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Which computer is ideal for me?


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#1 Sepulcher

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

So, I've had my Toshiba Portege m400 for 4 or 5 years now, and I think it's time to upgrade to a better computer with Windows 7 (I heard it's really good!) Here's the questionnaire I will fill out:

My budget for the new computer is: $1500 Max

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Gaming, Web browsing, mail, watching movies and general day-to-day usage

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Windows 7, if that's what you mean by "software"

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Games like Need For Speed Most Wanted, GTA: San Andreas and Online games (Miniclip and low graphics games on Addictinggames)

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 close every program after use, but sometimes I will have it open for a long time like Firefox

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? I have 14GB of music and 2GB of photos. I listen to music a lot!

Thanks. If more info is needed, ask.

Also, if someone could not recommend me a Toshiba...I have a personal dislike for them (My school provided me with this Laptop...)

A good brand which is reliable would be good. Also, I won't be moving my computer around at all, it's going to be a replacement for a desktop computer.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:43 PM

I think you should go with this Dell Studio XPS 9100 desktop, it's really great for a desktop. You can customize it according to your needs on Dell's website. Hope that this helps and do tell me what you went with. :)
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 | Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz | 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz RAM | 488 GB WD SATA HDD | 1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4350 | No real-time antivirus | MBAM on-demand | Windows 7's Built-in Firewall |

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:02 AM

Asus

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:34 AM

Asus

He doesn't need a laptop.
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:55 AM

Oops my bad. You could build your desktop for that 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 26 January 2011 - 03:54 AM

Well, I would prefer a Laptop, because I like it's portability and all.

Also... I checked out This link (Asus) but I don't know if Asus are reliable?
And, what about an Alienware computer? are they reliable? I heard AWs are expensive, so could I afford a good one which will last long?

Is there any Acer computers which are similar to that Asus?

I don't necessarily need a gaming laptop. I watch HD movies and stuff but don't game a lot...only when i'm bored.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:35 AM

Alienware are expensive but i believe i can you might like this one. There are Acer computers which are similar to that Asus i recommended but Acer laptop quality isn't that good compared to Asus. For $1500 budget you could buy a gaming laptop or you can lower your budget down maybe to $1000 or $1200.

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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 26 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

Hmm, I checked the link out, but now that I found out that Dell owns Alienware, I'm a little annoyed. I don't rate Dell to be all that good.

Are Alienware actually Dell, or a whole other computer except Dell bought them? Are Asus better computers in the long run? The Asus computer seems to be very good, because I would like a computer which is almost like a replacement (or alternative) to a Desktop computer.

My brother has a Toshiba Satellite, and it's quiet big and heavy...it's not really something which is extremely portable, so I think that is a Desktop computer replacement...

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:32 PM

Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Dell. Asus are great laptops for the long run if they maintained properly. I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro myself, i've had it for 2 years now and it is still working fine for what i do which is watch loads of movies, browsing the internet, listen to music, type up documents and do bit of gaming. Have a look at my signature for my laptop. You just have to look at a laptop that you want like the screen size and the weight of it.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:51 PM

Yeah I noticed your sig before. My brother has a Satellite P200, but his fans broke and it's in for repair now.

I'll cancel out the chances of buying an Alienware for now. What do you think of This Lenovo computer? Apparently they are a lot better than Asus, and are better built.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:58 PM

Small screen but pack with power which is fantastic for the laptop your looking for and it shouldn't be to heavy. It depends on the model if you are comparing the Asus. My dad has a Lenovo, the low end models and the only thing i dislike about it is the speakers and the 64bit windwows 7.

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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 26 January 2011 - 11:07 PM

So if I were to buy the Asus which I probably am at this point in time, will Windows 7 64-bit be a problem. Is there a real difference between w7 32 and 62 bit?

Also, do you know if the speakers for the Asus are any good? If they're not that good, It won't change my mind.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:14 PM

If you do get the Asus, you are gonna have to install 64bit programs so they can function properly. If you can't 64bit program then you have to install 32bit version or some programs can support both 32bit and 64bit. i'm not sure exactly sure about the speakers but i found a very similar Asus review and the speakers are acceptable.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 04:33 AM

Sorry about the late reply.

Well, I don't usually install things that I know are not going to be compatible. I can still download Firefox right?

Also, the website you recommended me NewEgg...Have you bought from there? And lastly, does it ship to Australia. If it doesn't, I don't know how else to get that laptop, because no retail stores in Perth have that Asus, and the Asus website is too expensive, and there is one guy on Ebay who has it for $1800.

EDIT: About the guy on Ebay that's selling it. It's an American model (the item location is in the US), so I can't get it...

Edited by Sepulcher, 27 January 2011 - 05:42 AM.


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 08:55 AM

You still use Firefox. NewEgg does not ship to Australia. I usually go to MSY to buy my parts and laptops. The closest branch in Perth is the Cannington branch. You should buy the Asus N53JQ-FHD-SZ236V from MSY for $1499. The screen size is 15.6inch, i7, 640gb hard drive, blueray combo, 2 yr warranty and they give you a free 320gb external hard drive.

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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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