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New Desktop for £400-500 (buy not build)

Discussion in 'Desktops' started by beedj, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. beedj

    beedj Member

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    Hi, I need a new desktop for normal home use + occasional basic camcorder video editing (AVCHD). No gaming requirement. I guess the video editing will be most demanding use, but I'll be happy with a PC that will cope adequately rather than being super-fast given it is occasional.

    I only need system unit / don't need any peripherals; and I haven't got time/knowledge/interest to build from components - so I'm looking for something off-the-shelf or configured online.

    Prefer to spend c.£400 but could stretch to £500 if necessary to get me something that will handle the video editing. Is this realistic?

    Looking at the vendors that typically are recommended on here, these seem to be likely options:
    NEW! Fabro i5 2400 - Multimedia PCs - Dino PC Ltd
    3XS - Scan V15 System
    PCSPECIALIST - Editing V400 PC, Configure Your Own PC, Configure PC, Design Your Own PC

    Any comments on these or other options welcome!
    Thanks
  2. shadowboxer

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    Either of the first two look pretty good. The i5-2400 is miles quicker than the AMD A6-3500. The extra 4GB of RAM from the Dino PC one will help with video editing in particular and both will be more than fine for day-to-day tasks. Not sure about Dino PC as a company and quite a few people have reported problems with Scan customer services, in particular returns.

    How about this one from Aria, no copy of Windows included though.

    Gladiator Logic 2300 Quad-Core BusinessPC £399.95 inc VAT.

  3. LJx

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    the one from Dino appears to be a very good deal considering it has Windows with it, the case and PSU are no doubt worse than the other one but considering the price difference it is good value
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    I'm also looking at getting a new desktop myself and have decided to get one from Chillblast, just not sure which one yet.

    I hadn't heard of them until i saw they'd won loads of awards from magazines and internet review sites for their various systems. Then did some digging on the company and they get really positive feedback. They have loads of systems available, which you can customise slightly if you wish and their prices seem very good compared to other places.

    Check their link:

    Chillblast
  5. beedj

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    Thanks but from what I can see I'd only be getting an i3 processor for similar £'s at chiliblast
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    processing power doesn't really matter if video editing is going to be the main workload. Because it's a post-processing task, the only difference a faster processor will make is that it will decrease the time it takes to edit the video, which will be most likely negligible.

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