dcihon wrote:I'm in the us so I don't know how much 346 is in the UK.
If you can spend the money I would try to get the fastest processor you can afford and the best graphics card you can afford.
If you are going to play games you will need a better video card.
dcihon wrote:I haven't bought a computer online in a while but Now that you have your specs is there anywhere else you can shop to get a price comparison.
Does Dell ship to the UK?
CDW has good prices.
Your graphics card is probably fine I would just check to make sure if it is a PCI Express that the motherboard has a pci express slot on it of what ever type of slot it needs.
dcihon wrote:No problem.
I use Dell and HP at work.
Both are fine. HP can be pricey.
Does your computer you are trying to use not boot?
Have to tried to use a LIve Iso and tried to install it?
dcihon wrote:Check your bios settings boot options to see if it is set to boot to CD.
dcihon wrote:I have to leave right now but you should be able to hit del or esc.
keep tapping one of those keys as it is starting up and it should take you to the bios screen before it finishes trying to boot.
If you can't do that you may have a memory or chipset issue. Generally if you did the computer would beep when it starts up.
If you have a motherboard manual you might be able to see what key you need to press to get into the bios if it is not one of those 2.
Dell uses F2.
I will check back tomorrow or maybe someone else could help you here.
homerscousin wrote:Maybe you could pull the battery to reset the BIOS. Remove it, leave it out for a minute and reinstall it. Very simple first step to try. I don't like Dell. I would check Newegg or Tiger and build my own.
homerscousin wrote:I'm no computer guru. But I have pulled the battery more than once on various mobo's. All this has done for me is reset the BIOS to factory defaults. When I do this I always have to enter the correct time and maybe a few other basic things. It only affects the BIOS, not your harddrive or OS. I just thought if there was something whacky in there, this operation is so simple and free, why not try it before you buy new stuff. Overclockers will do this when they adjust something beyond the limits of their hardware and the system no longer boots. I know, I've done that. Batteries don't last forever either. They should be a little over 3 volts. I always try the simple (free) things first including completely dismanteling , cleaning and reassembling my rig before buying new stuff.