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Buying a new Desktop and am Clueless!


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#1 soccermomiam

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 03:27 PM

I would like to purchase a new desktop pc for home use. My budget is $500 to $600. It will be used for music, videos, making videos from camcorder, uploading pictures and saving to disc, perhaps if I loose the arguement also to play Sims (daughters fav game lol) I want to make sure it runs smoothly. I already have a monitor and keyboard. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated! It is replacing an older Dell. And I really have no idea who makes the best desktops anymore, I have been doing research here and elsewhere and the more I do, the more confused I get~ Of course any deal is a BIG bonus! :blink:

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:49 AM

I personally feel Systemax computers are worth taking a look at.They are a great american pc builder.
The 5-600 you're talking about is plenty.Quad core pc's can be had for that price these days.Personally I build my own and I have seen some nice systemax machines that aren't so proprietary and can be upgraded much easier than other pc manufacturers.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 07:12 AM

My oldest son has built quite a few of our comps but now he is working in Chicago, and doesn't really have the time anymore.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:36 PM

Although I don't buy such (I don't buy brand name systems, preferring to put one together)...I would start with a look at Dell.

I wouldn't necessarily end there, but it provides a good summary of what should be a base starting point for users who cannot/do not maintain/repair their own systems.

So much of buying a PC...is not cut-and-dry, it depends entirely on the preferences of the prospective buyer/user.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:49 PM

I have looked through and was wondering about these at HP With the 20% Bing back off those prices. Put together another one through HP and was wondering the best t of the two.
HP Pavilion p6370t customizable Desktop PC
AZ210AV#ABA


Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel® Core™ i3-530 dual-core processor [2.93GHz, 512KB L2 + 4MB shared L3 cache, DMI 2.5GT/s]
SAVE 50%! 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs]
FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
512MB NVIDIA GeForce G210 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
No TV Tuner
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
No speakers
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
Microsoft® Works 9.0
No additional security software
HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
Estimated build date: March 9, 2010

Free standard shipping on this item

Save for re-order Remove
Qty. Update
Price: $899.99
PC instant rebate: $200.00
Price after rebate: 699.99

and

HP Pavilion Elite e9300z PC
AZ217AV#ABA


Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Athlon™ X4 620 quad-core processor [2.6GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MT/s bus]
FREE UPGRADE! 6GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB
FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, 1394, audio
No TV Tuner
Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
No speakers
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
Microsoft® Works 9.0
Norton Internet Security™ 2010 - 15 month
HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
Estimated build date: March 9, 2010

Free standard shipping on this item

Save for re-order Remove
Qty. Update
Price: $699.99
PC instant rebate: $100.00
Price after rebate: 599.99




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