Buying a new Desktop PC (Help Needed Please!)

  OptimusPrimeval 15:11 15 Sep 2014

I have seen a PC on sale for the price of £230, the specs are as follows.

Processor Intel Core i3-4150 Dual Core (3.5GHz, 3MB Cache) Memory 4GB (DDR3 1600MHZ) Hard Drive 500GB (7200RPM) Optical Drive DVD-Writer - Serial ATA Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Socket 1150 Motherboard Motherboard Form Factor Micro ATX Chipset Intel H81 Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet External Ports Rear: 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x PS2 Keyboard, 1 x PS2 Mouse ports Card Reader 3 in 1 Card Reader VGA Port 1 x VGA Port DVI 1x DVI-D Out Case S003B Black Slim Micro ATX or Mini ITX Case Power Supply 300W PSU Dimensions 99mm x 306mm x 400mm (W x H x D)

I want to use it mainly for web browsing and office work but would also like to use it for some light to moderate gaming (ie Football Manager).

Just wondering what people's thoughts on this would be? Is it a good PC to go for? I don't want to spend any more than this. But I would be looking to upgrade the PC over a period of time. Would I be able to upgrade the processor and put in a low profile graphics card (as it is a smallish case.) or change the case and put in a full size one? Would this all be possible?

I look forward to receiving your replies.


  Jollyjohn 16:07 15 Sep 2014

You don't mention an Operating system but if it includes W7, it looks OK.

  OptimusPrimeval 16:11 15 Sep 2014

Oh sorry. No not windows 7 but windows 8.1 (which I can live with)

  OptimusPrimeval 16:52 15 Sep 2014

Anybody else can help with this please?

  OptimusPrimeval 10:01 16 Sep 2014

So no-one can help then?

  Jollyjohn 10:38 16 Sep 2014

It looks OK. If you want to upgrade then research the motherboard and see what cpu it will support and max RAM it will support. W8.1 is OK and £230 is a good price.

  Woolwell 13:22 16 Sep 2014

It should be ok for what you want. I would double the RAM which should be fairly cheap and the other areas of concern would be the PSU which is on the low side and hard drive which is small by new computer standards but fine for general use.

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