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#1 wtfhelpmeplz

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 10:25 PM

I was wondering if anyone could give me some good advice. I need to buy a new computer. I've decided to get a desktop over laptop. The guys at Best Buy recommended an Asus. But I wanted to ask around before I bought one.
I need the computer for school. Nothing special, just typing papers... doing research online and the occasional software I might need for a course. I watch movies and tv shows online too, so whatever makes that work better. And I take a lot of pictures with my digital camera but I can store those externally. Im not into gaming, but have thought about buying some children games for my son. basically thats it.
Is best buy the best place? What about the extended warranty/coverage thing they offer if you buy something?
Since I'll be using the comp for basic stuff does Asus still apply as the best or for the things I'll be doing will something else be just as fine?
And if Asus is the choice, what model is best for the littlest money for what I need to do?
Im a full time college student so I can't just go crazy spending money on something...but I want something that is a good machine and reliable.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 10:59 PM

Just my opinion, but I like Dell. I have dealt with a lot of different manufactures support and Dell is the easiest to deal with.
Their website makes a difference also, if your computer is under warranty you can chat with their support.
I am constantly helping friends who have taken their computers to Best Buy.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 11:58 AM

Do not buy the mini-tower model of any brand
They might be easier to move around and in close quarters it might save some room, but they are troublesome
If recovery disks come with the unit, lock them up and treat them like gold. If you need to make them, do it right away
That said, I like Dells also. I'm not a big fan of Best Buy, but with careful shopping you should do OK
The only item I would buy an extended warranty for would be a laptop
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:43 PM

Asus products seem to be very good stat wise for the money. I've not owned one of their prebuilt machines, but their motherboards and video cards that i've used seem to be very well made so I'm assuming they use the same quality in their assembled computers.

If I were to buy one, I would consider an Asus for sure. That, or an HP. I've had great luck with HP laptops in the past.

I do usually buy the extended warranty yes. I do like the peace of mind factor, even if I dont get to use it at all. I especially agree with the comment above on getting it on a laptop.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 03:13 PM

Keep an eye on the Dell site, they have some great buys and like mentioned above good support. I also like the ASUS, not sure about their support.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:34 AM

I was wondering if anyone could give me some good advice. I need to buy a new computer. I've decided to get a desktop over laptop. The guys at Best Buy recommended an Asus. But I wanted to ask around before I bought one.
I need the computer for school. Nothing special, just typing papers... doing research online and the occasional software I might need for a course. I watch movies and tv shows online too, so whatever makes that work better. And I take a lot of pictures with my digital camera but I can store those externally. Im not into gaming, but have thought about buying some children games for my son. basically thats it.
Is best buy the best place? What about the extended warranty/coverage thing they offer if you buy something?
Since I'll be using the comp for basic stuff does Asus still apply as the best or for the things I'll be doing will something else be just as fine?
And if Asus is the choice, what model is best for the littlest money for what I need to do?
Im a full time college student so I can't just go crazy spending money on something...but I want something that is a good machine and reliable.
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Just a personal opinion... "Best Buy" ... isn't!
(actually, the same thing applies to (or applied to as most have folded up) Circuit City, CompUSA, Future Shop, etc)

I'm probably too harsh here, but I've watched folks get buffaloed into buying way more than needed in these stores for years. Supposedly Best Buy( et al) no longer have those special deals (for the salesperson) to move such-and-such hardware, but I'm still leery of them.

But.. go into any store with your eyes open. Look things over, check prices, etc. *Don't buy* right then, even if they make you an offer that looks too good. Do the usual online research, then make up your mind.

As far as ASUS computers, I don't know how those fare. I've been using ASUS motherboards for years, and have recently come to love their LCD monitors.

Don't buy a computer based on the "software bundle". It used to be that the software was *full* versions, but nowadays most of it's "trialware". You said "school", you probably have access to deeply discounted "academic" software packages thru them. There's also "free" and/or opensource stuff like Open Office, etc.

As for extended warrantees, it's a crapshoot. Most "real" failures happen within the regular manufacturer's warrantee period. Personally, I'd only get the EW only on hi-damage items like laptops, and then only if it's a "fast replace" version.




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