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Old 27-01-2013, 16:37
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I'm in the market for a new desktop pc. I'm a normal boring user, so wouldn't need it for gaming etc. I'd like it to last so what I think i am looking for is an intel core i5 or i7 processor, ITB hard drive, 6-8GB ram, CD/DVD read & write. Whereever I look I see Zoomstorms as being good value for money, but the noise factor puts me off. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 27-01-2013, 17:30
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well worth having a good read through identical threats post's ,how much is your budget ,are you going for windows 8 or stick with 7 ect .

Really come down to how much you want to spend ,if your going for windows 8 ,well worth the extra getting touch screen monitor or are you keeping your old monitor ,is it touch screen ,do you use tablets or have/intend getting windows phone to sync with OS .

Also do any existing equipment you have ,ie. printer ect have updated drivers for whatever OS you opt for as i know some people who have opted for winows 8 (to be more future proof,whether switching of touch screen or not) have issues with updating drivers and have found they cant use printer/had to update them also .
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Old 27-01-2013, 17:51
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oop's sorry forgetting to paste link i had copied

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Old 27-01-2013, 17:59
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http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-cent...est-budget-pc/

http://www.misco.co.uk/Cat/7966/Desktops

http://www.which.co.uk/technology/computing/ (very good site)
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Old 27-01-2013, 20:22
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well worth having a good read through identical threats post's ,how much is your budget ,are you going for windows 8 or stick with 7 ect .

Really come down to how much you want to spend ,if your going for windows 8 ,well worth the extra getting touch screen monitor or are you keeping your old monitor ,is it touch screen ,do you use tablets or have/intend getting windows phone to sync with OS .

Also do any existing equipment you have ,ie. printer ect have updated drivers for whatever OS you opt for as i know some people who have opted for winows 8 (to be more future proof,whether switching of touch screen or not) have issues with updating drivers and have found they cant use printer/had to update them also .
Yes, sorry , I should have said - my budget is 400-500, I think I want Windows 7 rather than 8. I have a much older version of Windows atm but I think 7 is likely to be easlier to use than 8. My monitor is fine. I don't have a tablet.

Subsequent to posting I looked through other threads and saw this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008FO6CH...031_pe_epc_dt7 which I think is quite good. Opinions anyone?
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Old 27-01-2013, 20:23
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I don't think this goes anywhere ....
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Old 27-01-2013, 21:04
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I notice Dell have the inspiron 660s for 379 10% off code takes it Down to 341 it has 6gb of ram a 1tb hard drive and a 1gb dedicated graphics card but only has an i3 processor would this be any good for you?

http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-660s/pd
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Old 27-01-2013, 21:23
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Very people need 6GB or 8GB of RAM for anything they do on a standard home PC. Should also remind people that normal 32bit Windows 7 won't read above 3GB of RAM. Unless you have 64bit Windows installed, the rest of the RAM won't recognised or used.
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Old 27-01-2013, 23:12
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Don't know what happed there Sorry again

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Old 27-01-2013, 23:22
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Yes, sorry , I should have said - my budget is 400-500, I think I want Windows 7 rather than 8. I have a much older version of Windows atm but I think 7 is likely to be easlier to use than 8. My monitor is fine. I don't have a tablet.

Subsequent to posting I looked through other threads and saw this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008FO6CH...031_pe_epc_dt7 which I think is quite good. Opinions anyone?

Very good reviews ,loads of bundled software but don't they all and little noisy burning disc's ,if you can live with that ,exellent choice
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Old 27-01-2013, 23:30
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Very people need 6GB or 8GB of RAM for anything they do on a standard home PC. Should also remind people that normal 32bit Windows 7 won't read above 3GB of RAM. Unless you have 64bit Windows installed, the rest of the RAM won't recognised or used.

Most p.c. these day's are all 64bit since they mostly come with 8GB of ram ,the more the better if conection up to all the mod-cons these days. (especially at present prices)
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Old 27-01-2013, 23:35
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I'm in the market for a new desktop pc. I'm a normal boring user, so wouldn't need it for gaming etc. I'd like it to last so what I think i am looking for is an intel core i5 or i7 processor, ITB hard drive, 6-8GB ram, CD/DVD read & write. Whereever I look I see Zoomstorms as being good value for money, but the noise factor puts me off. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.
Check these out can't go wrong pcspecialist.co.uk
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Old 27-01-2013, 23:45
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Check these out can't go wrong pcspecialist.co.uk
PC Specialist every time good products but more important great customer service!

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php
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Old 28-01-2013, 00:17
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Yes, sorry , I should have said - my budget is 400-500, I think I want Windows 7 rather than 8. I have a much older version of Windows atm but I think 7 is likely to be easlier to use than 8. My monitor is fine. I don't have a tablet.

