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JamesC

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Computer purchase advice
« on: 31 December, 2018, 12:53:01 pm »
Hi all.
I’m looking to buy a new laptop soon. I want something nice and light weight but it doesn’t need to be particularly powerful. It’ll be used for basic officey stuff but I don’t think a Chromebook would be good as my girlfriend will also use it and does lots of work in areas without unreliable internet connectivity.
I don’t want to spend too much and don’t want something preloaded with lots of crap (MacAffee and all that rubbish) or for it to have a version of windows installed that it can barely cope with (as seems to be the case with my parent’s laptop).
Can anyone recommend a place to buy a decent, reliable computer for a good price?
Thanks.

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Re: Computer purchase advice
« Reply #1 on: 31 December, 2018, 02:15:33 pm »
I was recommended the Dell outlet, and would do so for all you here.

The machines are all guaranteed and come from Dell. Some have superficial damage.

If you're not in a rush, they release codes every few weeks that give a hefty discount on their machines and make them super, super reasonable.

I got an Alienware gaming laptop with loads of bells and whistles - RRP £2000 - for £900. The same level of discount applies to all their models.

You do need a code though. The one I got had a dent in its case and was reduced to £1200. I then got a code for another 25% off.

Snidely, they show prices ex-VAT on their site, so you do need to be careful.
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Re: Computer purchase advice
« Reply #2 on: 31 December, 2018, 10:31:34 pm »
Local cheese shop is always good. And you get a free mouse.
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Re: Computer purchase advice
« Reply #3 on: 25 January, 2019, 08:46:12 pm »
Holy crap an Alienware for £900!?

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Re: Computer purchase advice
« Reply #4 on: 26 January, 2019, 10:05:09 am »
Yup. And with a 1070, SSD and 32Meg

Bit of patience, and waiting for a double discount - which the outlet does every few months.
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Re: Computer purchase advice
« Reply #5 on: 29 January, 2019, 11:32:03 am »
Wow. A 1070 alone...

I mean still way outside my price range, hence my frankenstein of parts being a modular upgrade every time (Got a 580 so for the first time at the top of the graphics range) but boy. Definitely something to keep in mind.

[Sorry to not offer advice James, I only do Desktops as you can modify them without ruining the circuitboards through cackhandedness]