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Wanting to buy a desktop...what should I get?

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
I'm looking to replace my desktop and wondered what make to buy and recommendations for one costing about £400-£500 with a monitor included with it.

Are Dell good? If I was to buy one, which one and should I buy direct from Dell or do any other companies sell Dell cheaper? I'd like to take out an extended guarantee too.

Any help/advice appreciated. Any current codes also appreciated.

Thanks
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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I used to be self-employed many moons ago and I always asked the same questions when people asked me this:

1, What's your budget (I know yours is £500 max)?
2. What do you want to do with it?

If you're not technically minded, then good tech support would be worth its weight in gold. From what I remember Dell's support is one of the best - things may have changed and I'm sure someone will correct me if it's otherwise!!!

You can buy Dell refurbished full systems for a fraction of the cost but new ones can only be bought from Dell directly.
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Hi. Yes, I agress with the previous commenter. I purchased my PC package from Dell almost 3 years ago now and I've never had a single problem with it. I didnt take the support cover as I know a little about PC upgrading and installation but Dells Customer Service Aftercase and Support are second to none, and if your not technically orientated then I'd strongly advise taking the support option. It may seem a little expensive but just knowing that if anything goes wrong there will be a technician only a phonecall away or worst case scenario, a technician will be out to your home the next possible working day to inspect and fix any issues is a godsend to the frustrated PC user.

Depending on what you want to use your PC for will be a main driver in the cost. For example if you wanted to just browse the internet and use email and office applications then £500 will buy you a pretty decent package from Dell.

If gaming is the main reason then you will need some serious hardware and £500 may not get you a great gaming PC package (Some graphics cards alone cost £500!). But this is only for the serious gamer.

If the PC is for general use, that is, some run of the mill PC games and internet/email and letter writing then again £500 is more than enough to get a good package from Dell.

You will see various PC Packages in other online retailers and high street supermarkets, however having experience of Dell's build quality robustness and reliability (I still use the same keyboard I got with the package 3 years ago!) then I wouldnt even consider buying from elsewhere.

But at the end of the day its your hard earned cash my friend. You have to make the decision, but I hope our comments have helped you a little. Thanks.

The only thing I would advise about is the price viewing on the Dell website, it has a dual mode price viewing of prices inclusive of VAT and that exclusive of VAT. Make sure you know which price type you are viewing otherwise you could get a surprise at the checkout basket!

As for codes, Dell always have many promotions and discounts going at any given time, my advice would be to try and get as much as you can for your money, i.e maybe ones that include a free printer or camera or free upgraded PC specifications etc.
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StevenA2000_uk

Depending on what you want to use your PC for will be a main driver in the cost. For example if you wanted to just browse the internet and use email and office applications then £500 will buy you a pretty decent package from Dell.

If the PC is for general use, that is, some run of the mill PC games and internet/email and letter writing then again £500 is more than enough to get a good package from Dell.



Good point. I would class myself semi technically minded (lol not all the way there yet).
But erm..I bought a dell pc about 2 years ago, and it is still going strong. Customer support IS very good. When I first bought it, I bought it with upgraded ram, and memory....as I would be using it for Design and Music Production.

From my experience I have learnt that Dell computers are cheap, because they are not very future proof. i.e. There is not much room for upgrading.
I recently went install a graphics card (for dual monitors), but found out my dell did not have PCI-E slot but another connection..therefore I had to buy an OLDER graphics card costing me MORE. Having said that there also are not many extra slots.

SO, if you want a computer just for standard home use and don't mind keeping it for a few years, chucking it out and buying a new one then go for Dell. However, if like me you think you might like to upgrade in the future maybe look elsewhere.

I have no quarrels with dell, infact I love my dell. Was just a bit annoyed when I found out there wasn't much room for upgrade. I think my next PC, will be custom built by myself.
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I used to be self-employed many moons ago and I always asked the same questions when people asked me this:

1, What's your budget (I know yours is £500 max)?
2. What do you want to do with it?

If you're not technically minded, then good tech support would be worth its weight in gold. From what I remember Dell's support is one of the best - things may have changed and I'm sure someone will correct me if it's otherwise!!!

You can buy Dell refurbished full systems for a fraction of the cost but new ones can only be bought from Dell directly.


I mainly use it for browsing the internet, emailing, downloading music and playing online games though not RPG. I can be on it for hours if i am talking to people via msn. Nothing fancy needed I guess, just something with enough memory that goes fast. Can anyone recommend a specific model then? Thanks.

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