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2018/11/13 18:42:36 (permalink)
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Bit of budget laptop advice

After many a year of trying to get my son something and then not being able to justify the money for his age, now with school demands etc I am having to succumb to the need for him to have his own laptop rather than always using mine.
 
Don't have a fortune to spend, however, he's 13, and if it's not right I know we'll have problems LOL
 
He will want to game on it too and does use my budget Lenovo G50-80 for Roblox and some basic steam games so I know he can get a degree of gaming without having to spend £1k. He has started to show an interest in music making too with those digital mixers you can get.
 
I guess this is about as much as I'm comfy spending as a combo birthday/xmas but would he be bitterly disappointed despite our best efforts
 
https://www.currys.co.uk/...lver-10184692-pdt.html

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 18:54:48 (permalink)
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    we wanted a laptop for our 16 year old to play steam games on .... the components have moved on since i was into playing n atuff , anyhoo my other child has a computer wizz as a pal and he found us one on laptops direct - a mighty fine laptop !
     
    He plays that **** game called 'house flipper' that is a game where you tidy up and do chores ! oh the irony

     
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 18:57:59 (permalink)
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    FLMAO... what a game.
     
    Wish I was a bit more savvy on that side of things.
     

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 19:34:12 (permalink)
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    After many a year of trying to get my son something and then not being able to justify the money for his age, now with school demands etc I am having to succumb to the need for him to have his own laptop rather than always using mine.
     
    Don't have a fortune to spend, however, he's 13, and if it's not right I know we'll have problems LOL
     
    He will want to game on it too and does use my budget Lenovo G50-80 for Roblox and some basic steam games so I know he can get a degree of gaming without having to spend £1k. He has started to show an interest in music making too with those digital mixers you can get.
     
    I guess this is about as much as I'm comfy spending as a combo birthday/xmas but would he be bitterly disappointed despite our best efforts
     
    https://www.currys.co.uk/...lver-10184692-pdt.html




    I have this laptop I found it quite good I mainly use it for the forums to post my training I also manage to smash out a few games of football manager with ease on it.
     
    But then again im old aswell my kids put me to shame when there blasting away with there games.
     
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 19:48:57 (permalink)
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    Well that's at least something positive, cheers, bud. I know he'd love something more fancy but there's no chance

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 19:56:30 (permalink)
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    How do you  feel about buying a refurbished laptop ? 
    If they are refurbed by a manufacturer approved supplier then you are safe.
     
    Means you could  get one with a decent amount of RAM for gaming. 
     
    I bought a refurbed Dell laptop for my niece and sister from Europc  it looks brand new and works perfectly.
     
    I`m sure Cu3ed  will be along soon with some sound advice. 
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 20:01:42 (permalink)
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    Oh yeah ... I have an HP Laptop that was bought from Laptops direct so I can concur with Boar that they are a reliable supplier 

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 20:02:22 (permalink)
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    I'm not adverse to it per se altho I do like the convenience of a go-to store should there be an issue

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/13 20:07:49 (permalink)
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    The laptop came with on site support for a year.
     
    Being a Dell it wasn't high spec for the price but I have always appreciated the reliability of their PC s  
     
    Having said that all the main manufacturers products are reliable these days . 

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/14 08:04:48 (permalink)
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    If you can tempt the money tree to shed a couple more leaves then I think this would prove a longer term prospect, give that he will likely want more demanding games over time
     
    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-330-15arr-ryzen-3-laptop-2-tb-hdd-black-10185220-pdt.html
     
    What are you getting for the extra £50....(all other specs comparable)
     
    AMD Ryzen 3 2200U vs Intel core i3 7100U Dual core: 
     
    https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i3-7100U-vs-AMD-Ryzen-3-2200U/m176913vsm480281
     
    The integrated Ryzen 3 graphics are much more capable than integrated Core i3
    8GB 2400GHz vs 4GB 2133 GHz RAM (memory)
    2TB vs 1TB Hard Drive (storage)
    1x USB Type C port vs 1x USB 2.0  (both have a further 2 x USB 3.0 ports)
     
     
    ^^^ Definately worth £50 imho
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/14 18:00:56 (permalink)
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    Cheers PB, I'll check out that option.... I have a £25 voucher and £50 from my Dad, some from my Mum and the rest from me and it could be done
     
    The last 24hrs have left me questioning whether I even bother but school demands almost insist on it, but this morning I found my comp under his dressing-gown on the floor still on 'updating' to then discover that screen looked a bit odd, changed colour and shortcuts all missing or changed and low and behold there was some message behind it all letting me know all my files were now protected by some encryption software and the txt files would instruct me how to buy the description package I now needed. Indeed everything had some added .ARML ext added to it. Obviously he denied doing anything but I have had to completely reset and reinstall windows, hopefully by the time I get home it's all done and I can use it again.
     
