Decent computer, cheap price?

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Found 30th Jul 2006
Ok.. so as a student i need to think carefully about my finances and found you people maybe able to help me.

I had a laptop last year, it was so slow it took ages just to load internet explorer :(. So this year i've decided i am going to get a desktop pc.I've had a look around but cant really find anything. [url]www.itcsales.com[/url] is very confusing and finding anything to fit is annoying me!! I did consider building my own.. if i can figure out how to do it (but could be more expensive)

See i am doing a media graphics degree so i need a system which will help me there and in other recreational student things to do.

Anyway to the minimum prefered specs:

Processor: AMD x2 4200 + (or intel dual core 3.00ghz +) AMD preferred but i am not bothered

Graphics: 256mb +.. not bothered about this really. Just needs to be able to cope with animations/video editing etc..

Memory: 1000mb ddr +

Dvd rewriter +/-

Hard drive - 100gb +

My house has wireless so a card or built in wireless would be handy but not essential.. a pretty decent sound system would not go a miss either due to my pc being my stereo replacement. Ooh yeah not bothered with a monitor, i have one. Its a bit of a beast so a cheap 17inch monitor would help,

Ok so the price? Well.. 800 max. :thumbsup:

I also have a problem of finding a decent cheap wireless router.. one which wont cut out on us!!

Thankyou! :-D

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Something like these Dell 5150 specifications?

D07517BaseIntel® Pentium® D 940 Dual Core Processor (3.20GHz, 800MHz, 2 … D07517BaseIntel® Pentium® D 940 Dual Core Processor (3.20GHz, 800MHz, 2x2MB cache)Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2 (incl Symantec PC Restore Recovery)Memory 1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] MemoryKeyboard Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Ire (QWERTY)Monitor Dell™ 19" Value Flat Panel (E196FP)Video Card 256MB ATI Radeon® X600 HyperMemory graphics cardHard Drive 320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cacheFloppy Drives No Floppy DriveMouse Dell™ USB Scroll MouseModem No ModemCD/DVD Drives 16x max. DVD+/-RW DriveSound Cards Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capabilitySpeakers Free Dell™ A525 Speakers with SubwooferShipping DocumentsSystem Documentation with UK Power CordGedis BundleReference List D07517 Dimension 5150Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 7.0 - EnglishStandard Warranty 1-Year Collect and Return ServiceCover It with Dell Support Services No service upgrade selected - 1-Year Collect and Return service onlyAntiVirus & Security Software No Security/Anti-Virus ProtectionDigital Photography No Photo Organising & Sharing Software/No Photo Editing SoftwareOrder Information Dimension Order - UKDell System Media Kit No Resource CDGhost 10 No Secure Data SoftwareAdobe Reader Adobe Reader 6.0 - EnglishPromotions Hidden Option Class 512MB RAM FREE - Double Memory Promo 2x512 MB 533MHzDell Internet Order Dell Internet Order.Network assistant 90 days trial of Network Assistant includedDell Colour Printer 725 Qty 1 FREE Dell Colour Printer 725 Unit Price Incl. VAT £0.00

How much is it, Ray??

[SIZE=2]£749 delivered ducky But I was looking for another whilst it's on my mind [/SIZE]

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Not bad... :thumbsup: Where is that at btw? Dell outlet?

Do you not think this one ][COLOR=blue]d07911[/COLOR] at [COLOR=navy]£733[/COLOR] is suitable twistedrose? Also earn 7% in cashback if you buy through QuidCo.Com

