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Purchase Template: Need new computer for home use


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#1 CheckNerd

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 12:08 AM

hey guys!

here's the template

My budget for the new computer is: 800$ -900$

What are the primary uses for this computer : mail, web browsing, programming, games, playing and downloading music audios and videos etc

What software do you intend on using on the computer?

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? I do play games but not very often. Its usually the flash games.

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? Yes, i do have a lot of programs running at the same time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes, I do.


P.S : Please suggest the laptop(s) in I7 series

Thanks.. any help in this regard will be much appreciated :)

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 01:07 PM

Toshibahttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214046

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 01:46 AM

I went through it specs and it looks decent indeed. but why is it not the preferred brand in comparison to dell/hp ?
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Posted 26 December 2010 - 03:21 AM

Well i prefer using Toshiba laptops because of quality. If you prefer HP, i can find you one which fits the specification you want.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 12:47 PM

How about dell? can u find me a good one with the specs i want?
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 08:57 PM

To get a i7 for Dell they sell there Alienware which blows out your budget.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 08:17 AM

Is there a major difference between i5 and i7? I ask cos if there's not a lot of difference then dell's i5 would be within my budget.NO?
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 12:31 PM

Toshiba makes a great laptop like killerx525 is suggesting. A lot of what effects performance though is how your software is set up. If you have a lot of music it may be a good idea to get a second physical usb drive to keep it on. One that powers from usb. Or a large memory stick. This way, if you do get a virus or something bad happens everything isn't on your c partition. You could reload the OS if you want, with an install cd/dvd of the OS and create two partitions. I like to do this, cos' that way if I do have to rebuild all my music and videos are located off the c drive, even though this is still one physical drive. Good software is the start of a good computer. Ya need any help down the road gimme a hollar lt dan
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:59 PM

Toshiba makes a great laptop like killerx525 is suggesting. A lot of what effects performance though is how your software is set up. If you have a lot of music it may be a good idea to get a second physical usb drive to keep it on. One that powers from usb. Or a large memory stick. This way, if you do get a virus or something bad happens everything isn't on your c partition. You could reload the OS if you want, with an install cd/dvd of the OS and create two partitions. I like to do this, cos' that way if I do have to rebuild all my music and videos are located off the c drive, even though this is still one physical drive. Good software is the start of a good computer. Ya need any help down the road gimme a hollar lt dan

I have to agree with you about that and it really does make difference if keep your software neat and tidy.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:47 AM

Toshiba it is, then ? Cos im confused between dell and toshiba.. I'm willing to buy dell i5 if there's not much of a difference between i5 and i7 technologies
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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:29 PM

i personally am not a dell fan...imo they r overpriced even with their saying *save $200* ive found thast they just jacked their prices up about *300* to make up the difference so i would go toshiba...they make good quality products at more reasonable prices...if u can find a MSI laptop with that budget (might not be able to) they are really good also...but i would definatly go toshiba before dell any day any time ...just my two cents in lol :)

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:27 PM

Any particular reason you're attached to the i7 processor? How long are you hoping to keep the computer? How do you feel about spending other money in the future for upgrades like more RAM?

If you prefer to spend the money one time and be "done" for around 4 years, I would go with an i5 processor and add more RAM. Most of the tasks you intend won't be processor intensive enough to make a difference (especially if you're not gaming), and since you like to have many apps open at once the extra RAM will help you. Or see if you can get a faster hard drive upgrade. Or bundle an ext hard drive as LT Dan suggested.

If you don't mind spending a little money in a couple years and you're comfortable making your own hardware changes, you can usually find quality memory from 3rd parties cheaper than it would be from the manufacturer and you could go with the i7 so the processor will be "relevant" for a longer period. It can be tricky to find the right type of memory for your particular laptop and you definitely want to be careful not to buy crummy memory - you can't just shop by price.

There are always tradeoffs, but if it were me, I would go i5 and more RAM. Hope this helps!

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:17 AM

points taken. thanks. im opting for dell studio xps 16.. it looks sleek and is also powerful. What do u guys think?
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:06 AM

There's a few different models i'm not exactly sure which one your gonna buy.

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