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Reliable easy to run desktop for my folks up to £300 (or less?)

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
My folks need a basic desktop for internet, office, photos (not editing), iplayer HD, watching DVDs etc.

Need about 100gb.

They already have a monitor/TV they want to keep.

I have dabbled in second hand computers etc but they have always caused me hassle breaking down, impossible to get parts for.

My ideal would be something with a decent warranty and support line.

I will also need a new mouse and keyboard.

I was considering the tesco deal been around a while now, is it still a decent deal?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/568462/compaq-cq5223-quad-core-desktop-pc-

I would have to sell the monitor prolly get £80 ish? Bit of a pain if there is a decent deal with out a monitor.

Not too bothered about OS I have a spare copy of win 7 (basic one) I could use (but if not I could sell so take into account in price - £40?)

I know my folks would easily survive with a P4 type of speed computer but it really is key that this computer is reliable and easy to use and run!

Other option I saw was this one..obviously you pay extra for its compactness and I would need to buy an external DVD player (£30?).its pretty sexy and Im sure my folks would like not having a massive pc box.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/596903/acer-aspire-revo-r3600-atom-230-1-6?page=2

Would even consider the extra £100 for the dual core one if it was necessary.

Would the basic one do for my folks?

Thanks in advance!
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
This one works out ok budget wise http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTVIEWPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=128125&UTM_SOURCE=homepage&UTM_MEDIUM=online&UTM_CONTENT=HOME_OFFICE_B&UTM_CAMPAIGN=box1

£301.73 including delivery

Intel® Pentium™ Dual Core™ E5400 Processor(2.7GHz,2MB Cache,800MHz)
No OS Installed
Mini-Tower Micro ATX Chassis with 300W PSU - Piano Black
ASUS P5QPL-AM Mainboard - Intel Core™ 2 Duo/Quad Core MATX
4GB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM - (2x 2GB)
500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer
22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM
256MB Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 - (P5QPL-AM)
5.1 High Definition onboard sound card - 6 Channel Cinema sound
Logitech Deluxe Keyboard & Optical Mouse (Corded) - Black
1 Year Return to Base Hardware Warranty - inc 3 Months Free Collect & Return

http://www.meshcomputers.com/ImageCache/IMAGELIBRARYIMAGECONTENT482174002D1002D1.jpg

The basic price doesn't include the keyboard and mouse, just click on customise and add them to get the price I quoted above.
#2
I'm out of touch with CPU's at the moment.

The tesco one is quad core and the mesh one is duel core and more expensive (if I sell the monitor) by the time I have added windows 7 to the mesh one?

Which CPU is 'better'? Obviously either will be wasted on my folks but the more 'future proof' the better!

Edit - quick ebay check shows I could get an easy £50 for the compaq monitor - total price £320

Mesh would be £360 by the time I have added Win 7 and mouse and keyboard

How do they compare?
#3
bump for this - anyone else be any help?

Is the tesco deal still good?
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#5
shergold


Good price but I would need to add an OS (if it was for me I might use something 'free')

Allow £40 for the OS then its knocking on the door of the tesco quad core one.

I think I'll order the tesco one - should be high enough spec for my folks to get a good few years use out it.

Edit: Quick google later. Interestingly there is not much between the zoostorm one and the compaq chips (although the compaq has a graphics card)

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/826/4

If you already had an OS that zoostorm looks to be a good buy - rep given
#6
Dell do some at £159+ Del +VAT (£216.20)
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/emea/segments/bsd/as_adv_desktops?c=uk&l=en&s=bsd&cs=ukbsdt1

or direct link http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&kc=DMN0001&l=en&oc=D022204&s=bsd

My parents are Running an Old Dell Dimension 4600 with a Pentium 2.6Ghz processor and 512MB Ram and it works perfectly ok for them
#7
Even a self build isn't worth it, just get the tesco one.

http://i45.tinypic.com/50kzl0.jpg
#8
I have the tesco one sat in front of me - bit peeved it has not got the graphics card it specifies - worse graphics ability than my 4 year old laptop!

My worry is that they do not need the screen so I was going to flog it but will this cause me a problem with the warranty - ie I will not be able to return the entire thing if I need to??

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