Hi I would appreciate some feedback, am looking for a desktop PC on a budget, am a mature student now and have had to cut down work hours. Already have a good monitor/keyboard etc on my current system, have been looking at these for ~£300 with or without O/S, would be great if I could easily upgrade graphics etc in future when budget allows. I'm not savvy enough to build my own from scratch but can change cards/ram etc. Any replies gratefully received :) click here click here
The only initial change I would make is to swap the 300w PSU for the 450w option (an Extra £4.99, making it £304.98), so that when you get round to adding a discrete graphics card, the PSU won't need upgrading.
It only has two RAM slots, but one of them is vacant, so you could easily add another 2GB RAM DIMM at a later date.
Thanks for all the help I think I'm going to go for the one at Mesh, the idea of the PSU already installed sold me. Hercule Marple could you tell me what you mean by a discrete graphics card? What kind of games/workload would this one be able to cope with?
'Discrete' just means that the graphics processing unit (GPU)is a separate component, rather than it being integrated on the motherboard.
As sold, that PC has a rather weak integrated GPU (ie nVidia 7050), but you could buy and install a powerful discrete graphics at any time, because the motherboard has a PCI Express x16 expansion slot for it.