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#1 Memimi

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:56 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $400-500

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? General school use... word processing, internet. I do some light gaming... Diablo 2, Final Fantasy 11... I will be doing online classes as well. I'll also need to be able to use it for some programming and web design once those classes start. I also tend to use my computer as my main way to watch videos and dvds.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Just programs listed above.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Mostly older games like Diablo 2 and Final Fantasy 11. My brother sometimes plays Maplestory on my computer.

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 usually have a lot running at a time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Music and videos, ya.

I used to use a laptop but I know I'll get more for my money with a desktop so that is what I'm looking for at this point. Cash is limited so I'm aiming for as little as possible that will meet most of my needs. I know my budget is low but that is what happens in college I suppose. >_<

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:30 PM

I thing that this computer http://www.compusa.com/applications/Search...mp;Sku=SYX-3064 399$ with this monitor http://www.compusa.com/applications/Search...p;Sku=A204-2226 149$ will fulfill your needs .
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:27 AM

If I want to purchase something around that budget, and in college. i would go for a netbook.

http://computers.toptenreviews.com/netbook...5pe-review.html

But having many programs running at the same time. The netbook won't like it.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 03:48 PM

I have to agree with Master, it is a mid-range computer which should suit your needs and i from my past experience i have a similar system like that and it worked well with the things you mentioned.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 04:27 PM

Due to a number of factors...no optical drive, small hard drive, weaker CPU...I would not suggest a netbook. I think of those as "disposable computers" and, unfortunately, that usually means user limitations.

If you cannot get one with an O/S disk...I suggest that you also consider what you intend to do when things go wrong and you need to install the O/S and/or programs...not so easy to do without an optical drive, IMO.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 04:15 AM

I already ruled out a netbook because I have software for school I'll need to install and run. Also, those tiny keyboards bother me when I'm typing papers.

My dad keeps suggesting a few from Walmart. Are there certain brands I should try and avoid?

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 07:49 AM

Depends on what your biases are :blink:...and what you are willing to spend.

I've purchased systems via Walmart (among others)...but I tend to delete everything that comes on it and then reinstall one of my own licensed versions of Windows, minus all the junk that they install on OEM (HP, eMachines, etc.) systems.

Once that is done, the systems seem to function like any other system I may put together myself.

From a quality-of-components perspective...with the exception of the power supply unit...OEMs tend to use the same components that many frugal self-builders use, IMO.

It's just like shopping for anything else, IMO...spending more does not necessarily make a better product or one which satisfies the customer's needs better.

Quality control has little to do with brand names, I'm afraid...that's why each new system has the same warranty provisions :wacko:.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 10:24 PM

I've just noticed that Walmart has many computers that have what I am looking for at about $350-$400. But at say... Best Buy... they want $550 for the same thing with a better looking brand name. Was thinking I'd grab one of these Walmart desktops but I wanted to make sure there wasn't some reason to avoid it. I was planning on just dual booting Ubuntu on it... I prefer it over using windows but I like having windows in case I want to do something I don't know how to make work on Ubuntu.




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