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    New PC Opinions . . .

    Hi folks,

    Right, my home (ex work) PC has blown its power supply.

    I have some money coming soon, so to spend it wisely :roll: I'm looking for opinions/advice.

    I really, really, really LOVE the mini ITX, Cubit/Shuttle very small PC's.
    Do you think it's worth getting one ?

    It wil be mainly used for getting here, and maybe gaming, not sure.




    cheers peeps !

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    Waste of time and money, IMO, they are nice looking, but the overall size limits the capabilities, even in terms of the processor.

    If you really want a small 'PC' buy a laptop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Waste of time and money, IMO, they are nice looking, but the overall size limits the capabilities, even in terms of the processor.

    If you really want a small 'PC' buy a laptop
    A laptop is even worse. You can't change a lot of things in the laptop. About the only thing you can change is the memory and even that is never normal desktop memory (nearly always special laptop memory designed for that specific model).

    In terms of portability, a laptop is great. but if you are after a small desktop PC then the shuttle is good too. Some of them have slots to take 2 additional cards so you can add extra things.

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    Try Dell PC's, they are fantastic, you can also make one u as you go along, might be a bit on the expensive side, but well worth the money for about £1000 you can get a P4 2.6, 512mb DDR ram, 64/128mb GF4 graphics card, 15"TFT monitor etc. Try them on www.dell.co.uk

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    Build your own to your spec

    I take the point about the laptop, but I've changed both the harddrive and memory in laptops before now. Just about all you would want to change. I know that you can change the processor in a PC, but if you have a mini size case sometimes the restrictions on the case size effectively limit the CPU speed by the cooling capacity of the fans in a restricted space

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    Shuttles aren't too bad now with regards to expansion. Thought of an iMac? I rarely use windows pcs at home now.

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    i would buy an evesham, the components they use are better than dell and for £700 odd you can get a good machine
    www.evesham.com

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    Leave them alone, not worth the money.

    I agree with Steve, build your own mate. I have always built and upgraded my computers myself. If you were not too far away I`d be willing to build it for you, would just charge for the components.

    If you`ve never built one before I`d be willing to help you out.

    Good luck either way.
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    I like the small form PC's too, I recokon if you're using your PC for some only basic day to day stuff then they're a cool option.

    They don't suffer totally in performance... you can get mini- motherboards for Pentium 4's and Athlon 64's now... And while cooling is a problem if you're going to be doing really processor intensive stuff, if you're not then the airflow in the small cases is usually ok.

    If you're going using it for gaming like you suggested you might then I wouldn't bother with the small form... I'd build a monster, the big cases do help with airflow and cooling.

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    I wouldnt go near a branded pc, been there and done that. build my own these days and im no computer engineer, piece of p*ss to do and save yourself hundereds.
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