--What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
I'd like to play online games on it without any lag. I would also use my computer to word process, photoshop, video edit, watch high definition movies, and browse the web. (I would like if my computer had a blueray player and a good resolution on the screen)
--What software do you intend on using on the computer?
CS4 Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, Firefox, VLC Player. Some games.
--Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
I like playing online games, MMORPGs, and first person shooters.
--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?
I have 1-3 programs open at all times.
--Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
I do store a lot of pictures, videos, and music on my computer.
My current laptop is an HP dv8380us, but, it's kind of old now and has been plagued with problems for the past year. I therefore feel is time for an upgrade now.
I was happy with my HP for most of it's lifetime; what I wasn't happy with was their customer service and technical support, they were simply God awful. Also, I don't know if this is unique to HPs, but opening up the laptop to clean out the fan is a terrible pain in the butt.
I don't mind changing brands at all if there is something better you guys might suggest. Also, my dv8380 was a 17", so I don't mind if the laptop is big/bulky if it meets my other requirements.
I was checking out computers at www.refurbdepot.com and so far I liked what I had seen, but then, I compared prices, and they weren't selling computers for much cheaper that at other places brand new; I also read reviews on the website and it made me a bit wary of them. I don't know if you guys know anything about them. An acquaintance bought a laptop there, and she was happy, so, I really don't know.
I then went to www.newegg.com and saw some good computers there, but I quickly got overwhelmed with all the different info and specifications.
Thanks in advance guys!
Edited by InaPinch, 24 May 2010 - 12:36 AM.