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Which new PC is best?


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#1 ignorantmonkey

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:52 AM

Any advise on which PC is best? I am not interested in buying one of $500 or more...Also I need one that I could add my existing HDs... So which one model will you buy? I am not into playing games or wanting a hi-end one...I do mostly video editing and graphic design. Any links to items will be appreciated.
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Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:32 PM

Just about any system...has been capable of doing those two functions...since the days of 900-mhz systems.

IMO, biggest consideration for graphics editing is...RAM, as much as system supports.

Video-editing has more variables...but RAM again wins out in my world :thumbsup:. You don't indicate whether you save video files or how you do your editing (appliance, software, etc.) but I would look at the minimums for whatever software for a clue as to minimum hard drive space.

In this era of large hard drives, that should be no problem.

It might be useful to know what system you have right now and what makes you think you need a new system.

As for what kind...I don't believe in buying "name brand" systems, but I suggest doing window shopping among at least 3 different manufacturers (if you don't intend to build your own).

I would also suggest that you take a look at www.pricewatch.com and the systems available there. Although many persons hwer turn up their noses at such...they fill a need in the market and consumers generally wind up getting a decent system (for routine computing) with XP or Vista as a throw-in of sorts. I've bought several from vendors there, with no problems on any.

If you insist on buying a Dell, Gateway, eMachines, etc...just get the one that appears to be the best deal for you...after checking out all possibilities.

Any working PC...is a good PC, in my world...unless it doesn't do something that I would like to do at a level I desire. Since I don't game, I'm easily satisfied.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 12:41 AM

Most here will probably think I'm crazy but if you want a good reasonably priced unit buy a emachine with a core2duo in it.
Also buy a good power supply , take the one out of the emachine & put it in the trash.
Emachines usually come with a Bestec power supply which is weak & best known for failing & frying the motherboard in the process.

Emachine is owned by Gateway now.
They use pretty much the same components.
I have a Intel motherboard that came out of a Emachine.
I determined what model it is & flashhed the BIOS woth Intel BIOS to remove the emachine startup screen.
[It worked but it doesn't always & if it doesn't the motherboaqrd is stuck with corrupt bios & won't work]

Now I have a Intel startup screen but if a utility like PC Wizard is used it kists it as a Gateway. :thumbsup:

Most of the emachines are very upgradable so you can add a video card & more memory.

It's a inexpensive way to a "semicustom" unit.
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Posted 09 May 2009 - 12:23 PM

Thanks for your help. I always thought e-Machines were cheap ones...

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:15 PM

...and what's wrong with cheap...when one doesn't pride oneself on overspending on foibles :thumbsup:?

You really might benefit by reading up on PC components...and recognizing that just about any component will last through the typical 1-year warranty period.

Those same components become obsolete/replaced by newer components...almost immediately after they are promoted as the "latest/greatest" and put into inventory, IMO.

"Cheap systems" are often that way...because they use components that are not touted as the "latest/greatest today." That doesn't mean that the components are in any way necessarily "inferior", they just belong to a different computer era.

If you take a look at sites like Dell, Gateway, etc...you will see that their lower-tier lines feature components...that just aren't "new" but still retain the value/capabilities...possessed when first introduced.

But...that much research may be too much work...so just go with what "others" happen to tell you.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:32 PM

There is a big difference between "cheap" & inexpensive.

Cheap = poor quality

Inexpensive = low price.

Emachine have always been inexpensive computers with a cheap power supply.

The "Bestec" power supply is what has given emachine a bad name.

About 4 years ago my niece wanted an "inexpensive" computer.
I went with her to buy it.
She got a emachine.
I ordered a new power supply for it
As soon as I got the PSU I changed it & put the "bestec" in the trash.
That emachine has been running practically non stop for the last 4 years or so.

It has been upgraded with a video card & more memory & plays World Of Warcraft quite well. :thumbsup:

If you look at the components in a emachine they usually have pretty decent stuff, other then the power supply.

BTW, HP, Compaq , & Gateway [now owns emachine] , all use Bestec power supplies in their low end unit.
In the HP & compaq they are rebranded "HP" * "Compaq" but they're still Bestec junk.

I'm not trying to be a emachine salesman, I'm just mentioning a way to get a good, inexpensive , unit.

Edited by fairjoeblue, 09 May 2009 - 01:51 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:42 AM

I would say HP. Not only have I had good experience with HPs quality, but their customer service simply cant be beat. and emachines I would not recomend. They are owned by gateway, and every emachines/gateway computer I haev torn apart has had substandard parts in it, and Ive heard semi good reviews on their quality. HP makes good desktops and laptops, Toshiba makes excellent laptops, laptop wise I would stay away from Acers and most generic brand ones. Also, lenova makes good office computers.

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