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Desktop buying guidence


BrightEyes13

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As my old desktop has finally given up I'm looking to buy a new one, though my knowledge of computers is ok I don't know alot about the hardware side so advice would be appreciated.

I do alot of design work (illustrator/photoshop/indesign etc), internet, office stuff and downloading films/music, but my budget is around £350 (times are hard)

I already have a decent monitor/back up drive etc, and have found the following options...

HP Pavilion p6-2035

Packard Bell iXtreme I6525

HP P6-2018

Any advice on these or what I should be looking for?

Thanks

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Jollyjohn

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Any of these look good but have any of them an ethernet port? I would prefer wired to wireless if doing a lot of downloading.

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D@ve

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This one looks slightly better value for money. I see the last computer you linked to is £440. You could buy an i5 system for £360 from Amazon or for £400 from PC World (quad core as opposed to dual core), but please bear in mind they are very small towers which will make it very limited in terms of upgrading, eg. I suspect it would be impossible to add a graphics card (not sure how much of a difference one would make for the kind of work you do?), and even if it did have a slot for one, you would be very limited in choice as to what would actually fit the tower.

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chub_tor

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This Zoostorm from ebuyer will do everything you need and is very close to your budget.

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BrightEyes13

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Jollyjohn - cheers, I'll make sure it has an ethernet port

D@ve - the HP P6-2018 has just gone up in price again unfortuantely, though I've had a look at the Acer Aspire AX3990 and the Lenovo from PC world, though out of budget seems the better of the two I think. I'm not sure about the upgrading (I've never done this before), so I don't know how much difference it would make or how to find out? The lenovo comes with Intel HD 2000

chub_tor - thanks for your advice

I've narrowed it down to...

HP P6-2018 (if it drops in price again)

Packard Bell iXtreme I6525

LENOVO H330

Zoostorm Premium

Any advice on which would be the best for my needs and likely to last a bit longer, or some more good suppliers to have a look at?

Thank you muchly

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D@ve

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The i3 2120 is better than the i3 550 so I would rule out the Packard Bell iXtreme.

The Lenovo will certainly be more powerful than the Zoostorm, so if your happy to have a computer with limited potential future upgradability and happy to pay that little bit extra then I'd go for that. If not then go for the Zoostorm.

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D@ve

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Or if you're prepared to have a go at building one yourself, I've just very quickly made up a system on ebuyer with the following specs for £337.53:

i5 2400 3.1Ghz (251595)

MSI H61M-P25 motherboard (320145)

Corsair 8GB DDR3 RAM (247674)

WD 500GB Hard Drive (241715)

Casecom case (265747)

Casecome 400W PSU (169216)

Samsung DVDRW (268621)

The numbers in brackets are quickfind codes which you can type into ebuyer's search bar to be taken directly to the product.

Please note this does not include Windows. If you happen to already own a copy then you could use that? If not, you can buy a student version for £38.50 from here as long as you have a student living at home? Otherwise you'd be looking at about £70 for a copy which makes the price on par with the Lenovo, but it would still be a superior and more upgradable.

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BrightEyes13

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Thanks, I don't have the confidence to build one myself yet, I'm keeping in mind the Zoostorm and LENOVO H330 (more so the Zoostorm so I can start upgrading when I know what I'm doing), if can stretch the budget in a month or two for something more powerful I was looking at the customisable desktop they build for you on pc specialist with the following-

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 Blue Case + 2 Front USB

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 Quad core ( 3.30 GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics

Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LE/USB3 (NEW REV 3.0): M-ATX, USB 3.0 SATA 3.0Gb/s

Memory: 8BG Samsung Dual -DDR3 1333NHz (2 X4GB)

Graphics Card: Integrated Graphics Accelerator

Memory : 1TB SATA II 3-Gb/s HDD with 32MB Cache

Power Supply: 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan

Processor Cooling: SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER

USB options: 2 port usb 3.0 internal pci express card

I'm not sure if any of the above is overkill? Would be helpful to hear if others would go for the Zoostorm now, or hold out to get a customised one from PC specialist?

Thank you

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D@ve

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You haven't said how much the one from PC Specialist would cost?

There's another Zoostorm on ebuyer now with a better spec (i5) for £395. I'd probably be tempted to go for that.

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BrightEyes13

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Sorry the one on PC Specialist (with my last posts specs') is £593 (why I'd have to wait until after Christmas). On this one I'm curious if the components would be the right mix and serve me better/longer than the Zoostorm?

With the Zoostorm the review mentions about ideally replacing the CPU cooler and psu? Is this something not too complicated?

Thank you

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KRONOS the First

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Where Does it say replace the CPU cooler and PSU? It is only necessary to replace the cooler if you are intending to overclocked the processor the coller that comes with the CPU as standard is fine. I do not know what the PSU is so cannot comment but providing it is between 400 - 500W it is fine?

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