My £93.95 PC 

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While I get to review all sorts of PC’s from entry level to very high end my own PC’s tend to cost somewhat less and after a while they become museum pieces like my Windows 7 offering which when Microsoft ended support was working but soon after that the power supply went ‘phutt’. So I struggled on but when Windows 11 arrived my Windows 10 PC was deemed ‘not worthy’ of it. So with not a lot of spare cash available I then started looking for a replacement.

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This i5 offering with 8GB of memory fitted the bill and providing you have a flat panel that supports Display Port as I did, it fitted the bill. Free next day delivery was another plus so before another bill dropped into my inbox I ordered it. At 11AM next day DPD delivered it. This is just the unit and a kettle style power lead but it does come with 12 month warranty.

So locate a keyboard and mouse and I was in business.

This PC is a Desktop unit that was manufactured by HP/Compaq.

It has an i5 Processor and comes with 8GB RAM, my unit was the entry price with a 500GB hard drive but they also do other hard disk and SSD options.

Over the years I have got used to duplicating things that matter and since my Windows 7 machine expired the space has just become a dust trap. Within a few days I have installed all the software that my main machine uses regularly and so should the worst happen and my main machine dies I am still able to continue working.

The only minor problem was that although it has a CD/DVD drive it is only a reader which I found out when I installed Nero – yes it works on this machine – but that was only a snag I may get round to installing the rewriter from my Windows 7 unit but for now I attach the external unit I purchased a few months ago mainly to be used with my decrepit notebook.

Having four USB ports on the front is useful before now I have only had a maximum of two but more important there are three USB3 ports at the back together with further USB ports.

A lot of such second user devices either do not have Wi-Fi or if they do it’s a plug in module here it is tiny unit like Wi-Fi for a keyboard mouse. 7cm is all the space I need behind the unit mainly taken by the power lead.

It’s not a speed Demon but once start up is completed it chugs along nicely doing all the everyday things I require and as my panel has 3840x2160 ability I can have several windows open at full size or just relax with a video at full screen and my panels speakers are more than adequate for sound output.

The actual full name is HP Elite 8300 SFF Quad Core i5 3470 running at 3.2GHz.

It came with Windows 10 Home last update 1h-2021. Also pre-installed is Chrome, VLC and Adobe Reader.

I got mine through an Amazon seller who offered free next day delivery, the price was £93.95.

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