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    Base unit under £200.00 if possible......

    Hi, want to buy my parents a new base unit but don't have a lot of money and i don't really know what i am looking for.....lol. But it is a great way for me to keep in touch with them as i live quite a few miles away , and there old unit is on its last legs....... thank you in advance xxxx :-D


    Iam in the midlands and would like to buy on line but can drag myself to the shops at a push :0)

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    Do you require a monitor?
    Is it just for basic low use?

    Original Poster

    Hi Dinosteveus, No i don't need anything but the base unit and low use is fine. :-)

    If it's only for internet and email, then ]something like this would be fine.

    £230 here at ]Comet
    Sure, it's basic but for the price you'll not find better, I think.

    http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/355240.jpg
    Brand ACER
    Processor AMD Sempron
    Processor model number 3000+
    Processor speed 1.6 GHz
    Processor bus 1600 MHz
    Processor cache 256 kB
    Memory (RAM) 512 MB
    Storage (hard drive) 80 GB
    Optical drive Plays & records CDs and DVDs
    Operating system Windows XP Media Centre
    Windows Vista upgrade available Windows Vista Home Basic
    Shared graphics 256MB
    USB 2.0 slots 6
    Firewire Yes
    Media card slots 9-in-1
    Keyboard Yes
    Mouse Yes

    Fine for internet etc.

    Get a free AntiVirus such as ]Avast

    Load Mozilla ]Firefox as a browser and ]Thunderbird as an email client.

    Either ]AbiWord as a Wordprocessor or ]OpoenOffice as a complete office suite

    Original Poster

    Thanks Diodorus-siculus ...

    Anyone any codes for comet lol :-)

    Have looked and no codes at the mo......... shame

    meagain

    Thanks Diodorus-siculus ...Anyone any codes for comet lol :-)Have looked … Thanks Diodorus-siculus ...Anyone any codes for comet lol :-)Have looked and no codes at the mo......... shame



    you get 3% quidco cashback at Comet...no codes sorry

    ebuyer.com/UK/…946

    if you're on a really tight budget there's this one...free delivery and 1.5% quidco cashback

    Go to Medion shop. Base units are normally about £149, refurbished but that should nto be a problem. Decent spec for the price. I am chacking now to see what they have in stock.

    Here you go:

    * Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (OEM version)
    * Intel® Celeron® D Processor 336 2.8GHz (533 MHz FSB, 256 KB Cache)
    * 256 MB DDR-RAM (PC-3200)
    * 80 GB HDD
    * DVD/CDRW combo drive (write: 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW, read: 16x DVD, 48x CD)
    * S3 graphics Unichrome Po IGP on board
    * LAN onboard
    * 56K V.90 PCI data-fax-modem
    * 6 Channel Audio

    Connections

    * 4 x USB 2.0
    * 1 x Rear Line Out/Line In (shared)
    * 1 x Serial Port
    * 1 x Parallel Port
    * 2 x PS/2
    * 1 x LAN
    * 1 x VGA
    * 1 x Front Line Out
    * 1 x Subwoofer Centre Line Out/Mic In (shared)

    Software Included

    * Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home (OEM version)
    * Sun StarOffice 7.0 (OEM version)
    * Power DVD 5 (OEM version)
    * Nero Burning Rom (OEM version)
    * Nero Recode 2 SE (OEM version)
    * CA e-Trust Antivirus (90 day trial)

    Warranty

    * 90 days

    Refurbished Item Information

    As refurbished products have been unpacked and undergone repair they often have minor cosmetic imperfections, this is reflected in the price of the item.

    £159.99 (Not sure on delivery costs, was lazy and never checked).

    medionshop.co.uk/

    Click the link, on the left hand side you will see a menu, click on refurbished stock then click on refurbished pc. Bargain mate.

