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    PC advice needed please.

    Help please :oops:
    I have a Medion MD96500 Laptop that is just over a year old. The Screen is faulty and needs to go back to Medion under the 3 year guarantee.
    This has a Intel Pentium M740 Processor, 100 GB hard disc, 1024 DDR11 RAM etc. I know nothing about computers but I would prefer a Desktop with higher specs or the same as cheap as possible with a 17" monitor. No keyboard or mouse.
    I don't game but I need about 6 Internet pages open, I run Photoshop and I need a good worksuite for invoices and book keeping etc.

    I paid £900 for the laptop, how much could it be worth now and what would the PC equivalent or better be please.
    NOT going through Quidco, 'cos I don't trust them anymore.:x

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    Dual Core Dell Laptop for £789 including VAT and Shipping

    That would be more than adequate for what you want to do.

    To get the £789 price click on the link for Insperion 9400 and then click Support Services and choose then Choose Collect and Return. They try and get you to take out their 3 year guarantee for an additional £200.

    Check this out, I'm sure it would be suitable for your needs: ]http//ww…448

    £645 Or less

    Apparently you can get a reduced price extended warranty after your purchase too...

    Welcome to HotUKDeals Bingo83 by the way!

    You could buy through other cashback sites to save a bit more Dambuster, but I expect you know about those already

    Original Poster

    Thanks Bingo83, but I'm after a Desktop PC not a Laptop/Notebook.

    Thanks rayman, I looked at that post earlier and it seemed pretty good. How does it compare spec wise to what I have now? Sorry, but I'm pretty naff with computers.

    Original Poster

    rayman

    You could buy through other cashback sites to save a bit more Dambuster, … You could buy through other cashback sites to save a bit more Dambuster, but I expect you know about those already


    Yes I do :thumbsup:
    Is this the cheapest/best around at the moment?

    Double the RAM, 320Gb hard drive, 256Mb graphics card, 19" monitor... Basically, bigger everything and that includes performance. Should easily allow you many open windows, play music and PhotoShop at the same time...

    Probably the best deal on a complete PC system this week at least.

    Buy a tft and run the laptop off of it using the vga out on the laptop.
    This should save you a few bucks.

    Or you could goto [url]www.e-woc.co.uk[/url] based in Scotland.
    Great shop and great prices.

    rayman

    Check this out, I'm sure it would be suitable for your needs: … Check this out, I'm sure it would be suitable for your needs: ]http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35448£645 Or less



    That's an excellent recommendation rayman...this would even satisfy a serious gamer who was prepared to sell the graphics card (which isn't that bad) and buy a 7900 gs for about £120

    esq3585

    Or you could goto [url]www.e-woc.co.uk[/url] based in Scotland.Great shop … Or you could goto [url]www.e-woc.co.uk[/url] based in Scotland.Great shop and great prices.



    They are my local favs too. You could save even more money by building your own system from scratch.

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    Bingo83

    They are my local favs too. You could save even more money by building … They are my local favs too. You could save even more money by building your own system from scratch.



    I wish I could build my own but :oops: :oops: :oops:

    Thanks for all the help guys. £645 is a bit more than I had hoped for. Maybe I should wait until the January sales :-(

    Anybody know what my present Laptop could be worth?

    Anybody know what my present Laptop could be worth?



    All depends on getting the right buyer - decent hard disk in it and decent processor but as you say, it's over a year old.

    I'd ask £300 and hope for £250 but it could go for less. When people see the low price of new machines they are wary of a second user purchase.

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    Diodorus-siculus

    All depends on getting the right buyer - decent hard disk in it and … All depends on getting the right buyer - decent hard disk in it and decent processor but as you say, it's over a year old.I'd ask £300 and hope for £250 but it could go for less. When people see the low price of new machines they are wary of a second user purchase.



    Flippin eck, is that all. I'm gutted. I thought around £500.00.
    Oh well, I'll keep it for a spare then.
    Thanks.

    I'm gutted. I thought around £500.00.


    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but to be honest it's only my opinion. You might do better if you advertise locally and get the right person.

    Take a look at [url]www.pcadvisor.co.uk[/url] and post a query in their consumerwatch forum - they are a pretty friendly lot but that sort of query can meet with tough replies... :-)

    this system's a little less and still good AMD rather than Intel

    ]http//ww…x2-

    Dell are doing some good deals for even less (even if they are Dells :roll:)

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    stu8

    this system's a little less and still good AMD rather than … this system's a little less and still good AMD rather than Intel]http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/11716/dell-dimension-system-athlon-64-x2-Dell are doing some good deals for even less (even if they are Dells :roll:)


    Thanks for the link.
    Is there much difference between AMD and Intel?
    Are Dell computers reliable?

