wanted - reliable business pc

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Found 5th Oct 2008
hi all,

started a thread a while back to see if i could figure out what was wrong with my brothers pc.

to cut a long story - he now has TWO broken pc's. he has harped on about possibly getting them repaired, but i just can't see it as economically feasible. they are relatively old machines and certainly not cutting edge.

so - can anyone point me towards where he can get a couple of good quality, reliable business pc's, with tft monitors if necessary. his work is based generally around office applications and finance stuff - i.e. no CAD or substantial graphic requirements.

he just needs something that will last him a good few years both in terms of physical reliability and still being able to cut the pc mustard.

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Pre built or DIY?

Budget?

Original Poster

he is utterly useless at anything DIY, so i'd be wanting to steer clear of that.

budget? around the £200 mark without monitor is a good starting point, but i guess the cheaper the better as he says he's skint.

The problem with PC's is the badge on the box is just that a badge. It can say HP, Packard Bell, Sony, etc.... but there are actually a handful of companies that make components. Take processors only two companies supple them so regardless of what the badge is on the box, your processor will be one of these, its pretty much the same with the other components too. I know this is a simplistic view of things but it roughly how it is.

So saying what is more reliable is actually normally down to personal preference and luck.

If you get a system built for you, then you can pick the most reliable components. This may be the better way to go. Or pick a manufacture that can fix within 24 hours for a bit of peace of mind.

I have to say this Dell system unit for £200 is terrific value for money.

A decent processor, 2Gb of memory, large 250Gb disk, and Vista Home Premium.

You could not build yourself a system unit for this price.

Yes you have to add a monitor (or may already have one) and a keyboard and mouse, but at less than £200 I would go for it

hotukdeals.com/ite…e=2

I would not go for the monitors on that Dell offer, they seem very expensive. You can buy a TFT monitor for under £100 anywhere nowadays.

Here is a 19" for about £80 that was posted recently.

hotukdeals.com/ite…it/

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The problem with PC's is the badge on the box is just that a badge. It … The problem with PC's is the badge on the box is just that a badge. It can say HP, Packard Bell, Sony, etc.... but there are actually a handful of companies that make components. Take processors only two companies supple them so regardless of what the badge is on the box, your processor will be one of these, its pretty much the same with the other components too. I know this is a simplistic view of things but it roughly how it is.So saying what is more reliable is actually normally down to personal preference and luck.If you get a system built for you, then you can pick the most reliable components. This may be the better way to go. Or pick a manufacture that can fix within 24 hours for a bit of peace of mind.



I wouldn't agree at all.

With CPUs you do only have a choice of two, but CPUs are the most reliable components in a PC anyway. If you choose something more likely to go wrong like the motherboard then you have a choice of dozens, if not hundreds and each uses thousands of components so there can be considerable variation.

Anything marketed as a buisness PC should be designed with reliability instead of performance in mind: HP, Lenovo, Dell etc.
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