Found 10th Sep 2016
So, I've been dragging my heels (for months....years even!) over buying a new pc but this one is over 7 years old now and needs to go to the retirement home for old Dells.

I've done some research and generally gone around in circles, but before I finally commit, I would welcome some opinions on the following spec/value from CCL.

Cooler Master Silencio 352 Black Midi Tower Case
ASUS B150M-A/M.2 Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad Core (Socket 1151)
Crucial 8GB (1x 8GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RAM
Be Quiet! Pure Power 9 400W Power Supply
Samsung 750 EVO (OEM) 2.5" 250GB 2.5 SSD
Seagate Desktop 2TB SATA III 3.5" Hard Drive
Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 867Mbps PCI Express WiFi
CCL Choice DVD Writer Optical Drive
3 Year Collect & Return warranty
Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-Bit DVD (OEM)


OR with the option of also including:
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 USB Black £15.42
LG 22M38A 22" Class Full HD LED Monitor (21.5" Diagonal) £78.38

Total: 762.42

It will be a general use machine (no gaming) but some light photo and video editing etc. I could probably use my current Dell monitor.

My question is whether there are any branded desktops (or even laptops) available through well-known stores which would roughly match this spec for around the same price, if so any recommendations?

Thanks for any help.

PS My budget is a little tight, hence my reluctance to part with my money.

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What is your budget if you don't mind me asking?

7 yrs is very good going. well done.
go on. you know you can get another 3 yrs out of it still. given what you use it for, install the latest ubuntu 16.01 LTS and have some free fun for a change!

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My budget is £500 - £750.

Thinking about it now, this machine could be getting on for 9 years old. oO

Thought I'd try a similar spec on PC Specialist, but price is higher...

It's the right sort of spec but if you're spending that sort of money I'd want a motherboard with at least one up to date video output (HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort) and going for single channel memory on a motherboard with four memory slots is just silly.

Although if you're on a tight budget a much better route is to buy a cheap mass market i5-6000 desktop with windows for £350 and add the missing essentials like SSD yourself.

That seems a tad expensive but would be good for general tasks.

Build your own.
A first build can be a bit intimidating and nervy but it is a breeze to do, even installing Windows is effortless these days.
Yes it will cost a bit more but you get to pick the components you want, what a lot of these pre built systems have is some cost cutting to keep the price down.
My starting point is the case that i want and then an 80+ rated power supply, skimp on the power supply and you could be in for trouble (though there should not be problems with a Be Quiet unit).
I would never buy an off the shelf built unit unless it was an insanely good deal.
The cost cutting is the motherboard (in my opinion), its an okay board but nothing special and it seems odd that the board has an M.2 slot and yet the build includes a standard 2.5" ssd rather than using the M.2 slot.
Four standard sized usb 2/3 ports does not seem enough to me either.
Edited by: "Tivolian" 10th Sep 2016

If you've not tried yet, why not give Linux an install, it might save you some money.

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Thanks for your comments everyone. I'm not really keen on building my own machine, I would just prefer to get something and start using it right away.

Regarding "cheap mass market i5-6000 desktop with windows for £350" - would anyone have any recommendations regarding brands etc? In some ways, I do feel that this might be a good solution as anything will be better than what I have now and I can always upgrade later. The video projects I do are usually 3-4mins things for YouTube, so nothing too heavy.

I'd also consider a laptop, really I just need a reliable workhorse rather than a bells-and-whistles mega-machine.
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