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Decent computer please.

duckmagicuk2 Avatar
1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
I'd like a nice spec computer.

I hate sending things back by courier on the warranty, so I'd prefer an instore deal if possible, and I don't mind paying a little more for it there (but not too much, lol).

Spec:

3.2Ghz if pos
About 160Gb HDD.
At least 512Mb RAM memory!!
A TV card and graphics card would be nice too.
DVD-Writer is essential, but these aren't too bad anyway.

[highlight]Alternative is to build my own, in which case I'd need prices for parts. I'm quite capable of doing this myself.[/highlight] ;)
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1d, 4m agoPosted 1 decade, 4 months ago
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#1
Do you mean you want to buy from somewhere like PCWorld Ducky?

What about Dell who do the collect and return service??

If you're willing to build one, I'd do that if I were you, although it can work out more expensive...
#2
I'd rather get a pre-built one if that works out cheaper... I was thinking along the lines of PC World, etc but I guess Dell wouldn't be too bad if it was cheaper.

:pirate:
#3
Are you in a big rush for it? You could get MikeT to hunt you out a bargin on Thursday morning and buy it then-and-there, before they change the price!

Or we'll see if any members here have any suggestions.
#4
It's a shame you missed out on the Dell 5150's at BTShop. Personally, I'd recommend one of those, they're whisper quiet and cool running even in this weather.

What's the most you'd be prepared to pay ducky?
#5
Actually i was about to say build one coz it could be cheaper if you look carefully around the stores for parts, well thats what i did. Now it seems it's just as cheaper to buy than build.
#6
Are you sure you need 3.2GHz? Recent Intel CPUs are running at slower clock but more efficient than previous high-clock models.
As to building your own PC, this is always the best route if not quite the cheapest. At least you'll be buying stuff you want :)
[mod]#7
I used to always build my own Ducky, but once I bought a dell the interest in self build just dissapeared.
Remember that as long as the Dell pc you buy has the right basis you can add stuff without messing with the warranty, extra ram is much cheaper elseware, dvdrw is at least £35 from Dell and you can buy a DL one for just over £20 elseware, hard drive space is easy with all these cheap external drives to store those video's and MP3's on. Graphics cards are cheaper elseware too unless your needs are such that the humble offerings from Dell will do you.

2.8Ghz dual core cpu'd dell base units are pretty cheap and although the clock wont win boast awards in the pub it will do all you need even if your into some video work.
Consider the outlet too, some good deals there on returned pc's, they still have a 1yr collect return warranty and Dell will contact you to ask if you want to extend it fairly cheaply before it expires.
Do you already have a nice size TFT monitor? or are you looking for that as well?

Quick outlet example:

Dimension 5150 PentiumD 820 DualCore(2.80GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2x1MB cache)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
System Price £353 delivered

Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Memory: 1G Memory, 2 X 512mb (400, 512)
Hard Disk Drive: 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
Video: ATI Radeon X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory
Modem: Dell 56k Data/Fax/Voice Modem
DVD Drive: 16X IDE DVD ROM
Microsoft® Works® 7.0
English - Adobe Reader 6.0
Photo Shop Photo Album (5.22) - trial version
Dell Quietkey Midnight Grey Keyboard
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Entry Mouse

Thats just a quick example from the list now late on Friday afternoon, the better deals will be there from Tuesday mid mornings till friday midday, they do get snapped up quite quickly so if you see what you like stick it in a basket quickly and then think about it. Baskets get auto emptied in 15mins if you dont refresh them ;)
#8
Well, I've been having a look around PC World today... did you know that if you ask them for a base-unit only price for a PC it often brings the price down by about £150. I wasn't expecting it to be that much.

Anyway... we've talked about it and I've just realised that once our laptop comes back from Acer for the second time (last time they sent it back unrepaired) this computer will be free.

The specs of the one I'm using are:

2.81Ghz
DVD Writer
It shows as 192Mb RAM. I believe that is because it's 256 but 64mb is used by the graphics??

Not TV card or anything. I don't know if I'd need it.

So I'll probably just use this one, and then if I need to I'll buy some more RAM for it. I'm not sure if I could get a TV card though because this is a Packard Bell and they are infamous for not having PCI slots spare. :(

So basically, all I'd need is RAM.

Then again, the dell deal above sounds good so if they get better than that I might look into them. I'll keep a keen eye on Mike's Dell deals!!

