I don't want to go down the gaming route because... well... I'd lose the family, until they got bored with it. I'd rather little'un use her imagination rather than consumed by computers.
My current desktop is pretty good quality and it does all we need from a PC at present, and I'm thinking 12 months ahead. The idea is at some point, couldn't say when, there will be a need for perhaps streaming stuff to the hi-fi.
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Sorry not sure if I made myself clear. I was recommending a Mac, because you didn't need a computer for gaming. Macbooks are great at pretty much everything you'd need, but admittedly not gaming.
I got a desktop all custom built, with gaming in its sight, now i am in the similar dillema as the op, i been looking at laptops with discrete graphic cards, a 1080p hd screen, a ssd or mssd with a tradtional hd, been looking at a couple of asus laptop range the n series look attractive, and also the zenbook range, both of them got aluminium bodies, and can be had with ssd, but the zenbook are expensive you looking at £1500.
Another one is the samsung range the 9 series, or the 7 that appealling to me
or you can have a custom laptop from the pc specialist range or scan computers do gaming laptops, with them you got the fexibility to decide what you want.
I can recommend these Zoostorm pc's. great value for the money ,ok you gotta get an os but there are plenty of free ones & Windows 8 can be bought for £25 right now (yes it will install fine on new hardware).
my daughter has had one for a couple of years albeit on older pc , but it is spot on
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