Buying Advice: Which of these?

  cgc3103 14:50 05 Jun 2009

Am on very strict budget of around £300 (the less the better). Want a machine to web-surf, email, play FM09, store/crop photos/documents for family history package, maybe watch the odd football match online. No video-editing, photo editing, graphic design, up-to-date games etc will be used on this machine.

Have heard refurbished from reputable company with 12 month warranty is a good way to get a decent machine cheaper. Am unsure if quad is necessary but my thinking is that it may extend it's usable lifetime over a dual-core.

At PCWorld they have the following:
Packard Bell iMax 3515 - £310
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor (2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache) Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
2GB Memory
320GB Hard Drive Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer
256MB nVidia GeForce 7050MB
21-In-1 Card Reader
4 USB Connections

PACKARD BELL X2326 - £290
AMD Phenom X3 8450 processor (2.1GHz, 1.5MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
3GB DDR2 667MHz memory
320GB SATA hard drive (7200rpm)
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce 8200 graphics
Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
6x USB, 1x IEEE 1394 FireWire® ports

ACER M3201 - £270
AMD Phenom X4 9150e quad-core processor (1.8GHz, 2MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
2GB DDR2 800MHz memory
320GB SATA hard drive (7200rpm)
ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics
Dual Layer DVD Rewriter
6x USB, 1x IEEE 1394 FireWire® ports

Would tend to opt for the Acer but the 1.8GHz sounds slow compared to the others. The iMax is a 'space saving' machine so I'm guessing that updating (something I've never done!) in the future may be problematic. And the 1.5MB cache on the X2326 doesn't compare well to the others.

But it's all just numbers to me and I haven't a clue which of these to choose. Can anyone offer advice?

  Ex plorer 15:23 05 Jun 2009

There is no mention of Keyboard Mouse Or monitor with the above PCs, or do you have them.

  cgc3103 15:32 05 Jun 2009

Already got keyboard, mouse and monitor.

  Ex plorer 15:38 05 Jun 2009

Hi this firm from what I here is good you get the mouse,keyboard but NO monitor with this desk-top.
click here

  Ex plorer 15:44 05 Jun 2009

Be aware there is no (operating system) installed on the PC you will see this when you press the SELECT button.

  cgc3103 16:01 05 Jun 2009

Thanks Ex Plorer. So the OS would cost extra?

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