Or would it be worth waiting until next year to buy a PC?? After all, by this time next year they might be shipping PCs with Vista. That could be worth waiting for...
[mod]#9
You really should increase the memory ;) Xp requires 256meg minimum.
Another 256meg strip would do you. Check for the amount of free slots in your pc first, then use Crucials checker to see what you should be buying and go via Quidco and use the voucher too ;)
#10
What is your budget? I'll throw together a stack of components!
#11
Was looking at about £400 max. What do you reckon that would get me??

I really do think that I might wait until Vista though... go to be worth it.
#12
[FONT=Verdana]Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Motherboard: Abit KN8 nForce4 S939 w/ PCI-Express
RAM: 1GB Crucial RAM, Dual Channel 2x512MB
Graphics / Video Card: HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X1300 ICEQ 256MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out
Optical Drive: Asus 16x16 DVD +/- RW Drive Dual Layer Rewriter
Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 17 160GB S-ATAII 8MB Cache
Case and PSU: OcUK Value Estar 7799 Case with 400W PSU
Fan: Acoustifan C-Series Ultra Quiet 80mm 3-Pin Fan

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#13
Sorry backrow, we don't allow eBay seller links in the forums.
#14
Aldi sell decent pc's (the monitors are seperate) which come with 3 years onsite warranty. Theres a new one coming out beginning of August.

I'm using one now;-)
#15
MikeT
Quick outlet example:

Dimension 5150 PentiumD 820 DualCore(2.80GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2x1MB cache)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
System Price £353 delivered

Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Memory: 1G Memory, 2 X 512mb (400, 512)
Hard Disk Drive: 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
Video: ATI Radeon X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory
Modem: Dell 56k Data/Fax/Voice Modem
DVD Drive: 16X IDE DVD ROM
Microsoft® Works® 7.0
English - Adobe Reader 6.0
Photo Shop Photo Album (5.22) - trial version
Dell Quietkey Midnight Grey Keyboard
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Entry Mouse

Thats just a quick example from the list now late on Friday afternoon, the better deals will be there from Tuesday mid mornings till friday midday, they do get snapped up quite quickly so if you see what you like stick it in a basket quickly and then think about it. Baskets get auto emptied in 15mins if you dont refresh them ;)


That's exactly what I'm looking for Mike, my PC wrapped in yesterday so I'm looking for something new. Is Tuesday the start of the bargains?
[mod]#16
Stu there may be some 5150's around that price by midday Monday but they tend not to refill the list till Tuesdays. If you are sure what cpu and model you want, set the search parameters to say P1 2800 which is dual core 2.8Ghz and the model to 5150 and the price from lowest upward (click price to do this), then just sit there refreshing the list quite often till you see some new ones added. If you see something you like check the box and basket it quickly, then read the spec. Otherwise someone may just grab it before you.
Buy before Thursday as the current £55 off and free delivery finishes then.
Good luck!
[mod]#17
Stu this was just sitting there now Midnight, just what you wanted. OK so the memory is yuk but at that price with a dvdrw you can go Crucial for the ram!

Dimension 5150 PentiumD 820 DualCore(2.80GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2x1MB cache)

System Price £303.15 delivered

Operating System: Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Memory: 256MBDualChannelDDR2533MHz(1x256)

Hard Disk Drive: 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
Video: ATI Radeon X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory
Modem: Dell 56k Data/Fax/Voice Modem
DVD Drive: 16 X DVD +/- RW
#18
Remember that is DDR2 not DDR..
[mod]#19
And your point is Fps_kyle?
Memory: 256MBDualChannel DDR2 533MHz(1x256)


Crucial with the current discounts can give Stu another 256meg for around £18 or 512 for £28 or 1gig for £60 so he's still better off than with the first example I gave as he then has a dvdrw too.
Its pie in the sky anyway as he's not around to go grab that one, plenty more of these about next week ;)
#20
Brilliant Mike - I'll take a look, thanks.
#21
My point is that when it comes to RAM buying you've got to be REALLY cautious as to what you are getting, CAS3, Non-ECC, and DDR2 is even more picky. 533MHz is PC4000 or PC4200, and DDR2 has only come into play since the launch of AM2 socket processors.
#22
Not bad machine (HTPC) from PCWorld.
#23
Refurbished but still ok. Not much upgradability due to it being in the desk case.
#24
That's why I pointed that this one is HTPC :) If you look at HTPC case prices, this one is clearly bargain. But spec is only so so, I agree.
Don't really understand why anyone would need TWO DVD-RW drives though. :)
#25
I've built one, and had a PC World off the shelf one. Bought a Dell about two months ago, spent about £150 on extra memory and a graphics card as I'm as pleased as punch.

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