Which computer for £500

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nickarmadillo, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. nickarmadillo macrumors regular

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    Shopping for a computer in the UK with about £500 to spend. Generally do Photoshop, internet, word processing, video editing, and mid-level gaming. Have a large music collection, so need a big HD. Probably need a monitor, but have an older one if I cannot get a new one for that price. Which computer would you recommend? Also, might look into building a computer. With no previous experience, would this be a good idea, or a waste of time? If so, what all would I need and which kit do you recommend? Thanks.

    Wanting a Mac, but need a PC - computer is for girlfriend's family
     
  2. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

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    Looks like your only option (mac) is a mini.

    Good machine and suitable for your requirements.
     
  3. nickarmadillo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not looking for a mac, as the family wants a PC. I considered recommending a mac mini and using parallels, but its feature set is extremely outdated and, frankly, not worth the price. You can get a very capable pc for the same investment. I always recommend Macs, but they simply do not want to spend the money that it would take to buy a decent one.
     
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  5. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Go with Dell or an HP system from John Lewis if there is a local store. Other routes are more likely to cause you unneeded problems.
     
  6. nplima macrumors 6502a

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    at dixons you have PC + screen + printer for £499

    HP Pavilion S3514 Desktop PCs
    Product code: 434562
     

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