I am currently looking to buy new desktop pc for general surfing, work etc. and the following have been suggested by friends and family (to be honest I doubt they know anymore than I do) so if anyone can shed some light on which to buy or suggest an alternative I would be very grateful :-)
Sorry about the length of post - but as I am not sure what spec I should be looking for I thought I better include all info
Multimedia PC Medion® Akoya® P4340 D
£489. 99 each *
2.8 GHz Intel® Core 2 Duo processor E7400
(2.8 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
1000 GB S-ATA hard drive
for more than 200,000 music tracks or photos2
4 GB 4096 MB DDR2 Dual Channel SDRAM with 667 MHz 64 Bit1
Nvidia® GeForce® GT 140 DirectX®10
High performance graphics card for fantastic visual clarity with games and multimedia applications. The 512 MB dedicated memory and integrated HDMI interface make the
P4340 D the perfect partner for your LCD or Plasma TV!
High Speed Wireless Networking
Latest Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11n-Draft technology for up to 6-fold faster transfer with up to 300 MBit/s. 802.11b/g compatible
For fast transmissions
CD/DVD Multiformat Burner with DVD-RAM and Dual Layer support5
8 Channel High Definition Audio6
Medion® data port 2
Simple, limitless storage capacity expansion no cables required!8
Front ConnectXL now includes eSATA for connecting external SATA devices.
Wireless Keyboard, remote frequency optical mouse, Windows Vista® Home Premium Recovery DVD (32 & 64 bit)
Software included (OEM versions pre-installed and/or on CD/DVD or Recovery DVD)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32 Bit
Microsoft® Works 9.0
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Trial Edition7
Nero Essentials Nero Burning ROM 85, Nero Recode 3SE5, Nero Express 85, Nero Vision 5 Essentials5
Corel® Draw Essentials 3 & Corel® MediaOne
BullGuard Internet Security4 90 day trial
System Recovery powered by Symantec http://www.symantec.com
2 ?USB 2.0
integrated USB 2.0
Flash memory card reader (memory cards not supplied)3
6 ?USB 2.0
1 ?LAN (RJ45)
1 ?Front Line Out
1 ?Back Surround Line Out
1 ?Side Surround Line Out
1 ?Center/Subwoofer Line Out
1 ?Line In
1 ?S/P-DIF Out (opt.)
1 ?S/P-DIF Out (coax.)
1 ?VGA, 1 ?HDMI
For further details of this fantastic PC offer please visit http://www.medion.com/ms/aldi/md8840/uk/
All the support you need
36 month manufacturers warranty. Medion® offer a telephone support hotline charged at National Rates and a return to manufacturer service for repair.
Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Core and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
1 For computers configured with 4 GB of system memory, the full system memory space for computing activities will be considerably less and will vary by model and system configuration.
2 Approx. 4 MB per music title/photo.
3 Memory cards not included.
4 BullGuard Internet Security is a full 90-day trial version. This 90-day version downloads all important updates from the internet at no extra charge (free registration required). After 90 days you have to purchase a licence if you want to receive ongoing updates.
5 You may only make copies of material for which you own the copyright, or for which you have obtained permission from the copyright owner to make copies. If you are not the owner of the copyright, or do not have the permission of the copyright owner to copy, then you could violate the copyright and be subject to possible claims for damages.
6 Only in conjunction with suitable loudspeaker systems (not supplied).
7 Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Trial Edition 60 day test version, Internet connection required for activation. After 60 days you have to purchase a licence if you want to continue using the product
8 Hard drive not included
FROM PC WORLD...
Advent QC-6003 - Quad Core PC with large 19" display £559.00
The Advent QC6003 is an extremely fast top-of-the-range desktop with massive storage space. With its elegant look and colossal power the QC6003 is the perfect buy for any home or office.
The Advent QC6003 boasts an Intel Core 2 Quad Processor and Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium for excellent performance of all your applications. With 6 GB of memory you can be assured that all programs run smoothly and efficiently and with the huge 640 GB Hard Drive you can store all of your music, photos and documents without running out of space.
