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Is this PC worth £199 19" Widescreen multimedia TFT monitor AMD processor 1GB RAM 250GB hard drive capacity DVDRW optical drive Keyboard and mouse bundle Lan 10/100/1000 Ethernet card … Read More
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Is this PC worth £199

19" Widescreen multimedia TFT monitor
AMD processor
1GB RAM
250GB hard drive capacity
DVDRW optical drive
Keyboard and mouse bundle
Lan 10/100/1000 Ethernet card
Microsoft Vista operating system

Any advice would be great, not got any more info than above sorry
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Ha ha! Yes it is
#2
yeah m8 not bad not bad
#3
StudentJo
Ha ha! Yes it is


Im useless honestly lol

I saw it in the VIP sale and didnt order it, I noticed that it was in stock today but didnt have a clue on spec (as you know lol) I just ordered it.

Hubby asked me about it earlier and I hadnt got a clue... I wont tell you what he said to me lol I thought what the hell I can send it back, but then thought OMG what have I done lol :oops:
#4
csamual
yeah m8 not bad not bad


Thanks, makes me feel a bit better about my purchase lol
1 Like #5
may need to update the ram, dont you need atleast to 2GB to run vista at a half decent rate?
#6
alfie73
Im useless honestly lol

I saw it in the VIP sale and didnt order it, I noticed that it was in stock today but didnt have a clue on spec (as you know lol) I just ordered it.

Hubby asked me about it earlier and I hadnt got a clue... I wont tell you what he said to me lol I thought what the hell I can send it back, but then thought OMG what have I done lol :oops:


Next NEVER argue returns, me and my mum spent about £1700 in the sale this time round, I've probably kept about £200 worth of stuff and she's probably kept £100. In the last sale I ordered some furniture and one of the dowells went through the top of a dressing table as I was building it and they took it back, even offered to take all of the furniture back after the 7days!

I'm really annoyed with myself though because I had the chance to buy a £350 plasma this time round and I don't know anything about TVs so I didn't get it! Now I think it was cheap. Typically they only take about 25% off electricals but this year they've knocked 50% off everything so all their electrical stuff is really cheap if you can get your hands on it!

Don't worry! you did the right thing!
1 Like #7
weird how it doesn't list the AMD processor speed
vista one 1GB of ram is a bit of a struggle! won't even list ram specs...

overall for £200 not bad, the monitor is probabley the best component
#8
DannyGlover
may need to update the ram, dont you need atleast to 2GB to run vista at a half decent rate?


TBH Im not sure, Im not very technical at all and my hubby hasnt a clue. When it arrives I should have better idea of spec.
Thanks for your help :)
#9
mafia
weird how it doesn't list the AMD processor speed
vista one 1GB of ram is a bit of a struggle! won't even list ram specs...

overall for £200 not bad, the monitor is probabley the best component


It was really an impulse buy from the Next sale, I didnt have any spec to go on because I know I can send it back if useless. Should know more when it arrives.

Thanks for your help :)
#10
Which is better Vista or XP? Ive only ever used XP
#11
for £200 its a good buy
1 Like #12
xp vista has a few probs but for 200 quid you cant argue
#13
StudentJo
Next NEVER argue returns, me and my mum spent about £1700 in the sale this time round, I've probably kept about £200 worth of stuff and she's probably kept £100. In the last sale I ordered some furniture and one of the dowells went through the top of a dressing table as I was building it and they took it back, even offered to take all of the furniture back after the 7days!

I'm really annoyed with myself though because I had the chance to buy a £350 plasma this time round and I don't know anything about TVs so I didn't get it! Now I think it was cheap. Typically they only take about 25% off electricals but this year they've knocked 50% off everything so all their electrical stuff is really cheap if you can get your hands on it!

Don't worry! you did the right thing!


Thanks TBH I ordered loads too, I always do. This yr is the 1st time Ive sent loads back thou. I was really good thinking do we really need things. Then I ordered a PC for £200 lol. Its worth keep looking at the sale because there was only 2 items in electrical yesterday, earlier it increased to 10 now back to 3. So I suppose they adding Items that have been sent back. You might just get lucky with your TV
#14
csamual
xp vista has a few probs but for 200 quid you cant argue


Thanks, Could I replace it with XP (lol well not me, Im useless) Is it an easy enough thing to do for someone who knows how??? :)
#15
Rep added for you all. Thanks your help is very much appreciated
#16
alfie73
Thanks TBH I ordered loads too, I always do. This yr is the 1st time Ive sent loads back thou. I was really good thinking do we really need things. Then I ordered a PC for £200 lol. Its worth keep looking at the sale because there was only 2 items in electrical yesterday, earlier it increased to 10 now back to 3. So I suppose they adding Items that have been sent back. You might just get lucky with your TV


