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Old 18-11-2012, 12:11
5hane
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I need to replace my aging 6 year old desktop.
Marketers are trying to convince the world that we should be using laptops and flimsy tablets, and so finally I gave into the hype and took a look at some laptops in-store, now convinced that a laptop would replace my desktop.

I was so wrong!
Even the most expensive laptops had disgusting viewing angles, awful sound quality, Un-ergonomic.
I guess these little laptops are useful for people who use them on the move, students off to uni or users that just don’t need any oomph, but I have now seen with my own eyes that they will never replace desktops.
I have also come to the realisation that the only reason that laptop and tablet ads are the only computers being shoved in our faces is because companies realise that anyone with any sense already has a desktop, and that these little devices are really only meant to compliment desktops, not replace them.

So, which desktop to buy………….?
The PC’s in Curry’s all look like they are ready to fall to bits, but I have just spotted Chillblast online and am wondering how good they are.
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Old 18-11-2012, 12:22
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Couldn't agree more, for your usage a laptop would probably not be practicable. However, the rule is not universal...
Chillblast have a good reputation....mainly used by gamers AFAIK..
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Old 18-11-2012, 12:57
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Oh how right you are a laptop for me is only a convenient accessory
If you have read the post on “PC base unit power supplies” you will get an idea of the power consumption of a computer. All that power creates a lot of heat that has to be dissipated
In a desktop you have a larger volume of air in the case and you can fit multiple fans to circulate in cooler air, cooling a laptop is not that easy so by their very nature they can be nowhere near as powerful as a desktop
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Old 18-11-2012, 14:17
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Amazon have got a number of Asus desktops and that manufacturer has a good reputation. Dell's web site is also worth a look but they don't do many desktops these days.

BTW, you'll need to opt for Windows 7 or Windows 8 as desired.
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Old 18-11-2012, 15:49
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With a PC you are going to get more for your money and if you don't need the portability of a laptop they are great.
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:13
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Depends what you want really - they are both good for different reasons. A laptop will never be as powerful but then a desktops not as portable.
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:22
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A laptop will never be as powerful
There's a considerable overlap though. The more expensive laptop models are far more powerful than the cheap desktops. But yes for high-end 3D gaming and simulations you'd probably want a desktop megabeast.
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:32
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There's a considerable overlap though. The more expensive laptop models are far more powerful than the cheap desktops. But yes for high-end 3D gaming and simulations you'd probably want a desktop megabeast.
Yes, there is an overlap but if you have a £500 laptop and a £500 desktop the desktop should always be more powerful than the laptop. Things are a lot closer than they used to be though and for most people even a basic laptop or desktop will meet their needs.
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Old 18-11-2012, 16:36
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Yes, there is an overlap but if you have a £500 laptop and a £500 desktop the desktop should always be more powerful than the laptop.
I guess a lot depends on whether that £500 desktop price includes the cost of the monitor or not.
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