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Paul thomas Ford is off-lineSilver Member
20 May 2013 16:25
paulford
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Looking for new computer any thoughts on what to avoid? mine has thrown a wobbler and won,t start probably needed replacing anyway as it is around five years old, Having to resort to laptop and ikkle tablet for my tinterweb visits. Don,t want to go down the Mac route so don't recommend one of those, got a resonable screen so only need the box of wires!


Paul Hodson is off-line
20 May 2013 16:47
mph
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What do you use it for - and with what software?
Amateur - happy to do TF with models with potential and enthusiasm. Website: www.mphodson.co.uk


Allan Marshall is off-line
20 May 2013 17:13
raven60
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Try PC Specialist build what you can afford ...
Had mine from there since Autumn last year no problems.
Also they have a tech help to assist you with your build.

Good luck
Allan


Paul thomas Ford is off-lineSilver Member
21 May 2013 00:55
paulford
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Quote from mph
What do you use it for - and with what software?



Use photoshop software and mainly to store and view photos bit of web browsing



Paul Hodson is off-line
21 May 2013 02:32
mph
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Depends on budget - but aim for 16 Gb of RAM, ideally a SSD for the O.S. and programs, a decent size HDD for the data and a low end video card as this will be adequate for those uses.
A processor from the i5 Intel range will do the job nicely. Remember you need a back up strategy too so budget for that.

Stick to Windows 7 rather than 8

Frankly almost any mid priced machine these days will fit the bill unless you are a power user of Photoshop
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Tony Stephenson is off-line
21 May 2013 02:35
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Doesn't sound like you need a high spec machine so there are plenty out there.

Avoid machines made by major companies like HP etc if you want to upgrade any of the components at a later date...they're usually reliable machines with good backup but they're very limited and a nightmare to upgrade -  even if you can upgrade them, it often works out cheaper just to buy a new machine. They often use 'restricted' motherboards and very limited power supplies, making it difficult to add more demanding video cards, extra RAM etc. The idea is that they don't want their machines to be upgradable...they want to sell you a new, more expensive machine.

I decided to build my own about 30 months ago after having had enough of years of component 'upgrade' problems with HP/Compaq machines and it was the best thing I ever did!
It wasn't the very highest spec machine but everything is readily upgradable or expandable to a high spec whenever I wish but up to now it's been more than adequate for my needs and best of all, it only cost me around £360.00 to build.

I use 'Overclockers' for my components and they have great forums to offer help with any issues during or after a build and they will even 'spec' you an optimum machine to match your needs and budget, no matter how limited.
Building your own computer is little more than 'flat pack funiture' assemby so all you need is a screwdriver and a bit of common sense - if you're not confident enough, just get someone to build you one...once you've gone down that route, you won't go back to off the peg computers.

www.le-femme.co.uk


Paul thomas Ford is off-lineSilver Member
21 May 2013 08:28
paulford
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Think it might be having a visit to work for computer guy to have a look see wont cost me owt
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GrahamWhite is off-lineSilver Member
21 May 2013 12:31
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I had to get a new pc the other week, and windows 8 was the only option.
It's driving me NUTS!!


Paul Hodson is off-line
21 May 2013 12:35
mph
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Quote from grahamwhite
I had to get a new pc the other week, and windows 8 was the only option. It's driving me NUTS!!



Ouch! And it's not easy to go backwards as you will find if you Google it!

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Rich is off-line
21 May 2013 15:33
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It's very easy to go backwards to windows 8. All you need to do is disable UEFI and sometimes enable legacy boot in bios. Windows 8 isn't that bad of an OS, like anything it just takes a bit of getting use to. Before opting to build one your self, see if there is any similar spec PC's around but cheaper. It's not always cheaper to build your own. 8GB ram is minimum really, 16 would be best but 8gb would suffice. i5 motherboard would be good, i7 better. Ivy bridge better than Sandy for processor, lower power consumption too. Also SSD Hard drive for OS and all program's, ideally about 120GB IN size as a minimum then separate HDD for data, preferably a 7200 RPM, not 5400 rpm. Again if using SSD make sure your BIOS is set accordingly, brain dead but think its ACPI.

Think that's it lol !



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