In the last sale they updated the stock once a day I think overnight, although I got loads of good stuff by typing in codes on the quickshop about a month after the sale, found loads of stuff not listed in the sale pages, hence the reason I have kept all my catalogues! That tactic is not working so well this year, fingers crossed though they do have a lot of returns so I hear.
#17
StudentJo
In the last sale they updated the stock once a day I think overnight, although I got loads of good stuff by typing in codes on the quickshop about a month after the sale, found loads of stuff not listed in the sale pages, hence the reason I have kept all my catalogues! That tactic is not working so well this year, fingers crossed though they do have a lot of returns so I hear.


lol I used to keep mine to. But cancelled the directory in the summer cause I usually browse and order on line. Hence needing help now lol
#18
do you know what you intend to use the PC for?

is it just for surfing the web?
banned#19
stick with vista. XP is just too old now.
#20
mafia
do you know what you intend to use the PC for?

is it just for surfing the web?


Yeah mainly internet... Ive got laptop but wanted something hubby can use to do the odd bit of work rather than having to go to the office thats all :)
#21
csiman
stick with vista. XP is just too old now.


Is there a major difference in the 2, excuse my ignorance Im not technically minded at all lol :oops:
banned 1 Like #22
this will probably be vista home basic which will run fine with 1gb ram and will be pretty similar to XP home.... so dont worry about upgrading the ram unless you feel it is slow... ram will be cheap and if you did want to upgrade it post another thread when you want and people will help you with it.

my gf's mum has vista home basick with half the ram your computer will have and it runs fine!

vista is just a little newer and looks a little nicer... no massive difference esp between xp home and vista home basic.
#23
imranmaz
this will probably be vista home basic which will run fine with 1gb ram and will be pretty similar to XP home.... so dont worry about upgrading the ram unless you feel it is slow... ram will be cheap and if you did want to upgrade it post another thread when you want and people will help you with it.

my gf's mum has vista home basick with half the ram your computer will have and it runs fine!

vista is just a little newer and looks a little nicer... no massive difference esp between xp home and vista home basic.


Thanks for the help :)
banned#24
alfie73;3966373
Is there a major difference in the 2, excuse my ignorance Im not technically minded at all lol :oops:

You only notice how good vista is when you go on an XP pc a year or so down the line.

think of how win 98 pcs seemed after using XP for a while and you'll get the idea.
banned#25
make sure this AMD processor is at least 2.0ghz and that vista disk and COA / serial is included. if so, then this is a superb deal.

the monitor and vista are worth £150 on their own.
banned#26
csiman
You only notice how good vista is when you go on an XP pc a year or so down the line.

think of how win 98 pcs seemed after using XP for a while and you'll get the idea.


i'm not too sure csiman.... i mean i use vista ultimate at home and xp at work.... and the difference i notice the most is UI.... 32bit vista does have groove which is nice for me as i can sync two of my pcs easily (its not in vista 64..)... and obviously has a few more features but for a person that uses a pc just to write the odd document and mainly surfs the net the changes imo are worse... eg having to press alt to get the file menu to show up.... and the always having to "confirm/allow" everything and little things like that...
#27
Sorry to go against the grain here but I would say no it's quite a poor deal.

As the monitor will be a poor one say £65

judging by the other specification the cpu will be old say £10
the ram say £5
optical drive £10
250GB hard drive capacity £20-25
Keyboard and mouse bundle it will be a cheap one £5
a cheap case and psu £15-£20
then a cheap motherboard £30
+ the operating system of your choice

Most of the prices above are brand new prices, apart from stuff which you would not be able to buy now like the cpu.

Just remember just because it's in the sale does not mean it's a bargain.
banned#28
sven256
Sorry to go against the grain here but I would say no it's quite a poor deal.

As the monitor will be a poor one say £65

judging by the other specification the cpu will be old say £10
the ram say £5
optical drive £10
250GB hard drive capacity £20-25
Keyboard and mouse bundle it will be a cheap one £5
a cheap case and psu £15-£20
then a cheap motherboard £30
+ the operating system of your choice

Most of the prices above are brand new prices, apart from stuff which you would not be able to buy now like the cpu.

Just remember just because it's in the sale does not mean it's a bargain.


dude to make such a statement you need to post links... i'm not saying you are wrong but estimates are estimates... look at the olympics or the millenium dome...

I built my own pc and after it all it was about £30 cheaper than a dell (which is nothing when you consider the fact i spent £1700 on my machine)... but when things went wrong i had to figure out the problems myself and send the parts off separately.. atleast with prebuilt machines you just send back to the place you bought it from....

oh and dont forget about the time it takes to put the machine together too... as this person stated they are not technical...
#29
sven256
Sorry to go against the grain here but I would say no it's quite a poor deal.

