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need new pc, is this ok?

Postby linux_dan » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:06 am

Hi all,

My desktop pc died yesterday!! I have seen this

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 273942.htm

Seems good for the money? I am guessing it will run most linux distros pretty dam fast?

Thanks


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Postby johnhudson » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:35 pm

It depends what you want it for. You don't need this much for most of the programs in a normal distro. You will only see real benefits if you are playing games or editing videos (or you like KDE's cube) or you want to run several VMs.
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Postby towy71 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:44 pm

You could look around for a cheaper one than that ebuyer has quite a few without the need to buy Windows ;-)
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Postby ajgreeny » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:07 pm

As does http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/pcs/ where you can configure your own specs (Intel or AMD) and buy without Windows as well.
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Postby catgate » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:35 pm

Hi all,

My desktop pc died yesterday!! I have seen this


I found out many years ago that the cheapest way is to build your own. You can build yourself a high spec. machine for a low spec. price in less than an hour. Additionally you will be using "industry standard" components instead of components made on the cheap for some of the "popular" brands.

CCL computers of Bradford are really very good on price and delivery (No, I have no connection with them.)
Oh, sod it.
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Postby Nuke » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:55 pm

catgate wrote:I found out many years ago that the cheapest way is to build your own. You can build yourself a high spec. machine for a low spec. price in less than an hour.

Less than an hour - LoL!

I have built all my own desktops other than the first, but for the reason that I get to choose the components, not for cheapness. Actually, it is really the same PC but progressively upgraded, like Trig's broom with five new heads and two new handles.

An hour to build it ... I probably take four hours, but then I have a lot of stuff on board - four HDs, a tape drive, a drive-bay size speaker and even a built-in network hub. I am also fussy about things like cable routing and would probably take the whole thing apart again if I did not like the way it was going.

Anyway, time spent building it, the fun part for me, is insignificant compared with the time spent researching and choosing eg video cards, power supplies and HDs - which as I said is the very point of building the PC myself.
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Postby catgate » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:48 am

Nuke wrote:Actually, it is really the same PC but progressively upgraded, like Trig's broom with five new heads and two new handles.

There is a saying about "new wine" and "old bottles" and I found out how wise it was several years ago.
The only things that I reuse are the case and the contents of the hard drive. I have two big old cases and there is so much space that there is little farting about poking around in a confined space during building.
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Postby Nuke » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:11 pm

catgate wrote: I have two big old cases and there is so much space that there is little farting about poking around in a confined space during building.

Agree with the case; I don't understand the currently fashionable preference for smallness and thinness. I have what used to be called a "midi tower" and could really do with a "maxi". It is under the far corner of my L-shaped desk so I don't care how big it is or what it looks like. It even has a Raspberry Pi in one of its 5.25" drive bays, so there are actually two PCs in there.

My current older re-used bits are:- case, three of the four HDs (even a 12yo 500Mb one just for the swapfile - never touched anyway), video card, crappy little loudspeaker unit (all I need - not into music), DVD drive, floppy drive (!), tape drive, SCSI card for the tape drive, keyboard (15yo IBM Model M), trackball. It's annoying I needed to buy new memory when I got a new moboard as they keep changing the format.
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Postby nelz » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:41 pm

I agree about the big cases, until you have to move them I have a Corsair 800D and nearly gave myself a hernia moving it last week :(
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Postby Dutch_Master » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:59 pm

In true *nix tradition, there's a specialist tool for that Nelz:
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(hint: it's not blonde ;) )
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Postby Ram » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:43 pm

My case is 20ish years old. Full Tower, upto 6 5.25 bays and 3 3.5 bays.

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