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HP Slimline S7720 Desktop?

Lyndyhop Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
I am looking to replace my old desktop and have seen this machine at £450 which includes £40 off for first purchase from HP.

I include the specs and if I could get some feedback it would be appreciated

Processor type: AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor 3800+
Operating system installed: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Platform: Intel® Viiv Technology
Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce 6150LE Chipset
Standard memory: 1 GB
Memory type: DDR2-SDRAM
Memory slots: 2 DIMM sockets
Internal hard disk drive: 320 GB
Hard disk controller : SATA Hard Disk Drive
Hard disk drive speed: (7200 rpm)
Optical drive type: DVD writer
Optical drive speed : DVD RAM and Double Layer ±R/ ±RW 16x/8x max supporting LightScribe technology
Memory card device: 9in1 memory card reader
Network interface: Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface
Video capture interface: IEEE 1394 FireWire® Interface
Video adapter: NVIDIA® GeForce 7500 LE TurboCache with PureVideo technology
Video RAM: 256 MB dedicated video memory
Internal audio: High Definition Audio 7.1
Audio connectors: 1 front audio ports, 6 rear analog audio ports & 1 rear digital audio port
Keyboard PS/2 keyboard and optical mouse
External drive bays: 1 external optical drive bay, 1 internal HDD bay
External I/O ports: 5 USB 2.0 ports (1 in front); 1 FireWire®-IEEE-1394;
Software - Productivity & finance: Microsoft® Works 8.5
Pre-installed software: Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7.0; Windows Mail; Adobe® Reader 7.0
Optical drive driver software: Windows Media Player ; HP Photosmart Essential , Windows Photo Gallery ; Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker ; Roxio Creator Basic
Software - education / reference / entertainment: Windows Media Center
Software included: Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately); Optional re-allocation of recovery partition; Recovery CD/DVD creation tool; Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (60 days live update)
Warranty statement: 1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour


I just need it really for wordprocessing, internet and ocassional gaming
Is this a decent desktop? or are there better deals

Also I have a laptop which is wireless how do I go about in getting a new desktop to be wireless. I don't need to interact with each other but just need to use both on broadband, will a usb wifi adapter do the job and how easy is it.

Sorry a bit long winded but I do want to get the best on offer at the moment

Thanks for all help
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
For your needs, which are pretty basic, you may want to save some cash and buy this well specc'd and well reviewed system from Ebuyer.

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123119

or this


http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116052


It will do all you ask and play games (although not very newest at the highest resolutions).

There are different ways of connecting to the network, depends on where you site it in relation to the router etc.
#2
mjr600 - thanks for your reply
Very good price for the Acer T180, didnt think you could get a decent machine for £300 or £350.
I have always been put off by ebuyer as their rep wasn't so good a while back but I think they have got their act together now and it could be worth dipping my toes in and getting this machine

With the wireless option, if I can explain I have today received from AOL a broadband router so I have not set it up yet so obviously I am still on dial-up (pain) - My sister is having terrible trouble getting her broadband going and am worried I will have problems and I need to be able to get onto the internet.
I live in a bungalow so I should be able to pick it up ok, I am presuming that when I set up broadband on the new desktop I then purchase a usb wifi adaptor plug it into the desktop and what with my laptop being wireless that should be able to pick it up (I'm hoping) is it that simple?

As you can see I am not very good at the connection side of computers my husband used to do all that but he passed away last year and am having to try and do it myself

Thanks for your help
#3
Lyndyhop
mjr600 - thanks for your reply
Very good price for the Acer T180, didnt think you could get a decent machine for £300 or £350.
I have always been put off by ebuyer as their rep wasn't so good a while back but I think they have got their act together now and it could be worth dipping my toes in and getting this machine

With the wireless option, if I can explain I have today received from AOL a broadband router so I have not set it up yet so obviously I am still on dial-up (pain) - My sister is having terrible trouble getting her broadband going and am worried I will have problems and I need to be able to get onto the internet.
I live in a bungalow so I should be able to pick it up ok, I am presuming that when I set up broadband on the new desktop I then purchase a usb wifi adaptor plug it into the desktop and what with my laptop being wireless that should be able to pick it up (I'm hoping) is it that simple?

