Looking for desktop PC. Budget under £400/-?

i5 processor with 6-8GB RAM. Any suggestion or deals?
Thanks in advance.

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I'd take a look at this, it's in $ but should give you some idea.

£400 include monitor, devices or just the hardware ?

deanlfc

I'd take a look at this, it's in $ but should give you some idea.



That's not a great set of components. An i3-6100 but no SSD or DisplayPort/HDMI 2.0 output? As for single channel memory, that's just throwing away potential performance for no good reason. They seem to have taken gaming machines and just subtracted stuff rather than building the more nicest and most flexible PC for a given budget.

A moot point anyway, as the only machines with the required i5 in that list are gaming focused and spend money on a graphics card that's entirely wasted in most applications.

@nilesh: You don't say what it's for but for general use I'd be sure to pick up a machine with a 240GB+ SSD for responsiveness and a DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 output so that when you need a new monitor you'll be able to grab one of the ~180dpi models that allow improved text and image quality.

That's easily achievable within budget, for example here for £380:
ebuyer.com/742…abu
Although that model only has 4GB of ram, you could always add an extra 4GB within budget.

Novatech have a i5 desktop with 8GB and on-board graphics for just under £400 but if you include Windows 10 you are looking at £480.

Look at this thread comment #7 This is the best advice your're going to get on here.With £400 budget you can afford a nice 23''- 27'' IPS monitor.



Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 6th Oct 2016

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Fearz

£400 include monitor, devices or just the hardware ?


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EndlessWaves

That's not a great set of components. An i3-6100 but no SSD or … That's not a great set of components. An i3-6100 but no SSD or DisplayPort/HDMI 2.0 output? As for single channel memory, that's just throwing away potential performance for no good reason. They seem to have taken gaming machines and just subtracted stuff rather than building the more nicest and most flexible PC for a given budget.A moot point anyway, as the only machines with the required i5 in that list are gaming focused and spend money on a graphics card that's entirely wasted in most applications.@nilesh: You don't say what it's for but for general use I'd be sure to pick up a machine with a 240GB+ SSD for responsiveness and a DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 output so that when you need a new monitor you'll be able to grab one of the ~180dpi models that allow improved text and image quality.That's easily achievable within budget, for example here for £380:http://www.ebuyer.com/742846-hp-prodesk-400-g3-sff-desktop-w4a24es-abuAlthough that model only has 4GB of ram, you could always add an extra 4GB within budget.


Is it good enough for day to day use? Or I need 8 GB ram?

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EndlessWaves

That's not a great set of components. An i3-6100 but no SSD or … That's not a great set of components. An i3-6100 but no SSD or DisplayPort/HDMI 2.0 output? As for single channel memory, that's just throwing away potential performance for no good reason. They seem to have taken gaming machines and just subtracted stuff rather than building the more nicest and most flexible PC for a given budget.A moot point anyway, as the only machines with the required i5 in that list are gaming focused and spend money on a graphics card that's entirely wasted in most applications.@nilesh: You don't say what it's for but for general use I'd be sure to pick up a machine with a 240GB+ SSD for responsiveness and a DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 output so that when you need a new monitor you'll be able to grab one of the ~180dpi models that allow improved text and image quality.That's easily achievable within budget, for example here for £380:http://www.ebuyer.com/742846-hp-prodesk-400-g3-sff-desktop-w4a24es-abuAlthough that model only has 4GB of ram, you could always add an extra 4GB within budget.


What about this one
debenhamsplus.com/p/1…top

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Fearz

£400 include monitor, devices or just the hardware ?


Can I get both in 400? If you know any better deal.

nilesh15

Is it good enough for day to day use? Or I need 8 GB ram?



It's a 30 second job to take the side off and slot it in so memory amount isn't a big deal on a desktop.

4GB is sufficient for most people's day to day use, although you'd probably upgrade to 8GB within the life of the machine. The real question is whether it's sufficient for whatever you need the powerful processor for.

nilesh15

What about this … What about this onehttps://www.debenhamsplus.com/p/1130948/hp-280-g2-intel-core-i5-6500-3.2ghz-8gb-1tb-dvd-rw-windows-10-desktop



There's no SSD so it'll be more sluggish and no modern video connectors so you'll be limited in your choice of monitors to the current lower resolutions when prices drop a few years down the line. I wouldn't go for it personally.

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EndlessWaves

It's a 30 second job to take the side off and slot it in so memory amount … It's a 30 second job to take the side off and slot it in so memory amount isn't a big deal on a desktop.4GB is sufficient for most people's day to day use, although you'd probably upgrade to 8GB within the life of the machine. The real question is whether it's sufficient for whatever you need the powerful processor for. There's no SSD so it'll be more sluggish and no modern video connectors so you'll be limited in your choice of monitors to the current lower resolutions when prices drop a few years down the line. I wouldn't go for it personally.


Hi

U seem to have good knowledge in PC. Is it worth to spend bit more and get this HP one?
store.hp.com/UKS…DTP
I want a good PC to use for everyday usage plus for kids education work. My old laptop started slowing down in just couple of years but it was ok as I was not using it much. Now my laptop has stopped so I decided to move towards desktop rather than laptop as it is cheaper and better option than laptop. I want a good PC which last longer and in future I can upgrade it if needed. If you have any good system in your attention please advise.

thanks for your help.
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