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#1 Brenna_AK

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 04:30 PM

I am looking into getting a new computer. I may eventually be wanting 2-3 computers in my house for different reasons - my husband, kids, and me.

for my kids, I have 3 of them and they all have autism. i was thinking of getting them a touchscreen computer and getting learning programs for them on the computer. and have them take turns at the computer.

I personally am looking into a mac, and my husbands computer - emachines, has gone gone caput. now, everytime I run dvdshrink, my I have to manually shut down the computer because everything freezes up, or I get teh famous windows blue screeen, lol. so I am seriously considering alternatives - mac or linux.

does anyone know about windows xp ( i have it) vs windows 7?
windows vs mac vs linux?

I like the idea of linux but i'm afraid of no telephone support.

I would loves some help and input into new computer.

also, anyone have any advice on a custom computer without blowing up the house?

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 07:10 PM

You might as well use windows 7 because windows xp is starting to die. There is no telephone support for linux unfortunately. If you transferring from windows user to Mac user, you gonna have to learn how to use a mac since you are use to using windows. If you do plan to build a custom computer have a look at guides or ask BC to help you build one.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 12:17 AM

Actually, it depends. Some Linux Distributers such as RedHat and OpenSuSe, Do offer customer support provided of course, you purchase their retail version of the linux OS and not their free version. There are also various linux help forums, most distros have their own free online forum support, and BC has a section dedicated 100% to linux with several members on staff who are very familiar with it. I experiment with it a lot, and even had one of my computers dedicated for only linux use (until my cat got ahold of it) A good way to decide if you like linux is to go to our linux section of the forums, and go through that little survey to see what distros it suggets for you, and then download the live CDs for those distros and try them out. With a liveCD you don't have to install the OS-you just boot up off the disc and it runs off your ram. It won't be as fast as a installation, but you can get a feel for it to see whether you like it or not, whether or not its something you can get used to.

As far as windows goes, yes XP is starting to slowly die-however, it is not totally dead yet as microsoft has extended support for it up to 2014, and in all reality, when tested on similar systems, windows XP professional still outperforms vista and windows 7 in all areas except gaming, though it only outperforms 7 by small margins in most areas. I myself, am using windows 7 premium on my wifes laptop, ultimate on my gaming rig, and XP on my laptop, and am happy with all 3. 7 is a definete improvement over vista, and I don't see you being unhappy with it. (other then it is, of course windows, haha)

As far as recomending a custom computer, are you talking about ordering all the parts and building one yourself? How familiar are you with doing this? first time, second? we can guide you through it no problem-its not extraordinarily hard to do, but its nice for us to know the skill level so we can better help you. And what kind of budget are we dealing with?

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:26 AM

I was actually considering making a custom made cpu, but i'm not quit sure. I would need a picture tutorial. and some of the motherboard, etc, etc I dont' know what I would need, and whats compatible, etc.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:47 AM

on 2end thought - I just want a computer that I can multitask on, do video editing, run edcuational softwware, lots of space.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:18 AM

OEM or custom built? Here at BC we can help you guide through the process of building a computer :thumbup2:

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:27 AM

we can most certainly help you with that-what kind of budget are we dealing with?

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:51 AM

I would prefer within 500 to 750. but also something that could be upgradable also. I do lots of video ediiting. i'd have to do some serious multi-tasking. lots of hd and ram for lots of programs and storage. etc. lots of internet useage.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:54 PM

Lets start with this for options:

Motherboard $95

CPU:$154\

Memory: $90

Case: $80

Power Supply: $70

500 gig Hard drive: $55

Video Card: $210

DVD burner: $20

Total: est. $775 before shipping. That gives you a quad core with 4 gigs of ram, a crossfire enabled motherboard for future expansion with a Radeon 6850 video card to start with, and a good case allowing for plenty of future expansion. You can go with a lower rated board and case if you want to lower the price and still do what you need to do-but that may limit your future expansion. Also note, that this is the price without an operating system.

Edited by the_patriot09, 22 November 2010 - 06:24 PM.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 04:45 PM

would this be amd or intel? i'm confused.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:34 PM

okay, i think I wanna go with this. can you guys give me a complete list? oh, and what would be an alternative cooler fan, because its no longer available.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:22 PM

AMD-just click the blue words and theyll bring up a link to the part-and what do you mean by coolerfan? do you mean power supply, because they ran out of stock on that one-I fixed the link with one that is in stock.

Edited by the_patriot09, 22 November 2010 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:37 PM

yeah thanx. now If I were to substitute the dvd player/whatever for combo blue ray drive, what would you recommend?

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:25 PM

do you want just a blue ray player or a burner as well? LG has a decent one for $100 that burns and plays BluRay on down, and if you just want a DVD burner that will just play blue-Ray movies Liteon has one for $40

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:22 PM

no, I want the burner too, so I'll go with the LG $100. thanx a bunch. also, I might not have the money for everything at once, so I think i'll be buying them pices at a time.if you were me, which pcieds, including wires or whatever, would you buy in order?




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