New PC time

Started by The Old Dog, December 02, 2018, 15:13:38 pm

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The Old Dog

Sadly I think my old pc is slowly diying ,no shame in that it's 9 years old (ancient by todays tech) so I'm looking for a new one possibly one of those all in one screen types ,relatively fast i7 generation processor and preferably an ssd drive with a 1/2TB harddrive for storage .Had a look at pc world /currys not that impressed TBH just want something that works out the box with no mucking about price range £2000 and no apple suggestions as they are overpriced .

BaldiePete

Go here and specify your own. I've had two from them.

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk

The Old Dog

Cheers Pete will take a look ,quite fancy those liquid cooled jobs ..

Bez

Always used Dell myself.....plenty of options around customisation on their website.

It goes without saying that the more memory you can afford the better... ;)
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The Old Dog

Quote from: Bez on December 04, 2018, 08:56:37 am
It goes without saying that the more memory you can afford the better... ;)
You are a very wise man ,my initial plan was memory ,memory ,memory32 gig should be more than enough, followed by a an i7 cpu now looking at an i9 cpu and studio quality soundboard the graphics card isn't a major issue  as I'm not nor ever will be a gamer so whatever is onboard is fine . storage is the main sticking point atm ,but I'll resolve that ..

Slim

Surprised to hear that you're not a gamer given you're prepared to splash £2K - what do you intend to use it for, then?

My own desktop PC has 16G RAM, but I doubt I ever use more than 6G.
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The Old Dog

Quote from: Slim on December 05, 2018, 12:31:54 pm
Surprised to hear that you're not a gamer given you're prepared to splash £2K - what do you intend to use it for, then?
My own desktop PC has 16G RAM, but I doubt I ever use more than 6G.
Mostly used for mastering recordings via Adobe Audition and all the other bits and bobs that that pursuit entails .I've found that lower amounts of RAM slow it all down to a crawl hence more RAM is required that plus a faster cpu should speed things up .. Never really saw the point of gaming as a hobby .

Nick

Looks like my iMac is on its way out, almost unworkable now. Question is do I need a desktop? I've always had one but perhaps a laptop may be better. I watch my films on tv or my iPad, I'm not a graphic designer but somehow it feels wrong not to have a desktop in the house.
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pdw1

My 2 teenagers need new laptops for school; mainly to run Microsoft Team so they can watch lecturers and classes from home but they will also need to run Office and want to stream Netflics. Any advice?
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Bez

Quote from: pdw1 on July 26, 2020, 13:26:26 pmMy 2 teenagers need new laptops for school; mainly to run Microsoft Team so they can watch lecturers and classes from home but they will also need to run Office and want to stream Netflics. Any advice?
Pretty much any laptop should be able to cope with that.

Personally I'd look for something with more than basic memory - I'd look for 8Gig.

Do they need to have office on the machines? or will they be running Office365?

I think that students get huge discounts on Office
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Craig Smith

Quote from: Bez on July 26, 2020, 16:08:04 pmI think that students get huge discounts on Office
They actually get it for free.

All they need to register is their school, college or university email address to confirm they are a student.
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Anna Woriboutchu

Quote from: Nick on July 26, 2020, 11:16:50 amLooks like my iMac is on its way out, almost unworkable now. Question is do I need a desktop? I've always had one but perhaps a laptop may be better. I watch my films on tv or my iPad, I'm not a graphic designer but somehow it feels wrong not to have a desktop in the house.
I've had my MacBook Pro for more than 5 years now without a hint of trouble along the way. I always found in the past that any laptop pc I owned started playing up after about 2 years. My more computer literate mate reckons a MacBook should be good for about 8 years, so I will definitely replace this with a new one when required. Ridiculously pricey but probably a good return all considered.

Anna Woriboutchu

Quote from: Anna Woriboutchu on July 27, 2020, 15:51:24 pmI've had my MacBook Pro for more than 5 years now without a hint of trouble along the way. I always found in the past that any laptop pc I owned started playing up after about 2 years. My more computer literate mate reckons a MacBook should be good for about 8 years, so I will definitely replace this with a new one when required. Ridiculously pricey but probably a good return all considered.
Sorry, I kind of missed the main point with this post. When I bought the MacBook I also picked up a large curved Samsung monitor from Currys. I can't remember the price but I remember it being surprisingly cheap and when hooked to the MacBook and using the Apple mouse, it's just like using a standard desktop computer. To me anyway!

Slim

I'd always recommend a desktop over a laptop unless the portability is useful. Easier to upgrade, lots more options and less expensive for what you get.

I do need a computer on the move sometimes, but a cheap laptop works well enough for that. Last time I was away for a week I didn't even use it, just used an Android tablet.
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