP on 256 of ram..the limitations come into play when you try editing pictures or other tasks that are memory dependant.



I should have made it clear: the XP operating system will run fine on 256mb RAM; when it comes to anything rather useful (large spreadsheets, video encoding, graphics manipulation and so forth) the PC will need more than 256mb RAM.

Hope that clears things up :thumbsup:
#14
Diodorus-siculus
I should have made it clear: the XP operating system will run fine on 256mb RAM; when it comes to anything rather useful (large spreadsheets, video encoding, graphics manipulation and so forth) the PC will need more than 256mb RAM.

Hope that clears things up :thumbsup:


Yup, I agree 100% with you on that one bud. But for this persons needs I picked a machine that would do them perfect. (I hope :-D ). And yes the extra ram would be nice. Another 512mb can be bought for £25 + the small delivery fee if they really need it, so all in all they are getting a decent base unit for les than £190, a one that they can just plug and play. :thumbsup: And considering the OP said he had £200 to spend he can get few beers to celebrate his bargain purchase with the change!!! ;)
#15
Surely eBay is going to be your best bet here? Go to the Desktop PC section, choose 'Buy it Now' from the top and put £200 (or maybe a bit less to cover postage) as the maximum price and have a browse. There are machines on there that will run XP for around £100. If you wanted some extra speed slot another 256 RAM onto those and you'd have something that could run XP smoothly and a big wad of cash in your pocket.

Okay, this is a refurb, but it is a dell...and it's only £137 delivered. Pentium 4 2.6ghz, 512 RAM, mouse, keyboard etc, also comes with Windows XP. For the money you'd save it has to be worth considering.
#16
just a word of advice...buying secondhand PCs off ebay is not a risk I'd take.
#17
I haven't done it myself, but I know quite a few people who have done and they'll all worked fine. Obviously there's always a slight risk, but generally as long as you check out the feedback thoroughly before buying and are happy with it then you should be okay. Personally if I were buying a basic machine I'd go through eBay to save a few quid, but I wouldn't really consider buying a higher end machine from there. Personal choice I guess, just thought it was something to consider.

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