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Hello. I'm looking for a decent Quad-Core desktop PC for under £600, preferably with Windows 7 or XP because I hate Vista. I heard if you shop around it is possible now. (May be able to stretch to £6… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Hello. I'm looking for a decent Quad-Core desktop PC for under £600, preferably with Windows 7 or XP because I hate Vista. I heard if you shop around it is possible now.
(May be able to stretch to £650 if necessary.)
If the processor and OS are 64-bit that'd be ideal. Cheap bastards only gave me a 32-bit OS when I had a 64-bit processor...

My mum wants a new PC because the old one is now incredibly slow. Mostly her fault if the logs from virus and spyware scans are anything to go by...
If this doesn't turn in a result then she'll end up just going into PC World and buying the first one she sees that looks pretty. Doesn't seem to realise that an aesthetically pleasing case doesn't mean the machine's any good.

With young siblings, they'll want to be able to play games on it too, however "proper" gaming on the PC is not a priority. It'll mostly be used for internet browsing and watching YouTube videos. Basically, it doesn't need to run Crysis flawlessly at full spec.

If the screen is 1920x1080 then that would be ideal too, however I can always connect my own monitor if this isn't the case. Can anyone help?

Oh, another option is parts to build one instead, for example my attention was just drawn to this:
http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-281-IN
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
suggestion:

medion akoya from aldi, listed on offers on this site. Seems decent specs, needs a screen though (but for 350 its pretty cheap!)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/572480/medion-akoya-pc-x7330-d-349-99-aldi?

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I woul def try to get a core i5 system as core 2 and quad are being phased out. Check out Mesh and read pc mag reviews. £600 is a good budget.
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Core i5? Never heard of it but I'll look into it. Thanks.

That Aldi special has great specs too.
#4
if your not going to be doing intensive gaming or editing i'd disagree with the guy above.

i7 and i5 processors are good but q8xxx range will meet your needs. Quad cores are not being phased out (the i5 and i7 processors ARE quad core processors), they're just becoming standard over dual core generally (also some QX9xxx series outperform i7s even)

I'd only suggest this if you really want to meet your budget maximum, though it really isn't necessary.

As for building you're own it usually costs more than the manufacturers when you factor in the OS and any other software.

minimum specs i'd suggest for you to look for would be Q8xxx, Q9xxx or Q6xxx processor (also the QX versions kick ass if you see them), or i5/7-series, 4gb+ ram if you're running 64bit windows, 500gb+ hdd, graphics card geforce 8600gt+ (or radeon equivalents), etc etc.

Desktops are usually fairly low-cost for mid spec'd ones.
#5
What didn't you like about Vista? Windows 7 keeps a lot of the changes Vista made so if it was something fundamental you're out of luck.
#6
I just didn't get on with it to be honest, found it hard to work with and then when 7 came along as if by magic it was fine.

Still, this is for my mother so if I was to build one I'd be tempted to stick to XP. She's been using computers for a decade now yet has learned absolutely nothing.
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if your not going to be doing intensive gaming or editing i'd disagree with the guy above.

i7 and i5 processors are good but q8xxx range will meet your needs. Quad cores are not being phased out (the i5 and i7 processors ARE quad core processors), they're just becoming standard over dual core generally (also some QX9xxx series outperform i7s even)

I'd only suggest this if you really want to meet your budget maximum, though it really isn't necessary.

As for building you're own it usually costs more than the manufacturers when you factor in the OS and any other software.

minimum specs i'd suggest for you to look for would be Q8xxx, Q9xxx or Q6xxx processor (also the QX versions kick ass if you see them), or i5/7-series, 4gb+ ram if you're running 64bit windows, 500gb+ hdd, graphics card geforce 8600gt+ (or radeon equivalents), etc etc.

Desktops are usually fairly low-cost for mid spec'd ones.


I'd disagree with the guy above. I typed the previous message on my iphone so it was short and not too clear. Just last weekend I upgraded from a Core 2 Duo to a I5 system that I have built myself. If you look at the specs the I5 is quicker than a Core 2 Quad, thats pretty obvious as the I5 is the latest chip. More importantly is that the I5 and I7 use the new 1156 and 1366 chip sockets, so you have upgrade potential, thats what I meant by the old quad cores being phased out, they use socket 775. Anyway the general idea was that for £600 you could reach an I5 based system which would be a much better choice as its not "soon to be" outdated technology. Also consider an AM3 based system based on a Phenom X4. :thumbsup:
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I'd disagree with the guy above. I typed the previous message on my iphone so it was short and not too clear. Just last weekend I upgraded from a Core 2 Duo to a I5 system that I have built myself. If you look at the specs the I5 is quicker than a Core 2 Quad, thats pretty obvious as the I5 is the latest chip. More importantly is that the I5 and I7 use the new 1156 and 1366 chip sockets, so you have upgrade potential, thats what I meant by the old quad cores being phased out, they use socket 775. Anyway the general idea was that for £600 you could reach an I5 based system which would be a much better choice as its not "soon to be" outdated technology. Also consider an AM3 based system based on a Phenom X4. :thumbsup:


I disagree with the guy above, unless you upgrade your processor every year then it makes no difference what socket you buy as more than likely the socket will have changed again or your motherboard will be incompatible with the newer CPU's using the same socket.

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