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Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by mumof2, Jul 19, 2008.

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    so we're thinking we need a new pc, our old one is in the loft and we're working on the laptop at the moment which, i think, probably won't last too much longer.....

    i truly have absolutely no idea what to look for so wonder whether any of you could point us in the right direction.

    ideally we would like something nice looking that can withstand constant use (!), storing loads of photos (actually i would love some good photo editing software to make my photos look great!), games, homework, browsing the internet.....you know, all the usual family stuff!

    Needs to be a fast worker, not like what we've been using so far, and it must to be able to listen to us shouting at it when it won't do what we want it to, so not too sensitive! Kid and teenager friendly....:yes:

    DS nearly 14 would love a laptop too so maybe we should go with wireless broadband although I have no idea how that works! Perhaps we could add another laptop to that in future.

    oh, and a decent printer 'cos i'm sick of using rubbish ones!

    guide price would be erm......i dunno, £500-£600 give or take a few quid! Can i get anything super duper for that?

    oh another request, something you can watch tv on too!

    thanks for any help you can give me....:D
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    We would be interested in this too cos this pc really needs an update
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    oooooo right up my alley

    what size monitor would you prefer?
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    pass...! what options do i have? it can't be too big i 'spose as i only have a small space to fit it in.
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    i would plump for a 19" but if space is of a premium then 17" flatscreens

    wait here im just putting a price together building a pc for you :D
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    I'm waiting! :1a:
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    right here we go

    Athlon 64 X2 6400+ processor
    500gb hard drive
    2gb memory
    Vista Home premium
    17" Flatscreen Monitor
    keyboard & mouse

    total £481.94.............this can be tweaked to less or more powerful

    then leaves you over a hundred quid left to get a printer......i always buy HP as a think they are the best but that just my opinion
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    okey dokey Mick, so is that good then? thanks.
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    the spec is very good can get faster by getting a quad speed processor based pc which is

    AMD Phenom QuadCore 9850

    and £569
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    thanks guys! now i'm really confused already! :lol:
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    there is such a big variety out there mairead

    dells are cheap, but their customer support and replacement parts delivery stinks........sorry Keith just my experience of them at the school...i get my bits on the web but i can easily get there in Min's if i need to get something swapped out.....you can pay well over a £1000 for a top notch PC

    a lot of it with techies at least is personal choice, with the part makes
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    Absolutely agree!

    I should say that the forums are running on dell :) albeit a cluster of about 20 superpowered ones with vmware infrastructure and a LOT of memory but still! :lol:
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    dell business support is fine had no problems with them when i worked on sites, but the consumer end is rubbish.........ive not had any probs with them at all in the work enviroment.....i just wouldnt buy one :lol:

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