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Old 10-14-2018, 08:12 AM   #1
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I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

I'm looking to buy a new PC, mind keeps having glitches! It's very old but very powerful and I'm reluctant to lose it. I'm just mainly interested in running MS Access, I don't run any fancy games or nothing.

I'm thinking I need a:-

Tower
64bit

Ram 8GB - DDR ram 2, 3 or 4? no idea ?

Disk
500GB HDD

Processor
Intel Core i5
3.3Ghz

Software
Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Office Professional 2016

Anything I've missed?

I would be interested in the latest views on PCs and any pitfalls there might be!

Are there any particular models, memory sticks/chips, softwares to avoid?

I have been searching on Amazon and Morgan computers...

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Old 10-14-2018, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

build your own? - it's not that difficult.

Anything I've missed? - motherboard - with/without sound/graphics/sockets such as cat5/6/usb/hdmi/dvi/etc - type and number for your peripherals

Edit: - you may also need cd/dvd drive

might consider ssd rather than hdd drive?

don't buy second hand, think everyone has their own views on different makes - best to look at reviews for particular model, look at 'best for 2018' type review sites.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:44 PM   #3
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

I've also built my own a couple of times though as my eyesight gets worse it may be beyond me now.

I've used Novatech for several computers - inexpensive / good range of customisation & very helpful.

Last year, I used a company called Elf who sell both new and refurbished PCs & laptops at very low prices. You will need to use a business email address. Bought a laptop for my wife from them & its been excellent

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Old 10-15-2018, 04:15 AM   #4
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

Thanks for that chaps, not really keen on building PCs anymore Chris, done that been there! - Thanks for the reminder Colin, I've dealt with Elf over the years, used to buy stuff from them for my Shop in Reading. I've just placed my order, New PC and monitor, got a 3 years warranty, and I went for a 32 inch monitor. Like you, my eyesights not as good as it was, and I'm starting to have to use my glasses for reading, never had to do that before!
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

I would opt for ssd as CJ mentioned. And USB 3.0.

Also please describe "glitches!". Most of my "glitches" relate to my inability to type (fat finger syndrome).
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

Gizmo,
Generally speaking buy a tower that offers largest capacities for the lowest cost. Do not search for a 500GB hard drive, when you may be able to get a terabyte for the same price. Also check Newegg.



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Tony lives in the UK ?

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Generally speaking buy a tower that offers largest capacities for the lowest cost. Do not search for a 500GB hard drive, when you may be able to get a terabyte for the same price. Also check Newegg.



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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

Update,- yes it's got an SSD, I'm not sure what the USB's are, but I don't use them much, only for my headset.

BTW - if you ever decide to record your own videos, always go for a headset with the Soundboard built into the USB plug. In other words it's an independent system from your computer. I understand this avoids lots of problems you can have with trying to use the PC built-in sound system.

Oh, and they were out of stock on the 32 inch monitor so I went for a 27...

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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

Only a 27 inch monitor?
Never mind - Access can't create reports wider than 22 inch.

When your shiny new PC arrives, you should run the speed tests I uploaded here and hopefully feel very pleased with yourself
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Most likely do, but that cost would probably mean cheaper to buy in the UK, even when companies swap the $ sign for the sign.
I have even had some companies not take UK credit cards, or even ship outside USA, but I was thinking mainly of the cost.?

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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

I have built my own machines for years (they also last for years). Unfortunately the last one I built had an older power supply burn up (yes, it started to smoke). I have had a couple cpu/mother boards die. I am still using a hard drive that I have had a long time.
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Re: I need a new PC! --- is it a Gadget?

I am thinking about cloning my laptop HD to SSD. I found a fairly cheep cable $12.00 and free software. Could speed things up.

I might try it in my Linux machine first.

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