Intel® Pentium® D 820 Dual Core Processor (2.80GHz, 800MHz, 2x1MB c … Intel® Pentium® D 820 Dual Core Processor (2.80GHz, 800MHz, 2x1MB cache)Microsoft Operating SystemGenuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2 (incl Symantec PC Restore Recovery)Memory2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] MemoryKeyboardDell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Ire (QWERTY)MonitorDell™ 19" Value Flat Panel (E196FP)Video Card256MB nVidia™ GeForce™ 7300LE Turbocache graphics cardHard Drive250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cacheFloppy DrivesNo Floppy DriveMouseDell™ USB Optical MouseModemNo ModemCD/DVD Drives16x max. DVD+/-RW DriveSound CardsIntegrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capabilitySpeakersNo SpeakersShipping DocumentsSystem Documentation with UK Power CordGedis Bundle ReferenceList D07911 Dimension 9150Microsoft Application SoftwareMicrosoft® Works 7.0 - EnglishStandard Warranty1-Year Collect and Return ServiceCover It with Dell Support ServicesNo service upgrade selected - 1-Year Collect and Return service onlyAntiVirus & Security SoftwareNo Security/Anti-Virus ProtectionDigital PhotographyNo Photo Organising & Sharing Software/No Photo Editing SoftwareOrder InformationDimension Order - UKMoney Off Savingssave £50ex VATDell System Media KitNo Resource CDGhost 10No Secure Data SoftwareAdobe ReaderAdobe Reader 6.0 - EnglishPromotions Hidden Option ClassReporting -1024Mb RAM Free - Double Memory PromoDell Internet OrderDell Internet Order.Network assistant90 days trial of Network Assistant includedDell All in One Printer 810 Qty 1 FREE Dell All-in-One Printer 810Unit Price Incl. VAT £0.00 Catalog Number: 202 810 DIM FREE Module Description BaseFREE Dell All-in-One Printer 810CablesNo Printer Cable SelectedStandard Warranty1 Year Next Business Day ExchangePrinter Ink CartridgesNo Additional Printer Ink Cartridge SelectedDocumentationEnglish LanguagePrinter DriverDell 810 FI Printer Driver - Dimension

d07915r is another with good specificaions, but is around £950

Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way

How about Aldi next Thursday they've got this on offer ????

Medion MD8809 Multimedia Base Station £399,99
Surf the net for business or pleasure, work, watch TV, run your photos as digital slide shows, listen to your favourite tunes - this isn't a computer… it's a home PC revolution!
Unbeatable specification for an unbeatable price
Intel Pentium D820 Dual Core Processor 2.8GHz
Two processor cores work within the same processor to increase the performance of your PC. Dual core technology means that several demanding applications can be run at the same time allowing your computer to think as fast as you can multitask.
200GB Hard Disk
Superfast 7,200rpm, Serial ATA interface.
1024MB Memory
DDR2 SDRAM/533MHz. Both memory slots occupied.
Multi-Standard Dual Layer DVD/CD Writer[SIZE=1]1
[/SIZE]Max. Write Speed: 8 × DVD+R dual layer, 4 × DVD-R dual layer, 16 × DVD+R, 16 × DVD-R, 8 × DVD+RW, 6 × DVD-RW, 5 × DVD-RAM, 48 × CD-R, 24 × CD-RW. Max. Read Speed: 16 × DVD-ROM, 48 × CD-ROM.
DVB-T[SIZE=1]2[/SIZE]/Analogue TV
Hybrid DVB-T/Analogue TV Tuner Card with RF remote control.
S3 Graphics Unichrome[SIZE=1]TM[/SIZE] PRO IGP [SIZE=2](on board)[/SIZE]
Upgradable through 8 × AGP slot.
6 Channel Audio[SIZE=1]3
[/SIZE]Dolby Digital[SIZE=1]©[/SIZE] For Home Theatre Sound[SIZE=1]4[/SIZE].
Integrated 8-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
Reads from and writes to all common Flash cards[SIZE=1]5[/SIZE].
6 × USB 2.0 Ports - 2 × Front, 4 × Rear.
V.90 PCI data/fax modem, modem connection cable included.
Network controller on board. Fast Ethernet 10/100MBit/s.
[*]Huge software package included
[*]3 year manufacturer's warranty
[*]Full support available from the customer helpline[/LIST]Dazz285


Not bad... :thumbsup: Where is that at btw? Dell outlet?

That's direct from Dell Home...

The Medions are always a good buy Dazz285 if you can get one quick enough

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Problem with dell is their customer service, i hear it is quite appauling sometimes..

But maybe i am being nit picky here! God aldi do computers? Whatever next!!

I think Dell customer telephone service takes some stick. But haven't had to use their other services as yet

You could always extend the collect and return warranty for peace of mind. Although it's quite expensive.

Oh and you would need a wireless card fitted either before or after, or buy a wireless adaptor.

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I suppose so. I want to throughly look round before making my choice though. But its a case of do i buy now or wait :roll:

Well, as for the Dells, MikeT updates them each Thursday morning, as he's our Dell expert. Anyway, it's often good to weigh up all the options before you buy
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