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    What PC base unit should I buy

    Morning All,

    My base unit died so looking to get a new one and thinking it may be cheaper to just get the base as I have a monitor, keyboard etc.

    It is mainly used for amateur photo, video editing and Cubase music editing. I want a PC and not a MAC as my laptop is windows and I need to transfer between the both. On a budget of up to £350.

    Cheers

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    Have a look on novatechs site mate. They do some decent base units. Obviously, you'd be looking at something like at least a core duo, but quacore cpu would be best option. Decent pci-e graphics and if you're going to use x64 windows etc. then 4 gig ram. Get the highest bus speed devices you can afford as well (CPU, RAM, GPU etc.)

    £350 should get you something half decent. Don't forget a good make PSU as well.

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    burner1;7783816

    Have a look on novatechs site mate. They do some decent base units. … Have a look on novatechs site mate. They do some decent base units. Obviously, you'd be looking at something like at least a core duo, but quacore cpu would be best option. Decent pci-e graphics and if you're going to use x64 windows etc. then 4 gig ram. Get the highest bus speed devices you can afford as well (CPU, RAM, GPU etc.)£350 should get you something half decent. Don't forget a good make PSU as well.



    Thanks for this, I will have a look at the site. Should add I am a not very spec literate in terms of core duo, quocore. Assuming this is how it processes?

    mpesm;7783909

    Thanks for this, I will have a look at the site. Should add I am a not … Thanks for this, I will have a look at the site. Should add I am a not very spec literate in terms of core duo, quocore. Assuming this is how it processes?



    dual-core and quad-core refer to the number of cores the processor has, essentially another factor affecting how much work it can do (i.e. how fast it is), more cores are better. Core Duo is just an Intel brand name for some of their dual-cores.

    Oh, and macs are PCs these days, they're just running Mac OS instead of Windows or Linux so presumably you actually mean you want Windows.

    For your use you probably want a powerful processor and lots of memory but only a low-end video card. A Core 2 Quad/Core i5/Core i7/Amd Athlon II X4/Phenom II X4 are all good choices.

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    EndlessWaves;7785631

    dual-core and quad-core refer to the number of cores the processor has, … dual-core and quad-core refer to the number of cores the processor has, essentially another factor affecting how much work it can do (i.e. how fast it is), more cores are better. Core Duo is just an Intel brand name for some of their dual-cores.Oh, and macs are PCs these days, they're just running Mac OS instead of Windows or Linux so presumably you actually mean you want Windows.For your use you probably want a powerful processor and lots of memory but only a low-end video card. A Core 2 Quad/Core i5/Core i7/Amd Athlon II X4/Phenom II X4 are all good choices.



    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I mean Windows OS, not really bothered if Vista or Windows 7.

    How did your base unit die? It might be easier to fix than you think.

    If you are determined to get a new PC, what are your requirements. Don't buy a quad core because it is super fast if all you do is browse the net and do a bit of letter writing. Some of the Acer Revo deals listed around the £200 mark would be suffice for internet browsing, they are low power and space saving.

    I personally work off of a laptop all of the time and keep it down the side of my sofa but I also have a high spec PC that doesn't get used and a low spec PC behind the tv for use as a media center.

    That's my advise folks! But give me a shout if you want to know anything more specific, like diagnosing you existing PC.

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    abdndamo;7791982

    How did your base unit die? It might be easier to fix than you think.If … How did your base unit die? It might be easier to fix than you think.If you are determined to get a new PC, what are your requirements. Don't buy a quad core because it is super fast if all you do is browse the net and do a bit of letter writing. Some of the Acer Revo deals listed around the £200 mark would be suffice for internet browsing, they are low power and space saving. I personally work off of a laptop all of the time and keep it down the side of my sofa but I also have a high spec PC that doesn't get used and a low spec PC behind the tv for use as a media center. That's my advise folks! But give me a shout if you want to know anything more specific, like diagnosing you existing PC.



    Thanks for the reply. Here is a ]link to the post about my PC that died. I was happy with that PC speed wise etc even though it is quite old in technology terms, but after following diagnostics I think the motherboard is the issue and new one of them is around £100+ and then if it's not that and it's the power supply that can be around £40+. I would feel confident enough to change th power supply but not the motherboard.

    Would need the new PC for Cubase primarily. All help very greatly received!
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