Equipped with an Intel GMA x4500HD graphics card, Dual Layer DVD Rewriter and a built-in-media card to further expand your entertainment options. 6 USB ports make connecting the QC6003 to external devices practical and extremely simple.
Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor 2.33GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB Cache Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 6GB DDR2 memory 640GB SATA hard drive (7200rpm) Intel® GMA X4500HD graphics Dual Layer DVD Rewriter Built-in media card reader 6x USB ports (2x front, 4x rear) Full product information about Advent QC-6003 - Quad Core PC with large 19" display Hide product information about Advent QC-6003 - Quad Core PC with large 19" display
Full specification Benefit
Processor Type Intel. Core 2 Quad Q8200
Front Side BUS 1333MHz
Cache 4 MB
Operating-System Windows Vista. Home Premium
RAM Memory 6144 MB
Hard Disk Capacity 640 GB
Optical Drive 1 Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
Graphics Description Intel. GMA X4500HD
No of USB connections 6 The more connections the computer has the more equipment you can connect to your computer e.g. modem, printer, scanner, digital camera, PDA
FROM JOHN LEWIS...
Acer Aspire L5100 Desktop PC, 9150E Processor, 750GB £599.00
Built-in ethernet connectionAllows you to connect to a network Gigabit ethernet
CD / DVD optical driveCan play - and normally record to - CDs and DVDs DVD RAM and DVD±R/±RW (dual layer)
Computer Software HelplineWe offer access to a 90 day helpline when you buy a new desktop or laptop computer from John Lewis. The service is available for a period of 90 days from the date you make your purchase. Free 90 day computer support
Dimensions H20 x W6 x D25cm
FireWire / IEEE 1394 portsQuickly transfer footage from compatible digital camcorders 1 x front IEEE 1394 port (4-pin), 1 x rear IEEE 1394 port (6-pin)
Floppy disk driveStorage device that can read or write to 3.5" floppy disks No
Graphics cardGenerate the images you see on your computer screen ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
Graphics card - video RAMLarger amounts of video RAM are better at displaying fast moving and complex graphics 527MB
Guarantee FREE 2 year guarantee, extend to 3 years £60
Hard driveBuilt-in memory used for storing your audio and video files, etc 750GB
Memory card slotGreater amount of slots means more variety of card formats can be used 5 in 1 card reader - MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), Memory Stick® (MS), xD-Picture Card (xD
Model name / number Aspire L5100 9G.GJS9Z.UAP
ModemConnects to the internet via a telephone line No
MonitorDisplays viewable images generated by a computer LCD
Operating systemPrograms that manage the hardware and software of a computer Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium
ProcessorBrain of a computer enabling a program to run AMD Phenom 9150E
Processor speedThe faster the processor the quicker your programs will run 1.8GHz
Stereo speakers Not included
TV tuner cardDevice that receives digital free-to-air terrestrial and/or analogue television services No
USB portsUniversal Serial Bus- socket for transferring data between electronic devices 6 x USB 2.0
Acer Empowering Technology
Intel® Viiv technology
CyberLink® Power Producer®
McAfee Internet Security Trial
Microsoft® Office Trial 2007 & Works 8.5
Advent AIO-200 - Quad-Core all-in-one desktop PC with large 22" display £799.00
A superb multitasking desktop, the Advent AIO 200 has all your entertainment and computing needs integrated into its 22" monitor.
Intel® Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor
(2.33GHz, 1333MHZ FSB, 4MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
2GB DDR2 667MHz memory
500GB SATA hard drive (7200rpm)
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce 9300GS graphics
Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
Digital TV Tuner
Built-in wireless (802.11b/g)
Integrated 1.3 million pixel webcam
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SORRY THIS IS LONGWINDED with all the info but I would really appreciate any fellow hotdealers expert opinions as I am not so hot on pc specs
Thanks in advance