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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by metrock 66, May 26, 2008.

  1. metrock 66

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    Hey all... I currently have a dell dimesion 1100 had it for around 4yrs now and i am looking to upgrade to a newer pc can anyone advise me on what are the half decent models that are out there now i will not be using it for gaming but just for the internet,music,photos and some minor downloading (not huge files).

    Any help much appreciated
     
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  2. NightWalker

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    Have you thought about building one rather than buying one?
     
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  3. metrock 66

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    I am not that confident in building my own to be honest. And i really would'nt know what parts to purchase that meet my needs.
     
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  4. NightWalker

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    No probs. Any entry level machine will do for the things you want it for. Try and get a duel core CPU (a core 2 duo would be ideal). At least 1GB or RAM (maybe 2GB). As much hard drive space as you can reasonably get (250GB would be great). Have a look at HP or Acer, or for a smaller UK company Hi-Grade.
     
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  5. metrock 66

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    Ok thanks for that nightwalker.... would you not recommend dell then?. And are these the minimum requirments for a slightly better one than i already have?
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    I would recomend getting a PC from anywhere that will supply you with the original OS disk and not restore partition/disk.

    I would agree with the specs nightwalker recommended.

    Also building a comp isn't as hard as it may sound, plus you can build a good machine for around a half of what the a pre-built one would cost.
     
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  7. NightWalker

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    Not many of them around now, I only know of Fujitsu-Siemens. Forgot to mention them, good machines.

    A recovery partition is ok, but you do need to make an image of it with Ghost or Acronis in case your hard drive dies. Bit of extra messing about to get things up and running, but its a worst case kind of thing.
     
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    I dont like it when you don't get the original OS disks. I don't trust those recovery partitions whats to stop the computer manufacterer putting some crap on the partition.
     
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  9. NightWalker

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    Like all their bloatware! They like to add all that stuff, does anyone ever use it....
     
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  10. metrock 66

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  11. metrock 66

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    wrong page sorry...... thiis it

    Intel® Core™2 Duo E8300 (2 X 2.83GHz) 1333MHz FSB/6MB L2 Cache

    Memory (RAM)
    2GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x1GB)

    Motherboard
    ASUS® P5N-MX: DDR2, S-ATA II, 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 PCI, etc

    Operating System
    WINDOWS® VISTA HOME PREMIUM SP1 (inc CD & Licence) (£56)

    USB Options
    6 x USB 2.0 PORTS (4 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

    Memory - 1st Hard Disk
    500GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7200rpm)

    2nd Hard Disk
    NONE

    RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
    NONE

    1st CD/DVD Drive
    16x DVD-Rom and 52x CD-Rom Drive

    2nd CD/DVD Drive
    NONE

    Graphics Card
    Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce 7050 CineFX 3.0 Graphics

    2nd Graphics Card
    NONE

    Sound Card
    6 Channel Onboard High Definition Audio (As standard)

    Modem
    NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND

    Network Facilities
    ONBOARD 10/100 LAN PORT

    Floppy Disk Drive
    NONE

    Memory Card Reader
    INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

    Case
    Stylish Black/Silver Trident case + 2 front USB

    Power Supply & Case Cooling
    STANDARD 350W (Peak) Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

    Processor Cooling
    SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£15)

    Firewire & Video Editing
    NONE

    TV Card
    NONE

    Monitor
    17 Inch Wide TFT Silver/Black 1440 x 900 8MS, D-Sub (£89)

    2nd Monitor
    NONE

    DVI Cable
    NONE

    Keyboard & Mouse
    Logitech® Deluxe 660 Cordless Keyboard & Optical Mouse(Black) (£16)

    Mouse
    NONE

    Speakers
    NONE

    Printer
    NONE

    Surge Protection
    NONE

    Webcam & VoIP
    NONE

    Media Center Kit
    NONE

    Anti-Virus
    NONE

    Office Software
    NONE

    External Hard Drive
    NONE

    Warranty
    1 Year Return-to-Base incl 1st Month Free Collect & Return

    Delivery
    STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

    Quantity
    1
     
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  12. NightWalker

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    Its quite a good spec, all it needs is the addition of a graphics card and you have a pretty powerful machine. How much are they selling for?
     
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    The price for this is £423 + vat+del.
    its from pcspecialist.co.uk. What do you think? and what would you recommend for a graphics card?
     
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    To be honest its a bit more powerful than you need, but that is not really a bad thing. The price is ok, but the motherboard is a micro atx, is the case also micro atx? It’s got an Nvidia chipset, so I would go for an Nvidia graphics card, an 8600GT will give you DirectX 10, not a top of the range card, but fine for the odd game (and better than the onboard graphics).
     
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  16. greenbrucelee
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    yes it is ATX

    Have you thought about studying the A+ before MCDST it will teach you a few things and give you a good grounding before attempting the MCDST.
     
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    Looks like an atx case. At least there will be planty of space for cooling!
     
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  18. metrock 66

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    Yes i have and i think i will change to A+ seems the most common route on here
     
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  19. metrock 66

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    Ok guys thanks for all ya help i'll go and get the pc sorted soon :)
     
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  20. greenbrucelee
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    the most common route is A+, N+ then MCDST

    The A+ will teach you about the insides o PCs and how they work etc.
     
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