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So my family computer just broke down and I'm looking to either buy one or build one.

This is really just for surfing the web, word documents and maybe some light photo editing but nothing intensive. For that reason I'm really looking to spend under £300.

I was thinking an i3 processor as it will be good in many years to come but could that be an overkill for the things I'm using it for.

If you have any links or recommendations on a good build please post below. Thanks :)
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  1. i3 is just fine
  2. Yes, the i3 will do for those needs, my suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£86.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£45.30 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.74 @ Aria PC)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£34.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.40 @ Aria PC)
    Total: £285.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Doesn't include the os.
  3. Thanks for the reply, I've been looking at this computer -> http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/compaq-cq2960ea-desktop-pc-17392836-pdt.html

    Obviously apart from the 8GB of ram is there much of a improvement compared to the one I linked above? Just for ease I'm thinking about just buying a PC instead of building one.
  4. Well if you want a pre built one with os, then get that one, the i3-3220 is a better cpu, the i3-2120T is still a good cpu, very capable and with a lower power consumption(35W).
  5. Thanks for the useful replies, just for ease I think I'm going to buy a prebuilt one. Now I found this -> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DELL-INSPIRON-660-MT-PC-INTEL-CORE-i3-2120-DUAL-CORE-4GB-1TB-NVIDIA-GT620-WIFI-/360575044293?_trksid=p5197.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26itu%3DI%252BUA%26otn%3D3%26pmod%3D290846435589%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5470010498316604046&_qi=RTM1089355

    Same price but has a graphics card, I was thinking HP is a good brand but is Dell good? shall I go for this one? Many thanks :)
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