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MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2018 3:38PM
Hi everyone, I'm looking for a new computer, I'm struggling for cash and I saw that Curry's have some for £399, Just the tower, I have a decent monitor, I don't need anything special and I imagine one of these would do me..... anyone any advice ?

cheers all....MikeRC

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have you ever built your own?

is so you could keep your existing tower, just replace what is inside it
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2018 4:18PM
Hi Darren...no I have not, wouldn't know ware to start...thanks though.
bornstupix2 2 90 1 France
9 Dec 2018 5:13PM
Take a look at this site......I have used them on and off for several years.....may well have something that suits you.... http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk

Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
9 Dec 2018 7:16PM
Depends on your needs and what you already have.
Amazon do simple motherboard bundles if your case, psu and other bits and bobs are still OK.

MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2018 7:54PM
Thanks Stuart...very interesting site. the computer I'm interested in is loaded with windows 7 pro, I'm currently useing windows 10 but am I bothered,

I know I could upgrade it to windows 10 but that almost doubles the price.

what do you think ?.....cheers Mike
cosmicnode 10 26 England
9 Dec 2018 8:06PM
Try building a computer, there are many guides on YouTube to help you. First watch this on how to install Windows 10 on a new build.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_rr_MYzbp4&t=87s. You will find it's easy to download and install, then watch this video on how to assemble a computer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_rr_MYzbp4&t=87s
cosmicnode 10 26 England
9 Dec 2018 8:17PM
[link=]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFyhn6seoow&t=219s[/link] This is the build video. you can get a copy of windows 10 for a new build here, https://london-computers-online.co.uk/ very low cost
bornstupix2 2 90 1 France
9 Dec 2018 8:19PM
To be brutally honest its because I am heavily committed to windows having used it since Windows 3.1 that I stay and now use the latest incarnation. Some one once said that software grows in direct response to the memory available and that seems to be the case with Windows.
It may well be worth paying to upgrade your chosen machine to 10.
Do you have your original 10 disc ?
Will your software and peripherals install/work if you buy a 7 machine and step back?
Do you have all the discs for your software and peripherals to install if you buy the machine as is and upgrade it yourself?
The last question could be misunderstood but here goes...how confident are you if you set about this whole thing rather than buy a new machine from the onset at your max budget? I only ask this cos if you set it in motion and it fails it becomes a very hard and expensive learning curve!
Oldstoat 5 73 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2018 9:00PM
Have you considered getting a local computer shop to build one to your specs? I did that and had exactly the machine I wanted at not much more (£30 or so) more than a machine from a big box store. To be fair I don't think I could have got for £399
9 Dec 2018 10:13PM
You might want to look at Novatech . They do off the shelf and custom builds. I've had three machines from them in the past (including my current one) and recommended them to schools when I worked in education.
Bridgelayer 12 653 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2018 10:45AM
Have a look at these from CCL of Bradford. They seem to be within your budget.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2018 3:55PM
I'm currently using windows seven pro and it's fine. You need to be aware that Microsoft will cease to provide updates to windows 7 in January 2020.
hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 3 England
13 Dec 2018 9:12PM
I had exactly the same dilemma about 18 months ago now......after lots of conflicting advice from all quarters, I decided against a new Mac, a tower, or a tablet....instead I took my problem to my local independent computer shop.

His advice and the eventual outcome couldn’t have been more sound....He advised my to purchase a used...High-End....laptop running Windows 10. I had to wait a week or so, until he phoned me to say that he had one in....A two year old SONY VAIO....with an extremely high spec, ideal for running Photoshop at a fair old lick.

I hooked it up to my large Samsung monitor, the only screen I use...that machine has worked seamlessly ever since.....Windows 10 updates automatically ...they and BT my broadband supplier look after all things security in the background. All of my photographs get stored on a one terabyte external drive.

All of my other files hardly touch the storage capacity of the C drive..... Photoshop CS6 and EFEX work seemlessly together to process all the pics you see in my EPZ portfolio.
All for just over £300 ....


Just Jas 17 26.3k 1 England
17 Dec 2018 4:00PM
New motherboard kit with Ryzen 5 + Gigbyte board and Windows bought and installed. Drove me desperate for a few days wondering what I'd 'gone and done'

However, all working all working sweetly now most problems solved.

Agree with "Go for it" advice given earlier in this thread. Smile

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