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Old 11-30-2003, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question damsel in distress

hello!!!

may names brittany long

and i need help in buying a pc
so pretty please can you help me

i live in the u.k
and i want to know if i should buy this pc

any information welcome!!!!


TARGA VISIONARY XP 3000+

AMD ATHALON XP 3000+

512 DDR RAM

160GB HARD DRIVE

ASUS A7N8X-REV 2.0 MOTHERBOARD

128 RADEON 9600 PRO GRAPHICS CARD

DVD RW

CD RW

7 IN 1 CARD READER

CAN WATCH T.V AND LISTEN TO RADIO ON IT

CAN RECORD FROM VIDEO ONTO DVD

you can find more details here

http://www.lidl.co.uk/gb/index.nsf/p...ary_PC_XP_3000

its up for £899

please
pretty please
with icing on top

HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-01-2003, 01:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think its like 1100 US bucks...doesnt look bad for a prebuilt PC.
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Old 12-01-2003, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thank you for helping

but the main thing im worried about is the company

as its a prebuilt pc are there any alternatives i should look at?

does anyone know whether these targa pcs are reliable

thank you
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Old 12-01-2003, 07:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you know much about PC's? If you know an average amount about PC's you could build that system yourself for half the price (well perhaps not half but a LOT cheaper). All you need to know is how to screw screws into stuff, plug wire plugs into sockets etc. Its really quite simple and you can get a lot of help on here and lots of tutorials on the internet.

PC building isn't for everyone but you will save lots of money (though you will only be left with individual parts warrantys not a warranty for the whole machine)

Something to think about

Good luck.
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PS. Hard luck on living in the UK! I'm in Preston Lancashire (up north) its like nearly 1pm and its so grey and dark and wet
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Old 12-01-2003, 08:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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mouse5150

thanks for the tip

however there is absolutely no way i could build a pc

trust me
and dont start with that self confidence talk
because trust me there is no way i could build a pc

what do you think though for a prebuilt one is it worth it?

do you know anything about TARGA?????????????

p.s

its about one o clock now
its so grey and its also raining
at least i can communicate over the internet
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Old 12-01-2003, 08:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Lol. i aint gonna get into a self-confidence speech, I personally enjoyed building my new PC cos of the acheivement side of it but if it's not your cup of tea then dont worry!

As for the pre-built PC I think it may be a bit pricey although i have never owned a pre built machine so I cant honestly say. I have also never heard of this TARGA brand so I may be wary of buying it.

My recommendations:

1) Go out and buy the latest copy of PC PRO, it'll cost you £3.50 and it has reviews on some £699, £999 and £1500 PC's in there as a Xmas special, they are mail-order and they will tell you truthfully what they are like. (try other mags too, i said PC PRO as i have it here but there are others). £699 plus VAT works out at £820 so they will be in your price range, you can get fancy TFT's graphics cards and all-sorts of bells and whistles included.

2) Try and find a local PC builiding shop. I have a couple here in Preston, you can custom build your own PC with all the parts YOU want and they will build it for a relatively small labour charge.

3) Do some Google.co.uk searches for custom PC's, pre-built PC's etc etc and just do some research. I'm sure with a little bit of research you will find a better deal than what you have got there.



Please note also that i think that PC you listed doesn't come with a monitor? So that will be extra, it may not include VAT either as i dont think it says.

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Also i dont think that Lidl is a specialised PC store is it? So it wont be the best place to buy a PC from, its like buying a Deck Chair from ASDA, they wont have them as cheap as say a Garden Centre (if you get what i mean)
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Old 12-01-2003, 09:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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mouse5150

thanks


i had a built pc before, but it kept having small problems like
keyboard error
virtual memory too low
just switch off
couldnt play anythin like music videos just wouldnt download
perform disk check then the mouse and the keyboard wouldnt work

to name a few

thats why wanted to buy a prebuilt one


now to answer your queries

it doesnt have a monitor
lidl is kind of a chainstore like kwiksave

i dont know if it includes vat

how will that effect i??

its still grey here any better there yet
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Old 12-01-2003, 09:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Here it is pouring down with rain and its as dark now at 2.45pm as it would have been at about 6pm in summer truly crappy weather, i hate winter, on top of all that i have to ride home on my bike now

As for your comments, I think buying a PC from a Kwiksave type place isn't the best idea really, like i said its like buying say a motorbike from a supermarket rather than a motorbike shop (exaggeration but you get the ieda) there is just no-one there to help you etc, if it goes wrong you'll have to return it base costing you postage.

Also, becuase it doesn't have a monitor you'll have to buy a mnitor on top of that costing around £200ish for a TFT, less for the older CRT type. And if it doesn't include VAT then you will obviously have to add 17.5% of £899 to that price (although i think that price probably will include VAT because of the kind of shop it is) just look out for it if you buy from somewhere else, if they advertise at £699 ex vat that works out as £820 inc VAT! A big difference.

Follow the advice i said in my earlier post. Post back with any questions.

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(by the way whereabouts in UK are you?)
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Old 12-01-2003, 10:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
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im from birmingham
its crap weather here to cant wait for the sun

*offkey*
singing in the rain............

how old are you??!?


i just found out that vat is already included
the price is the same

i already have a monitor


i have found a website

could you please please take a look


http://www.targa.co.uk

opinions still the same?
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