any desktop brand and model you would particularly recommend?

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    im tired of building desktops, i always fuck something up. im just not very careful i suppose :dunno:

    so im just gonna a good ol' brand name computer thats ready to go (hopefully) when it arrives at my doorstep. any particular brand/model u people would recommend? i need it for programming, particularly in java, and the usual browsing. i dont play games much, if at all.

    are the brands all the same? i took a look at Dell and HP, iono, more or less identical... iono what brand of Mobo, CD drive, RAM, etc, they use tho.
     
  2. JayC71

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    In your case... go with an HP or Dell. If you're not a gamer, just compare specs, do some math, and figure out which is the better deal. For non-gaming systems, it's hard to build for the price of the big name brands these days....and they offer support.
     
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    apple?

    that's probably the only mainstream desktop I'd buy pre-built...
     
  4. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    if i had $1000-$2000 under the couch I'd immediately buy an Apple :hs:
     
  5. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    on Dell's site, how do I look at the detailed specs of the system? i wanna know that I will be able to add a hard drive and a wireless PCI card in it. cant find an option that tells this.
     
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    wireless on a desktop? why? just run some cat6... you'll be much happier.
     
  7. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    router's in the living room, computer's in the bedroom. distance is quite far. cables will be ugly..
     
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    run them through the walls/attic/under the floor.
     
  9. JustJeff

    JustJeff www.youtube.com/thisisjustjeff

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    You'll be kicking yourself in the nuts if you buy a dell in about a year. At least I have ^.^

    HP is probably one of the longest lasting computers i've ever own. I'd go with that. Most of their motherboards are very easily upgradable.
     
  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    if it was up to me, i would just look on ebay and find a seller that customizes pcs. usually you can get something better than a dell for around the same price (and your not stuck with dell proprietary components like the mobo, power supply ram etc - unless they have changed in the past years)
     
  11. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    any particular reason why you're kicking yourself in the nuts?
     
  12. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    i dunno ive really managed to fuck up my systems in the past, i think it'd be nice to have a brand-name customer service for once (not that they guarantee GOOD service..)
     
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    if you're not playing games, get a Mac. A mac mini is $600.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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  15. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    is a mac mini expandable?
     
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    define expandable? you can add firewire hdds.
     
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    So...you don't want to build a computer, but you DO want it to be flexible and upgradeable. You're aware that upgrading a prebuilt computer is not only notoriously-difficult because brand-name companies love to use proprietary-sized parts like screws and drive bays, as well as motherboards that only support a narrow range of hardware, but it's also grounds to void your warranty? The reason WHY it voids your warranty is the same reason why you're sick of building computers -- as soon as you open the case, you run the risk of breaking something, and the brand-name company sure as hell isn't going to pay for a new motherboard if you zap it while plugging in a wifi card.

    Sorry dude, but you can't have customized stuff without paying out the ass or doing work yourself. It's never been possible before, and it never will be.
     
  18. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    :sad2: are you telling me its hard to put a hard drive into a Dell or an HP?

    neone know anything about Micro Express Computers?

    #1 @ PC World

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,127980-page,1-c,desktoppcs/article.html
     
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  19. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    how exactly do you always fuck something up? are you careless and bend/break pins? forgetful and don't apply thermal paste to the cpu?
    or do you have little knowledge and mess up things on the software side?

    i don't understand...i was putting together computers since i was 13 and i haven't fucked up anything, except one time last year a broke a pin off of a hard drive, but i fixed it

    i'm not trying to be a dick, but i'm wondering why you have a lack of confidence in building a computer and would rather buy a name brand...then you come back and ask upgrade questions about it
     
  20. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    well maybe its not particularly me that fuck things up, it's more like the things i buy are not exactly in proper order. like, got an ASUS motherboard once (twice actually) and had to deal with BIOS issues, bought a sound card once, and for some odd reason the driver that came from the CD didn't work, had to return it, wait a few days for replacement...etc etc.
    little things like that, i just dont wanna be bothered by them, even though they are minor problems. maybe i just have very bad luck. why cant i for once have a comp that works right away?

    and i dont really wanna "upgrade" per say, i just have an extra hard drive that's working, and it's got all my music in it, and i wanna put it in the desktop for easy access. that's not exactly an upgrade, im just not wasting a perfectly good hard drive.
     
  21. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The good part about the mid-level brands like that is that you won't run into
    proprietary upgrade issues. The bad part is that support is a crapshoot.
    Check out Micro-Center. They're on the same level, and they have good support.
    As far as screwing up stuff in the build process, the biggest issue is
    not picking shitty parts. With the new Intel cpu's, you don't even have pins
    to worry about anymore. Put the paste on properly, and you can't miss.
     
  22. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    oh is that so? well thats good to know :bigthumb:

    but are there really proprietary docking bays for 3.5" (or watever size an HDD is) drives? i mean i just want an empty space where i can push my HDD in, plug in the power and the cable and thats it.. :dunno:
     
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    dell does use proprietary trays that slide into proprietary rails for their drive bays. Sometimes they include an extra tray... sometimes they don't.

    But every single time they rape you on price and give you shitty quality.
     
  24. 5Gen_Prelude

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    Name brand computers have their issues too. I've had numerous business machines not work out of the box. Granted, 80% have had to do with memory not sitting correctly but I digress.
     
  25. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I freaking hate Dell. They're customer service is the worst.

    I tried calling up to get info on a 3100cn color laser printer.
    I was ready to buy one on the spot.
    Me: I just need some basic info.
    Dickhead support guy: Ok, I need your personal info. Name, phone #, etc.
    Me: I'm not giving you my personal info before you tell me what I called for.
    Dickhead support guy: Sorry I can't help you without creating an account first.
    Me: You just lost a guaranteed sale. Click.

    And that's the last time I'll ever deal with them.
     

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