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Which basic PC and what Windows version

Time to upgrade my old Dell 530, what would anyone reccommend for a basic bit of desktop kit?

The current Vista Crate will be retained (might get a Linux version going on it) and the new desktop is going to be little more than a web browser with the odd office app, plus pictures.

Looking at Dell kit at the mo' but are there any other makers folks would plump for?

Any preference in terms of Win 7/Win 8 either? Home box is Vista (hate it) work box is Win 7 Pro (hate it) but I won't get Mrs Pat using a Linux box so what to go for.

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What do you want to with it ?


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We bought our current desktop from Arbico:

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five years ago. Excellent service & a good product - they will build to your spec or supply a standard machine. Of course, things may have changed over five years, but on the basis of our experience I can recommend them.

As for Windows version, we're running 8.1 on both the desktop & the netbook. Looks nothing like Vista or 7, but I prefer it to either - can't understand what all the negative comments are about.
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...and the new desktop is going to be little more than a web browser with the odd office app, plus pictures.
I do little picture editing and have very few apps installed, so it will be quite a lightweight device.
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Assume you have a monitor ?

If so and at the budget in question I'd look at one of the small form factor pcs running w8. They are small, quiet and power efficient and w8 will run just fine. MS office or if you don't want to pay GDocs or Open Office will run smoothly and Picassa would make a very acceptable free photo catalogue/editor on such a machine.

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Check ebuyer for HP desktops, I find they're quite reliable and they have the bonus of giving you the ability to downgrade to windows 7 if you don't want windows 8.

This is the cheapest with the downgrade option, a little over your budget but with the OS downgrade ability I would say worth it. We ran this type of desktop at my last employer and had no issues. They do have an HP for under 300 but win 8 only.

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Is Win 8 that bad?
Abysmal

Anyone that says that they like it needs a reverse lobotomy.

Windows 7 will be like XP and live on for 10 years +

Win 8 is like ME & Vista
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Abysmal

Anyone that says that they like it needs a reverse lobotomy.

Windows 7 will be like XP and live on for 10 years +

Win 8 is like ME & Vista
If you aren't using a touchscreen Windows 8 is a little easier to live with if you install 8.1 and change the odd setting so it boots to the desktop and the start menu shows a list of apps rather than the tiled menu.

I was talking with a large IT supplier a few weeks ago who assist large organisations in migrating from XP and they aren't really being asked for Win 8 now so as you say Win 7 will likely last nearly as long as XP.
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Bang for buck player of the moment seems to be lenovo, have a couple of their laptops in the sub 500 price range at work and I have found them to be well built with relatively good specifications.

As ever it depends on what you want to do with it.

Windows 7 will continue to be supported until 2020 for security updates although there will be no additional services added after 2015 when it leaves mainstream support. Expect Service Pack 2 this year.
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It really demonstrates MS corporate outlook.
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It really demonstrates MS corporate outlook.
All microsoft desktop OS have a ten year product lifespan since 2012.
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Quite. But why do MS release such crap product time after time?
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Corporate "Outlook"?

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If all you're after is web browsing and writing the occasional begging letter to the bank, why not a Chromebook?
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Quite. But why do MS release such crap product time after time?
Windows 7 is brilliant, Windows XP (after service pack 2) was brilliant.

I think the OS's that suffer are the ones where they try to break the mould, do something new or different, and they suffer for it, for a few years; they generally get their act together and fix all the bugs and foibles though in time.

Linux OS's aren't perfect either.
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just bought an acer laptop from currys for 350, reduced from 470 (or so they say). it's got 1tb hard drive (lots of room for grot) and 8gb ram (lots of pages of simultaneous grot) and is quite light & slimline. it's on windows 8 but i've got used to it now having bought a desktop pc with it last spring

i read yesterday that microsoft are turning off support for xp in april. xp rocks.
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just bought an acer laptop from currys for 350, reduced from 470 (or so they say). it's got 1tb hard drive (lots of room for grot) and 8gb ram (lots of pages of simultaneous grot) and is quite light & slimline. it's on windows 8 but i've got used to it now having bought a desktop pc with it last spring

i read yesterday that microsoft are turning off support for xp in april. xp rocks.
Acer? Hmmm its light because its made entirely of plastic

Make sure when moving it around to hold with both hands, it will suffer from chassis flex and slowly bugger the mobo over time if you don't.
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Windows 7 is brilliant, Windows XP (after service pack 2) was brilliant.

I think the OS's that suffer are the ones where they try to break the mould, do something new or different, and they suffer for it, for a few years; they generally get their act together and fix all the bugs and foibles though in time.

Linux OS's aren't perfect either.
Agree entirely.

I'm sticking with Ubuntu 12.04LTS.
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Anyone that says that they like it needs a reverse lobotomy.
Put me on the list, then.

It's no better or worse in reality than any previous version for my purposes - it works, that's all I need!
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