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The new computer purchase template is:
My budget for the new computer is: $500-600
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? mail, web browsing, web development, graphic design
What software do you intend on using on the computer? photoshop, illustrator, dreamweaver
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? not really
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? It depends what I am doing. I need it to run my programs such as photoshop, illustrator, dreamweaver, etc concurrently)
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes however i actually keep these on my external hard drive, so i am not someone who requires much hard drive space. I actually have less then 40 gb of stuff on my laptop as well as on my pc.
I am not a fan at all of HP/Compaq products and will not purchase one. I have no tolerance for Dell laptops but I have heard their desktops are more reliable. Current PC is a Sony but I have had a few issues with it over the years - had to replace the power supply and also the RAM. I also thought about just building my own PC with my current hard drive/dvd drive/etc. I could even put it right in the existing case. It would be pretty cheap to pick up a new mobo, ram, a copy of windows 7, and an intel i5 chip. i'm fine with onboard video.
does an i5 chip seem like too much for what i want it to do? does it make more sense just to buy a pc from a normal manufacturer?
Edited by cgirl0111, 11 August 2011 - 11:56 PM.