Cheap reliable pc -advice needed!

  edwardmifflin 19:09 10 Jan 2005

Ive never bought a pc off the net before so im a bit confused! Need something basic for word processing, internet, transfering photos, putting music on my ipod etc
Looking at spending less than £500 and dont necessarily need a monitor.
Most importantly it needs to be reliable as my last pc was a nightmare!

Ive looked at dell and mesh so far and have seen this one: click here
which appears to be a lot lot better than the dell dimension 2400 which is in the same price range!

Any ideas? please help me!

  Starfox 22:05 10 Jan 2005
  Maverick81 10:07 11 Jan 2005

Might be worth a look

click here
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Cheers, Mav

  TomJerry 10:18 11 Jan 2005

Dell, Mesh, Tiny, Watford, Novatech and even ToysRUs, Aldi etc etc

The easiest way to pop down PC WOrld or Comet and pick up one at your price point, their prices are very attractive now.

  edwardmifflin 13:16 11 Jan 2005

What does anyone think of this on ebuyer:
click here
or this from matrix m value from mesh: click here

any help would be greatly appreciated!

  TomJerry 13:39 11 Jan 2005

if you do not play latest game, graphics is not very important

personally, I would DIY, buy following components from microdirect click here for £318.59 (including P & P), put together in 1 hour (9 year old boy can do it)

Shuttle SK43G Mini Aluminium Barebone System for AMD Socket A, On Board VGA, LAN, USB2, Firewire, SATA RAID, 6ch. Audio. (BARSHUSK43G) £109.95

AMD Sempron 2600+ Retail Box inc Fan (3 year warranty) skt A (CPUSEM.2600) £45.99

Samsung TS-H552B Dual Layer 16x DVD +/-R/RW Black inc Software (DVDSAMHS552B) £31.70

120 GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus9 8MB Cache 7200rpm ATA133 (HAR120MAXID728) £41.99

2 sticks of 256MB DDR333 PC2700 RAM (elixir brand) (MEM256MBPC2700S) £36.50

  961 14:19 11 Jan 2005

Your first post indicated a basic computer from a company that builds to good spec at good value with a three year warranty even though it is return to base.

Why not? It will do everything you need

If it doesn't work out of the box, and the chances are that it will (by about 96-4) then pay the postage and bung it back

The alternative is Dell, who build good value for around £450 inc monitor

or go to PCWorld and buy to your price

I would say that you don't really save much by declining the monitor. If yours is more than a couple of years old it's worth getting the monitor that comes with the computer

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