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    • emperorstevee
    • By emperorstevee 10th Jul 17, 3:44 PM
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    Cheapest wat to get an 8gb RAM laptop
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:44 PM
    Cheapest wat to get an 8gb RAM laptop 10th Jul 17 at 3:44 PM
    Hello,

    I am looking to get a new laptop that runs on Windows, with 8gb RAM and a disc tray. I would like to spend no more than £350. Where am i best to look?

    Thank you
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    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 10th Jul 17, 4:00 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:00 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:00 PM
    Ignore the ones at the top but the search results show them starting at £175, add an SSD for £45 and you are done

    https://www.encore-pc.co.uk/laptops/windows-laptops?memory_dropdown=253
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    • emperorstevee
    • By emperorstevee 10th Jul 17, 4:20 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:20 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:20 PM
    Are these refurbished? They are very cheap
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 10th Jul 17, 4:51 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:51 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:51 PM
    What is driving you to need 8Gb of RAM?
    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 10th Jul 17, 7:23 PM
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    • #5
    • 10th Jul 17, 7:23 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 7:23 PM
    Yes they are refurbs with 90 day warranty.

    8GB is a good level of ram to aim for, I find it a bare minimum these days for the kind of work I do.

    If you want machines with 1 year warranty then

    You did say the cheapest way

    You could also look at Dell Outlet

    http://www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukdfh1/campaigns/splitter

    Last week that had coupons to get a decent 15" machine for £296 (see below)

    The prices and models change all the time so you have to decide your spec and then look at what is on offer.

    Just looked now (stock quite low but will be topped up soon), they had this 17" for £355 plus VAT, but keep looking and you will find cheaper and coupons to take around 20% off.

    Inspiron 17 - 5759
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-6100U (Dual Core,3M Cache,2.30 GHz,15W)
    Windows 10 Home (64bit)
    8 GB DDR3 Memory 1600MHz (2 DIMMs)
    1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    8X DVD+/- RW Drive
    Intel HD Graphics
    Software
    Intel® Centrino® Wireless-AC 3160 + Bluetooth 4.0
    LCD Back Cover - Black (Non-Touch Screen)
    Power Cord : 250V
    40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (removable)
    17.3 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD+ resolution (1600 x 900)
    Internal Qwerty Keyboard




    I recently upgraded to a Samsung Pro 850 which cost me £60 odd, I cloned the Windows partition and a few others.

    I works really well, I used mini partition wizard tool to clone partition, start up takes seconds as does recovery from sleep.

    It does extend the life of Laptop, I ordered a bay for my DVD drive on eBay for around £8 so I can put old hard disk in there.

    Drive was thinner so I needed a few sticky spacer things I got from pound shop/

    It is amazing how quickly you get used to speed improvement.

    Office apps load in 2 secs or 1 sec if already loaded once.

    Camtasia or photoshop are good test apps as they take a while to start. With SSD Camtasia loads in around 9 seconds, 7 after already launched once.

    Firefox loading is vastly improved (I always have add-ons set to never update anyway)

    I was going to get one of these but reviews on Amazon were dire and as a percentage of total way too many to risk

    www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Toshiba-Solid-State-Drive-Q300-N-A/id=5408680/

    http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Toshiba-Solid-State-Drive-Q300-120-GB/id=4152475/

    As for laptop, If you do decide to get a new one the Dell Outlet (with Coupon DO556720 ) is well worth a look. Remember you can add an SSD at any time for £60 odd or less

    http://www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukdfh1/campaigns/splitter

    EXAMPLE

    Inspiron 15 - 5567
    Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-7100U (2 Core,3M Cache,2.40 GHz,15W)
    Windows 10 Home (64bit)
    8GB (1x8GB) 2400MHz SDRAM DDR4 Non-ECC
    1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    8X DVD+/- RW Drive
    Software
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11ac, 1x1, 2.4 & 5GHz + Bluetooth 4.2
    LCD Back Cover for Non-Touch Screen with HD Camera-Sparkling White
    Power Cord : 250V
    Primary 3-cell 42W/HR Battery
    15.6 Inch HD (1366x768) Truelife Non- Touch LED-Backlit Display
    Internal English Non Backlit Keyboard


    Coupon Terms and Conditions
    Total excl. VAT VAT Rate Total incl. VAT
    £247.26 20.00 % £296.71
    Total Delivery Charge £18.33 20.00 % £22.00
    Delivery Charge Discount -£18.33 20.00 % -£22.00
    View Details View Details
    Total Price £247.26 £296.71
    Originally posted by DavidP24
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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 10th Jul 17, 8:45 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 8:45 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 8:45 PM
    I would be reluctant to but anything with less than a Full HD screen.

    So even though this; http://mcscom.co.uk/product/dell-vostro-14-5468-i3-7100u-2-4ghz-8gb-500gb-14-hd-win-10-1yr-rtb-wty-mlv025/ fits your spec @£250 inc, the standard screens puts me off somewhat.
    The same with all of the options in post #2. Plus they are a bit old.
    On looking at images of the machine, there does not appear to be an optical disc drive. So seems a mistake.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 10th Jul 17, 9:21 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 9:21 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 9:21 PM
    Why do you need an optical drive? There are many cheap external USB DVD/CD drives, available cheaply:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/b/ref=s9_acsd_hfnv_hd_bw_bT8Wgp_ct_x_ct01_w?_encodin g=UTF8&node=430559031&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd _s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=VZ75PFKR932M21AMQ6Y8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p =08a84770-6d10-5201-9239-f771efb6a517&pf_rd_i=430546031

    This would bring down the price of a laptop and allow you to have another drive, say an SSD.
    I bought a Sony external DVD drive about 6 years ago. I may have used it more than 5 times, there is no need for discs nowadays.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 10th Jul 17, 9:55 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 9:55 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 9:55 PM
    OP did not say they needed Optical and it is really unlikely that they can specify not to have, even if they did it might be worth £10.

