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I'm looking for a box for a client cost <= 400GBP
I'd be interested in (preferably) personal recommendations backed up by good web-based stats/specs
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Your Specs are way too vague. What is the PC going to be used for, what does the client expect?

Generally I think Dell has some of the best value for the bucks in terms of quality, user-support and price, so just go to the Dell site and set something up that fits your client's needs. Just don't get Acer or Sony (sony would probably also bee too expensive anyway), and also HP seems to be getting worse.
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For that price I would go for Dell Inspiron 660

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=d006608&model_id=inspiron-660&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

The link.

Why? For this price you're not going to buy a really big pc. This has an i3 of the 2nd generation which are great processors. Also 4GB RAM is good enough.

If you may configure the desktop yourself. You would have a lot more for this price.
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The pc would be for general office use. Little or no gaming, nor other graphics-intensive usage.
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If you may configure the desktop yourself. You would have a lot more for this price.

Do you mean 'configure' as in use Dell's online wizard?

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No I mean, build your own PC. Example in Great Britain:

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/build-your-own-pc/

You can choose whatever you want in your pc. It's cheaper then buying something from Dell, HP, ... .
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I think for that usage you don't need to look for anything special. Any out of the Box PC will be suitable. Maybe you could consider getting it without OS (Dell sometimes allows for that), and then you could install an easy to use Linux Distro, like Linux Mint, which can be used for all the requirements you posted and is free. If you do have to go the m$ OS way, I wouldn't get something with Windows 8 (it is shortly to be released, so may be an option already), but rather Windows 7, which is far superior. Also get a 64 bit version, as with that you are better set for future updates.

I think the other poster meant to build your own PC, but in my opinion that will be far more expensive. Parts only get cheaper if you buy them in bulk, and then you still haven't counted your time, and if you need an m$ OS, that will still be missing...

Building PC's is usually only an option if you do it for yourself or if the client needs something special with really high end parts which he will also be paying for.
Here is a few for under £400 all good specs and good makes.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/desktop-pcs/706_7021_70021_xx_BA00002936-BV00196138/xx-400-criteria.html

The  ASUS Essentio CM6730-UK006O Desktop PC i have set a few of theses up and the seem good machines for the money. That is what i would be getting if i had your budget.

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That is what i would be getting if i had your budget.

Not from PC World you wouldn't - they're out of stock ;) Thanks for flagging that though
Ah yes your right. wait until they come back in i think its a very good spec for the money and the others on the page are good also.
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You might be amused to know that i somehow managed to get PCW/Curry's last one in the country - a display model.
Well done. I hope you got a nice discount for a display model :-)

Glad I could be of help.
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Not negotiated yet ;) The client will do that.

Update: an emphatic 'no discount' :(

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