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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by Badbonji View Post
    It is tested before sent, and should handle the system fine being in the build. A very good price for the cpu in it imo... Given that he had a mouse+keyboard I would have though he would have an OS install disk from the last pc...
    ??????????? It is nothing to do about the whether it can run Vista or not!! By the time you add the cost of the barebones, a hard disk,optical drive and Vista you are on the limits(or are even exceeding) the budget of £350.

    Also TBH how good is the PSU?? If it is a cheap unbranded £10 to £15 unit what is the point?? Even Dell tends to use FSP units.

    Even if the last PC is running XP it is likely to be an OEM install which comes with a recovery disk and not an installation disk.

    The OP's grandad is only using the computer for internet browsing and some image editing which means that the £279 Dell listed is the best option.

    The specs of the Dell:

    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E5200 processor (2.5GHz, 800MHz, 2MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 32-bit - English
    1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
    Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
    2048MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    Display Not Included
    320GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 3100
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
    Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
    Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
    Accessories
    No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
    Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
    No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
    19-in-1 Media Card Reader
    No Modem
    Services & Software
    No Accidental Damage Support
    DataSafe Online Backup 2GB 1 year
    Also Includes
    Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
    English Documentation with UK/Irish Power Cord
    D045002
    Inspiron Desktop Order Uk
    1Yr Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
    Dell Internet Order

    You only have to add a monitor!! It also comes complete with a keyboard and mouse and a card reader too!!
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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm edging towards the Dell.

    The old system originally came from Novatech and has XP pro already installed. I can't recall seeing the original windows install disk however.

    I've been very happy with Vista Business on my system. Is the home premium version not so good?

    He doesn't even do any photo editing. He just takes photos from his camera and runs off some prints.

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    • CAT-THE-FIFTH's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Less E-PEEN
      • CPU:
      • Massive E-PEEN
      • Memory:
      • RGB E-PEEN
      • Storage:
      • Not in any order
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVEN BIGGER E-PEEN
      • PSU:
      • OVERSIZED
      • Case:
      • UNDERSIZED
      • Operating System:
      • DOS 6.22
      • Monitor(s):
      • NOT USUALLY ON....WHEN I POST
      • Internet:
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    Re: £300-350 base unit spec

    Quote Originally Posted by adsmithy View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm edging towards the Dell.

    The old system originally came from Novatech and has XP pro already installed. I can't recall seeing the original windows install disk however.

    I've been very happy with Vista Business on my system. Is the home premium version not so good?

    He doesn't even do any photo editing. He just takes photos from his camera and runs off some prints.
    For the average user there will be not much difference!!

    You can check here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...s/default.aspx

    I would go with the £279 Dell. It means less hassle sourcing the parts and assembling the PC and also means Dell needs to support it to if anything does wrong initially(unlikely).

    TBH you can always upgrade the warranty to a 4 year In-Home Warranty Support( including evenings and Saturdays) for £89 or the 2 year version for £69 if you want to cover any hardware failures.

    However I do not think even this is required as in my experience of Dell PCs I have had no issues with my one at work which is 3+ years old and even ones which are older than this. They tend to do the job well.

    The fact it also comes with a new keyboard and mouse and a card reader is an added bonus. I would definitely switch off Aero and hard disk indexing in Vista as it will make things much more smoother running.

    You can even make Vista look like XP:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2134805_wind...k-like-xp.html


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