    Do I really want to spend nearly £400 on him LOL

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/17 13:43:50 (permalink)
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    Pulled the trigger on it. Cheers PB. For another 40 I got the premium McAfee for a year (on all our devices) which after the crap with my computer probably isn't a bad idea considering it was usually 80 and until I get a bit more versed on that stuff has me covered.

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/19 12:09:03 (permalink)
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    I use McAfee and I also run this regularly.
     
     https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx
     
    I haven`t had any malware problems since using these two. I used to get issues pretty regularly before.
     

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/19 12:18:39 (permalink)
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    I use McAfee and I also run this regularly.
     
     https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx
     
    I haven`t had any malware problems since using these two. I used to get issues pretty regularly before.
     


    I cant bring myself to use an AV , they are just resource hogs that will drive you mental , see some pcs with AV's , malware , ad ware and people complain that they are slow but they don't want to be unprotected. 
     
    Just installed chromebook on my dads laptop and he seems well happy with it , turns an unuseable machine into a machine that has the speed of a mac for browsing and vids.  Windows is just too damned heavy as an OS .
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/19 13:19:55 (permalink)
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    I haven`t noticed any slow down with McAfee ; I run the Microsoft anti malware over night so it doesn`t bother me.
    But yes it can slow down a PC if you run it while using a few apps .
    Its more of a belt and braces approach, having had some malware screw my PC up it the past I am a little paranoid these days. 
    Its a good idea to use more than one protection. 
     
    I can`t say I am completely happy with Windows 10 , it is better in some ways but can be "idiosyncratic" 
     
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/19 14:13:29 (permalink)
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    Pulled the trigger on it. Cheers PB. For another 40 I got the premium McAfee for a year (on all our devices)




    Argh, you shouldv'e asked!! It was £17 this morning but now £25 for 10 devices:
     
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kaspersky-Internet-Security-Devices-Activation/dp/B074SPC5TL/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb_twi_lic_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542041981
     
    Never fall for an add-on sell from the likes of Currys!
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/19 15:25:14 (permalink)
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    I nearly didn't but thought sod it, I'd only forget TBH so at least it's done. I did only do the year knowing I could get it cheaper once I remember to look for myself. One year from now I'll dig this thread up as a reminder LOL
     
    Now I just need to remember to set it all up before I give it to him so that he doesn't have admin access and start DLing crap he shouldn't. Be picking it up at the weekend

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/20 20:34:56 (permalink)
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    I haven`t noticed any slow down with McAfee ; I run the Microsoft anti malware over night so it doesn`t bother me.
    But yes it can slow down a PC if you run it while using a few apps .
    Its more of a belt and braces approach, having had some malware screw my PC up it the past I am a little paranoid these days. 
    Its a good idea to use more than one protection. 
     
    I can`t say I am completely happy with Windows 10 , it is better in some ways but can be "idiosyncratic" 
     


    If your paranoid about yoru PC I would stay the **** away from McAfee, its been questioned more than a few times what they are up to behind the scenes.
    Honestly since WIn10 and there own built in stuff, I have never had an issue.
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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/20 21:47:03 (permalink)
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    Cu3ed thanks I will look into that. 
    TBF I pretty much assume that we don`t have privacy these days when it comes to I.T.C.  and the Internet.
     
    Its just annoying when Malware screws my computer up. 

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    Re: Bit of budget laptop advice 2018/11/21 12:31:50 (permalink)
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    Privacy and safety aren't the same issue, you'll never be completely anonymous online (ultimately your ISP knows all the data going in and out of your house although they'd only share it with anyone under court order) but it's not that hard to be safe.
     
    Windows defender is perfectly OK nowadays, gone are the days you had to pay for expensive antivirus/firewall software to be safe online. Truth is people mostly get malware from dodgy sites and warez, the best antivirus/firewall in the world won't help you because all it'll do is block out the dodgy site or file...which you'll then tell it to ignore because you really want that content.
     
    Don't use porn, **** or streaming sites, don't download pirated software, don't open attachments in emails from Saudi princes who want to give you money and you won't get any malware.
     
    EDIT: I don't believe the word t0rrent is censored 
    post edited by Uriel - 2018/11/21 12:34:41
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