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Hey Guy's

Just got promoted at work which means more money now for a better comp than i have the comp... i would like your suggestions on a new computer i have between £500-£1000 most of my friends are saying MESH computers are good... but looking about on the net i read too many problems with there customer service and late delivers and not the right stuff in the box when it ships or things missing... i have also heard AMD processors are alot better than intels... im looking for a powerful computer that could be around for a few years before upgrading it... i'm not sure on the budget though if it will get me one of them... oh and im not good at building a computers so i think a pre-built one would be best...

Your help would be appreciated.

JMac

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The processor wars are just plain crap. I too believed in them at one time, and then became wiser. :happybday:

Perhaps try shopping on Newegg and a few other places like Tigerdirect to get an idea of what you want. Let us know and we'll see what we can help you come up with.

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i live in the uk... would it be ok to buy a computer from america using one of those sites... i also dnt know the currency over there i.e how much it would be in £

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I usually use Google for money conversions.

You may be able to find UK versions of the sites too. :happybday:

When I Googled Newegg UK I found out that Newegg and Gateway are to be coming there soon. The dates on some articles were 2005 though.

I've got a Gateway (two actually) and have been very pleased with them. They can screw up, but talk to a supervisor and they fix it nicely. :happybday:

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16883103044

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16883113012

What are these two like in your opinions... how am i going to convert the power supply to work in the uk?

Acer Computer - 789.99 USD United States Dollars = 402.923 GBP United Kingdom Pounds

Gateway Computer 949.99 USD United States Dollars = 484.528 GBP United Kingdom Pounds

Also i just noticed Vista is going to be out soon in a matter of days.. so how will this be with that...

These prices were converted using http://www.xe.com/ucc/

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Looking at the Gateway site it gives me links to buy them at tesco.com...

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-8523.aspx

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-5485.aspx

and these are the only ones Tesco have....

Or there is these 2 from Comet

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=353930

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=353949

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Looking at the Gateway site it gives me links to buy them at tesco.com...

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-8523.aspx

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-5485.aspx

and these are the only ones Tesco have....

Or there is these 2 from Comet

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=353930

http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=353949

and i have never ever heard of Staples

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what is your verdict on the 4 computers above???.... if you were making the decisions the computers are all Gateway further to your recomendation :happybday: .

and if you agree on them would there be any changes you would make after getting the computer?

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I have a Mesh computer JMac, I bought it about 5 or 6 years ago, and it is still going strong today, the kids use it now because I bought a second hand one off a mate about a year ago.

I like the fact that you can get a computer built to the specs that you want on their website, which is what I did with mine, I will probably get my next one from them as well.

The after sales service that I received from them was excellent, I used to email them about silly things and always got a reply. I had to call them out once as well, due to a noisy graphics card fan, they were very good and would call back when they said they would. They arranged a date for a guy to come and put a new one in, so I took the morning off work, he turned up when he said he would, and was a really friendly guy.

I can't fault them, but then there will always be people that have trouble with companies and it is only the bad stuff that ever gets posted on the internet.

Off topic but on a similar theme, I am struggling to decide on a website host, I had my heart set on Fasthosts, then I started reading on the internet about the problems that people have had with them, this made me think twice, but then I am sure if I decide on another host, I will research them and read about similar problems.

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Off topic but on a similar theme, I am struggling to decide on a website host, I had my heart set on Fasthosts, then I started reading on the internet about the problems that people have had with them, this made me think twice, but then I am sure if I decide on another host, I will research them and read about similar problems.

Check Zxian's signature. :happybday:

Capman and Tarun thanks for the opinions...

If i bought a Mesh computer it would more than likely be this one

http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?...&KEY=170857

but i would remove the monitor and then add this AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5000+ - Socket AM2 what you think?

Unless you have a good flat panel monitor, I'd get the monitor too. Plus another gig of RAM.

Remember, it's your computer. Something you'll be using for years to come. Customize it to your liking and put in all that you want and can afford. :happybday:

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Been playing around with it and here's what I customized. :happybday:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - Socket AM2[upg £ 40.00]

Memory: 2048MB DDR2 533MHz Memory - (2x 1024MB)[upg £ 100.00]

Sound card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Sound Card (oem)[upg £ 60.00]

Speakers: Creative Labs T6100 - 5.1 Speakers with Subwoofer[upg £ 45.00]

Card reader: External 48-in-1 USB Card Reader[upg £ 10.00]

JANUARY SALE

Delivery: FREE

Total: £ 898.63

Your big choice is what OS you want. Either Vista Home or Business; or you can get Windows XP MCE. I picked Vista Business as I believe it's close to XP Pro, which made a new price of:

£ 957.38

Now, if you don't want to venture down the Vista trail yet; you can choose XP MCE.

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i might stay with Vista Premium... but im going to think it over for a few days... the mesh one with taurns Custom options :) or the AMD one from comet i looked at awhile ago... i will let you know once i have decided...

Reason why im saying that is cause i trust Tarun when it comes to computers :happybday: and ive listened to him ever since ive been a member here... :happybday:

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Don't buy a computer from America, you will have to pay for shipping and technical support will be long-distance and any problems with hardware that needs be replaced will have to be shipped overseas.

Buy your computer in England. But don't buy the computer in some noob store chain that sells TVs, cellphones, radios and dishwashers, etc. Buy from some place that is strictly computers.

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Better to go with a bigger company. Often those mom and pop shops will offer no support, or charge you a lot for any.

Your best bet might be to go with Mesh computers. Who knows, they may have a referral program where you and CaPMan may get a credit/discount.

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Just Been playing on Dell.com... what you think of this...

AMD® Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5600+

OPERATING SYSTEM English Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium

HARDWARE SUPPORT Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only

MONITOR Dell 19" Value Flat Panel (E197FP) - UK/Irish

2048MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x1024] Memory

HARD DRIVE 320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache

OPTICAL DRIVE 16 X DVD +/- RW Drive

GRAPHICS CARD 256MB ATI® Radeon® X1300 Pro graphics card

SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio

KEYBOARD Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Ire (QWERTY)

MOUSE Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black

FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader

I don't need a monitor but it wouldn't give me a option to go without one...

£678.86

Includes VAT & Shipping

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It is so hard to advise someone else when it comes to buying a computer JMac, believe me I have been there. It is easier if someone says "I have £500 pound to spend on a computer, what shall I get?". Because then you can pick out the best that you can find for that amount, but if someone can fluctuate on the amount they are spending then it is very hard to be too definite about what they should get.

I had always heard that Dell's are evil, and that they use custom components, that would mean they have to be sent back to Dell for hardware repairs, how true that actually is, I don't know. I have never actually used a Dell.

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