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Well, at least, it all works... ;-)
21 October 2018
Unfortunately, my old PC had stopped working...when I tried doing a buggy Windows 10 Pro 'update'! I attempted using...
- System Restore
- booting into Windows Safe Mode/-etc.
- Eventually, I took the old PC down the road to, at least, 2 different tech shops in order to qet far more qualified people to fix it; again, with no possible hope of recovery.
Thus, finally, I decided -after saving up for a while- to buy something just under £200.00 'new'. This time around, I chose...
-Windows 10 Pro (software I already know...means far less of an upwards learning curve)
- SFF/Small Form Factor (thus, taking up far less space) PC Tower
- 500 GB HDD (If I wish to, I can easily upgrade, later/or, even add on a secondary HDD)
- 8GB RAM (again, can be upgraded, later on; but, only, if strictly necessary)
- 1GB Graphics card (I don't normally worry about graphics as I don't play games; but, sounds good to have)
- DVD (I prefer built-in DVD/than no DVD/or, having to go plug in an external DVD).
- I also went and brought alongside it a cheap less than £5 HDMI lead -(before I used to use VGA leads)- to connect to the monitor screen; I'm actually using a 50 inch smart screen TV to act as a screen monitor.
- 1 year computer warranty
- 1 year BullGuard Anti-virus (register online)
When the PC first arrived (next day FREE delivery; I'm an Amazon Prime customer, btw); I wasn't happy with the top front face cover...because the front panel board isn't connected dead flush with the computer case...but, instead, there is a quite clearly visible open gap there around 1/4 of an inch wide; however, I was so thoroughly desperate to get back onto the Internet...that I decided to completely ignore this somewhat minor 'cosmetic' problem.
Setting up was rather surprisingly quick and easy...
- plug in USB keyboard/USB mouse
- plug in leads: HDMI/Sound/Broadband/Power
...and, basically, that was it; turn computer on, and, Windows 10 Pro is up and running ,again/as is the internet(I didn't even need to type in my WiFi password).
Sign in to Microsoft/Chrome/Firefox, and, all of your usual web browser bookmarks info. /passwords has already been kept stored.
WARNING: This time, though, I've already made up my mind that I'm going to save most of my data to an 'external' hard drive/or, even large size memory stick (you can buy 512 GB memory stick for just £15.00); in that way, if the computer ever goes down quite utterly unpredictably...then, at least, it's not going to take all my HDD/Hard Disk Drive data along with it, too?!
(NOTE: The PC just arrived, yesterday; so, this is only my 2nd day of using it. Perhaps, I will come back here...to update this review, later on.)
Before opting to buy another PC Tower...I thought about what were my other options, instead.
- Build my own PC starting from total scratch: case/motherboard/fan/RAM/HDD/-etc.; but, then, due to sheer inexperience -lack of confidence-; I decided to give up on that idea altogether; as if I make mistakes, it'll probably cost me more to fix in the long run; than just buy a ready made PC from people who know exactly what they are doing when it comes to putting computer machines together.
- Buy, either a tablet/laptop...it's wonderful 'portability' wise; however, the constant 'charge/run out of charge/re-charge' cycle...I, really and truly, HATE/(I need an always 'on' internet machine connection, instead)!
Yet, another possibility was to buy a 'mini-PC'; but, having read through the 'bad' reviews here and there...I decided, no, it might not be worth it...as people seem to be having all sorts of problems with those 'cheap' mini-PC's...-(2/4 GB RAM/32 GB HDD/with Win 10 Pro taking up 29 GB...leading to 'slow' PC/and, difficulties with updating...!)-; therefore, I concluded mini-PC's seem to be a lot more effective in the higher up cost range: £200.00+.
For now, at least, until when I can afford any better...I'll just go along with using this plain PC Tower, instead.