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Old 12-07-2004, 11:02   #1
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Which PC ?? Help me spend ££££ :)

Hi

Need a new PC - 9 years old is probably closer to ZX Spectrum Era rather than Pentium 4 !!!

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£800 budget

I really want MS Office (not trial) but it's something I suppose I could obtain later - want to be able to put pics onto CD or whatever, write CD's if poss, store MP3's, play DVD's but not essential, kids CD roms, and general stuff

Haven't bought a purpose built PC ever and wonder if I should be avoiding the Dixons/PC World/Curry's lot ????

Help and advice already appreciated.

What would you buy ? (i.e this Advent PC - any good?)
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Old 12-07-2004, 11:17   #2
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Definitely wouldn't buy from Dixons, PC World or Comet or anyone like that. Would go to proper PC retailers. Personally, I'd buy the bits and build one (if you have a little PC knowledge). That way, you know all the bits are good quality and you've got the pleasure of creating something by yourself (apart from it's more of a chore nowadays as that's what I do at work as well !).
If you really dfon't want to build one, try somewhere like overclockers.co.uk - they have what looks to be a decent Intel Prescott system for 700 or an Athlon Barton 3200+ system for 660 + post. Leaves you some cash to buy Office in the future. (Neither include monitor).
Dell do full systems - your budget would include a monitor (but the case, graphics card & RAM wouldn't be as good as the ones above). EG You could get a Dimension 2400 Celeron 2.6 with flat panel 15" monitor and Windows XP for 620 + delivery. E-value code D0725h.
Dell's outlet also has good prices, but you have to be there at the right time and they don't include monitors.
www.cclcomputers.co.uk do systems too, they have several price ranges. Decent company to deal with too IMO.
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Old 12-07-2004, 11:38   #3
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take a look at

http://www.novatech.co.uk
http://www.meshcomputers.com/updated/index.htm
http://www.evesham.com/Default.asp?e=&td=1
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/de...=uk&l=en&s=dfh (the dell outlet)
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I've got a genuine new sealed Office XP Pro I'm looking to sell if you're interested?

Drop us a mail if you are and I'll put a Gen Classified thread up.
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Old 13-07-2004, 14:48   #5
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I've got a genuine new sealed Office XP Pro I'm looking to sell if you're interested?

Drop us a mail if you are and I'll put a Gen Classified thread up.
Sounds interesting hokers - pah I was in Woking on Sunday too!!!! Sport Relief Farcical Run!!!

Will drop you a line when I get a chance later - Ta!
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Old 13-07-2004, 14:55   #6
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Look at the Median PC's - no monitor but they look good value for money.

For MS Office - if you or your Mrs work in education or have children between 5 & 16 you qualify for the student license version - which is the same as a full price version only a lot cheaper (shop around and you'll get it for around a £100).
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Old 15-07-2004, 15:00   #7
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Sounds interesting hokers - pah I was in Woking on Sunday too!!!! Sport Relief Farcical Run!!!

Will drop you a line when I get a chance later - Ta!
Good stuff. Just picked up a PC off the outlet that might suit you as well, drop us a mail.
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Taking off 100 quid for MS Office (assuming you can get educational discount as pompeyfan mentions), I'd probably go for something like this:

http://www.meshcomputers.com/updated/elite_1.htm

Includes 3 year warranty as standard too. Avoid Tiny/Time (I've done lengthy posts as to why, if you search) and PC World are best avoided too - mainly because it means dealing with them in the event of a problem.
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Old 15-07-2004, 15:27   #9
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I've got a genuine new sealed Office XP Pro I'm looking to sell if you're interested?
I'd be seriously interested in this ... idea of pricing you had in mind?
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What about this http://www.carrerassc.co.uk/carrera_...sp?systemvar=u , they have quite a few PC's with or without monitor, and you get 3yrs onsite warranty + a further 2 years RTB. I haven't bought from here but my Father-in-law has, and he hasn't encountered any problems so far.
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