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Luzern
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Recommend a computer supplier

Judging from the random reboots and other problems, and having followed advice from various sources, I am thinking, that may be my 6+ year old Dell computer needs to retire. 

 

I am not a gamer, so keeping that in mind, what computer builders, manufactuers do you think give best value for money, or should be avoided?

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Re: Recommend a computer supplier

I suppose the first question is whether you want a desktop or a laptop as all the latest Intel processors have on board graphics which will meet your probable requirements

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For over a decade all my long lived PC's have been used ones purchased off ebay.

Like you I'm not a PC gamer so fancy graphic cards don't interest me. Which is good as the PC's with low spec cards attract the lowest interest / bids.

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@Luzern.  www.pcspecialist.co.uk.  Choose your own spec, as fast or as slow as you want. I've had five PCs/laptops from them, all superb, and extremely good value.

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@Luzern Been a "Dell Boy".. ! for years now... always bought the bottom end spec laptops, for me and the missus...  don`t have any of their " support packages" . and never needed them... Always managed to get a good reliable machine.. ( present one is a Dell Inspiron 1550 series. does everything I want...  ( dont game or use high spec stuff, just basic surfing and you tube video. ).

 

Pay around about the £300 mark for them... this one is about 5 years old,  no problems with it.. although I have changed the HDD for a bigger one, ( because I wanted to prat about with Linux Mint on the other one ! ! )..

 

Whatever make you go for, at present, you will be stuck with Windows 10, unless you specify that you don`t want an O.S on the HDD. 

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Like others I am not into games so don't really need the latest specifications, however I did get a computer with SSD and a second hard drive to store programs and other stuff on.

Why a SSD, well I have little patience and the time it takes windows to load up along with all the other stuff seems to take for ever, sure it puts the cost up but for me it's worth it.

Be interesting to see if others agree with that or not.

I think most computers come with a one or two year guarantee so that should provide ample cover without paying extra.

I am sure you will do this but look at the reviews of firms supplying computers and how long they have been in business and their policy of returns if anything goes wrong, ie who pays return postage you or them ?

As mentioned in a earlier post do you really need a desktop ? or would a laptop or tablet be better ?

 

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 www.pcspecialist.co.uk or www.dinopc.com 

You dont need to be a gamer to buy a pc from either of these sites, they offer budget office pc`s too, or ofc you can build your own via their site.

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Thanks for the suggestions. BTW I do a bit of photo editing, but not that much now, so I guess with modern speeds on board graphics would be sufficient? Desktop preferred because of monitor sizes, but no monitor is needed for now.

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Has anyone experience of Novatech?  Approaching twenty years ago one of my kid-in-laws used to recommend them, bu that's a long time!

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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They have certainly come on over the years and their TrustPilot reviews are very good

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Also you can get a lot of machine for your money if you go second hand on ebay. I bought my current rig second hand for £300 and it was a lot of beast for the money (dual quad core 3GHz, 16Gb DDR2, 512GB HDD). Granted the ran isn't the newest and hence it has a slower bus speed but i don't notice it. What I do notice is how much more I can do and how responsive it stays even with 20 - 30 applications running - and several browsers with numerous tabs open. If bought new it would have cost over £1k.

If you're not fussed about it being new then prowl ebay and look at the offerings.

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Luzern wrote:

Has anyone experience of Novatech?  Approaching twenty years ago one of my kid-in-laws used to recommend them, bu that's a long time!


 

Yes....  They are "Local" to me...  a few years back, I went there for a new 250Gb HDD... saturday morning... Spent all saturday afternoon, trying to load up  windows on it... but i would not take it... was stilly trying late into the night... so on the sunday morning I took it back demanding ( well I asked politely first) a replacement or refund...

 

The guy said I had to have it returned to the manufacturers as it was not "Novatech" problem... I then invoked my rights under the consumer law that stated that the "supplier" was responsible, and that they ( Novatech ) were MY supplier, therefore they should replace or refund... Kept on trying to fob me off, but after 2.5 hours and just before they closed, ( all in front of other customers), they eventually relented, and gave me a refund.

 

Would not go anywhere near them..... ever again...  

 

 

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About 2 years ago I bought a new Fujitsu. Good spec and a very good price. It's been a very reliable laptop.

 

If you look on ebay you will find a number of Fujitsu laptop both new and used.

 

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Have you thought about building your own? It's really quite easy, as long as you know how to spin a screwdriver and plug things in, you're already qualified to do so... Smiley