Hey there, my girlfriends brother and his wife are looking to get their first PC. As both have no computer knowledge they have asked me what they should be looking for and I have suggested that for their usage, which would be mostly word processing and internet surfing, they dont need anything really high spec and should be able to pick some sort of package up for around £500 - £600 maybe with some software bundled in or a printer or something like that. I have had a scout round on the net and haven't exactly seen anything that lives up to my suggestion. So was just wondering if any of you guys may know of any good deals in the said price range which may be what i'm looking for. Thanks for all your time and help. Elrond
Further to this, I have seen a fair few packages which have celeron processors. Either stated as 2.7/2.8Ghz or Celeron-D. Having never used a celeron before I have no idea as to the performance of them. Would a 2.7Ghz Celeron be a good worker? Or should I advise them to hold out for AMD or P4? Remember this is an internet/office/possibly some games(but nothing major)/educational usage.
For the uses that you require the Celeron is more than capable. As regards holding out for AMD/P4 I used to use a 350Mhz computer for office (Office XP pro)applications and photo-editng (Photochop7). My present computer has 1Gb RAM and a 3200 chip. There is not a lot of difference in opening and using the applications. Assuming that you are not a mad keen gamer that needs tenths of a second you will be more than OK.