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    Which Computer?

    Hi guys,

    Friend of mine would like a new PC for her final year at Uni. She has £450 to £500 to spend and was all poised to go down to PC World before I said 'stop!'

    So, with such a budget, who is best to buy from?

    Needs an entire system - I'd build one but suspect it'll come out loads more expensive.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Building one yourself is always the cheapest option.
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    Re: Which Computer?

    Have a look at the Mesh website, I'd say. Or Evesham (although not quite sure what's happening with them these days, what with them going into administration and all).

    You'll get a reasonable system, although I'd be surprised if you get better than on-board graphics.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Building one yourself is always the cheapest option.
    Are you sure? Could I really build her a machine for less than someone like Dell could supply one for?

    She'll use it for installing spyware, contracting viruses, running 5 different google style toolbars and writing crap on Facebook. Oh, and some coursework.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Well, if the components are all identical (which with a Dell, they never will be), yes.

    The thing with Dell (who are cheap) is that you get a small PSU, a non-standard case, limited expandability, all OEM parts etc etc......but for some people a Dell is perfect.
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    Re: Which Computer?

    It used to be cheaper to buy stuff yourself...but there are some very good deals on prebuilt machines at the moment...plus you get at least a years warranty which is good if you are going to uni and dont have the person who built your machine to help sort problems etc...

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    She'll use it for installing spyware, contracting viruses, running 5 different google style toolbars and writing crap on Facebook. Oh, and some coursework.
    Maybe a mac is the way forward then

    Although even the lowliest macbook is £700...

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    Maybe a mac is the way forward then

    Although even the lowliest macbook is £700...
    she can get student discount though...so i think the cheapest becomes 600

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    She'll use it for installing spyware, contracting viruses, running 5 different google style toolbars and writing crap on Facebook. Oh, and some coursework.
    QFT


    I've been looking at cheap dell systems recently for a friend, who want's to play some MMOs as well.
    One thing is dig around in all the differnt options don't upgrade/customise.

    One thing to note is that the New insperons 531 & 530 are standard mAXT mother boards & cases.

    Insperon 530
    Intel E6550 2.33Ghz Dual core chip,
    2GB 667Mhz RAM,
    320GB sata HDD
    256MB Gforce 8600GT
    plus the usals bits.
    No monitor.
    £392 inc vat & Del

    Reason for no monitor is that they want £176 for there 19" tft (the basic one not the ultra sharp one)
    A cheapo 19" tft will cost £110, and you can get a decent high quality LG 19" tft for £125 from Scan.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    As someone on here once said: Chicks dig Shuttles.

    Start with acheap AM2 shuttle and then you need to add a hard drive, DVD writer, ram, copy of Windows and keyboard/mouse.

    Sounds like the integrated graphics will be more than enough for her.

    Easy to transport back & forth to Uni, takes up very little space and looks superb.

    Dell will be cheaper, but not a pleasure to own.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Dell Vostro - from the small business section - I got a dual core 2ghz, 2gb ram, X1300, 300gb HD, DVDRW, 22" TFT widescreen, Vista, keyb, mouse, etc for £417 inc vat and postage. There is no way I could have built a pc as cheap as this.

    edit - see: http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=120080

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by TMD View Post
    It used to be cheaper to buy stuff yourself...but there are some very good deals on prebuilt machines at the moment...plus you get at least a years warranty which is good if you are going to uni and dont have the person who built your machine to help sort problems etc...
    Well I was toying around whether to upgrade my 2nd computer and the cheapest way.......used for P2P, letters, etc no gaming:-

    ECS C51GM-M Am2 with on board graphics M/B...............£34
    Sempron 3200......£19
    Igig mem..............£19 or less
    sub total =£72

    WoW that's a good start for building a reasonable computer from scratch.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    The vostro's offer amazing value for money. It's what i'd have if i wasn't gaming on it.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    I have a generalisation that girls like desktops that look like SFF/Shuttles or laptops...they are more into looks of the computer and the looks of the OS (i.e. easy to read, etc) than resolution/graphic cards etc

    so just go with either one of those and a girl should be fine...

    obviously this is a generalisation, so this particular girl might be different

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Vostro is tempting indeed. It's well in budget, would suit her needs, and I'm not sure she even gives a stuff what it looks like. Final year as well, and she's already down here, so it needs to be transported just once - when she finishes.

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    Re: Which Computer?

    Dell do some decent prices systems.

    My sister just got a Vostro and its pretty good for the price. You could probly knock a few quid off by custom building and also have a more tweakable system which leads to a more power pc.

    However if she is someone who isnt so PC minded the Dell Customer support will help alot.

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