As you can see I am not very good at the connection side of computers my husband used to do all that but he passed away last year and am having to try and do it myself

Thanks for your help


Setting up wireless can be troublesome. I would suggest setting aside a day to try and get it running smoothly. I would also suggest a PCI Wireless card for your desktop, this will work much better than a USB card.
#4
Hi there, ]]
lots of deals going around at the moment. Does your original post include a monitor? I can't seem to find one, if not then do not touch it, way overpriced.

Dell are coming out with some great prices, if you have the cash at hand for online purchase I would buy this right this second!!!!
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52310

Just do as Mike says, link to Dell via Quidco for your cashback, add the 22" monitor. Reduce the warranty to minimum and you have got the best deal you will see in a long time. BUT BE QUICK, as this is a pricing error on the monitors I think, Dell will honour it if you get in before they alter it!!!!
#5
Thanks to everyone for your input.

I just rechecked and no it doesn't come with a monitor and they have the cheek to put it up by another £30! So I will steer clear.

Some of the offers you had posted are really good deals so will go with one of them - thanks for saving me some money :thumbsup:

Regarding the PCI Wireless Card - how easy would it be to put inside the machine, as mentioned before I am hopeless.

If you can explain how I can do it, I agree it would be better than having the usb thingy sticking out

Do I need anything else if I buy the wireless card, i.e. ethernet connector?

I only wish I had more confidence and knowledge of the workings of a computer :?
#6
Do you already have the wireless connection setup in your house?

If so all you need is a cheap USB plugin wire;ess adapter. Yes the PCI plugin inside your PC could be an option but pointless really as most PC's come with USB2 connections which are fast enough for todays standards.

Get them for about £15 delivered.

Here is one:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/113771

another:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/115832

You will understand from those two links what you need if you already have a connection in your house that is wireless.

All you need to do is plug it in, put the CD in follow the instructions and away you go.
#7
beerman1 - Well not too sure about wireless set-up.

I have now received from AOL my broadband set-up which includes: DG834G wireless modem router + dsl filters, yellow ethernet cable, grey line cable and power supply.

I am hoping this is all I need.

My Acer laptop is wireless but my desktop when I buy it wont be wireless.

AOL recommend either netgear wg111 54mbps wireless usb adapter or thomson speedtouch 121g 54mbps usb adapter, which is what you say just use an usb port.

I have not as yet sorted broadband out as I think it would be better to wait to receive the new desktop and then I presume it would be better to connect the DG834G wireless modem router to the desktop and then using the netgear wg111 usb wireless adapter and what with my laptop already being wireless I'm hoping hey presto that will be it - or am I wrong, I do get a bit confused.
I do read on some of the posts that it can be a nightmare - what have I let myself in for!

Can you help beerman1 to clarify?

Txs
#8
Lindyhop

Once you've got it all plugged in download [url]www.networkmagic.com[/url]

It will assist in setting up the network and security in the simplest language, all features are free for the first month then you pay for some extras if you need them.

Its very good and beats messing about with a combination of software which comes from the laptop manufacturer, router manufacturer etc.
#9
Your best option at first would be to connect your new PC to the router using the supplied ethernet cable, then install the software and follow the instructions. Once it is setup you can then remove the cable and install your wireless usb adapter and use it wireless if you wish. Once you have installed the drivers it should pick up the wireless connection automatically.

If you want to leave it connected via the cable then that is perfect if you can live with the cable thing running across your room. It is a stronger more stable connection this way. You can still use your laptop wireless even if your main PC is connected by the ethernet cable.
#10
Fantastic - Thank you for all your help it is much appreciated.

After I receive my new pc if I have any trouble I will be back on the forum - but with your help I think I should be ok (famous last words)

:thumbsup:

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