Best Place to buy a Desktop?

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  1. hollaballa

    hollaballa OT Supporter

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    I am looking to get a new desktop and only a desktop for less than $800. My primary use will be online poker so I want it to be extremely reliable and able to run 4-5 programs just about flawlessly. Am I asking too much for the price range? Whats online that is user friendly and has very good desktop deals?
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    go to a reputable local shop (NOT best buy, circuit city, or frys) and have them build you one.
     
  3. Nguyen89

    Nguyen89 I recycle gold. OT Supporter

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    having a local shop to build it/build your own is always better and usually cheaper than buying a preset computer from a company
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Microcenter computers are built from regular pieces parts, just like any shop would use, instead of proprietary like Dell, HP, etc.

    Here's one for $550 after rebate that's not bad.

    Intel E4500, 2gb of ram, 320gb hd.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0265198

    You could fit a widescreen lcd in there and still be in budget.

    And microcenters tech support is very good.
     
  5. m0nk3y

    m0nk3y Not now, chief.

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    i'm probably going to get flamed for this but dell computers are very fairly priced for what you get and they are very reliable. If its an option build your own or have someone else build it for you. But if you want 24/7 tech support go dell
     
  7. m0nk3y

    m0nk3y Not now, chief.

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    ...and if you don't want to have to use 24x7 support, go with anyone but dell.

    You get what you pay for- more true with dell than anything else.
     
  8. eyustfu

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    i never had a problem with dell over, owned a couple laptops and desktops
     
  9. lightsareout

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    same here i've owned several of their desktops and laptops before i started building my own computers and i've never had a problem with Dell
     
  10. hollaballa

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    ty for those not so well known sites, i think i would like to avoid big companies who claim to be customer friendly but really just put you on hold and rip u off, id have one built but i dont know of anywhere
     
  11. Guardfather

    Guardfather The Paradox

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    I'd like to know where some of you live. Around here the only dedicated local PC shops either deal in out-dated PCs or they're horribly overpriced.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    There's a lot of that around here, too. That's why I recommedn Microcenter. Decent parts, decent prices and good customer service.

    Building your own can be better though.
     
  13. m0nk3y

    m0nk3y Not now, chief.

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    Honestly, after building two computers I would still recommend people who need just a basic use computer to check out some stores like BestBuy (even though they have a bad rep wiht some people). IMO, their computers are fairly priced for what you get. And building it yourself can be a huuuge pain, as it was for me (DOA parts, software errors, etc.). If you have good/reasonably priced small shops that will build it for you, that's also an option. But make sure you're not getting ripped off there.
     
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    God I love microcenter. There is one right by my parents house. I go home sometimes just to shop there.

    Powerspec makes some fairly good computers. Last store bought computer I had was a power spec. it ran like a champ, and that was before they started using off the shelf components.
     
  16. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    After rebates, Microcenter is basically selling at cost, so it doesn't cost you any labor, and you get their warranty with it. It's an overall awesome deal.
     
  17. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    They had some pretty great deals for black friday.

    I picked up an eVga 8600GTS for around $100 after rebate.
     
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