My first post of 2008, so a happy New Year to all.
The time has come for me to buy a new PC. My current desktop one is 4 -5 years old and is showing its age as well as letting me down on a few recent occasions.
In days gone buy Id build it myself after spending ages reviewing all hardware options etc, but find that I just dont have the time to do it these days. I no longer work in the IT field either and am finding that I no longer know what components go with each other .
When building my own I tended to go for a spec that was about 2/3 of the best available (at the time) which allowed me to build the optimum ratio of performance/cost PC that I could.
Id be very grateful for any advice from anyone more in the know than me about what to get and where to get it from.
It is a general use PC (office, web, music player etc). I would like to be able to play Spore (in all its glory) when it is released but I do not require a top end gaming card and play most games on my PS2 anyway.
Ive been looking at Dell and Novatech amongst others but really dont know what I should be looking for.
I have no allegiance to either AMD or Intel, however I gather from a few reviews Ive read that the current Intel Core 2 Duo processors are better than the AMD equivalent.
Budget would be a maximum of £400.
In a bizarre twist to things my wife has suggested that we also look at laptops! The requirements for this would be the same as above but in an attempt to future proof it (as upgrading laptops is not the easiest to do) the budget for the laptop would be a maximum of £500.
Once again, thanks in advance for any advice and/or pointers really I do appreciate it .
PS - Long time moocher on HUKD, first time poster...