Which budget computer?

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Found 23rd Sep 2008
I have a budget of around £500 and want the best computer for my money. Which of these (or other) should I go for?

bigpockets.co.uk/pro…+PC

bigpockets.co.uk/pro…GHz

direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

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Original Poster

Don't need a monitor and am looking to get the best machine possible for £500..

If you can stretch another £100 you should consider THIS

argos.co.uk/sta…htm

What are you going to be using it for? At £500 you'll have to have shortcomings somewhere.

Original Poster

Hi,

Thanks for the replies. I'm frequently running lots af applications at the same time eg Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Itunes, Firefox (with about 10 tabs open!) so want something that will handle that. I'm not really a gamer but wouldn't mind a semi-decent GC as my current machine can't run 3D graphing software!

Takeme2yourdeala;3050481

Hi,Thanks for the replies. I'm frequently running lots af applications at … Hi,Thanks for the replies. I'm frequently running lots af applications at the same time eg Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Itunes, Firefox (with about 10 tabs open!) so want something that will handle that. I'm not really a gamer but wouldn't mind a semi-decent GC as my current machine can't run 3D graphing software!



My five year old Athlon XP 2700 can handle all that perfectly (I've got nine tabs across two browsers open at the moment in fact) so you don't need to spend anywhere near £500 to get that, a £250 system would be perfectly adaquate.

Mine displays 3D graphs just fine, I've been working with some vrml files showing surfaces for the last couple of weeks actually. I guess you've got something more specialised in mind though, could you provide a link to that sort of program's system requirements so we can see what sort of graphics card would be best? Searching for '3d graphing software' only brought up results with low system requirements.

I would probably err on the side of a slighter lower power graphics card (3650/4670/9500GT) if you can make sure you get a system with up to date expansion capabilities like being able to output HDMI with sound (everything can do it without sound) and have an eSATA connection for faster transfer to external hard drives.

Of course if you can find a system with both that and a powerful graphics card then that's great.
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