As the monitor will be a poor one say £65

judging by the other specification the cpu will be old say £10
the ram say £5
optical drive £10
250GB hard drive capacity £20-25
Keyboard and mouse bundle it will be a cheap one £5
a cheap case and psu £15-£20
then a cheap motherboard £30
+ the operating system of your choice

Most of the prices above are brand new prices, apart from stuff which you would not be able to buy now like the cpu.

Just remember just because it's in the sale does not mean it's a bargain.


That adds up to £160-£170 without the operating system and with a second hand CPU. Building a PC takes knowledge and time, I would say the convenience of a boxed PC package is valuable to people who aren't very technical like myself.
#30
imranmaz
dude to make such a statement you need to post links... i'm not saying you are wrong but estimates are estimates... look at the olympics or the millenium dome...

I built my own pc and after it all it was about £30 cheaper than a dell (which is nothing when you consider the fact i spent £1700 on my machine)... but when things went wrong i had to figure out the problems myself and send the parts off separately.. atleast with prebuilt machines you just send back to the place you bought it from....

oh and dont forget about the time it takes to put the machine together too... as this person stated they are not technical...


If you build your own £1700 system, and it was only £30 less than a dell system. That is like comparing a Ferrari F430 and a ford focus at almost the same price, and the Ferrari is cheaper.

As you can bet the dell system had a standard branded dell motherboard, standard psu, cheap case, poor ram etc.

Recently there have been much better systems around, for similar prices to the above system.

What i am saying to the thread starter is don't impulse buy, do a bit or research first. As judging from her post yesterday, it seems it was a bit of a impulse buy. And when buying a computer (or equivalent ) and you know little about them it's better to do a bit of research first.
#31
Hopefully when it arrives I will have a better idea of spec etc. Im not looking for anything outstanding as long as its ok for internet and typing up a few documents. It wont be used for gaming or anything major lol
Thanks for all of the advice so far
#32
sven256
If you build your own £1700 system, and it was only £30 less than a dell system. That is like comparing a Ferrari F430 and a ford focus at almost the same price, and the Ferrari is cheaper.

As you can bet the dell system had a standard branded dell motherboard, standard psu, cheap case, poor ram etc.

Recently there have been much better systems around, for similar prices to the above system.

What i am saying to the thread starter is don't impulse buy, do a bit or research first. As judging from her post yesterday, it seems it was a bit of a impulse buy. And when buying a computer (or equivalent ) and you know little about them it's better to do a bit of research first.


It was an impulse buy, because I know it can be sent back if no good lol tbh as ive said only need it for basic stuff and dont want to pay much more than that. I have looked round but as I have said Im not very technical so it goes right over my head. Thou I must say, most of what I have seen is twice the price (before you say it... thats for a reason lol)
Thanks, it is good to here things from both sides :)
#33
StudentJo
That adds up to £160-£170 without the operating system and with a second hand CPU. Building a PC takes knowledge and time, I would say the convenience of a boxed PC package is valuable to people who aren't very technical like myself.


I take it by CPU it means the AMD processor? As you have prob seen in the directory it dont give you the spec of the processor, I take it there is various specs??? :oops:
#34
alfie73
I take it by CPU it means the AMD processor? As you have prob seen in the directory it dont give you the spec of the processor, I take it there is various specs??? :oops:


Yea, doesn't give you the speed, to my knowledge though AMD processors are pretty good... I don't know an awful lot about computers though. My brother is a PC expert, builds em for his highflying job. I'll ask him if it is a good deal and he will be able to give a good answer.
#35
StudentJo
Yea, doesn't give you the speed, to my knowledge though AMD processors are pretty good... I don't know an awful lot about computers though. My brother is a PC expert, builds em for his highflying job. I'll ask him if it is a good deal and he will be able to give a good answer.


Thanks for taking time to reply again, I must be driving you all mad lol :)
When it arrives I will have full spec and I think I may be able to get a better opinion when I know. Hopefully it will do the job we want it for... at least I have got the chance to send it back if Im not happy
banned#36
alfie73
Thanks for taking time to reply again, I must be driving you all mad lol :)
When it arrives I will have full spec and I think I may be able to get a better opinion when I know. Hopefully it will do the job we want it for... at least I have got the chance to send it back if Im not happy


do you have the link for it or the model number? i'm sure a quick google of the model number might bring up some more detail on the spec....

but yes, i'm pretty sure it will do what you want it to do.... if you really dont like it consider getting a "netbook" its just a little laptop designed to surf the web and light office work... but you get the advantage of being able to take it anywhere with you... but bear in mind that the screens are usually 9 inches... also there are many different companies that make netbooks....
#37
Do you like it then? :)

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