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Dell XPS 8300
Dell XPS 8300

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

PC Advisor were quite taken aback by the confident arrival of the Dell XPS 8300 in such a low price-bracket. It comes with plenty of storage space, and lots of network and other connectivity options. …

3 reviews

 

Advent DT1308

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

The Advent DT1308 is a strikingly powerful and quick processor. It operates adequately within certain limitations but it's not capable of more demanding tasks. Micro Mart were disappointed by …

3 reviews

 

Dell Vostro 460
Dell Vostro 460

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

The folks at IT Reviews found the Vostro 460 to be a great workhorse that's well suited for design projects or small business use. They especially liked how compactly and neatly built this …

3 reviews

 

 
Ultra TritonGT
CyberPower Ultra Triton GT

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

The Ultra Triton GT from CyberPower has a slower processor than you would expect from an Intel based computer at this price point. This impacts on gaming as it's comparatively slower than other

1 review

 

More information at: PC Pro, 2/2012 CyberPower UItra Triton GT The Ultra Triton GT from CyberPower has an AMD processor that is combined with a graphics core in the same pack. How does it fare? … to review

Dell Vostro 460 (Core i5-2500, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)
Dell Vostro 460 (Core i5-2500, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

3 reviews

 

Vostro 260 MT (D082620)
Dell Vostro 260 MT (Core i5-2400, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

Gamers should definitely stay away from the Vostro 260 MT, but most other users will find it to be a very well-balanced, well-priced offering that does what it says on the tin and does it well …

1 review

 

Chillblast Fusion Whisper

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

Micro Mart found the Chillblast Fusion Whisper a very pleasant machine to use and considered the price to be reasonable for the default configuration, although there are plenty of options for …

2 reviews

 

Item Audio DAT 1 USB Silverstone Edition

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

The impressive size and convoluted setup of the DAT 1 USB Silverstone Edition are a small price to pay for its huge versatility and customization potential, say Hi-Fi World. The quality of its

1 review

 

More information at: Hi-Fi World, issue December 2011 Quiet Life The main problems with using a PC as an audio source are noise and radio interference from its components. The DAT 1 USB Silverstone Edition is designed to minimise these annoyances. … to review

Chillblast Fusion Tranquillity

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

A range of low-noise components housed in a noise-absorbing Fractal Design R3 case ensure that the Chillblast Fusion Tranquility is just about inaudible, according to IT Reviews. For those who enjoy …

2 reviews

 

Yoyotech AMD Dragon F-58

Office PC; Number of processor cores: 6

Being future-proof may not be at the top of the Dragon F-58's agenda, but providing a solid value for the money certainly is, says PC Format, who find that despite its shortcomings, it still …

2 reviews

 

 
Akoya P5704 D (MD7712)
Medion Akoya P5704 (MD7712)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

Although marketed as a gaming PC, the Medion Akoya P5704 graphics card probably won't meet most gamers' expectations. For less choosy gamers, this may be a good choice as it offers basic

1 review

 

More information at: PC Advisor, 9/2011 Medion Akoya P5704 D The Medion Akoya P5704 is a gaming PC thats high price puts it in competition with top-class PC systems. … to review

Inspiron 620s slim (Core i3-2120M, 1TB, 4096MB RAM)
Dell Inspiron 620s (Core i3-2120M, 1TB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

The Dell Inspiron 620s consists of an 18.5inch monitor, a USB keyboard, an MS111 USB optical mouse and a slim tower cabinet. Despite the small form, there's lots of space inside the tower and …

1 review

 

eMachines ET 1850 (PT.NBNE2.044)
Acer eMachines ET1850 (PT.NBNE2.044)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

The eMachines ET1850 is a budget friendly tower PC which, though a little flimsy, is very quiet. ExpertReviews say the own brand motherboard and Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor are quite modest but …

1 review

 

Dell Optiplex 790 (Intel Core i5-2400S, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)
Dell Optiplex 790 (Intel Core i5-2400S, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

1 review

 

Dell Optiplex 790
Dell Optiplex 790

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

Although the dinky size of the Optiplex 790's chassis means that there isn't much room for expansion or upgrades, it's easy to get to its internals should you need it. It also means …

1 review

 

Utopian Value X-2 (AMD Athlon X2, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)
Utopia Computers Utopian Value X2 (AMD Athlon X2, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

It certainly isn't the speediest PC in the world, but Utopia's Value X2 is a reasonable decent performer, especially considering its bargain basement price of only £260, which led Micro

1 review

 

More information at: Micro Mart, issue 1172 (25-31 August 2011) Utopian Value X2 Scotland-based Utopia Computers are specialists in putting together amazingly low-priced desktop PCs, and are now expanding their offer to the whole of the UK. … to review

Dell Optiplex 990 (Intel vPro)
Dell Optiplex 990 (Intel vPro)

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M91p USFF (Core i5-2400, 500GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

It lacks integrated WiFi and sports a DVD drive instead of Blu-ray, but the ThinkCentre M91p is nonetheless a very interesting proposition thanks to its affordable price, slim case and powerful …

