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Purchase Template: Buying for the future

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#1 focused313


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

My budget for the new computer is: $300-$400

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Web browsing, audio/video editing (wavepad, photoshop, windows movie maker, etc...), web page building, microsoft office, youtube, and other basic activities.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Adobe Photoshop, teamviewer, avast, video screen capture software, dvd makers,

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Only flashed based games online (ex: facebook)

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? Multiple load heavy programs running in addition to several tabs in google chrome.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes, as well as videos. I can move those things to the external hard drive though.

I currently have a Toshiba L505D, connected to an external Acer 21" widescreen monitor. My laptop basically functions as a desktop, being closed most of the time, but I've found that that causes it to overheat and tend to shut itself off if I'm watching cpu intense videos, such as 1080p vids on youtube, while having other programs open.

I've decided to go with a desktop, since you essentially get more bang for your buck and I already have a decent laptop. I want Windows 7 Premium, a solid cpu, and a good amount of ram. I'd also like a hdmi out, but if not, I know how to add it myself.

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

For $400, i could only find a i3 Dell which should be able to handle Photoshop and the other tasks. I do suggest upgrading the ram to at least 4GB.

Edited by killerx525, 11 November 2012 - 04:23 PM.

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#3 Jonathan James

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:05 AM

My vote for best laptop in the prescribed range, including services, would go to Dell. They may not always have a laptop for under $400, but you may be able to get one for around that during one of their bigger sales. Their customer support is hard to beat.

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