In think that he needs to consider what the computer will be used for in
possibly 5 years. It is not only games that require power, but also
operating systems and applications continue to get heavier. I made this
mistake when I bought my laptop in 2000; that's my fifty cents to your
"Cheeky" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> A friend of mine has asked me for some hints:
> He's been given a £600 Dixons/PC World voucher by his insurance
> company to replace a computer nicked during a burglary. I already
> asked if he could tell them to give him cash instead but they said no
> What he needs is something he can play games like Championship Manager
> and Command and Conquer on and that's about it - he doesn't need any
> heavy-duty graphics processing capabilities etc..... He needs a
> monitor and sound and a CD writer (although it seems that it's now DVD
> writers as standard - I'm sure he won't complain!).
> I've had a quick scoot around the PCW site but am unsure about whether
> it's worth looking at the emachines brands or just sticking with
> Compaq/HP. Can anyone offer any advice?
> (PS - £600 isn't the upper limit - he reckons he can stretch to
> another £300 on top but I'm trying to ensure he gets something he
> needs rather than something super-flash the drones will try to sell
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