advice/recommendations to buy new pc?

  trv4n 23:15 11 May 2008

Hello, I wish to buy a new desk top pc.I was considering a dell Inspiron 531 320gb/19' flat screen for £369- Is this a good buy are they good,reliable etc?
Are these any as good -Pc world seem expensive.

I need also a printer,not of the highest optical quality,but a good all round scanner and printer etc which is not mega costly on ink replacements.

It will not required to run specialist games...

I have £400 to spend or less if if I can.

Any suggestions for shops, pc etc. I understand this is a big task but this new pc will have to last about 5 years+ Thank you for your advice, I will try and respond to questions when able!

  MCE2K5 01:10 12 May 2008

Read this click here

  GaT7 01:36 12 May 2008

4n, I guess you mean this Inspiron 531 click here.

For once I cannot suggest anything better for the money (roll eyes), but did you know that PCW will price match some of its competitors? They'll reduce the price by 110% of the difference click here. So if you find something you like in one of the other stores (instore/online) in their list (includes Dell), you may get the PC cheaper from them.

Many stores offer cashback too (e.g. Quidco - PCW click here / Dell click here), so you can get some more off. Only works online though, so you cannot get Quidco cashback on the price-matched PC from PCW as the order will be over the phone. You'll have to do the math to see which deal is best for you.

"but this new pc will have to last about 5 years+" - what purposes do you hope to be using your PC for in those 5 years? All my previous PCs lasted ~3 years. I could've held on to them for longer, but my needs changed & I upgraded as much as I could. Eventually had to go for a better one. G

  golfpro 06:16 12 May 2008

Anything so as it is running XP and NOT Vista.
From and experienced XP and vista user.

  golfpro 06:30 12 May 2008

I'd better explain why I posted this.
One thing to remember is XP is very stable now and will be supported for the next few years regardless of what Microsoft says. As opposed to vista which in my opinion is still undergoing trials with problems and bugs being fixed every day (you've only got to read the post's on this and other forums). Also remember you can always upgrade from XP to vista in the future, BUT you CAN'T downgrade from Vista to XP if you find you don't like it.

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