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Need help finding a new computer. Many opinions welcome~


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#1 langsa

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

Alright folks, this is my conundrum. My laptop is on his last leg and I want to get another machine before the occasional "no boot device found" becomes a permanent problem. However, I'm at a loss for what to do. I want to eventually buy or have someone build a gaming desktop for me, but I also need the portability of a laptop for college. To be honest, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just get both because laptops can't be stressed the same way a desktop can; I won't be getting them at the same time though. Anyway, I'll give you an outline of what I want in both machines.

My budget for the new computer is:
Desktop: Around $1000.
Laptop: Around $650.

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Desktop: Typing, email, music, gaming, movies, heavy web browsing, art/graphics
Laptop: Typing, email, music, heavy web browsing, art/graphics

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Desktop:
Games - Team Fortress 2, Final Fantasy XI, WoW, Elder Scrolls Online.
Art software - Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004, maybe Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, Bamboo Dock
Word processing software - Open Office or Microsoft Office
Browsers - Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera
Antivirus - Undecided, but definitely not AVG. That's part of what screwed my computer up this time.
Other - Some sort of messenger program, Skype, Dropbox, audio player
Laptop:
Games - flash-based only
Art software - Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004, maybe Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, Bamboo Dock
Word processing software - Open Office or Microsoft Office
Browsers - Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera
Antivirus - Undecided.
Other - Some sort of messenger program, Skype, Dropbox, school software, audio player

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Desktop: Team Fortress 2, Final Fantasy XI, WoW, Elder Scrolls Online, possibly next gen games.
Laptop: Flash based only, to decrease chances of burning out a video card.

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?
Desktop: Probably. It would probably be a web browser with 5 tabs open, a game, an antivirus program running in the background, and messenger or music.
Laptop: Again, most likely. A web browser with an average of 5 tabs, antivirus, messenger.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Desktop: Yes.
Laptop: Yes, but less than on the desktop.

Other things I'm looking for:
Desktop: Decent longevity, no overclocking
Laptop: Hardy design, decent longevity, at least 4 hours of battery time.

Edited by langsa, 18 July 2012 - 01:11 PM.


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#2 killerx525

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 06:11 PM

Desktop: CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1342 - This system has a pretty good mid range gpu and a very solid case. - $990

Laptop: TOSHIBA Satellite L875D-S7232 - $630 - The quad core cpu in this laptop can easily power through all of those things you do on your laptop and the software you use.

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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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#3 langsa

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:08 AM

Desktop: CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1342 - This system has a pretty good mid range gpu and a very solid case. - $990

Laptop: TOSHIBA Satellite L875D-S7232 - $630 - The quad core cpu in this laptop can easily power through all of those things you do on your laptop and the software you use.

Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. ^^ Going to see what other users have to say as well before making a decision.




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