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Computer Supermarket- Reliable?

  1. Aug 16, 2007 #1
    www.computersupermarket.com / is this site reliable and safe to purchase a computer from...? There are some realy good PC's on that site that are cheap.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 16, 2007 #2
    Meh... the pricing looks about average. You could easily build your own system that would be cheaper and alot more powerful.
    Which computers were you looking at?
     
  4. Aug 17, 2007 #3
    Specification

    • AMD Sempron 3400+ Processor
    • 1GB DDR2 Ultrafast Kingston RAM
    • 80GB SATA II Hitachi Desk Star Hard Drive 16MB Cache
    • LG Dual 18x DVD/RW DL RAM Dual Layer ReWriter
    • 350W ATX Switching Power Supply
    • 6 USB2 ports (2 front, 4 back)
    • 17 inch LCD Multimedia Monitor
    • Black PS2 Keyboard and Mouse
    • Multimedia 2.0 Channel Speaker Set
    • Genuine Windows® Vista Basic
    • 1 year return to base warranty

    Software Bundle

    • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional (fully functional 60 day trial)
    • Windows® Vista Recovery Disk

    It's 279.00 quid

    This one.. Is it any good? I have a laptop but it's a heap of ****e now (Toshiba A60-302) and i want a desktop, just for surfing the net, college work, downloading movies and music and ****. Think that will doo...?
     
  5. Aug 17, 2007 #4
    Hmm, the only bit that your getting for cheap really is the software bundle, that computer wouldnt handle vista so dont get it. If its for like you said, then the best would be a xp version with high ram and a good cpu. Which would cost around the same. Building it yourself is the best option as previously stated. If you wish I could have a look around for you to see if I can find you a good option on a British site?

    Luke.
     
  6. Aug 17, 2007 #5
    How much are you looking to spend?
    Things that you should be looking for in a decent desktop computer are:
    multicore cpu
    1-2 gigs of ram
    dedicated graphics card
    at least an 80 gig, 7200 rpm hard drive
    some sort of speakers
    17-19 inch lcd
    dvd rom and rewrite
    keyboard and mouse
    either windows vista or linux equivalent
    I would also recommend purchasing a computer with a decent (brand name) power supply unit. Alot of companies provide psus that are not sufficient for their systems. A one or two year warranty is also good.
     
  7. Aug 17, 2007 #6
    For what he has specified he does not really need a good graphics card. Onboard are fine for what he wants to do. Speakers arnt needed as he may choose to use headphones. Psu's are fine that come with a pre built system as they have a normal warranty. He is not gaming. Your making it look as if he wants to game :S Vista is not really the best option as atm most of its drivers are well... crap. Meh. Sorry if I seem snappy. :/
     
  8. Aug 18, 2007 #7
    I agree that vista is a bit immature still but it would pointless to purchase a brand new system and use windows xp. At the moment vista is a resource hog and benefits from dual cores, 2 gigs or ram, ect. If the op wanted to shop around he could find something with what I listed for a decent price. Also, if you want any longevity to the system, then it is better to get the dedicated graphics, ect. However if all the op is doing is surfing the net and wor proccessing, then integrated should be sufficient.
     
  9. Aug 19, 2007 #8
    I'm looking to spend aroun 500, and just want a good fast computer for everyday stuff. I noticed Dell website has cheap prices.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2007 #9
    Right, gimme 10 mins and I will have a look for you

    Luke.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2007 #10
    Found anything?
     
  12. Aug 19, 2007 #11
  13. Aug 20, 2007 #12
    That one looks realy good and just what i'm looking for, but i would have to buy a new screen for it...*-) Awell suppose they arnt realy expensive anyway...

    Is this one any good?
    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/desktops_better?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

    InspironTM 531

    Processor
    AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ Processor
    Intel® Viiv™ technology - Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6550 processor (2.33GHz) Processor
    Intel® Viiv™ technology - Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 processor (2.66GHz)
    Operating System
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English Operating System
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English Operating System
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English
    Monitors/DisplaysDell™ 19" Silver Wide Flat Panel (SE198WFP) - UK/Irish Monitors/DisplaysDell™ 19" Silver Wide Flat Panel (SE198WFP) - UK/Irish Monitors/DisplaysDell™ 22" Black Wide Flat Panel (E228WFP) - UK/Irish
    Video Cards
    256 MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 PCI Express graphics card Video Cards
    256 MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 PCI Express graphics card Video Cards
    Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator 3100
    Memory
    2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024] Memory
    2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024] Memory
    2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
    Hard Drives
    250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache Hard Drives
    250GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst™ cache Hard Drives
    500GB Dual Hard Drive Non RAID (2x250GB - 7200rpm)
    Optical
    16x DVD +/- RW Drive Optical
    16x DVD +/- RW Drive Optical
    16x DVD +/- RW Drive
    Services
    1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return Services
    1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return Services
    1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
    Sound Cards
    Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition A
     
  14. Aug 20, 2007 #13
    Dell's are usually quality systems. You will get your money's worth. If you look hard enough you may find some coupons/discounts on the web.
     
  15. Aug 20, 2007 #14

    mgb_phys

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    Didn't realise you were in the UK.
    Cheapest for components are almost always www.ebuyer.com, overclockers is a close second.
    Scan www.scan.co.uk are better customer service but slightly high postage, check their todayonly page.

    Dell (especially the outlet site for notebooks) is basically unbeatable if you want a standard or lower end machine rather a souped up gamer.
     
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