Buying A New PC, Bit Wet Behind The Ears!!

  artfulsloucher 18:09 06 Feb 2008

Hi, I am in the initial process of buying a new pc. I am a complete novice and am unsure about what and where to buy as well as the spec I need. I have a budget of around £500 but could probably stretch to £600.

The requirement criteria is as follows:

Very quiet
Streaming and recording audio
Ripping/burning DVDs
Downloading films/music
Watching DVDs
Basic music editing
Transfering files/music

I want it to be nice and quick and able to cope with multiple applications. Had a brief chat with Dell who came up with the following spec quotation.

OptiPlex 330 MT Core 2 Duo E4500 (2.2Ghz/800MHz/2MB)
System Docs (MT Chassis) - UK
OptiPlex 330 Resource DVD
2.0GB 667MHz NON-ECC DDRII Memory(2*1GB)
No Floppy Drive
250GB (7,200rpm)SATA Hard Drive
16X DVD +/-RW
Power DVD 7.0 - Vista & XP
Roxio Creator 9.0 (with Media) - Vista & XP Compatible
Display : Not Included
ATI Radeon X1300 PCIe 128MB,DVI w/VGA (Full Height)
No Speaker Option
Dell Black 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse
UK/Ire (QWERTY) - Dell Quietkey USB Black Kybd
English - Genuine Windows Vista Business (1gb RAM or higher) (32Bit OS
English - Genuine Windows Vista Business Disc Kit
No Anti-Virus Software
OptiPlex Order - United Kingdom 1
Base Warranty 1
1Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day 1
3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day 1
Declined ProSupport 1

Subtotal 463.34
Freight 49.00
VAT £ 89.66
Total 602.00

I have just cut and pasted it so excuse any anomalies. Am just after some opinions on this as a basic reference and any further advice would be very welcome.

Many thanks.

  lisa02 18:17 06 Feb 2008

3 yr warranty?
No monitor?
Business section?

  artfulsloucher 18:39 06 Feb 2008

I just let her get on with it and give me the best computer she could given the criteria and budget.

She suggested the optiplex range. I have a monitor so wasnt too fussed.

  lisa02 18:44 06 Feb 2008

I'd suggest losing the 3yr warranty and buy from the home section.

You could get a much better processor etc for less money.

  roy 18:57 06 Feb 2008

At about your budget (but without a monitor) see:click here

Haven't dealt with them myself but they are often recommended on this forum

This model is quite a bit faster than your specs.

  artfulsloucher 19:22 06 Feb 2008

ok will have a good look, cheers

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