basic pc: min specs needed??

  simongy 14:46 22 Aug 2003
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I would like to buy a pc for home use. Basically to go on the internet and write letters. What min spec should I look out for? Price range and what os and s/ware? thanks in advice

  DieSse 15:03 22 Aug 2003

Very minimum spec

1GHz processor -- 256 Mb RAM -- 20Gb Hard drive -- Floppy Drive -- CDROM -- 15" screen -- Keyboard -- Scroll mouse -- Graphics and sound on the motherboard. Plus printer to taste and Windows XP Home.

You can get all free software other than the OS, if you've a mind to.

This will do what you want with the greatest of ease.

You will find some upgrades on this very basic spec cost you very little, and may be with having - but it's up to you.

Best upgrades are

40 or 60 Gb Hard drive -- 512 Mb RAM -- Larger screen, 17" -- Faster processor.

It all boils down to what you want to spend above the very minimum.

  pj123 16:18 22 Aug 2003

It doesn't always work like that. I have many people asking me the same question. That is what you think you want it for but 3 or 4 months down the line you wished you had got a better one because you are trying to do something on it that your PC can't handle. The best way is to work out the maximum you can afford and then search the internet for the best PC at that price. Here are a couple to start you off. click here and click here Hopefully, others will come up with more.

  Barrie_G 17:49 22 Aug 2003

Or click here not even an OS if you dont want it.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:27 22 Aug 2003

One of mine is a pentium 2, 350mhz, 8Gb hard drive, 512Mb of RAM. This has 23 running processes and uses Office XP and Photoshop 7. There are around 45 programmes loaded. Have to disagree with all the above. Having said that all you need is one of the £499 PCs from PCW. It's no use becoming a specification fanboy if you don't need to.

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  Gaz 25 19:38 22 Aug 2003

You can get now:

1GHz, 256Mb, 30Gb HDD, Floppy and DVD for about £200, add XP £62 and a Monitor (17") £82

  Gaz 25 19:41 22 Aug 2003

I have sold a brand new one last week:

1700+ Athlon XP, 256 DDR, 40Gb HDD, Obboard SND & Grphcs, DVD, Modem and XP Home. Just add monitor! £299, you may be able to get a simlar deal!

  simongy 20:54 22 Aug 2003

thks for advace

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