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I'm thinking of getting myself a computer and routing the internet to my bedroom. I'll use the computer for the internet, word prcessing and possibly games. I'm so far out of the loop it's rediculous. I used to know about everything that was out there and now I know nothing! :shock:

I'm looking for something second hand (eBay) but I'm not sure waht specs to look at, cpu wise. What sort of speeds shold I look at? I don't want to spend lots, and I don't want anything that's going to be no use in a few years. Our home PC is a seven year old PII 350 to give you an example. ;)
2500mhz+?
 

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I'd say you'll probably want to go with an AMD 2800 or higher, or an Intel Xeon 2.8 or higher. You'll probably want a 512Mb+ of RAM, 250Gb+ HDD and the usual accessories. Shouldn't set you back more than a couple of hundred anyway. IMO stay away from machines which have obviously been designed for gaming - look out for flourescent and see-through cases, as these are likely to have been unrealistically over-clocked and abused - the GTi equivilent in computer terms.

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Save your pennies, buy something with a 64bit CPU coz you'll be set for when Windows Vista is launched. :)
 

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I would strongly recommend not buying used. For VERY little more if any at all you can buy a brand new system. They are really not that expensive anymore. As for what it has Rob said it all. And I also agree with Xmetal. Vista is set for a late fall release (or so i last herd) so make sure you buy something that is compatable.
 

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Buy a new Mac.

With the new Intel Processors they're making them so you can boot either OS X or Windows.
 

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I don't recommend less than 1gb of RAM anymore...so I'd go with 1gb of RAM, 160gb HD (unless you will be "acquiring" a lot of media from the web, then go 250gb), and at least a 2.3ghz cpu. Like Rob said, an Athlon 2800+ is a good bet. Or, if you are feeling risky, grab an Athlon MP 2400+ and overclock that sucker! :mrgreen:
 

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My computer right now is perfect, and you can get them from for around $400 brand new right now

Celeron 2.4Ghz
2x 80gig Hardrive
DVD RW 16x
1gig RAM (just upgraded)

Perfect for editing pictures, internet, porn, etc etc.

But yeah, my next computer purchase will be a MacBook...

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Sexy Machine.
 

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for what you are saying you will use it for, youre best bet is probably buying new. tComputer cost have come way down recently, and you can get a great one for around $600-700. I would stay away from the Xeon core, as they are highly overpriced. they have advantages, but nothing you would need. AMD tends to be cheaper than Pertium, but are great chips. As recommended before, get at least 1024 or ram. This is an expense you dont want to skip on. As for hard drive size, it depends on what you plan on storing. I have a ton of music, so I need a lot of space. I dont really think they offer new computers with below 80 gig anymore. And stay away from dell. Out of 10 people I know, only one has been happy with it. The other computers had constant problems.
 

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pay someone to make it for you to your specs. it's usually cheaper
 

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JohnMF said:
pay someone to make it for you to your specs. it's usually cheaper


Or just build it yourself. It's really a lot simpler than most people think. Fak, if I can do it, anyone can.
 

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duncanp said:
Yea you come crawling back when you need help... :lol:


nice to see you ;)
Thrrrrrp to you. :greenpbl:

:mrgreen:


Thanks for the replies, I'll read them when I've got rid of my headache. Started travelling at 2pm yesterday. One ferry trip, one bus trip, one coach journey, one flight and a ride in a car later and I was home around midnight.


I'm not looking to spend huge amounts. Now more than £250 I think. Money is tight, as ever. Until I get a decent job in a few months.
 

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ferny said:
Thrrrrrp to you. :greenpbl:

:mrgreen:


Thanks for the replies, I'll read them when I've got rid of my headache. Started travelling at 2pm yesterday. One ferry trip, one bus trip, one coach journey, one flight and a ride in a car later and I was home around midnight.


I'm not looking to spend huge amounts. Now more than £250 I think. Money is tight, as ever. Until I get a decent job in a few months.

God Bless..and take care
 

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