Opinions on base units please

  algernonymous 08:33 10 Jul 07

Which base unit would you buy out of these two (and why)?

Intel Celeron D Processor 352
3.2GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista(TM) Basic
512MB RAM Memory
80GB Hard Drive
Onboard VIA UniChrome 9 Graphics
6 USB Connections
2 PCI Slots

FOR £240 from PC World


Intel Celeron 2.8 Gig 256k Socket 775 CPU
Akasa Cooling Fan
256 MB DDR Memory
Asrock 775 Motherboard with: -
- Integrated Audio Graphics and Network Port
- 4x Rear USB2.0 Ports
- AGP 8x Expansion Slot
Dual Layer DVD Rewriter Drive
80 Gig SATA2 300 7200 Hard Drive
Black and Silver Micro-ATX Case with 400 Watt PSU
Black & Silver Keyboard & Mouse
Microsoft Windows XP Home

FOR £195 from local reputable store.

These are all the specs I have.

Many thanks.

  mgmcc 08:54 10 Jul 07

I'm no expert in hardware, but both require double the amount of installed RAM to run their respective operating systems effectively - Vista minimum of 1GB, XP minimum of 512MB. I have an XP Home laptop with 256MB of Ram and it's far too slow.

  algernonymous 09:11 10 Jul 07

I agree, I too have a 256mb XP Home laptop
and will upgrade.
I'm trying to find a cheap unit for a friend ('Speech recognition software' thread). If it was me I think I'd go for the XP (as Vista has had mixed reviews) and upgrade to 512mb for £15.
But would like to know others' thoughts.

  keef66 09:48 10 Jul 07

As long as it's for basic office type applications and there is no desire to upgrade it in the future, I'd go for the local option with XP and at least double the RAM.

  Gongoozler 10:34 10 Jul 07

I notice that your local store option has an AGP graphics slot. This will seriously limit your choice for any future graphics upgrade. If you are only using the pc for web surfing and office applications then this will be no problem, but then almost any pc less than 5 years old should handle these jobs adequately. Current graphics cards are mostly PCI express (PCIe) click here.

  algernonymous 20:10 10 Jul 07

Yes, will only be used for basic apps.
Evening shift?

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