    Is there much difference between AMD and Intel?



    For your purposes, not a lot. An AMD Athlon (not semperon) or an Intel Pentium (not Celeron) will be pretty much the same.

    Are Dell computers reliable?



    Yes, they seem to go on forever... a few fail but that is the nature of things. Dell didn't get to where they are today by building machines that don't last.

    I'd be confident with a Dell for your needs.

    Just be sure to get a decent external hard drive for backup purposes.

    Original Poster

    Whoever left me a neg, why didn't you put your name next to the comment?
    You spineless jellyfish.

    Original Poster

    How does this compare to the Dells that have been recommended?:-

    http://www.aldi.co.uk/images/data_product/2081399526455b0817a9196.jpg

    £549.99

    The Medion MD 8818 with high gloss front design is the ultimate high-performance TV, Audio, Video, Games, Office and Internet PC. Top class entertainment with cutting-edge technology…

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E6300 1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache with 1066 MHz FSB
    High performance dual core technology with incredibly low power consumption. Improved heat management thanks to BTX casing technology, combined with heat pipe cooler technology and extremely quiet fans.

    What is Dual Core?
    Two processor cores work within the same processor to increase the performance of your PC. Dual core technology means that several demanding applications can be run at the same time, allowing your computer to think as fast as you can multi-task.

    Huge 1024MB DDR2 memory
    Speed rating 533MHz and 64 bit technology

    Gigantic S-ATA 320GB Hard Disk
    8MB cache, super-fast 7200rpm

    The latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7650 GS graphics card with HDMI connection for enhanced quality, High Definition video entertainment
    Passively cool and silent for full-on HD gaming power and high quality PC video performance. 256MB DDRII, HDMI interface and DVI output.

    A world of television
    3-in-1 TV Tuner, DVB-T, DVB-S and analogue TV

    Dual Layer DVD+/-RW burner with LightScribe™ technology
    16 × dual layer multi-standard DVD/CD burner

    DVD-ROM Drive
    16 × DVD-ROM

    Integrated Wireless LAN 54MBit/s
    The ideal introduction to wireless networking technology at home or in the office. IEEE802 – 11 b/g compatible

    8 Channel High Definition Audio
    Enjoy amazing digital ‘home cinema’ surround sound. Use in conjunction with a suitable speaker set

    Fast Ethernet on board 10/100Mbit/s (DSL Ready). USB 2.0 memory card reader included (reads and writes most standard memory cards).

    aldi.co.uk/

    That's a good machine; unless you are into high end gaming it will be fine for your needs and they are reliable constructions.

    pcadvisor.co.uk/for…d=1

    There is a thread here about Aldi / Medion support - basically, it's positive.

    as you get a 19" monitor with both the dell deals and the aldi is just a base unit i'd go for the dells

    the spec for the gcard is better on the aldi and it has a tv tuner but you could do this yourself for less

    configure.euro.dell.com/del…op1


    this also is not bad for the money generally on dell take out the support services and don't buy any accessories or upgrades as you tend to get skinned:shock:

    some times chip upgrades are worth it eg on the above 3800 to 4200 for £6 :-D

    :oops: forgot 2 gig of ram with dells as well

    [COLOR="Green"]I'm thinking about a new desktop, but also considering waiting until (say Feb/Mar) they're shipped with MS Vista and not XP.... what do you guys think?[/COLOR]

    I'm thinking about a new desktop, but also considering waiting until (say … I'm thinking about a new desktop, but also considering waiting until (say Feb/Mar) they're shipped with MS Vista and not XP.... what do you guys think?



    Many suppliers now offer a free upgrade to Vista if you buy the PC now.

    My own view is that it is best to go with XP SP2 now and wait till some of the early problems with Vista have been ironed out. It took two service packs to make XP what is is now and I am sure there will be some teething problems with Vista.

    Diodorus-siculus

    Many suppliers now offer a free upgrade to Vista if you buy the PC now.My … Many suppliers now offer a free upgrade to Vista if you buy the PC now.My own view is that it is best to go with XP SP2 now and wait till some of the early problems with Vista have been ironed out. It took two service packs to make XP what is is now and I am sure there will be some teething problems with Vista.



    [FONT="Verdana"][COLOR="Green"]Thank you! Great to have ops and advice :thumbsup: [/COLOR][/FONT]

    Dambuster

    Thanks for the link.Is there much difference between AMD and Intel?Are … Thanks for the link.Is there much difference between AMD and Intel?Are Dell computers reliable?



    Dambuster..from what I've read the Intel core 2 is superior to the AMD dual core CPU.....it's really a case of what you can afford cos you can get a decent spec AMD PC much cheaper than a Core 2 model.
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