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Unread 13 Jan 20, 07:02 PM  
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I need a new computer

I go through this process every January but this year Im determined to actually buy one. Mainly for documents, simple spreadsheets, thousands of photos, music & audio books etc. Lowish useage I guess. I bought a cheap laptop last year -its rubbish and if I use it again it will end up going through the window.

I need a desk top PC. I want it to be fast but dont do gaming etc. My questions are:

-any brands to avoid
-best brands
-recommended processor
-how much RAM
-how much HDD
-all in one or separate box (if you can still get them )
Anything else I need to consider.

Thanks as always

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Brands we would not buy again are Sony Vaio and Lenovo. I picked the Sony because it came in pink but it went for repairs three times within months and I think I contacted head of Sony UK before I finally got it resolved (i.e. a refund).

DH is techy and so does a bit more research than me on laptops but has just had to replace his last one, the Lenovo, far more quickly than he should have needed to.

He bought a new one yesterday. HP Pavilion 14 inch screen, 10th generation i5 processor, 8gig ram and 512gig SDD. It was 499.

Sorry, I just read your first post again and noticed you wanted a desktop. Ignore me, I am being very unhelpful today.

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Linda. My tower PC died earlier last year so I left my Son instructions to get me a new one whilst we were away.

He got me an all in one Acer monitor and computer so there is no tower at all which is much neater and less wires.
The printer connects wirelessly to it so that is even less wires!

I think the screen is 24"

If you want details let me know. It was about 500.
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Linda. My tower PC died earlier last year so I left my Son instructions to get me a new one whilst we were away.

He got me an all in one Acer monitor and computer so there is no tower at all which is much neater and less wires.
The printer connects wirelessly to it so that is even less wires!

I think the screen is 24"

If you want details let me know. It was about 500.
Oh yes please Mr Tom. That's within my budget even allowing for a price rise.
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Oh yes please Mr Tom. That's within my budget even allowing for a price rise.
Linda. I will post a picture and details in the morning. Its in the dining room sat on a box as Im gutting the room.

I must get it out by tomorrow night as Im ripping the ceiling down and have to have the room totally clear.
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Brands we would not buy again are Sony Vaio and Lenovo. I picked the Sony because it came in pink but it went for repairs three times within months and I think I contacted head of Sony UK before I finally got it resolved (i.e. a refund).

DH is techy and so does a bit more research than me on laptops but has just had to replace his last one, the Lenovo, far more quickly than he should have needed to.
i'm also a techy and i've been using lenovo laptops for work now for the last 8 years or so and not had an issue. however, i've been using the higher end kit (x201, x220, T480p) - the one time i got lumbered with a lower end lenovo (L480) it was a pile of crap that had such a sharp edge it actually hurt my palms to use it! they eventually relented after realising it wasnt fit for purpose and gave me the t480p, which has been fantastic.
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i'm also a techy and i've been using lenovo laptops for work now for the last 8 years or so and not had an issue. however, i've been using the higher end kit (x201, x220, T480p) - the one time i got lumbered with a lower end lenovo (L480) it was a pile of crap that had such a sharp edge it actually hurt my palms to use it! they eventually relented after realising it wasnt fit for purpose and gave me the t480p, which has been fantastic.
That's what drove us to Macs! Bad experience with cheaper PC's - didn't feel confident and buying more expensive models.

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