    Whatever you go for, remember that for XP to run comfortably, you will need a minimum of 512mb RAM; it will run on less but not so well. 256mb is about £25 from Crucial.com/uk

    That my friend is not true. I am currently on the computer in the spare room, the specs are AMD xp 2000, and 256mb ram. In fact I have just ran CPUz 20 seconds ago and it shows up as only 224mb and onboard graphics.

    I am currently running windows XP professional and it runs perfect.

    People always over-estimate the power needed to run an OS. 256mb is fine.

    Also while on the subject I will metion that with the new Vista, people are raving on about you need at least 1gb ram just to run it, preferably 2gb. That is also not true. Although I have not had any experience of this I have info from a reliable source that it runs perfect on 512mb and even better if you have a dedicated graphics card.

    But if you do want to add more ram you can get 256mb here for about £15 + a couple of quid postage:
    ebuyer.com/UK/…6MB

    beerman1

    That my friend is not true. I am currently on the computer in the spare … That my friend is not true. I am currently on the computer in the spare room, the specs are AMD xp 2000, and 256mb ram. In fact I have just ran CPUz 20 seconds ago and it shows up as only 224mb and onboard graphics.I am currently running windows XP professional and it runs perfect.People always over-estimate the power needed to run an OS. 256mb is fine.Also while on the subject I will metion that with the new Vista, people are raving on about you need at least 1gb ram just to run it, preferably 2gb. That is also not true. Although I have not had any experience of this I have info from a reliable source that it runs perfect on 512mb and even better if you have a dedicated graphics card.But if you do want to add more ram you can get 256mb here for about £15 + a couple of quid postage:]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/cat/Memory---Desktop/subcat/DDR-3200-.256MB




    Correct..I had 2 pcs running XP on 256 of ram..the limitations come into play when you try editing pictures or other tasks that are memory dependant.

    currychops

    Correct..I had 2 pcs running XP on 256 of ram..the limitations come into … Correct..I had 2 pcs running XP on 256 of ram..the limitations come into play when you try editing pictures or other tasks that are memory dependant.




    I should have made it clear: the XP operating system will run fine on 256mb RAM; when it comes to anything rather useful (large spreadsheets, video encoding, graphics manipulation and so forth) the PC will need more than 256mb RAM.

    Hope that clears things up :thumbsup:

    Diodorus-siculus

    I should have made it clear: the XP operating system will run fine on … I should have made it clear: the XP operating system will run fine on 256mb RAM; when it comes to anything rather useful (large spreadsheets, video encoding, graphics manipulation and so forth) the PC will need more than 256mb RAM.Hope that clears things up :thumbsup:



    Yup, I agree 100% with you on that one bud. But for this persons needs I picked a machine that would do them perfect. (I hope :-D ). And yes the extra ram would be nice. Another 512mb can be bought for £25 + the small delivery fee if they really need it, so all in all they are getting a decent base unit for les than £190, a one that they can just plug and play. :thumbsup: And considering the OP said he had £200 to spend he can get few beers to celebrate his bargain purchase with the change!!!

    Surely eBay is going to be your best bet here? Go to the Desktop PC section, choose 'Buy it Now' from the top and put £200 (or maybe a bit less to cover postage) as the maximum price and have a browse. There are machines on there that will run XP for around £100. If you wanted some extra speed slot another 256 RAM onto those and you'd have something that could run XP smoothly and a big wad of cash in your pocket.

    Okay, this is a refurb, but it is a dell...and it's only £137 delivered. Pentium 4 2.6ghz, 512 RAM, mouse, keyboard etc, also comes with Windows XP. For the money you'd save it has to be worth considering.

    just a word of advice...buying secondhand PCs off ebay is not a risk I'd take.

    I haven't done it myself, but I know quite a few people who have done and they'll all worked fine. Obviously there's always a slight risk, but generally as long as you check out the feedback thoroughly before buying and are happy with it then you should be okay. Personally if I were buying a basic machine I'd go through eBay to save a few quid, but I wouldn't really consider buying a higher end machine from there. Personal choice I guess, just thought it was something to consider.
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