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Hello Experts,

I'm going to purchase a new desktop pc tomorrow.

I would like to carry out some research on the best pc for my requirements. I need a PC running Windows 10. It will not be used for gaming. Can someone please provide some advice on best PC to purchase?

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Carlton
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I got a Lenovo M73 last December with top end i5 , 8 GB memory , 1 TB hard drive , Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and a five year warranty. Works great and I can easily recommend it to you.
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What will it be used for?  If it's surfing, doing finances, sending email, etc...look in your paper for the flyers and get one that fits your budget.

You may want to get an extended warranty as well.

I've not really seen one of the major brands be better than another.  When it comes down to it, IMO, all the parts ultimately come from the same place anyways and the companies slap their name on a box.

Look for price, and how easy it is to get it serviced if needed.
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by:John Hurst
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Be wary about low prices . These will be consumer models with cheaper parts and shorter lifespans . I always use the commercial models in any lineup. They last longer. With Windows 10 that is definitely a consideration
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I second John's suggestion.   I've had great experiences with Lenovo, also Sony.

I'd avoid Dell and HP (based on bad experiences with their systems and support).
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by:Edward Pamias
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I work for IBM so of course, I choose Lenovo. They work and work hard. We have some units out there lasting more than 5 years. We refresh machines after 4 but some people get attached so they keep the old ones.
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by:Edward Pamias
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If you go with the ThinkPad models the support is located in the US, at 1800-IBM SERV. Great support and short wait times for assistance.
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Guys

Thanks for responding.

The PC will generally be used for surfing, watching movies.

So, are you generally agreed on the Lenovo M73?

Cheers
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For the requirements you posted, you can get just about any PC. All PC's sold today will come with Windows 10. Get the cheapest PC you can find! That is the best one for those requirements you posted. otherwise you should really tell us some more details about what you will expect of your new PC.
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just for surfing and watching movies, the cheapest PC will still be able to do the job nicely.
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by:John Hurst
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When new, the very cheapest machine will work fine. Figure out how long you wish it to last.
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It doesn't have to last long. It'll still be cheaper to buy another cheap new PC in 2 Years than an expensive one now. In two years it will probably beat the expensive PC you buy now in terms of performance anyway. Besides that, also cheap PC's can last very long. They use the same disks, RAM, CPU's etc as expensive CPU's normally do. Any current PC will have no problems at all with surfing the Web or with viewing videos at all, and that won't change in the future either.
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by:Michael-Best
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Any decktop PC running Win 10 has enough spec. for your requirements,
Buy cheap now and consider an upgrade after a few years.
PC's will last 5+ years if not subject to shock and / or overheating, so choose a good place for it's location.
"desktop" is a misleading name as you do not have to place the case on top of a desk which is usually subject to vibration and shock from staplers, hole punches, etc.
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by:nobus
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i found the quality of all pc's is good- to very good
the big differences are mostly gone
i suggest to look for a pc that not only has the hardware needed - but also offers the software  you want - many offer only trial software, eg for office, so look into that as well
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Guys

Thanks for all of your advice.

Based on the suggestions here, I purchased the LENOVO H30 Desktop PC

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/desktop-pcs/desktop-pcs/lenovo-h30-desktop-pc-10141860-pdt.html

What do you think?

Cheers
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by:John Hurst
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I took a look at the specs and it looks fine. It comes with Windows 10 (no other description) so it is Windows 10 Home.

Memory is fine and hard drive is fine.

It should work well for you.
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yes, it will handle all your tasks
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It's not bad, by any means as a base unit.  The keyboard looks like a space-saver version with non-standard layouts for the PgUp PgDown keys, etc, and also a half-height Enter key which could be annoying.  Easily fixed by buying a new keyboard of your choice.

You might want to **hear** the DVD drive running, as sometimes cheaper ones can be noisy and distracting if you're watching films on it.  You may also want to get some decent speakers/screen if this is the main function.  

Don't bother with their "cheap" McAfee package.  Download the free BitDefender antivirus instead, or get their paid package for about £20, or even look at Kaspersky's on Amazon where you can get triple packs for £12.  

Will you be installing Office to it - a new version, or do you have it elsewhere already?
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by:Michael-Best
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You do not need to buy or install any  third party antivirus software, as win. 10 comes with win. essentials antivirus free for 6 mths trial, then you can switch to free cloud based antivirus soft. such as "Panda" which I have used without infection for 7 or so yrs.
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The built in AV of Windows isn't the best, and lately it's detection rates have lost more grond against most other AV tools, So I wouldn't recommend it. Panda free is a lot better.
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Thanks to you all. Cheers
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