Could use a recommendation on a new home 'puter...

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  1. NEW996

    NEW996 New Member

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    Need a new 'puter as my old (7 years??) one is dying. Not interesed in a laptop, would like a tower with 2 - 3g ram, 320 to 500 gig harddrive, dvd/cd burner, and possible card readers.

    Not interested in building a machine.

    I don't need a game machine, but I'd like to abuse my FIOS speeds.

    My price range is lass than $1k.... somewhere between $500.00 and $800.00 to be reasonble. (Working with a family budget).

    What would you recommend?

    Dell? HP? Compaq?

    Should I look at Bestbuy, Circuit City, online etc??

    I want to be able to store and edit family vids/photos, basic word/spreadsheet stuff and use photoshop with a quickness.

    Thanks for any constructive thoughts!!

    :cool:
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    ugh, avoid dell, hp, compaq, and all the other shitty "name" brands. Aviod bestbuy/circuit city like the plague.

    Do you have a friend that KNOWS what they're doing? If so, have them build it at buy em dinner.

    If not, then go to a small, reputable computer shop and have them build it for you. Most shops will include warranty with that.
     
  3. Ricky

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    500 - 800 ?

    good luck
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    can be done, easily.


    $25.99 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black PATA
    $89.99 LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
    $109.99 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    $59.99 SILVERSTONE ST40EF ATX12V Ver.2.2 400W Power Supply - Retail
    $74.00 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
    $101.99 Intel BOXDP35DPM LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    $169.99 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6550 - Retail
    $91.99 MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E OC GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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    $723.93


    And you get a $40 rebate on the memory and $20 on the video card... so you'll get $60 back a few months later.


    Easily done assuming you already have a valid OS license.
     
  5. ProSlayer

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    I've never had trouble with dell computers, plus they have really good deals:

    $422
    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=739238
    Specs:
    * Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
    * Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic - English
    * 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
    * 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    * 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    * Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
    * Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    * Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
    * 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
    * Trend Micro Internet Security 36-months
    * 3Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support

    $400-500
    Computer with a LCD monitor:
    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=746182
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    so, daggoth, you're recommending a shitty config from a shitty company???

    yea, that's smart :rolleyes:
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Man I gotta tell you, that has to be tough for someone on a limited budget to see that and pass it up.

    Especially with the difference in price between that one and the one P07r0457 posted.
    But the the one he posted would just kill this one over the long run.

    And for just another $30, you could go to the E8400 which is 3ghz, and have a crazy fast build.
    $199 at Microcenter:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0281097
     
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    Microcenter is a good idea, they aren't too far from me.

    I appreciate the feedback. I am intersted in a puter that will last and the last 3 I've had have been home built or geek bult and they are great for a while but they do not seem to last. That is why I'm considering a name brand for techsupport/warranty.

    The shitty thing I am on now is an old "back up" computer I have that was from blulight.com. It was a puter that Kmart sold for a little while, 7g harddrive, 8 years old and is blue and white. Thing is probably collectable lol.
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You bring up an interesting point. The "geek built" part of it only works if good parts are chosen.

    And that's something you can't fully control on the pre-built Dell's and whatnot.

    Warranty and an os do count for something though, so you have to weigh this out. That can be a tough decision, for sure.

    I have a friend running the E8400 on an Asus board at 4ghz with a 9500 Zalman and it's idling at 25C.

    Good parts = good reliability.
     
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    user error
     
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    :rofl: at all the shitty advice in this thread :rofl:
     
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    leave it be

    judging from his posts, thread starter prefers convenience and tech support over quality parts anyway

    he has a pc from kmart :rofl:
     
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    Believe me, I'm not impressed with the fact the I am on a KMart 'puter. When my Geek built machine died I got this one free from a friend as a temp.

    My question now is, why can't I have both quality and tech support/convenience in something prepackaged?
     
  17. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I would stay away from the main brands, mostly.

    If you must go prepackaged, I would recommend Microcenter.
    They use non proprietary parts, and have quality customer service.
    They're a company that is still growing, and they haven't started fucking the customer yet.

    And even their $300 build is going to keep up with your FIOS.
     
  18. Doomsday

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    Tech support? dude,... all you get is a guy with a thick Indian accent that's reading a script. Bestbuy's geeksquad or microcenter's service dept are not that great either. They'll probably charge you $50 or so just to install RAM.

    buying pre-built machines will either get you cheap parts or overpriced quality parts.

    For example,... let's nitpick that Dell deal that Daggoth posted.

    1. Motherboard
    That Dell Inspiron 530 will come with a BTX version of an Intel G33 motherboard. The ATX version retails around $99 in stores. It's bland and lacks features. It doesn't even have FireWire which you might need to transfer family videos from a camcorder to the pc.

    2. Intel Q6600 CPU
    There are 2 kinds of Q6600 out in the market. One with the old B3 stepping, the other with a new G0 stepping. The G0 has a higher temp threshold and has all the errata of a B3 fixed, so it's nice if this is the one you get.
    I know that this might be a small thing for you and other people. My point here is you have no control. Dell will give you whatever they have on stock.
    Dell doesn't even give you the option to buy the new 45nm Intel CPU on this package. :greddy:

    3. 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
    Most likely generic cheap RAM made by Nanya Tech. A 2x1GB Corsair XMS DDR2 800MHz kit @ newegg is $34 after rebates.

    4. Integrated graphics and audio
    Onboard video and audio sucks. If you want to upgrade to a graphics card, Dell is asking $150 for an Nvidia 8600GT or ATI 2600XT
    Look at the prices of these cards at newegg
    8600GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...48+106791921+1067928607+1068309611&name=256MB
    2600XT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...8+1068309611+1067929475&name=Radeon+HD+2600XT

    5. The Dell 300W power supply and BTX case sucks for future upgrades.

    The rest are nothing special.

    This is the typical pre-built machine you will get. The other option are those $1.5K-$3K overpriced machines. You get your ass raped either way.
     
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    You can, and I already posted how:


    The key is a small REPUTABLE shop. They will custom-build something for you, and they provide basic support and WARRANTY.
     
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    How does a guy who shops for a home computer every 7 years determine whether a small shop is reputable or not?
     
  21. ProSlayer

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    Meh, my parents had no trouble with their dell computers which are over four years old.
     
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    Same way I tell if a grocery store, liquor store, gas station, dry cleaner, etc is reputable. Go in, look around, use common sense.
     

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