Found 6th Jun 2010
would be grateful for some guidance off people on here.

After a new PC and have spotted this one on Ebuyer @ £287

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eMachine EX1831 Desktop - Incredible Value and Performance

Intel Celeron E3400 2.6GHz
3GB RAM
1TB HDD
DVD Writer
NVIDIA GeForce 7050
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm only going to need it for surfing, burning etc. None of this gaming stuff. Theres this one that caught my eye and another one thats more expensive.

Compaq @ £389
Compaq CQ5306uk Desktop - Learn, Connect and Grow

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
4GB RAM
1TB HDD
Intel GMA X4500
Windows 7 Home Premium

Any ideas whats best or if theres any other good deals out there?

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I could build you a tank for less.

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dcx_badass;8775812

First one is terrible, you can get a dell much better for £239.



Why? Just curious what makes the first one such a bad 'un?

link to dell for 239?

what do you intend to use it for, as the celeron are crap, always go for core2DUO

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wickedteen;8775908

what do you intend to use it for, as the celeron are crap, always go for … what do you intend to use it for, as the celeron are crap, always go for core2DUO



Surfing the net. downloading some stuff and burning discs. Just the usual day-to-day things really.

Dont intend to use it for gaming, just haven't got a clue about processors really.

Want a fast pc and heard you need quite a bit of RAM for windows 7 to work well. Would like to try windows 7 as still stuck on an old version of XP.

awaiting link to dell for 239 which is better than the 287 you posted.

that dell has a 160gb harddrive and no graphics card whatsoever.
add vat and delivery and it works out about the same (slightly better processor/lot smaller hard drive)

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GentleTouch;8776147

that dell has a 160gb harddrive and no graphics card whatsoever.



has a Integrated GMA X4500 Card
same as the second pc the op posted :?

as for the 160gb drive, the op only wants it for light use, cant see they need 1tb!
more sensible to use the savings and buy a backup drive

I would say the dell is good value for what the op needs

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Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)

So that one above is a good one? Sorry for being a bit naive like.

And am I going to need like 3-4 gig of RAM for Windows 7 to work efficiently and not slowly?

will rep you's for your help tonight. thanks.


also whats the diff between the windows 7 64 bit in my suggestions and the 32 bit on the dell site?

stevey_p7;8776153

Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 C … Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)So that one above is a good one? Sorry for being a bit naive like.And am I going to need like 3-4 gig of RAM for Windows 7 to work efficiently and not slowly?will rep you's for your help tonight. thanks.



4gb is ideal but 3gb is fine. 1gb won't be very good to be honest. Windows 7 runs very smoothly anyway; especially if you are used to vista. The dell for your purpose would be better than your 287 ebuyer pc probably.

dunno what youl use it for mostly. but intel celron? defnitley a no

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If i dont buy the extras from dell though, and put them in later. Wont that void my warranty with them?

Theyre asking for £90 to change the Hard Drive to 2 X 250gb. A good deal or not?

I'd prefer to have all my stuff in one drive to save swapping and changing between the two. I'm guessing one would have my operating system on then the other just there for storage.

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Found a Dell with everything I need but it has this processor in:

Intel® Celeron® 450 Processor (2.2GHz,800MHz,512k cache


Should I avoid at all costs or is it ok?

Thanks

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stevey_p7;8792875

Found a Dell with everything I need but it has this processor in:Intel® … Found a Dell with everything I need but it has this processor in:Intel® Celeron® 450 Processor (2.2GHz,800MHz,512k cacheShould I avoid at all costs or is it ok?Thanks



it will do fine for the light use you do, browsing general work or video playback
dont expect to use it to edit your blockbuster movie or professional photo work, but otherwise that processor is fair

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Components
Intel® Celeron® 450 Processor (2.2GHz,800MHz,512k cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit - English
OS Windows® Recovery Media Not included
1 year of coverage included with your PC
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Word Starter, Excel Starter)
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Display Not Included
4096MB Dual Channel DDR3 [4x1024] Memory
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 Graphics
DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
Dell™ USB Entry Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated 7.1 channel audio
19-in-1 Media Card reader
No Modem


For £349.... worth it?

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dcx_badass;8793176

Well it's worse than the one I recommended you, so is there a particular … Well it's worse than the one I recommended you, so is there a particular reason you chose it?



I just clicked on PC's for home and it came to that. Its got 4GB memory, would it be much difference from 3?

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stevey_p7;8776153

Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 C … Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor E6500 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)So that one above is a good one? Sorry for being a bit naive like.And am I going to need like 3-4 gig of RAM for Windows 7 to work efficiently and not slowly?will rep you's for your help tonight. thanks.also whats the diff between the windows 7 64 bit in my suggestions and the 32 bit on the dell site?


3 or 4 gb of ram is enough, and you wont notice a difference with either one

64bit windows is a bit wasted and some stuff doesnt run as well in 64bit compared to 32bit, but things are imrpoving, and the difference now is slight, some stuff is designed to run in 64 bit, but you wont notice the difference anyway

id stick with 32 bit windows for now, still have 3 gb of ram (4gb only shows as 3gb or so with 32 bit anyway) and get a slighly better processor than the 2.2 you posted, but dont stress over any hard drive as any will be enough, and spend any extra cash on a backup external drive

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dcx_badass;8793450

No way, get 64 bit Windows 7, I have it on all 5 of my PC's not had … No way, get 64 bit Windows 7, I have it on all 5 of my PC's not had anything not work so far. Anyway, just get the dell I suggested, it's faster and cheaper.



fair enough, least we agree on the rest of the specs :thumbsup:

just me being conservative, as it all works, then go for it!

Original Poster

Yeah I'm going to have a play around. Increase the memory and hard drive on that dell you suggested. Thanks again for both of your helps.

The one you spotted on ebuyer for £389 is fine.

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dcx_badass;8798552

Don't do the hard drive upgrade from dell, they charge loads, can get a … Don't do the hard drive upgrade from dell, they charge loads, can get a 500GB for £40 new from elsewhere.



Are they easy to fit though? And if i did fit my own would it void that 1 year warranty they give me?
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