    I got DVD caddy when I added SSD, cost me less than £5
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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 10th Jul 17, 10:37 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:37 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:37 PM
    OP did not say they needed Optical and it is really unlikely that they can specify not to have, even if they did it might be worth £10.

    I got DVD caddy when I added SSD, cost me less than £5
    Originally posted by DavidP24

    Actually they did.

    Hello,

    I am looking to get a new laptop that runs on Windows, with 8gb RAM and a disc tray. I would like to spend no more than £350. Where am i best to look?

    Thank you
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 11th Jul 17, 5:15 AM
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    A couple of 8GB laptops via Amazon (Prime) 20% off warehouse deals.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B01HU6E4OE/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
    £211 (£264 x 0.8)
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B01N7P3QFL/ref=dp_olp_used_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2OAJ 7377F756P
    £243 (£304 x 0.8)
    Last edited by grumpycrab; 11-07-2017 at 5:20 AM.
    Hi, we’ve had to remove your signature because somebody complained that the information contained within it was too helpful.
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 11th Jul 17, 12:11 PM
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    This Dell Vostro 3568 fits your criteria. But again just a normal HD screen.
    • emperorstevee
    • By emperorstevee 11th Jul 17, 3:53 PM
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    I would like to be able to run total war games And I'd like multiple web pages to run smoothly. I bought a 4GB one and it was slow, though i think there was just something generally wrong with it.
    • takman
    • By takman 11th Jul 17, 4:08 PM
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    I would like to be able to run total war games And I'd like multiple web pages to run smoothly. I bought a 4GB one and it was slow, though i think there was just something generally wrong with it.
    Originally posted by emperorstevee
    Remember that you shouldn't just look at the amount of ram when deciding on what laptop to get. You also need to look at the processor, graphics card, HDD/SSD etc.
    • emperorstevee
    • By emperorstevee 11th Jul 17, 4:17 PM
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    Not sure how I would find laptops without a disc tray on the internet. I've googled "8gb laptop no disc tray".
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 11th Jul 17, 4:34 PM
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    I would like to be able to run total war games And I'd like multiple web pages to run smoothly. I bought a 4GB one and it was slow, though i think there was just something generally wrong with it.
    Originally posted by emperorstevee
    How much RAM is the last thing to consider when getting new laptop.
    It is one of the thing easy to upgrade yourself.

    You should concentrate on CPU and GPU.

    What is the spec of your existing laptop?
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 12th Jul 17, 7:20 AM
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    How much RAM is the last thing to consider when getting new laptop.
    It is one of the thing easy to upgrade yourself.

    You should concentrate on CPU and GPU.

    What is the spec of your existing laptop?
    Originally posted by Cisco001
    i wouldnt "assume" that to be always be the case. A lot of HP machines have the RAM soldered in so non upgradeable.

    I'm using an HP Envy 13 i7 with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and the ram is soldered in.

    Worth checking first.
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • emperorstevee
    • By emperorstevee 14th Jul 17, 5:50 PM
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    There is a laptop on Ebay, refurbished, 8GB RAM for under £150, which seems too cheap to trust, and I have got dodgy "refurbished" laptops off of there before, should I go for it?
    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 14th Jul 17, 7:00 PM
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    There is a laptop on Ebay, refurbished, 8GB RAM for under £150, which seems too cheap to trust, and I have got dodgy "refurbished" laptops off of there before, should I go for it?
    Originally posted by emperorstevee
    How should we know? Post a link.
    It's not that you can't get something 8GB at a reasonable price, it's that we tried to find you something of quality.
    http://mcscom.co.uk/product/dell-latitude-e5530-i3-3120m-2-50ghz-8gb-250gb-15-hd-no-os-90day-rtb-wty-mll669/ is an example of something at that price point.

    http://mcscom.co.uk/product/dell-inspiron-15-3542-cel-2957u-1-40ghz-4gb-500gb-15-6-hd-90day-rtb-wty-mln511/ for something newer.

    So we need to see the machine to which you refer, in order to compare.
    • DavidP24
    • By DavidP24 14th Jul 17, 10:00 PM
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    There is a laptop on Ebay, refurbished, 8GB RAM for under £150, which seems too cheap to trust, and I have got dodgy "refurbished" laptops off of there before, should I go for it?
    Originally posted by emperorstevee
    You know the score on eBay, it is the wild west and with the weight of it forget returning it.

    If you buy from a trader on their own site you know you get consumer rights, albeit based on price you paid, but it must be fit for purpose.

    If you are going to use mcscom bear in mind their prices exclude VAT

    The ones on Encore below include VAT, scroll down to Windows Laptops, prices with 8gb start at £175 at the moment although I have see cheaper before

    https://www.encore-pc.co.uk/laptops/windows-laptops?memory_dropdown=253
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    • tony6403
    • By tony6403 15th Jul 17, 12:16 AM
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    Rather than start a new thread , can I ask here what you think about this laptop which I am thinking of buying for my granddaughter.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/780541-hp-255-g5-laptop-1lu05es-1lu05es-abu
    I don't want to spend more than this price.
    I am unsure if the AMD processor is a good choice and have read that the battery performance may be an issue.
    Including refurbished , is there a better option.
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