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Desktop PC for Windows Vista budget of £250

Got around £250 to spend on a new PC, if the OS isnt a problem am I better building or buying a ready built machine? I know dell are doing some pretty good deals at the moment but I need the PC pretty quick.

I know how to build a computer and I have quickly added these parts in the picture in the next post. Does this look like the best deal or am I better getting something else?

Rep for help

Thanks

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Original Poster

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Problem there is no Operating System.

Pcworld appears to be having deals just now with a base unit starting @ £170.

pcworld.co.uk/mar…jsp

That graphics card is a total waste of money, you would be better off adding a bit more cash and getting an 8800 or one of the cheap 9 series cards, trust me you will regret buying an 8500..
The rest of the spec seems ok for the cash, but if you could add 20 quid or so you could get a quad core q6600 which are fantastic chips, both at stock speeds and overclocked (and they are easy to overclock to 3.2ghz on stock cooler.. def worth the extra £20!)

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Problem there is no Operating System.Pcworld appears to be having deals … Problem there is no Operating System.Pcworld appears to be having deals just now with a base unit starting @ £170.http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?



Thanks, the OS isnt a problem ;-) Just had a quick look on PCworld but I cant see any core2duo base units for under £300 apart from the £299.99 dell one. I might be worth going for one of those dual core pentiums though not sure. cheers

Beefnoodlez;2847682

That graphics card is a total waste of money, you would be better off … That graphics card is a total waste of money, you would be better off adding a bit more cash and getting an 8800 or one of the cheap 9 series cards, trust me you will regret buying an 8500..The rest of the spec seems ok for the cash, but if you could add 20 quid or so you could get a quad core q6600 which are fantastic chips, both at stock speeds and overclocked (and they are easy to overclock to 3.2ghz on stock cooler.. def worth the extra £20!)



Thanks for the advice and I think you are probably right about the graphics card, but I am on a pretty tight budget and definatly cannot go over £300. The PC is not going to used for high end gaming but just needs to run a few older games and Vista smoothly, what about an 1GB 8600GT like this scan.co.uk/Pro…584

And for the processor, where can I get a q6600 for £100 :? Think I'm probably going to have to stick to core2duo in my budget.

Many thanks for the advice, rep for both

E7200, £4 cheaper ebuyer.com/pro…258

that 1GB 8600GT looks v competitive for price, I'd stay away from samsung DVD writers myself, not a big fan, you can get a liteon or pioneer for under £15

i got a Dell SC440 that's sat since buying it a couple of months back virtually unused (house move has changed plans so no longer needed). looking for about £170-80 for it.

if your interested lmk and i'll send you specs

cheers,
dan
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