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    Looking for a cheap desktop computer

    My mum had a break in and the ner-do-wells stole the tower of her ancient computer, something that hadn't worked properly in over a year comically. We all had a good laugh and breathed a sigh of releif they didn't hit something valuable, but now we need a replacement.

    She basically surfs the web and types up reports, so we don't want anything fancy, but she has said she doesn't want to spend much more than £200 if at all possible. I tried to sell her on a netbook but she had a bad experence with a laptop in the past and prefers to use a desktop if possible. We've still got the old moniter, which does VGA, so that's fine.

    Any suggestions?

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    £231.76 [url]www.ebuyer.com/product/153180[/url] not bad for the price

    £214.99 ebuyer.com/pro…174 not bad with dvd burner and card reader but got linux ubuntu (which is very good but not windows)

    Hope they help. if you were to build your own you could get better and cheaper.

    Original Poster

    I've used ubuntu before and it's okay, but my poor old mum would probably burst into tears if she couldn't use her MSN

    Download Windows 7 for free?

    Up your price a bit to £300 and we can look for one together as i need one as well. So any desktops £300-350 around.

    CoolCab;4584321

    I've used ubuntu before and it's okay, but my poor old mum would probably … I've used ubuntu before and it's okay, but my poor old mum would probably burst into tears if she couldn't use her MSN



    one of them had windows lol,
    If she only uses it for what you was talking about she will probally like it, stick opera and open office on it, and you have something that looks and works like windows anyway maybe put wine on it and your all set lol


    DAMNOME;4584371

    Download Windows 7 for free?



    You cant get this anymore unless you get a torrent so not free and legal lol


    waterloo;4584462

    Up your price a bit to £300 and we can look for one together as i need … Up your price a bit to £300 and we can look for one together as i need one as well. So any desktops £300-350 around.



    £300-350 is easy to do it with but just need to build your own.


    OP you ok building a PC? If not ill build you one for a £40+parts and could get it for around your budget (maybe a bit over)

    ...get a torrent so not free and legal lol


    Torrents aren't always illegal. I'm not sure what the TOS of the Windows 7 download were, but tbh, downloading something that isn't available... I doubt M$ are gonna complain :P

    Building your own pc seems like the best option here. If all she wants it for is web/office, you could build one quite cheaply.. Probably go for Pentium Dual Core, with 2gb ram.. get a mobo with integrated graphics, and you're all set..

    Also, with this spec of pc, the OS is gonna be most expensive component probably. Would she want vista/xp? or could she cope with ubuntu/'other form of linux'?

    Original Poster

    I'm not great with computers, but I mean, I've switched out parts and such. I imagine I could bosh something together as long as I can get some detailed instructions, which I'm sure I could find online.

    I'd prefer to give her some flavour of windows if at all possible.

    I quickly put together this list, prices are from misco, you can probably find much better prices somewhere else, but I've been living in Belgium until recently, so not sure of good places to buy over here. Personally, I'd choose this machine over either of the AMD's posted, though I do favor Intel over AMD as I think in general, they are better. The two AMD's and this Intel processor are roughly the same spec wise, however the E2220 appears to out perform them slightly. Also, this machine would have 2gb of RAM.

    WESTERN DIGITAL 500GB SATA 300 7200rpm 16MB - £37.00Akasa Intel socket … WESTERN DIGITAL 500GB SATA 300 7200rpm 16MB - £37.00Akasa Intel socket 775 CPU cooling fan - £5.85 (Not required as I think the CPU normally comes with a fan, but added it just in case)LG 22x DVDRW Bare Black - £14.942 x Crucial 1GB 240-PIN DIMM UNBUFF DDR2 PC5300 - £18.38Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 Socket LGA775 processor - £62.99Foxconn TLM397SB silver and black mini tower PC case (comes with PSU) - £32.29Asus P5SD2-VM socket LGA775 motherboard - £37.98Total £209.43



    I'd suggest vista home basic (premium only includes visual effects, and Media Center. Home Basic is designed as a low-cost alternative to Premium for people that just want to check their email and browse an occasional website.) or Windows Xp (I've included prices for both Home and Professional from Play.com)

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 1 OEM - £71.29 … Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 1 OEM - £71.29 (Misco)Windows XP Professional Edition - £31.90 (Play)Windows XP Home Edition - £45.00 (Play)


    For some reason, Professional seems to be cheaper than Home, I'm not sure why that is...

    InfernoZeus;4584921

    Torrents aren't always illegal. I'm not sure what the TOS of the Windows … Torrents aren't always illegal. I'm not sure what the TOS of the Windows 7 download were, but tbh, downloading something that isn't available... I doubt M$ are gonna complain :PBuilding your own pc seems like the best option here. If all she wants it for is web/office, you could build one quite cheaply.. Probably go for Pentium Dual Core, with 2gb ram.. get a mobo with integrated graphics, and you're all set..Also, with this spec of pc, the OS is gonna be most expensive component probably. Would she want vista/xp? or could she cope with ubuntu/'other form of linux'?



    that is stating the obvious about torrents but anyway the windows 7 torrent would need a keygen as you can no longer get a key.