1 review

 

HP Compaq 4000 Pro SFF (Pentium E3400, 500GB, 2048MB RAM)
HP Compaq 4000 Pro SFF (Pentium E3400, 500GB, 2048MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

As is the case with most PCs in this price bracket, the HP Compaq 4000 Pro SFF's chassis is rather plain and lacks any particular features; yet, considering how much it costs, it offers some …

1 review

 

Compaq 8200 Elite Ultra-Slim (Core i5-2500S, 250GB, 4096MB RAM)
HP Compaq 8200 Elite (Core i5-2500S, 250GB, 4096MB RAM)

Office PC; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

1 review

 

 

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Cyberpower Gamer Infinity NUS400 desktop computer Computer act!ve 9/2008 - Cheap laptops are good but their lack of power invariably limits their versatility. With a desktop system on the other hand, you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

Palicomp Core i3 Blast 530OC44 PC Pro 8/2010 - Intel's Core i3 processor has single-handedly raised expectations for budget PC performance to a level unrecognisable just a year ago. Having become the go-to chip for manufacturers, we're seeing more and more effort being put into overclocking as a way of adding value, culminating in this: the £425 exc VAT Palicomp's Core i3 Blast 530OC44, a PC that grabs that level, straps a rocket to it and fires it into the stratosphere.

Cranberry SC20 Smart Client PC Pro 6/2008 - A Smart Client is a machine in between a thin- and a fat- client in that it offers enough power to run programs locally yet takes up about as much room as a ham sandwich.

HP xw4600 workstation PC Pro 5/2008 - On paper, HP's latest entry-level workstation barely qualifies as a "workstation", at least as far as hardware is concerned. There's no Xeon processor - not even a high-end quad-core desktop chip.

HP dc7800 desktop PC PC Advisor 3/2008 - Long gone are the days when PCs were dull, gray towers.While performance is still the most important factor, design and style have become increasingly important, as has form factor and size. Hewlett-Packard seeks to address the enterprise need for big performance in a smaller package with its HP dc7800 line of PCs which includes three models: an ultra slim model, a small form factor model and a desktop model.

HP Pavilion Slimline s3150.uk Computer Buyer & Upgrades 11/2007 - Glance aronud any computer shop and you might think a PC needs to be the size of a small car, preferably with fog lamps and tinted windows. We disagree. A PC should be something that could live in your front room without drawing horified gasps from visitors, and shouldn't drown out conversation and passing busses with the roar of its cooling fans. So it's lucky we have companies like HP to make tiny, sleek computers that simply work. To give you some idea how small these Slimline PCs are, HP has a range of external hard disks that are the same size.

Commodore XX gaming PC Personal Computer World 7/2007 - Commodore is back, reborn as a Dutch entity that makes traditional Windows PCs instead of its own designs. The focus remains on gaming, and we've got the new company's top-end system, the XX, in for test.

Apple's eight-core Mac Pro PC Advisor 4/2007 - Arriving with little fanfare, Apple's latest Mac computer bears two brand new, ultra-fast Xeon processors that aren't available anywhere else. It also ships at a cost much lower than equivalent Windows workstations although it will still be too pricey for most designers, illustrators and motion graphics artists.

ClearCube PC Blade System PC Pro 5/2006 - The argument for thin clients over fat clients has always been their ability to reduce running costs and support demands (see issue 138, p174 for our in-depth feature on blades). Centralising services and applications removes the need to place a PC on every desk. However, there are myriad environments where this isn't practical. So ClearCube offers a smart halfway house that allows you to centralise PCs but provide full access to all your users. Review details: Single Test. The following criteria were taken into account: performance, features & design and value for money.

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If you are upgrading your system buying just the computer base unit is a great way to save money and some of those treasured accessories you have built up over the lifespan of your current computer.


A base unit will provide you with the heart of the set-up, leaving the choice of monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse up to you. The benefits of this are that your old input devices and screen can simply be plugged straight back into the new system and can often be of better quality than many of the budget devices that system builders bundle with their packages on all but the most high-end models.

When buying just the base unit it is thus possible to bump up the specs by offsetting the cost of extras. Nowadays 2GB of RAM is a must, most systems only come with 1GB or even as low as 512MB, which is simply not enough to run software such as Windows Vista or a video editing suite. Also look out for a large hard drive as this will allow you to store more data, leaving you free to go wild on iTunes (other online music stores are available) and still have enough space for the 1000 holiday snaps you shot in Cancun to document the cultural legacy of the Aztec civilisation on modern day dance-hall architecture and costume.

A dual-core processor is a must for any new system, allowing for higher efficiency when multitasking and also providing some much needed relief in terms of heat-production and power consumption, offering, in result, lower electricity bills and an all-round eco-friendlier system.

The minimum outlay for a new computer base system will be around the three hundred pound mark. Granted this will not include a monitor, which will add a further hundred pounds onto the price, but the flexibility of being able to choose you own accessories means that you could end up with a better system for only a small price premium.