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Old 28 June 2009, 05:52   #11
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Old 28 June 2009, 06:33   #12
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I think a lot comes down to personal preference. You can look at all the different benchmarks for different processors, but do they have any relevance in the real world?

For what it is worth, the last few computers I have built have been based around AMD processors with Asus motherboards, Nvidia chipsets and Nvidia graphics cards, and they have all been stable and reliable. I helped build a pc for my FiL at the same time as one of them - he used an Intel processor with Intel chipset and ATI graphics at slightly higher cost and if there was any performance difference you would need a benchmark suite to find it.

What I think is more important is the component manufacturer. Having had issues in the past I avoid 'own brand' components. In particular, I stick to branded memory (Crucial or Kingston), power supplies and graphics cards.

I use Eset's NOD32 for anti-virus, and have done happily for a number of years. There is a new Eset 'all in one' package which has mixed reviews. I got sick of Zonealarm nagging me so just use Windows own firewall - there is a fair body of opinion that software firewalls are no better than snake oil anyway.



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I use Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 and for the money it's the mutts nuts. I used to use F secure and found this good too, however my copy was a free be at the time and the cost of a years subscription was much more than the rivals, which is the reason I changed to Kaspersky.

Novatech sell this much cheaper than retail outlets do and last year you could pick up a 3 user disc for about 18. That makes it virually free in my eye's and it's never let me down.

Can't comment on the chip sets, however Novatech have a good forum Nasher, might be worth posting this there. I think alot of the moderators work at Novatech and if you're going to use them to puchase some gear it might be a good avenue
Novatech have great prices and are brilliant to deal with. They also have a few shops dotted around.

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Old 28 June 2009, 10:35   #14
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Originally Posted by codprawn View Post
Novatech have great prices and are brilliant to deal with. They also have a few shops dotted around.

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We have one locally and really pleased we do too

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Old 28 June 2009, 12:55   #15
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Thanks for all the help and replys guys

I've always shopped at Novatech for my PC stuff and am happy to go back.

As Hightower says, we have one quite local and they keep a lot in stock.
As an aside they also proved the cheapest a year or so ago when we wanted a 42" LG telly.

Rather than build one myself like I did last time I'll probably go with one of their standard systems and order it with a few upgrades.

I used to use Macs all the time at work and I do like them.
The new PC is however for the whole family, including homework duty for the smaller Nashers and Mrs Nasher who is a teacher. I think swapping betwen the two wouldn't do them any favours whilst they are learning.
Middle Nasher I'm told will also need a Laptop in September for school


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