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Topic # 242629 6-Nov-2018 15:50
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Hi, wife desktop computer has died being nine/ten years old, wants to buy a new desktop, does not want any thing flash,as she only uses it for email/banking and transfering photos etc,does not want a tablet / laptop,thanks


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  Reply # 2120925 6-Nov-2018 15:53
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Budget? You can build something relatively good for not too much these days. Also do they need a new monitor, as that will likely be a big part of the budget if they want something decent?


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 2120927 6-Nov-2018 15:56
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I must add that we are 70 year old pensioners and know nothing about computers,so when i look at computers that has being suggested,i say wow and go and make a cup of tea,thanks

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  Reply # 2120929 6-Nov-2018 15:58
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Budget? You can build something relatively good for not too much these days. Also do they need a new monitor, as that will likely be a big part of the budget if they want something decent?

 

 

 

 

Given the nature of the question I thinking "Building" is out of the question.

AndiB knows whats up. 





 


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  Reply # 2120930 6-Nov-2018 15:58
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What are your priorities? Lowest price even if it's a bit slower, balanced, really fast boot? Do you need to do anything like store a bunch of photos?

 

Dell and Lenovo are good options. If you want a faster boot / computer you should look for a solid state disk / SSD, 120 - 240GB, but if you're patient that's not critical.





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  Reply # 2120932 6-Nov-2018 15:59
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Just get an all-in-one from Dell/HP/Acer/etc.  Low end will be fine for your purposes.  Don't spend more than $1000.


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  Reply # 2120933 6-Nov-2018 16:00
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kiwicw: I must add that we are 70 year old pensioners and know nothing about computers,so when i look at computers that has being suggested,i say wow and go and make a cup of tea,thanks

 

That's why we are here to help!

Those dell machines are good, buy from their online site to cut out the rip off retailers. 
Don't buy any extra warranty of any kind please. Just buy the machine, The CGA has got you covered.





 


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  Reply # 2120944 6-Nov-2018 16:13
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kiwicw: I must add that we are 70 year old pensioners and know nothing about computers,so when i look at computers that has being suggested,i say wow and go and make a cup of tea,thanks

 

 

Frankly your requirements are so low pretty much anything recent would be sufficient. Email / online banking / web browsing can all be done on mobile devices as they are now fast enough. Same with photos, no need to transfer to a PC if you have a solid internet connection. Upload to Google photos or apple iCloud and be able to access them anywhere (and not worry about losing them if your hard drives die).

 

 

As mentioned before any all-in-one PC from Dell/HP etc. would serve your needs. Just be sure to get one with a SSD (Solid state disk) as these are much faster than spinning hard drives. You'll find it much faster than your old PC.



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  Reply # 2120946 6-Nov-2018 16:18
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Have been advised that the below model would be all right,as i said above would be use for email and banking and the odd photos



HP Elite 8300 Desktop PC (A Grade OFF-LEASE) Business SFF Intel Core i5 4GB 500GB DVDROM Win7Pro 64bit - Reconditioned by PBTech, 3 Months Warranty

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  Reply # 2120947 6-Nov-2018 16:21
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The why is often more important than the what when it comes to advice. It sounds like you want specific examples so being specific about what you want will help others to convert your priorities into a solution. Knowing why will allow hundreds of models to become a shortlist of a few.

 

timmmay:

 

What are your priorities? Lowest price even if it's a bit slower, balanced, really fast boot? Do you need to do anything like store a bunch of photos?

 

 

 

kiwicw: ... she only uses it for email/banking and transfering photos etc,does not want a tablet / laptop,thanks

 

I presume the photos are transferred to the PC from a camera or a phone.

 

How much support are you likely to need, e.g. are you able to move files and programs to the new computer?

 

Why don't you want a laptop?

 

  • gives you more options in how and where you can use it, e.g. can be moved around the house e.g. to watch a movie in bed, can be taken on holiday with you
  • uses less power which could save you $
  • can run on battery when there is no power to your home, so it is also less affected by power fluctuations
  • take up less space and is easier to hide ( to suit the decor)

If you have any of an existing monitor, a USB/wireless keyboard and mouse then you can reuse them with your new computer.




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  Reply # 2120954 6-Nov-2018 16:27
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She had a laptop years ago and hated it ,she likes sitting in front of a big screen,son knows how to move things around

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kiwicw: Have been advised that the below model would be all right,as i said above would be use for email and banking and the odd photos



HP Elite 8300 Desktop PC (A Grade OFF-LEASE) Business SFF Intel Core i5 4GB 500GB DVDROM Win7Pro 64bit - Reconditioned by PBTech, 3 Months Warranty

 

 

 

Yep, looks OK, but, OS is very old, has a slow mechanical harddrive (but probably ok for your purposes) and you will have to buy a new OS at the end of 2019 because microsoft no longer supports it from then. But, if you are happy to upgrade the OS in a year or so then that is fine. 

 

 

 

Check out something like this too....

 

https://www.playtech.co.nz/intel-nuc-7-home-nuc7i3bnhxf-core-i3-7100-4gb-ram-16gb-optane-1tb-hdd-win-10-mini-pc.html

 

 

 

Tiny pc with good processing power that you can attach to the back of the monitor so you don't have a pc case to stash somewhere. Modern OS, good memory with an very fast harddrive....this thing should boot in a couple of seconds. 

 

Bear in mind the cable to your monitor too, you may need an adaptor. 

 

 




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  Reply # 2120962 6-Nov-2018 16:32
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The above computer cost $330,thanks

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  Reply # 2120965 6-Nov-2018 16:39
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You get what you pay for.  A reconditioned older PC with older OS won't last as long as a new one.  So you'll be back to square one in a couple of years.  


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  Reply # 2120967 6-Nov-2018 16:43
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kiwicw: The above computer cost $330,thanks

 

 

That off-lease machine from pbtech only has the tower. You will need all accessories to hook up to it. Was your old machine an all in one? If not then did you keep the screen, keyboard, mouse, power cable and display cable?

 

 

It will certainly do what you need it to but this is an off-lease machine with hardware circa 2012. The hard drive will be slow and as mentioned you will need to update/replace Windows 7 at some point since Microsoft are dropping support.

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