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    PC challenge - best for circa £650?

    Ok - a little challenge for you geeks out there.

    I am looking to spend a bout £650 ish for a home deskptop pc. Must come with monitor as well.

    What do we think is the best value system available? I am trawling the usual sites but would be nice to have a little help if anyone has the time.

    I am tempted by some fo the touchscreen options - but this is only a wim - and not a necessity.
    As future proofed as possioble for the money is what i want.

    I havekl also thought maybe a laptop with dockinbg station for verstilty - but again not essential.

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    ebuyer.com

    239775 - Quad Core, 4Gb, 1TB, GF 450GTS (1gb Dedicated), Win 7 HP - £499.99
    165288 - 23" LG Full HD 2ms - 150.95

    Tot : 650.94

    Edited by: "markewatson" 21st Nov 2010

    you are doing the wrong way around.

    understand your requirements - why do you need a pc and what will your main activties be eg if you are high end gaming you will need a powerful pc to future proof it, same goes for video editing, Computer aided design....most pc's will cope fine with video streaming or internet or word processing.....i can stream bbc iplayer content on a netbook

    if you are reasonably tech savvy you could build you own or for not much more go the barbones route like i did (saves mounting proccessor, which i couldnt be bothered with though its not hard but easy to screw up)

    barebones:- £340
    novatech.co.uk/nov…tml

    you will also need
    hard disk - 1tb £50 (personally i ise a small fast one (500gb) for the os and a 2nd for data/non essential programs (eg clean up utilities)
    windows os £80
    keyboard/mouse - various - £30 id stick to logitech mice and logitech/mircosoft keyboards (if gaming then look at razer stuff - can be expensive though)
    screen - dell full hd 21.5 in ones are less than £130
    graphics card - various £100

    a little bit more £700 ish but this is a pretty fast pc and importantly unlike off the shelf rubbish from hp,etc it is upgradeable and you get a much better components and case too...if dell sold you this it would well over £1000 and still not as good

    its really easy to add the components, just dont force anything and before touching any component ensure you ground yourself/remove static by using a static strap or touching something metal - i usually touch the psu casing (but make sure the pc / psu is OFF first)

    Edited by: "royals" 21st Nov 2010

    should be in deal request!

    Geeks build their own. Asking them to recommend a package?

    royals

    you are doing the wrong way around.understand your requirements - why do … you are doing the wrong way around.understand your requirements - why do you need a pc and what will your main activties be eg if you are high end gaming you will need a powerful pc to future proof it, same goes for video editing, Computer aided design....most pc's will cope fine with video streaming or internet or word processing.....i can stream bbc iplayer content on a netbook if you are reasonably tech savvy you could build you own or for not much more go the barbones route like i did (saves mounting proccessor, which i couldnt be bothered with though its not hard but easy to screw up)barebones:- £340http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/barebones/Novatech/BB-I5764GH.htmlyou will also needhard disk - 1tb £50 (personally i ise a small fast one (500gb) for the os and a 2nd for data/non essential programs (eg clean up utilities)windows os £80keyboard/mouse - various - £30 id stick to logitech mice and logitech/mircosoft keyboards (if gaming then look at razer stuff - can be expensive though)screen - dell full hd 21.5 in ones are less than £130graphics card - various £100a little bit more £700 ish but this is a pretty fast pc and importantly unlike off the shelf rubbish from hp,etc it is upgradeable and you get a much better components and case too...if dell sold you this it would well over £1000 and still not as good its really easy to add the components, just dont force anything and before touching any component ensure you ground yourself/remove static by using a static strap or touching something metal - i usually touch the psu casing (but make sure the pc / psu is OFF first)



    This is great advice ... thinking of upgrading in the new year might go this route

    Thx

    Original Poster

    Well the requirement is a bit of an all rounder really. Something to store pics on, something that can play some gamnes (not high end as kids too little), something that will still be coping with software / games in a few years and not be panifully slow. Hdmi out would be nice as well as a tv card. 64 bit ideally i think?
    The kids will also be using it so perhaps something that's orbust and has a decent warranty!

    I know that's a bit of a naff brief which is probably why i'm none the wiser as to what i want.

    Self build is an option but to be honest a pre-built machine would be preferable as time is at a prmeium in my life at the moment.
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