New computer

24 posts
20 May 2013
paulford
Photographer
paulford
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!

Posted 20 May 2013
mph
Photographer
mph
What do you use it for - and with what software?

Posted 20 May 2013
raven60
Photographer
raven60
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

Posted 20 May 2013
paulford
Photographer
paulford
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
Posted 21 May 2013
mph
Photographer
mph
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

Posted 21 May 2013
Edited by mph 21 May 2013
tonycsm
Photographer
tonycsm
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.

Posted 21 May 2013
Edited by tonycsm 21 May 2013
paulford
Photographer
paulford
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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Posted 21 May 2013
grahamwhite
Photographer
grahamwhite
I had to get a new pc the other week, and windows 8 was the only option. It's driving me NUTS!!
Posted 21 May 2013
mph
Photographer
mph
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!

Posted 21 May 2013
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
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 !

Posted 21 May 2013
paulford
Photographer
paulford
Thanks for help and advice, Windows 8 oh sugar only just getting used to 7 if they want to produce something for tablets why not just produce software for them? suppose its just money. Now just need to try to get the few files off olds hard drive that I forgot to back up, Any ideas? can I just rip old drive out and connect and access through laptop? or my old computer. And another hard drive for back up is on list.

Posted 21 May 2013
Edited by paulford 21 May 2013
KentRichUK
Photographer
KentRichUK
You can easily connect up your old hard drive in to your new of, it will read all the files off it no problem. Only thing is it will still have unwanted OS files on there, easily enough to delete to free up more space. Plus I'd never get rid of a hold hdd as people can recover files off them if they really wanted to, even if you try to re-write every cluster on them.

What's your budget ?

Posted 21 May 2013
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
You can still buy Windows 7 machines.

Posted 22 May 2013
paulford
Photographer
paulford
KentRichUK
You can easily connect up your old hard drive in to your new of, it will read all the files off it no problem. Only thing is it will still have unwanted OS files on there, easily enough to delete to free up more space. Plus I'd never get rid of a hold hdd as people can recover files off them if they really wanted to, even if you try to re-write every cluster on them. What's your budget ? [/qt Around 500 quid 0]
Posted 22 May 2013
ammonitecreative
Photographer
ammonitecrea..
Avoid PC's buy a mac you'll never look back!
Posted 22 May 2013
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