Subsequent to posting I looked through other threads and saw this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008FO6CH...031_pe_epc_dt7 which I think is quite good. Opinions anyone?
That's a decent PC and doubles up that it has HDMI out so you can connect it to your TV for films and stuff if you wanted.
I nearly bought one of those as a media PC not long ago as it's small and black and would fit on my TV shelf

Be aware though that if you know anyone who can build you a PC, you will be able to either save money or build a hell of a lot better PC than the pre-made stuff.
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Old 28-01-2013, 00:36
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'Be aware though that if you know anyone who can build you a PC, you will be able to either save money or build a hell of a lot better PC than the pre-made stuff.' quote

I'm sure if that was the case they would not be buying one ready out the box ,(we all would) TBF they are getting quite a bit of power for under 450 and piece of mind it's tested to the max and you wont need collage course to maintain and update drivers / system when the time comes .
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Old 28-01-2013, 00:44
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'Be aware though that if you know anyone who can build you a PC, you will be able to either save money or build a hell of a lot better PC than the pre-made stuff.' quote

I'm sure if that was the case they would not be buying one ready out the box ,(we all would) TBF they are getting quite a bit of power for under 450 and piece of mind it's tested to the max and you wont need collage course to maintain and update drivers / system when the time comes .
You'd be amazed at how many people think this is not an option so don't even consider it. Either that or they think there wouldn't be much difference.

Either way, the OP now knows so has the advantage of a bit of extra knowledge even if it does turn out to be useless for them.


ETA. The peace of mind I understand, but college course to maintain and update drivers and system? Even if that were necessary (which it isn't) then it would be the same for a PC bought out of the box. Why would you think this would be different?
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Old 28-01-2013, 02:10
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I would recommend a MacMini all day long, you have a monitor keyboard and mouse, all you will need is a small external DVD/cd drive

They are small and silent and powerful

Look at the link below and read the reviews
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Dual-C...9339065&sr=8-1

Link for external DVD drive
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-SE-2...9339162&sr=1-1
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Old 28-01-2013, 18:57
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You'd be amazed at how many people think this is not an option so don't even consider it. Either that or they think there wouldn't be much difference.

Either way, the OP now knows so has the advantage of a bit of extra knowledge even if it does turn out to be useless for them.


ETA. The peace of mind I understand, but college course to maintain and update drivers and system? Even if that were necessary (which it isn't) then it would be the same for a PC bought out of the box. Why would you think this would be different?
agree the more knowlage the better thats what the forums are for bit over the top with collagecourse , was tounge and cheeck and over the top ,thinking about getting a new tower myself and have been googling home-build's ,would be great if i knew someone with bit of knowlage and experiance to build one for me ,think if you've already build towers and had a bit of experiance it wouldn't seem so scary for novices like myself ,didnt mean to sound negative ,just seem's like they got a very good deal with budget they had .
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Old 28-01-2013, 20:11
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Thanks you guys for all the advice. It is much appreciated.
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Old 28-01-2013, 20:34
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agree the more knowlage the better thats what the forums are for bit over the top with collagecourse , was tounge and cheeck and over the top ,thinking about getting a new tower myself and have been googling home-build's ,would be great if i knew someone with bit of knowlage and experiance to build one for me ,think if you've already build towers and had a bit of experiance it wouldn't seem so scary for novices like myself ,didnt mean to sound negative ,just seem's like they got a very good deal with budget they had .
If I ever pluck up the courage and the cash I'd love to give it a go myself. Apart from the 'thrill' I would get if it all worked out ok I like the idea of choosing all the components.
I have changed just about everything except a motherboard over the years so I don't think it is too hard.
I have downloaded a Youtube vid to refer to in the future in case I give it a go.
The link was left here in Computing, I can't remember who left it.
Edit link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot0h4G-BmJM
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Old 28-01-2013, 22:59
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agree the more knowlage the better thats what the forums are for bit over the top with collagecourse , was tounge and cheeck and over the top ,thinking about getting a new tower myself and have been googling home-build's ,would be great if i knew someone with bit of knowlage and experiance to build one for me ,think if you've already build towers and had a bit of experiance it wouldn't seem so scary for novices like myself ,didnt mean to sound negative ,just seem's like they got a very good deal with budget they had .
If I ever pluck up the courage and the cash I'd love to give it a go myself. Apart from the 'thrill' I would get if it all worked out ok I like the idea of choosing all the components.
I have changed just about everything except a motherboard over the years so I don't think it is too hard.
I have downloaded a Youtube vid to refer to in the future in case I give it a go.
The link was left here in Computing, I can't remember who left it.
Edit link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot0h4G-BmJM

Give it a go. It's a lot easier than you think. There's plenty of tuition video's and blogs on the net.
You can always come on here and ask away if you get stuck.
It really isn't that difficult, honest
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