I am looking to get a second PC for my son (8yrs). I intend that he uses it for educational software and using the internet on broadband. I would need a wireless connection.I suspect he is going to blossom into an avid gamer!!!!
I have seen a local shop with refurbished PCs offering Dell PII 300+, 64-128 mb RAM, 6GB, disc, 15" monitor, floppy, modem, sound,USB for £175.
As my sons needs will grow, would this type of spec be suitable or would I be better looking at a)the PC Advisor best buy budgets for £500 b) having a base unit built to a set spec level. If so, what spec would be good?
One of the Dells currently advertised will be ideal, however I know 2 people in the village that ordered Dells for delivery on December 20th ......and they are still waiting.
The choice is yours but if you can stretch to £400-£500 I would be off to PCW pronto. They have a good range of computers at that price and you can buy them offthe shelf just don't accept their offers of AV/firewall, surge protector and 3yrs warranty.
The son is now eight ! Wots he going to use the computer for. Simple word proccesing , even simpler graphics. With his own machine , will keep off Dad's . Grab the cheapest one going . £175 (or possible, get one even cheaper) Junior schools are full of out of date machines, his one at home will at least be as good or better than the school. Where hopefully he will get some IT lessons.
If he wants games , buy a play station.
When he is a bit older, give him yours, this enables you to buy the machine you want with a clear conscience. With careful planning over the next few years , you will have a ready market for your 'old' machine and warm glow when you upgrade.
ps . I am a father of 2
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