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#1 Grantyy

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:18 AM

Purchase Template: I need a new computer simply because my old Medion MD8800 feels old and out dated, at almost 6 years old I guess that is not surprising, here are the specs if you need to know http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=171519

My budget for the new computer is? undecided, I'd like something that takes the leap into the modern era but I don't generally play much other than flash games, I like my technology and so would like something that cuts it

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Browsing, Media Center, output to TV is important

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Chrome, Flash, VLC, AVG, nothing too demanding

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Football manager, Battle Pirates (Flash Based FB game) some Face Book games fail to load on my current PC and I cannot understand why, I have upgraded to the latest flash software and emptied my cache etc but many fail? would like a PC to at least be able to handle simple tasks such as these although I understand that flash isn't that reliable itself!

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I tend to open a lot of web pages at once although I try to limit running programmes as much as possible, Ram is important as the ay I see it it's cheap and valuable to a PC so I would certainly want the recommended amount for comfort rather than running close to the wire.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes, I would need a minimum of 500gb but the more the better, I really like the idea of SSD's if only to boost speed during start up and maybe a few key programs but would be open to installing a drive later myself as it seems that they are not so common in desk tops at the min, I'd consider both options with and without.

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:42 AM

I'm assuming your from the UK?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

I hope this doesn't take away your other opinions for a new buy but I have seen this second hand PC and would like to know what you think

It's an Advent DT1410 and priced at 180, I have told the owner I would need to see it working, he says he has no monitor so I have told him if I decide to take it I will bring my own, he lives a good 30 miles away from me so the price is realistically an extra 30 or so to me

Intel Core i5 2320 3.0ghz,

Mem 6gb (2gb + 4gb)

1.5TB HD

Onboard Intel HD Graphics

Wireless USB Dongle 802.11 b/g/n

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

It confuses me how there are so many different versions of Intel i5's and so on, I understand some of the i5's use hyper threading though I suspect this is a low version and probably doesn't? surely an improvement on my current PC though?
Why it says 2 + 4 in brackets for memory i'm not sure, I guess it is ddr3 but doesn't say?
My biggest concern is integrated graphics, I need to run HD content smoothly to my TV, Is it easy to upgrade to another graphics card and bypass the integrated graphics, will there even be a slot for an alteranative?
I guess my main question is does this improve a great deal on my current set up and is it a good deal? please still share your recommendations from new so I have an idea of what is a good media PC to put my current setup into retirement!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:50 AM

Yes Killer, I am from the UK

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:54 AM

That's a pretty powerful system at a ripping price there. You should definitely get it and the integrated graphics should be fine. The ram is DDR3 as the i5 is only compatible with DDR3.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:06 AM

Thanks Killer that is reassuring but kinda makes me worry whether he is legit or not, he wanted 210 but specified open to offers for a quick sale so I offered 175 and he said 180, I said I would need to test it and he said had no monitor and fair enough was selling as Tower plus keyboard, mouse and original discs, I have emailed to say I can take my own monitor just to see it working so long as he can provide a power outlet for 5 mins, I am just waiting on a reply to that.

If anybody can help with the following i'd be grateful
I don't have much experience buying second hand but of course I need to see it working, I am unfamiliar with windows 7 but is there an easy way to check the components are in the system just as you can with xp?
Also I had to ask about a windows disc and he said he has the original discs that came with it, is this likely to be a windows disc or perhaps an Advent installation disc? Just want to know that I am able to reinstall should I need to as I guess a windows 7 disc would cost a fair bit?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

Well I am Picking this up later, sounds legit and I am going to test it, will post back in due course




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