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    • O.W.E.I
    • By O.W.E.I 6th Feb 18, 1:12 PM
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    Desktop Advice?
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    • 6th Feb 18, 1:12 PM
    Desktop Advice? 6th Feb 18 at 1:12 PM
    I need to replace my DELL XP desktop (about 12-14 years old and slower than a slow-cooked casserole), but I have no idea where to start looking?
    I use it for Word/XL/Internet/Email/Photo editing/HQ Music (FLAC&WAV Etc), and occasional vid edits.
    I'm looking for at least Intel i5/i7 (quad), 8+ GB RAM, 1+TB HD + SSD, DVD/CD Writer, Front USB Ports and at least 22" Screen.
    Budget is 6-800.
    I'm not keen on HP or Dell, but am pretty clueless about makes.
    I would also prefer something without bloatware.

    Many thanks!
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    • O.W.E.I
    • By O.W.E.I 6th Feb 18, 1:32 PM
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    Oh and is it possible to play music from a PC to other parts of the house, please?
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 6th Feb 18, 2:12 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 2:12 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 2:12 PM
    I need to replace my DELL XP desktop (about 12-14 years old and slower than a slow-cooked casserole), but I have no idea where to start looking?
    I use it for Word/XL/Internet/Email/Photo editing/HQ Music (FLAC&WAV Etc), and occasional vid edits.
    I'm looking for at least Intel i5/i7 (quad), 8+ GB RAM, 1+TB HD + SSD, DVD/CD Writer, Front USB Ports and at least 22" Screen.
    Budget is 6-800.
    I'm not keen on HP or Dell, but am pretty clueless about makes.
    I would also prefer something without bloatware.

    Many thanks!
    Originally posted by O.W.E.I
    whats the problem with Dell? your last one has lasted 12-14 years.
    You should easily get what you want for your budget, just stay away from 'gaming' computers and high end graphics cards.
    • steviebabes
    • By steviebabes 6th Feb 18, 2:34 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 2:34 PM
    Worth having a go at building a PC. Much easier than you would think, I built one with a similar spec to your requirements for about 400 (no monitor) last year and its been brilliant. Check out CCL & Scan, both companies very helpful.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 6th Feb 18, 2:38 PM
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    Oh and is it possible to play music from a PC to other parts of the house, please?
    Originally posted by O.W.E.I
    Yes ... and there are several ways to do this. For example I run Plex media server on my laptop and can then "cast" from the Plex app on my phone to my TV via Chromecast.
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    • gonzo127
    • By gonzo127 6th Feb 18, 2:51 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 2:51 PM
    one of my default 'check out basic prices' store

    https://www.dinopc.com/custom-pc/everyday-pc/evolve-d50-intel-home-office-package

    can customise to your hearts content.

    although i would suggest looking at AMD Ryzen processors, they are now very competitive and in fact do beat the intel processors in certain tests (especially heavy multi threaded applications like vid and photo editing - software dependant of course)
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 6th Feb 18, 3:48 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 3:48 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 3:48 PM
    I'm not keen on HP or Dell, but am pretty clueless about makes.
    Originally posted by O.W.E.I

    Interesting sentence .


    May i ask what makes you not keen, especially as by your own admission you are 'clueless about makes' ?
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    • O.W.E.I
    • By O.W.E.I 6th Feb 18, 4:03 PM
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    • 6th Feb 18, 4:03 PM
    Thank you for your responses.

    The reason I dislike DELL is because of their customer support - when I first got my current machine I spent hours on the phone at extortionate rates trying to get the thing working due to one thing and another - it may have lasted a few years but it was an absolute nightmare for the first couple of years.
    I swore then that I would never touch them ever again.
    • O.W.E.I
    • By O.W.E.I 6th Feb 18, 4:04 PM
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    Yes ... and there are several ways to do this. For example I run Plex media server on my laptop and can then "cast" from the Plex app on my phone to my TV via Chromecast.
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Is there some kind of speaker I can buy that I can stream to for use in the kitchen?
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 6th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    Is there some kind of speaker I can buy that I can stream to for use in the kitchen?
    Originally posted by O.W.E.I
    google home or amazon alexa
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    • Preacher64
    • By Preacher64 6th Feb 18, 8:44 PM
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    Try the PC Specialist website. Put in your specs and see what they come up with. They have ready built machines too and they would probably meet your needs and more. No bloatware and an excellent company to deal with. I!!!8217;ve used them a few times over the years and can fully recommend them.
    • economic
    • By economic 7th Feb 18, 12:50 AM
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    Yes ... and there are several ways to do this. For example I run Plex media server on my laptop and can then "cast" from the Plex app on my phone to my TV via Chromecast.
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Why do you need both plex and chromecast? Is it because your TV can not connect to the network directly?
    • J B
    • By J B 7th Feb 18, 6:20 PM
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    - it may have lasted a few years ...........................
    Originally posted by O.W.E.I
    May I suggest 12-14 years is rather a long time in computer lifetime!

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