What is the best mainstream desktop for uni?

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I’m going to uni in September and was wondering which is the best desktop to buy? I’m not that interested in building one, just get one from a mainstream shop like curry’s and as my course needs a computer a lot it needs to be handle it well. My budget is around £400 but I could stretch to £700 if it’s perfect. Thanks (I don’t have much knowledge on computers so thanks for the advice)
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Learn to make your own, you will save a ton.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I’m going to uni in September and was wondering which is the best desktop to buy? I’m not that interested in building one, just get one from a mainstream shop like curry’s and as my course needs a computer a lot it needs to be handle it well. My budget is around £400 but I could stretch to £700 if it’s perfect. Thanks (I don’t have much knowledge on computers so thanks for the advice)
What necessarily do you need out of your computer?
What software would you be running on it?
Does it have to come from a store like Currys or would you be open to buying it from someone like PCSpecialist who will let you pick the specs on your own?
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I just really want the best computer for around that price I can pick up from a shop as I haven’t got time nor the effort to build one or pick parts. I’m doing a course that’s quite heavy on animation and coding thanks.
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I just really want the best computer for around that price I can pick up from a shop as I haven’t got time nor the effort to build one or pick parts. I’m doing a course that’s quite heavy on animation and coding thanks.
I'd probably pick up this HP then as it's probably your best bet short of building your own PC.
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Thanks for the recommendation that looks pretty perfect in terms of what I will need and it’s quite a good price as well. Will it definitely be enough to run light video editing/ animation/ light coding?
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Thanks for the recommendation that looks pretty perfect in terms of what I will need and it’s quite a good price as well. Will it definitely be enough to run light video editing/ animation/ light coding?
Probably, though being a desktop you've always got a fair bit of flexibility to upgrade it down the line if it isn't.
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Hi, I'd just really like to recommend talking to a friend who has built a computer before. I'm almost certain they would love to help you out with building one, or even build it for you You'll be able to easily get something twice to three times as good in terms of performance, whether that be in running your code, as you said you'll be coding, and it will be a lot faster to render animations, etc.. I would really consider a huge jump in performance like that if you're going to be using it for something as important as your uni course.
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What about a all in one computer that is quite good for mainly coding have any suggestions for them?
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What about a all in one computer that is quite good for mainly coding have any suggestions for them?
They're good if you want something that won't take up too much space - though the worse performance, worse upgradability and higher prices are some notable compromises for getting one. If you were to go with one, though, this Lenovo would be my recommendation as it's got generally pretty decent specs.

As for whether they'll be good for coding depends on what kind of coding you'll be doing.
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what about the £650 one on curry’s that has a ryzen 7 processor and will the half a 1tb storage be plenty?
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what about the £650 one on curry’s that has a ryzen 7 processor and will the half a 1tb storage be plenty?
That one's probably even better tbh.

EDIT: It is a sale, mind, so there's no guarantee it'll be that price when you come to buy.
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