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Old 14-01-2013, 13:17
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After a new desktop and was looking for a recommendation or two. Mostly use it for internet, Excel/Word, bit of CD burning and torrents, no gaming and nothing too memory intensive.

Mostly looking for something that will last a decent amount of time and not have to be upgraded/replaced in a few years. Is it worth spending more on a faster processor and more memory or shall I stick with something fairly basic?
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Old 14-01-2013, 13:27
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Rough idea of budget and would you prefer Windows 7 or Windows 8? Monitor required?
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Old 14-01-2013, 13:33
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Rough idea of budget and would you prefer Windows 7 or Windows 8? Monitor required?
Sorry, that would help.

500 maximum but as little as possible really. Would probably prefer Windows 7 as heard lots of bad things about Windows 8. Don't need a monitor or keyboard/mouse etc.
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Old 14-01-2013, 13:45
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Sorry, that would help.

500 maximum but as little as possible really. Would probably prefer Windows 7 as heard lots of bad things about Windows 8. Don't need a monitor or keyboard/mouse etc.
With windows 8 it'll run on a lower spec PC than windows 7 thus saving you a bit more money

I have had Windows 8 since the betas and after fixing an issue I had that was making me reboot frequently, I can say that it's the best version of windows I have had to date

There you go you have also heard good things about W8
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Old 14-01-2013, 18:16
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Sorry, that would help.

500 maximum but as little as possible really. Would probably prefer Windows 7 as heard lots of bad things about Windows 8. Don't need a monitor or keyboard/mouse etc.
If you want the latest technology and are happy to spend a little bit of time getting used to new software, you should go for Windows 8.

If you're not bothered about having the latest technology and you just want to use a computer without having to relearn stuff, go for Windows 7.

Choosing W7 will limit the places you can buy from, but eBuyer have quite a few choices, so start there.
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Old 15-01-2013, 00:26
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You won't find much better than this for the money...Palicomp Alpha phase. You can buy it as is or upgrade bits and pieces as you desire......Look around the site if that's too much...
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Old 15-01-2013, 13:41
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I've seen this one on Ebuyer:-

http://www.ebuyer.com/411062-zoostor...p-pc-7873-0444

Any opinions?
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Old 15-01-2013, 13:55
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How about this

I know some on here (max99) think its a well priced machine even though its a little out dated
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Old 15-01-2013, 17:42
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Out of stock now. But this one is higher spec and a good price:

http://www.ebuyer.com/411064-zoostor...p-pc-7873-0446

You can get away with going for a cheaper machine and saving 50 - 80. Pretty much any basic machine will perform your tasks without even breaking a sweat. But if you don't mind paying the extra, that 400 Zoostrom is decent. If you do prefer a cheaper one, consider the hard drive space. As you specifically mentioned torrents, 500GB may or not not be enough.
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Old 15-01-2013, 22:30
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No HDMI output on that one, another overpriced machine with Low spec, OP have you thought about a MacMini ?

It will out perform this dog of a PC without breaking into a sweat...
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Old 15-01-2013, 23:33
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No HDMI output on that one, another overpriced machine with Low spec, OP have you thought about a MacMini ?
Interesting. The apparently expensive, low spec machine has a faster processor, double the RAM and four times the hard drive space. It's also cheaper. And it has a DVD writer which will help with the CD burning that the OP requires.

I presume what you meant to write was:
Another overpriced machine with Low spec, OP have you thought about a MacMini ?
You're funny. I'm starting to like you.
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Old 15-01-2013, 23:42
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No HDMI output on that one, another overpriced machine with Low spec, OP have you thought about a MacMini ?

It will out perform this dog of a PC without breaking into a sweat...
If you are going to be reusing an existing monitor, lack of HDMI needn't be an issue.

My biggest concern would be lack of USB3. I don't know why PC makers keep producing USB2 systems as the extra cost of USB3 is minimal.
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Old 16-01-2013, 00:25
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For the OP's needs I would rather have a less powerful CPU and a SSD. I would even get a Pentium rather than a i3 if it meant I could add a SSD for the amount I want to pay.
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Old 16-01-2013, 01:01
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The MacMini will piss all over that Old Pc, trust me
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Old 16-01-2013, 03:01
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If I was getting a PC with no intention of gaming I'd run Ubuntu operating system. Perfect for surfing, office apps and it's free.
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Old 16-01-2013, 07:54
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If you are going to be reusing an existing monitor, lack of HDMI needn't be an issue.

My biggest concern would be lack of USB3. I don't know why PC makers keep producing USB2 systems as the extra cost of USB3 is minimal.
Is it possible to get non-HDMI monitors if my one breaks?

Is the lack of USB3 a big issue?
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Old 16-01-2013, 10:00
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Is it possible to get non-HDMI monitors if my one breaks?
Yep

Is the lack of USB3 a big issue?
Nope. Basically it's just faster than USB2 but for what you need it's not a deal breaker, I think
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:38
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And if you feel like you need USB3 in future you can add one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TeckNet-Inte...8339800&sr=8-1
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Old 16-01-2013, 13:07
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Is it possible to get non-HDMI monitors if my one breaks?

Is the lack of USB3 a big issue?
HDMI is more applicable if you want to connect the PC to a TV. Regular computer monitors will still connect via the DVI or VGA socket.

USB 3 will allow faster transfer of data to an external hard drive, USB stick, etc. These devices will also need to be USB 3 in order to archive the faster speeds. So, if you're planning on regularly copying large amounts of data to other devices and you want to do it as fast as possible, USB 3 will be useful.

Only you know whether these features are important to you. But as said above, a USB 3 card (or a 20 video card with a HDMI socket) can be added quickly and cheaply in the future, if you should ever require it.
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Old 16-01-2013, 23:24
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How about this

I know some on here (max99) think its a well priced machine even though its a little out dated
Oh that one. How many times have you mentioned that computer lately?
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Old 17-01-2013, 00:13
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How about this

I know some on here (max99) think its a well priced machine even though its a little out dated
How much is it? I cant find a price.
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Old 17-01-2013, 00:33
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How much is it? I cant find a price.
rotty is just trolling for attention again:

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1780575

Either that or he's currently saving up to buy the PC.
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Old 17-01-2013, 00:58
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How much is it? I cant find a price.
6.71 per week, a 'bargain' if you can't buy outright.
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Old 17-01-2013, 02:25
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Only 6.71 a week

You will be still paying for it long after its dumped in a skip somewhere...

Here
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Old 17-01-2013, 14:08
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rotty is just trolling for attention again:

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1780575

Either that or he's currently saving up to buy the PC.
I thought he was a Mac user? So why does he want to buy the PC?
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