My current desktop is a 7-8-year-old, Time desktop. It's served me well but, over the past month or two, it's started to go senile, also giving me an error I need to F1 past when I turn it on. I was fine with that, and I think it might even be easily fixable if I can replace a battery, or something. However, things took a turn for the worse yesterday when I couldn't get any picture outside of a 'signal disconnect' message. I changed cables, monitors, tried the onboard--everything I could think of. It seemed like, though my PC was powering up, nothing was loading. At the moment, I can only get my PC to work at random, seemingly--only after turning it off and on numerous times. I don't even know if I'll be able to get it to work again if I turn it off.
Before it stops working entirely, I'd like to place an order for a new, replacement unit so I'm not left without a working computer at home; forced to enter my details in a far less safe manner. All I really require is a desktop that can handle 720P video file playback; maybe also 1080P. I'm not a gamer and, really, only use my PC to browse, buy and watch stuff I download. As long as the processor can handle HD files and an OS is sold with it (XP, if at all possible, simply because I'm so used to it), it'd do me.
Since I'm not a gamer, I don't want to throw down too much in order to get a new desktop. I was thinking in the £200-300 range. I was tempted by the nettop deal that was recently posted, however I seriously doubt the Intel Atom 230 processor can handle HD video playback. If it had a more powerful processor, it'd be perfect--it even having WinXp--but...