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WANTED - all round desktop PC for general family games/internet use

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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
Hi to all.

Can anybody please help me locate a good deal on a desktop PC with a TFT screen and a half decent graphics card. It will be used in the main for general family games/internet use.

I've been looking at all the Dell deals Mike T posts put they are 'base units' only and I wouldn't know where to get everything else I need from.

Many thanks
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
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#1
to be honest you be better off building your own pc, if you know how, as you get ur specs you want and not **** cheap specs like dell do with their units, as u get a very low end graphics card etc, ebuyer and aria are prob the best places to build your own, as for a monitor you can get 19" for under £80 yes brand new
#2
>I've been looking at all the Dell deals Mike T posts put they are 'base units' only and I
>wouldn't know where to get everything else I need from.

You can buy TFT screen for around £100 nowadays. Loads of them posted here on HotUkDeals so very easy to buy and fit.

I am always amazed at people who suggest "build it yourself" to someone who patently does not know much about computers (as you indicate you dont).

I have worked in computers for 30 years, and have built 4 PCs over the years, but it can take weeks of research to get the correct parts that work together and have the correct specs etc.

Because technology changes so quickly getting the right parts to fit and work together is not that easy. Also, you save no money building it yourself, it is often cheaper to get someone to build it for you.

A company like Novatech build and sell different PCs for different user types with different prices, try there

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/rangecat.jsp?t=pc
#3
guilbert53
>I've been looking at all the Dell deals Mike T posts put they are 'base units' only and I
>wouldn't know where to get everything else I need from.

I am always amazed at people who suggest "build it yourself" to someone who patently does not know much about computers (as you indicate you dont).

I have worked in computers for 30 years, and have built 4 PCs over the years, but it can take weeks of research to get the correct parts that work together and have the correct specs etc.

Because technology changes so quickly getting the right parts to fit and work together is not that easy. Also, you save no money building it yourself, it is often cheaper to get someone to build it for you.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/rangecat.jsp?t=pc

Have to agree with this post. I have built my last 3 systems and I need a new one now. Looking at prices for CPU's etc, it is as cheap to buy a ready built system, my only problem is every time I find one someone says'' oh don't use them I heard'' and it puts me off a little. shall have to bite the bullet and just buy one soon.
#4
Budget? . . .
#5
£300 or there abouts. Seen a AMD Phenom system 3g ram 320Gb hard drive etc etc. for £270
#6
Intel Celeron Dual Core E1200


1GB Memory


160GB Hard Drive


DVD writer


Intel GMA 950 Graphics


Micro ATX Tower Case


System price
£199.00
inc vat
just had a look at the specs at the cheapest home pc from nova, and i still stand by what i said lol, look for like for like components that they have above on ebuyer/aria, you will find the prices are cheaper if u build your own, if you already have xp/vista its a bonus , ask your self what is the most expensive part for the above i would say the proccessor, £30 if that, as its an old one, motherboard u can pick up for about £23 same as hard drive theres a 500gb on aria for £32 . which is 3 times as big as one above, pc cases u can get for about £12 ish, mice/keyboard u can get for under £5 for both of them, memory 2gb u can get for under £20 dvd drive u can get for £10-12 as for graphics cards, well any is better than the above even if its a 8400, which u can get for about £23 now add the bulk of that n compare the specs to mine i just mentioned, and you will see that it is cheaper,
yes building your own isnt everyones cup of tea but for those who know how to do it, its by far the best way to get the best for your needs, u get way better specs if u build your own compared to systems pre built
#7
MSI P965 Neo-F Socket 775 MOTHERBOARD = £23 aria
500GB Seagate Barracuda SATA2 16MB =£35 aria
Arianet 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM =£12.87 aria
20x Samsung SH-S202 20X IDE DVDR-W Black =£14.75 aria
SV 450w SilentLoad 20 & 24+SATA PSU =£12.37 aria
nVidia GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI-E =£24.95 aria
Casecom 6630 Black/Silver Midi Tower Case - =£10.99 ebuyer
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Socket 775 2.4GHz (800MHz) =£85.99 ebuyer
Black Wired Keyboard and Mouse Desktop Set =£5.79 ebuyer

total around £227 gives u some left over to get vista or xp off ebay under your £300 budget
you will noticed highlighted in blue for the hard disk is a whopping 500 u can go for the 250gb which is about 23 off aria

if you dont know how to build one yourself then abviously the best way to go is pre built systems like dell or someother well known companys that do it
#8
# AMD Phenom X3 Triple Core 8450+ 2.1GHz Processor
# AMD 690V Motherboard
# ATi Radeon X1250 Graphics (SMA)
# 4GB PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2 Memory
# 500GB Serial ATA II Hard Drive
# 20x Serial ATA DVDRW
# High Definition 5.1 Sound
# 1000MBps LAN
# Zen Midi Tower Chassis with PSU
£245 Delivered

OR

System Configuration
Motherboard
MSI K9N Neo F v3 AM2,DDR2,PCI-E,Lan,SATA2,ATX
Processor
AMD Athlon64 6000 Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor - Retail
Memory
2Gb (2x1Gb) Dual Channel DDR2 667Mhz Memory 6
Graphics Card(s)
256Mb nVidia GeForce 8400 GS PCI-Express VGA Card
Onboard
Video Editing
Hard Drive 1
250Gb Maxtor DiamondMax21 SATAI/II 8Mb Cache Hard Drive
Optical Device 1
NEC AD-5200A-0B 20X+/-DVD-R Dual Layer Dvd Writer- Black
BluRay and HD-DVD Drives
Case
N-880D Silver ATX Case With 450W PSU
£250
#9
n1ttygr1tty
nVidia GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI-E =£24.95 aria


tony7373

# ATi Radeon X1250 Graphics (SMA)

OR

256Mb nVidia GeForce 8400 GS PCI-Express VGA Card


He asked for a half-decent graphics card. Something like a 4670/9600GT/9800GT/4850/9800GTX+ would be good.

All base units need are the peripherals. Keyboard, mouse and monitor are the essentials (you can probably use your current ones, or buy new ones if you need/want to).

If you do want new ones then any USB mouse or keyboard will work (and all new ones are USB) and come with their cables built-in. Monitors are slightly tricker but if the base unit provides DVI then you want a monitor with DVI, and you may need to buy a DVI cable seperately (a couple of quid from somewhere like ebuyer) if the monitor doesn't come with one. A VGA connection also works and both base unit and monitor will have it but it can be a bit more problematic.

On top of those essentials you may also need a wireless network adapter (if you use a wireless network to share the internet in your house) and speakers (again, both should work fine with the new computer if you currently have them).

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