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#1 BillnRinggold

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:28 AM

I'm looking to upgrade and any help will be greatly appreciated.

I'm pretty much a "gadget freak" and the "latest technology" type with the exception of my work computer. I trailer/office (next to my home) with four primary uses - a company database application written in Corel Paradox - MS Money - MS Outlook 2010 - Internet searchs and MS Word. Since until recently, Paradox didn't run well on Windows 7, I was restricted to a XP Machine. Now Corel has updated Paradox and my partner has had great success running it on Win7 - so I'm ready to upgrade to a Win7 based computer.

For years I have upgraded my work machine approximately every three years but restricted the new machine to older technology. This time I'd like to jump over the older stuff and go to a i7 processor. I would also like to go to a All-In-One machine with a flexible budget of $1200.00. Since finding a new machine is considerably easier if I lose the i7 requirement, am I really going to notice the difference between i5 and i7?

I've been searching for a few days but each machine I like comes up short.

Here are my favorites, so far:

  • 23" Samsung (DP700A3B-A02US $1,100) looks like a winner but I can't find it in a i7 - I have found it in a i5; is there a significant difference? Also, I have never owned a Samsung computer any thoughts?
  • 27" HP (Omni 220-1180qd $1,460) when moving up to the i7 is very pricey - This looks like a new offering from HP and will probably drop in price in a few months. Moving up to the i7 and a few little options prices this machine at $260 over budget which is affordable but not desirable.
  • 27" ASUS (ET2700INKS-B062C $1,450) has no reviews that I could find and is $250 over budget. This looks more like an All in One entertainment set.

I'm not stuck on a All-in-One if there is a substantially better idea (or a lot cheaper).

Also (big also!) the most distasteful part of a hardware upgrade, for me, is migrating the software to the new machine - particularly when I can't find the old disks. I wonder if anyone can recommend a software application that moves data and programs to a new machine relatively easy?

Thanks in advance,

Bill

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:38 AM

The tasks you mentioned are basic and are not demanding, so a i7 is not necessary. The Samsung AIO with the i5 is better suited for your budget and uses.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:32 AM

Michael:

Thanks for the reply. If you can, please clear this up - are you recommending the Samsung because it's a better machine? I ask this because if I drop down to the i5 the other two computers are at that same price point.

Also, (for anybody) I was in a Best Buy yesterday and the Geek Squad supervisor said that moving programs to a new machine can't be done (without the disks). He said they could move the data (so can I) but there isn't anything out there that will move the programs. To me, this is always the hardest part of an upgrade and I'm not sure that I have all the disks - I know I don't have MS Money.

Thanks,

Bill

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:55 AM

I am recommending it because it is more then capable of accomplishing your tasks and Samsung makes some reliable computers. It's usually better to fresh install the program into a new computer.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

Hi,
My take on All In One computers is run as fast and as far away as you can.

They are pretty
compact
not very upgradable
Expensive to fix.

From what I've seen

If the motherboard goes bad to expensive to fix. Throw it away
If the screen goes bad ditto

Many are built using at least some laptop parts

You would be better served getting a HP or Dell business model

They have business models where the computer is mounted behind the screen. With that setup either can be easily replaced.

There are three dells on this page for example.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/desktops-n-workstations?~ck=mn#!facets=116823~0~3611731&p=1

Their I5 model was $1049 US
Just my take on things.

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