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#1 unnnies

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 06:06 PM

My budget for the new computer is: <$700

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? E-mail, web browsing, Skype, streaming music, and possibly photo editing.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Open office, iTunes, Chrome.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Solitare :blink:

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? At most 3.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not a lot.

I am looking into getting a computer for my grandmother. Though I'm a pc user, I find the iMac tempting. The ease of use is compelling, but cost is a concern. I figure a refurb should do it. Top of the list: http://www.powermax.com/parts/show/c-u68981 A sales person mentioned that an intel iMac would be better because I could upgrade to Snow Leopard. Is being on Tiger really a concern, I am still on XP and while vista and 7 are nice and shiny, my machine meet all my needs. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 04:37 PM

We had a thread about mac vs pc not long ago here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/300404/mac-vs-pc/
Unless you have a specific need for a Mac, get a PC and save your money. Not only are PCs less expensive, they have the option to upgrade in the future.
In addition, the idea that Macs are easier to use is a fallacy spread by Apple. There are applications on OSX which don't even have a GUI.

Great choices for your price range:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16883227223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16883227217
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16883227245

Edited by RainbowSix, 10 April 2010 - 12:30 AM.

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