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Found 27th Dec 2010
Want to upgrade my now old and labouring HP Pavilion desktop before the VAT increase and hopefully to take advantage of the sales.

Can't spend a fortune but then don't need some souped up gaming machine. Budget probably no more than £400

PC will need to do all your regular home use tasks but it would be helpful if it had a graphics card that could handle games such as Sims 3 adequately.

My daughter had a camcorder for her 18th birthday so the PC would also need to be able to cope with her uploading and editing home video content.

If you can point me in the direction of any current offers I would be enormously grateful.

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Some possible options

Medion with i3 540m processor and dedicated nVIDIA GeForce 310 graphics from argos ebay shop. £375

Dell Inspiron 580, with i3 540m processor and nVidia GeForce G310 graphics card. From official reseller (ebay) for £360

HP G5210uk with Triple-core AMD Athlon™ II X3 440 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150 SE graphics card. From Currys at £380

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Edited by: "Mottmania" 27th Dec 2010

On your £400 budget the vat increase is £6 so really I think you have no rush. Take your time until you find the right deal for you.

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loulouben

On your £400 budget the vat increase is £6 so really I think you have no r … On your £400 budget the vat increase is £6 so really I think you have no rush. Take your time until you find the right deal for you.



Wise words but I've done the deed anyway!

Have purchased an official Dell A1 refurbished Inspiron 580 with i3 540 processor, 4Gb DDR3 Ram, 512mb dedicated graphics card, 750gb HDD and 3 year on site Dell warranty, for £360.

This will be more than adequate for our needs and if i need to carry out modest upgrades at a later date (such as a slightly better graphics card) then capacity to do this as required.

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OOh that smarts! Should have waited for advice and built your own from scratch. Would have saved you a lot of money and got a far superior system!

The i3 is a dual core processor. It's okay but for video editing, I'm not sure.
Edited by: "noomoozer" 30th Dec 2010

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noomoozer

OOh that smarts! Should have waited for advice and built your own from … OOh that smarts! Should have waited for advice and built your own from scratch. Would have saved you a lot of money and got a far superior system!The i3 is a dual core processor. It's okay but for video editing, I'm not sure.



I'm afraid I fall into the category of people who wouldn't have the confidence to build my own so in view of the need to buy 'off the shelf' I compared quite a number of offerings (and posted separately under another thread about some available options and this seemed to offer the best value).

Who knows but perhaps one day I'll have the skills and confidence to be able to build my own.

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Mottmania

I'm afraid I fall into the category of people who wouldn't have the … I'm afraid I fall into the category of people who wouldn't have the confidence to build my own so in view of the need to buy 'off the shelf' I compared quite a number of offerings (and posted separately under another thread about some available options and this seemed to offer the best value).Who knows but perhaps one day I'll have the skills and confidence to be able to build my own.



That's a fair comment! I had no intention of belittling you, so please don't assume I was! I would recommend self-building, but as you say it is about having that bit of confidence to do it.

All the best for the New Year.

noomoozer
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