I'm getting a new PC & don't know where to start!

turtle trader

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I'm feeling a bit lost down here in Techies Corner - i'm so untechnical that the plug for my speakers is currently sitting on top of the box 'thingy' cos I can't face all those wires round the back!

Anyway, as you might have picked up from the title, it's time to face my fears & get myself a new computer. I'm exagerating my technical inadaquacies(?) a bit, but not by much, and am hoping for a few pointers before I take up the offer on a 'nearly new' ZX Spectrum that I saw in the local paper (just kidding).

I'm talking basics here, like what sort of spec & software should I be asking for? Should I get security (firewall/anti virus) fitted by the supplier?Is it best to go to someone like Dell, or find a local dealer who may be able to help me out when I get stuck? - there's one v. close who seems quite good (nice looking shopfront anyway). Am I asking the wrong questions entirely?

I remember seeing an article on the internet about precisely this subject and was convinced i'd saved it somewhere, but now the time has come I can't find it, so if anyone can help i'd be grateful

thanks in advance

Turtle
 

wheezergeezer

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think about what do you want from your pc, will it be primarly used for trading,ie. business use or games? if you have a half desent pc store close/local shop by do they provide good support and back up, unlike some big name companys who will give you a few minutes and then charge you £1 per minute or cut you off mid stream, or you could be talking to someone in India ?you do not need top of the range spec. unless its a server running a company, ie. top of the range,merc/bmw or equally good new skoda,not as good a ride, but very reliable, you pays your money you takes your choice! with windows xp you will get a firewall free included in the o/s software, you can download free antivirus, I strongly recommend you have a virus guard, plus broadband as minimum,(asdl), 60GB hard disk drive, think what do you want the pc to do, before you buy, I hope this has been of some help
 

wheezergeezer

Well-known member
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think about what do you want from your pc, will it be primarly used for trading,ie. business use or games? if you have a half desent pc store close/local shop by do they provide good support and back up, unlike some big name companys who will give you a few minutes and then charge you £1 per minute or cut you off mid stream, or you could be talking to someone in India ?you do not need top of the range spec. unless its a server running a company, ie. top of the range,merc/bmw or equally good new skoda,not as good a ride, but very reliable, you pays your money you takes your choice! with windows xp you will get a firewall free included in the o/s software, you can download free antivirus, I strongly recommend you have a virus guard, plus broadband as minimum,(asdl), 60GB hard disk drive, think what do you want the pc to do, before you buy, I hope this has been of some help
 

Newtron Bomb

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Have a look in the papers to see what the latest deals and specifications are on offer and see if someone like dell can match whats on offer.

If you go for one out of the papers or a shop make sure yours will be built to order as off the shelf could be 6 month old.

Chartman very kindly gave me some help and advice for a duel monitor set up (thanks again ;) )

Regards
NB
 

bonsai

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dont do it turtle , its addictive.

when you have one, you want another and another.

make sure you have enough electrical sockets.

lol
 

turtle trader

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Thanks Chyna & NB - it will be used primarily for trading & will have dual monitors, so if you have that advice to hand it might well help. I do have broadband, but my current PC is getting so slow it's wasted.

I've just been & given the local shop a copy of Trader mag with an article on the subject by Alpesh Patel - they're going to put a spec together, so I guess once i've got that I can speak to Dell & compare.

Bonsai, I don't think i'll want any more PCs but am already starting to think of all the gadgets I can add on - expect further threads about which trading software I should get, what's the best digital camera, which webcam I should get etc. Oh & there's a picture of an 8 monitor setup in the picture gallery which looks pretty cool!

Turtle
 
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oatman

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Believe me, don't let an "expert" or friend build you one. I've just got mine running straight after 18months of problems. A bad RAM stick from day one. You can't get support if the nice man doesn't want to leave his shop or goes on 6weeks holiday to Oz. I know more about the tech side now but I'll leave that to the experts here. But what I would say is have a look at Dell online you can configure your own system. PLUS you can get 3years on site next business day warranty.
The last thing you want is some clown telling you to put it all back in the box and bring it back!
Happy hunting.
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx?c=uk&id=dimen&l=en&s=dhs
 

Bigbusiness

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I built one once and that was fun. Not as hard as it seems. I couldn't put a tape player in my car but manged to build a PC with no problems. Try and find other people who have used the local shop. Some are good but I had a very bad experience with mine.

My latest PC came from here http://www.evesham.com/ . Might be worth comparing them with Dell. The Dell price looks good until you add on all the extras.
 

wysinawyg

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Post the spec up on here before you do anything to make sure you're not getting gouged!

Important things I would want for a primarily dual monitor trading system:

P4
512MB Ram (preferably 1024MB if opening lots of windows)
10/100 network capability (preferably on motherboard) for the broadband connection to go in (see below)

Graphics, I'd be tempted to go with a relatively cheap dual head Radeon or GeForce card, although I haven't seen the quality from doing that (as I don't yet have the second screen) so couldn't say if moving to a Matrox or similar would be worthwhile.

Especially if you've got broadband I'd handle the firewall aspects with a proper stand alone router/firewall rather than using a USB modem and software firewall. It will be faster and more secure.

wysi
 

turtle trader

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Thanks wysi - i'm hoping to get the spec tomoro - will post it then.

(I've only just noticed what wysinawyg stands for - all I could come up with before was 'what you see is not a misspelt hair piece')
 

Rognvald

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I have had both Pentium and AMD machines from Evesham. The AMD machine threw a wobbler almost immediately and Evesham replaced motherboard with no quibbles wihin 24 hrs. Both are still running - one with an upgraded processor (my work) and the other with a new motherboard and processor - memory on both upgraded also.
Evesham are not the cheapest but they use quality components and you know exactly what is inside the machine you have paid for. I wouldn't go past them. They have just been voted supplier of the year by readers of PC World magazine (not the shop!).
Matrox produce excellent 2 monitor cards - I use G400 & G550 -not expensive for what they do.
Its worth spending money on the monitors and if you are prepared to use CRT there are some excellent bargains to be had just now as they are going out of fashion - Mitsubishi are vg and will last for years
 
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reddragon

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Hi all,
Somebody recommended this W/site a few months ago

www.thepcshopuk.com

they seem to build using quality components and when i get
the money to replace my present antique (5yr old) P2 system
they'll be top of my list with MESH 2nd choice.
Reddragon.
 

bonsai

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oatman
my first machine was a ZX80 with CP/M

you guys are just spoiled, you know that ?

good way to learn machine code though.

still like a bit of peek and poke every now and then.
(or Push and Pop)

lol
 
 
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