am about to get a new computer for my 14 year old son,(replace a 5yr old Gateway ) but have no idea what to go for. Budget is up to £700 and it will be used mainly for internet, emailing, gaming and he wants to play X box games(??) Have I budgeted enough or is this too much, do I go to PC world or look at Dell. Mesh or other....Help
You take your life in your hands with any of the big computer company's. They will include loads of so called FREE programs, which of course are included in their costings, many which you will find no use for. If you hit problems, you may spend ages waiting for attention on premium rate help lines, and then ages going through diagnostics with the operator. At the end of all this they will probably say the fault lies in a certain component, and that they will post one to you. When you protest that you have an on site warranty, the reply will be that they cannot send someone out for such a simple job.
Visit a small local computer builder at a busy time, say Saturday morning. Mingle with other customers and ask about the reliability of the firm. Visit again during a quiet period, and discuss with the proprietor, exactly what you want the computer for, and take his advice. You will get a reliable computer built within a few days, almost certainly delivered and installed for you. Any problems, just pop in and discuss them with him. I have gone this route twice, and have NOT regretted it. My son in law has taken a month to get a new £1500 Evesham working properly, and has spent a fortune on help line calls.
Many thanks for your advice, have decided to spend a bit more time looking round and quite like the idea of getting one locally. I've always been a bit sceptical about going to small companies, but having spent the last few weeks reading all the comments posted by people on this site, I have changed my mind. Will definetley go with the graphics card mentioned, many thanks