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Re: Time to buy a new desktop PC, I think. Advice please.
« Reply #18 on: Monday 26 February 18 12:13 GMT (UK) »
All getting a bit too technical for me now! VGA sounds like a new kind of vegetable soup to me; PS2? Dropbox? Mozy?

And why, pray, do you automatically assume - I'm talking to you, Ray! - that I'm an OAP? How very dare you!  Is it cos I's techno-challenged?!! I do like a drink, though.....

I think I shall do what Jane suggested - identify a couple of likely desktops from Which, print them off and take them into the shop with me and see how much it would be to make me a similar machine (is it really no more expensive than buying one off the shelf?) and for them to transfer all my stuff across.

The shop is tucked away in a quiet street - the total opposite of PC World but, as I say, has lots of good local reviews.
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Re: Time to buy a new desktop PC, I think. Advice please.
« Reply #19 on: Monday 26 February 18 12:34 GMT (UK) »
When I transferred stuff from the old computer to the new one, despite having purchased a HDD caddy, I did it using a USB stick (most of my data was already on portable HDDs so there wasn't a great deal to move).  There were a couple of things that I forgot about and needed to do later and yes it is a bit of a pain having to connect the monitor etc to the other computer and back again, but it's do-able.  If you just need a basic monitor to temporarily get you out of a spot, you'll very likely be able to pick one up for free through freecycle/freegle or similar.

The difference in price between the Lenovo I bought and a bespoke one to a slightly higher spec from my local independent computer shop was about £40.  I was pleasantly surprised, like you Jill I'd imagined that built to order means expensive.  I imagine that the cost will to an extent reflect local labour rates.  If you live in the home counties you may find more of a difference.  But it rather highlights the massive profits that the big manufacturers, with their economies of scale and overseas workforces, must be making.

Jane :-)

ps I "gutted" the old desktop yesterday and its HDD is at last in the caddy bought for the job!
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Re: Time to buy a new desktop PC, I think. Advice please.
« Reply #20 on: Monday 26 February 18 12:36 GMT (UK) »
Hi

No, it's just that the OAP ones tend to be FREE?

Apologies if I've caused offence.

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Re: Time to buy a new desktop PC, I think. Advice please.
« Reply #21 on: Monday 26 February 18 12:40 GMT (UK) »
Hi

No, it's just that the OAP ones tend to be FREE?

Apologies if I've caused offence.

Ray

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