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#1 Drama-Queen

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:22 PM

Budget - no more than $900 (including exteneded warranty)
Uses - word processing, Outlook email, watching tv shows, web use, NO gaming, nothing elaborate
Software - Microsoft Office (everyone is selling Office 10), HP all in one printer, ATT Uverse land line
Store pictures from Digital camera and some movies

Questions - We will be replacing a 32 bit pc with a 64 bit pc. What kind of problems can I expect?

Dell or HP?

Core i5 processors or AMD?

We have not purchased a new desktop in more than 5 years.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:25 PM

I forogt to include the these facts:

Already own:
wireless keyboard and mouse
Big Monitor (husband is nearly blind)(kidding)
Speakers (not great ones, but they will do)

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:01 PM

Budget - no more than $900 (including exteneded warranty)
Uses - word processing, Outlook email, watching tv shows, web use, NO gaming, nothing elaborate
Software - Microsoft Office (everyone is selling Office 10), HP all in one printer, ATT Uverse land line
Store pictures from Digital camera and some movies

Questions - We will be replacing a 32 bit pc with a 64 bit pc. What kind of problems can I expect?

Dell or HP?

Core i5 processors or AMD?

We have not purchased a new desktop in more than 5 years.
Accepting all thoughts anyone has on this topic.


I like what HP has been doing lately. You wont run into a lot of problems with 64 bit as most software has caught up, you will appreciate the speed however. FOr office use I like Intel processors. Good luck!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:48 PM

lenovo IdeaCentre H415 (30991RU)

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

Something else to consider:

Call or visit some computer shops in your area.

A custom built system not be as expensive as you think. 2 of my 3 custom builds cost about the same as a mid-price off-the-shelf system. The first one was more expensive because I went from a laptop to a desktop and needed speakers, keyboard, monitor and mouse. I also requested sound and graphic cards.

If you already have speakers, keyboard, monitor, and mouse you'll save money because you don't need those things.

Questions to ask when consulting about your custom build:

Do you have a basic custom build?

Most of them do. Find out what the basic build consists of-OS, hard drive size, how much memory, processor type.

You won't get a sound or graphics card. If you don't want to use on board sound and graphics, you'll pay extra for the cards.

What is your warranty? How long is it for, what does it cover?

(mine is 3 years, which covers motherboard, hard drive, fans, and maybe a few other things but I have to take it to the tech every 6 months so they can open the case and clean out the innards)

Will the warranty be voided if you open up the case for anything? They may put a sticker over it and if you open the case, the sticker will break.

Will you get the disk for the motherboard, and an OS disk?

Once you find out what the basic build is, you can talk about extras and how much they will cost.

If you have a computer tech shop you've dealt with and like, that's the place to start. If not, ask people you know who they use.

There are advantages to a custom build. You don't get the pre-installed junk that clutter an off-the-shelf system. It also may be easier to upgrade in the future.




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