advice on buying a computer

  barkerh 09:11 21 Sep 2006

I am looking to purchase a new PC (desktop) and am confused about what specification I should be looking for. Its primary use will be word processing and surfing the net, but I am also hoping to build a website in the not too distant future. I would be storing digital photos and would like to have the facility to download DVD's and download music for the kids MP3 's.It would not be used for high tech computer games. I want to know what I should be looking for in terms of graphics , what hard drive capacity I should go for - should I be going for a dual core or not. I am also not sure whether a computer with higher GHZ is preferable or if I should be looking at the RAM as more important in terms of speed. Any advice please.

  lisa02 09:26 21 Sep 2006

What's your budget?

click here

That machine is good value, I'd get an extra 512mb of ram in there. It will do everything you want.

Gaming and more click here

  barkerh 11:23 21 Sep 2006

I had originally thought a budget of around £600 but if I'm not likely to get the spec I need to do the job on this budget then I'm willing to increase. Creating a website is definately on the cards but if downloading DVD's requires quite a bit higher spec and cost then its not an essential requirement.

  ed-0 15:14 21 Sep 2006

The one lisa02 mentions from PC world is a decent spec machine. It has on-board graphics, so ditch them and get a cheap PCI-E graphics card. Also get another 512mb or better 1Gb of memory. This would give you 1 to 1.5Gbs of memory.

Computer specs click here

PCI-E graphics cards from £24 click here

512Mb of memory is £47 click here and 1Gb is £87.

Thats should meet all your needs.;-)

  ed-0 15:16 21 Sep 2006

Sorry that is not the computer specs, I'll go back and post the right ones.:-(

  ed-0 15:18 21 Sep 2006

These are the correct specifications for the UK model. click here

The ram and graphics card are the same.

  lisa02 15:30 21 Sep 2006

ed-0 that's not the right spec you've listed... it's this click here

Get PCworld to add 512mb of RAM while you're there. click here=

More than capable, for extra RAM and the system with Sony flat panel monitor is £479.

The graphics are the 256mb nvidia 6150. More than capable of handling web, word processing and DVDs.

  stylehurst 15:56 21 Sep 2006

have a look at the Novatech site, they produce good machines at a reasonable price and are reliable.

  ed-0 16:10 21 Sep 2006

click here and click here. They seem the same to me.

Compaq Presario SR1909UK , Product number


Compaq Presario SR1909UK, Product number (EY993AA)

  lisa02 16:13 21 Sep 2006

ed-o I didn't refresh to see you corrected your link in your post of 15.14, which is what I was referring to.

Yeah both the same.

  ed-0 16:18 21 Sep 2006


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