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Purchase Template: Need Desktop for home Office

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#1 focused313


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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:07 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $400

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? web browsing, microsoft office, image editing, light video editing

What software do you intend on using on the computer? adobe photoshop, photoline, windows movie maker, avast antivirus, mediacoder

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? No

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? 3-4 at a time. Firefox may have 3-6 tabs open at a time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes


I currently have a Emachines w/ intel celeron D 3.20 hgz. 513 KB l2, 533 mhz. According to a cpu benchmark website, it scored 391, which is.....horrible.

I only need a computer, no monitor. I actually found a computer that scored very high on the benchmark website:

* AMD Athlon X2 7750 Dual-Core Processor (2.7GHz, 1MB L2 cache + 2MB shared L3 cache)
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1
* 500GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
* SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe technology

and it's less than $300, however it doesn't have Windows 7 and I refuse to have Vista (I have XP now). Would it serve me well to get that and purchase Windows 7? How easy would it be to replace the OS?

As far as other suggestions, I'd like something with atleast a dual core, 3 gigs of ram (with room to expand), and a 250 GB HD. I don't care about dvd drives or anything like that. I just need it to be able to encode in a reasonable amount of time and smoothly play HD vids on youtube.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:39 PM

Worth a look, IMO: http://www.ascendtech.us/customkititems.as...DTWAMDX2775027G

You might also want to take a look at http://www.pricewatch.com/computer_systems_with_os/


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