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Not Political Correctness - Personal Computers.

I need to replace my desktop HP PC that used to belong to my late mum that is now so s-l-o-w. I think it's now a decade old. Could do with one with a decent processor like a Ryzen 5 or something similar I fancy doing a bit of gaming. Doesn't need to be a gaming PC

I thought I should ask on here as there are quite a few IT experts on here. What are the best options? Thanks. :)

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I'm not an expert. I do like to buy gaming PCs for work purposes. the last one I put on the books as a business expense. Well I was doing computer graphics, and I needed a good screen.

However, most solid business machines like Dell or Lenovo are often available refurbished for a reaonable amount.

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Have you considered buying a custom one? I tend to use PC Specialist (Pc.co.uk) and choose one exactly to my liking. You said you want a Ryzen, check out geekbench for each CPU (or similar website) to see which processor offers the best bang for your buck. When I did a comparison of some i7 iteration vs Ryzen 5, the i7 won hands down and was cheaper too. Weird.

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Been following this for a while. PC component prices all through the roof at the moment with graphics cards especially being up to twice their RRP of a year ago. Global chip shortage and other supply issues as well as people upgrading during covered x has meant it's not an attractive proposition at the moment. Worth looking up a YouTube channel called Linus tech tips for some insider stuff. He's based in Canada but the principles apply in UK.

Also worth knowing that pre built machines such as Dell and Lenovo for example may have custom parts such as motherboard or power supply which means you can't upgrade them if you want to change something important like a graphics card or CPU.

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What budget?

Quickest advice is to follow sarden84's Profile (hotukdeals.com) and see what he posts as a good a deal as you will find anywhere else.

If you don't want to game immediately something like a ryzen 5600G / 5700G comes with built in graphics that will be good enough in the short term. 

Then it's a matter of what you want and how much you are willing to spend. I'm typing this on watercooled 5950X with a 3090 graphics card but that's because I do AI work and can justify it. 

 

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On 17/11/2021 at 18:23, UmBongo said:

Cheers for the replies. :) Budget is about £750.

Sorry for not coming back to this topic. Forgot. 

£750 won't at the moment get you a computer with a video card. Go for AWD Ryzen 5 5600G Volt with AMD VEGA Graphics PC for Gaming (awd-it.co.uk) 

 

Upgrade the primary storage to the SN550 1tb for £47

And get a windows license key from ebay for £5,

Total cost is £541.91

(the 5700G is £140 more which isn't worth it).

Then start saving for a video card as and when that markets returns to vague sanity.

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Not subbed to many PC/Hardware channels, but like this one. He reviews lots of older cards but this one popped up yesterday, if in a tight budget (or waiting for better prices on higher end gaming card) then for just over £100 this seems to do a respectable job.

 

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@UmBongofollowing eek's advice for hotukdeals link I came across this which looks like a great bargain....new cpu to me, choose the Ryzen 5 Pro 3350G - double check for gaming but there's plenty of performance in the cpu alone....

you can get away with built in graphics probs, check the geeks on youtube...

starting price £300!!!!!

https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-seven-amd-ryzen-3200g-4.0ghz-quad-core-pc-for-gaming-cit-seven-rainbow-rgb-case.html

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14 hours ago, nirvana said:

@UmBongofollowing eek's advice for hotukdeals link I came across this which looks like a great bargain....new cpu to me, choose the Ryzen 5 Pro 3350G - double check for gaming but there's plenty of performance in the cpu alone....

you can get away with built in graphics probs, check the geeks on youtube...

starting price £300!!!!!

https://www.awd-it.co.uk/awd-seven-amd-ryzen-3200g-4.0ghz-quad-core-pc-for-gaming-cit-seven-rainbow-rgb-case.html

It's an older CPU but with 16gb of RAM and NVME storage it will do.

Price is £381.97 once you upgrade those items. 

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