    OP if you need a hand with building a PC give me a shout if you like, also I would go AMD for what your mum needs

    Chuckles1001;4586093

    OP if you need a hand with building a PC give me a shout if you like, … OP if you need a hand with building a PC give me a shout if you like, also I would go AMD for what your mum needs


    Why?? AMD are quite well known for coping well with gaming, but when it comes down to standard tasks, Intel tends to beat AMD for the same price...

    Personally, I'd build my own pc, even if it was the same price, just so I know what goes in to it :P

    LiteOn IHAS120 20X SATA DVD±RW/DL Black Bare Drive £15.39

    Extra Value Silver Mid Tower ATX Case With LCD Temp Display £13.69

    Maxtor STM3320614AS 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache £38.32

    OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Gold XTC Memory CL5 LIFETIME WARRANTY £20.99

    MSI K9N6PGM2-V Socket AM2+ GeForce 6100 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £36.95

    AMD Sempron LE-1250 Socket AM2 L2 512KB 2.2GHz Energy Efficient 45w Retail Boxed Processor £24.95

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-SP3- Licence and media £71.41

    Quick look & this has an Windows XP unlike the last built system, Cart total inc vat: £221.70

    Also you could make this £30 cheaper but i tried to get something that had a little bit more


    *** EDIT: Using the Play price you could make this £160 easy

    InfernoZeus;4585382

    I quickly put together this list, prices are from misco, you can probably … I quickly put together this list, prices are from misco, you can probably find much better prices somewhere else, but I've been living in Belgium until recently, so not sure of good places to buy over here. Personally, I'd choose this machine over either of the AMD's posted, though I do favor Intel over AMD as I think in general, they are better. The two AMD's and this Intel processor are roughly the same spec wise, however the E2220 appears to out perform them slightly. Also, this machine would have 2gb of RAM.I'd suggest vista home basic (premium only includes visual effects, and Media Center. Home Basic is designed as a low-cost alternative to Premium for people that just want to check their email and browse an occasional website.) or Windows Xp (I've included prices for both Home and Professional from Play.com)For some reason, Professional seems to be cheaper than Home, I'm not sure why that is...



    Thqat XP deal is a very good one for Pro you should link that on the deals page

    InfernoZeus;4586180

    Why?? AMD are quite well known for coping well with gaming, but when it … Why?? AMD are quite well known for coping well with gaming, but when it comes down to standard tasks, Intel tends to beat AMD for the same price...Personally, I'd build my own pc, even if it was the same price, just so I know what goes in to it :P



    At the cheaper end of the CPU market AMD are better for the price and well able to cope, and if you look on TomsHardware your see that AMD do more then just games better then Intel at a good amount of tasks
    P.S. I also build my own PCs

    Chuckles1001;4586330

    Thqat XP deal is a very good one for Pro you should link that on the … Thqat XP deal is a very good one for Pro you should link that on the deals page


    Hmm... just noticed it's from PlayTrade though, and the 31.90 is used... it's 45 new, and only 3 available...

    Chuckles1001;4586300

    LiteOn IHAS120 20X SATA DVD±RW/DL Black Bare Drive £15.39Extra Value S … LiteOn IHAS120 20X SATA DVD±RW/DL Black Bare Drive £15.39Extra Value Silver Mid Tower ATX Case With LCD Temp Display £13.69 Maxtor STM3320614AS 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache £38.32 OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Gold XTC Memory CL5 LIFETIME WARRANTY £20.99MSI K9N6PGM2-V Socket AM2+ GeForce 6100 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard £36.95 AMD Sempron LE-1250 Socket AM2 L2 512KB 2.2GHz Energy Efficient 45w Retail Boxed Processor £24.95Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-SP3- Licence and media £71.41 Quick look & this has an Windows XP unlike the last built system, Cart total inc vat: £221.70 Also you could make this £30 cheaper but i tried to get something that had a little bit more


    That CPU will be out performed quite easily by the E2220 I think; Sempron is comparable to the Intel P4, and the Pentium Dual Core is the next step up... Also it only has 512KB L2. RAM looks like a bit overkill as well, as its gold plated... not really necessary :P

    Where do you get these prices from? They seem quite good...

    Edit: Just checked TomsHardware (great site!), here's a comparison of the E2160 (Slightly worse than the E2220) and the AMD Sempron 64 3600+ (A much more recent Sempron CPU, and better than the LE-1250)... As you can see, the E2160 outperforms the AMD Sempron 64 3600+, so it will easilly outperform the LE-1250... tomshardware.com/cha…on&

    InfernoZeus;4586416

    Hmm... just noticed it's from PlayTrade though, and the 31.90 is used... … Hmm... just noticed it's from PlayTrade though, and the 31.90 is used... it's 45 new, and only 3 available...That CPU will be out performed quite easily by the E2220 I think; Sempron is comparable to the Intel P4, and the Pentium Dual Core is the next step up... Also it only has 512KB L2. RAM looks like a bit overkill as well, as its gold plated... not really necessary :P Where do you get these prices from? They seem quite good...



    Some are better some are not, but the prices were alot cheaper and OP wanted cheap.Ebuyer BTW

    Actually, I'd suggest this over the E2220, its pretty similar except its 45nm instead of 65nm, and has a slightly larger L2 Cache..
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