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#1 GeorgeP1

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Hi,

I am getting ready to buy a new computer (my 5 year old computer is giving me death moans) and it will be a combination of home use and I also do video marketing so I use camtasia and powerpoint.

My question is, since I have no clue and am on a limited budget (wife only wants to spend 500 dollars)any idea what I should get?

Thanks for the help and appreciate you all taking the time to read this.

Happy Holidays,
George Patrick

Edited by Orange Blossom, 25 December 2012 - 08:00 PM.
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#2 killerx525

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

For $500, you could get the lenovo IdeaPad S400 (59342932) which can run Powerpoint and Camtasia easily.

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#3 GeorgeP1

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:26 PM

Thanks Killerx525 I will look into it.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:11 AM

For another $7 you can get this one with an i5 processor.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:56 PM

Are you just looking for a laptop ? or have you consider a desktop ? Also what computer are you throwing away ? You could possibly use some of your old parts (if it was a desktop) . Also are you just looking to purchase a new one already built or possibly build one yourself ?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

just build your own computer?


cpu: i5 3470
case: Fractal Design Core 1000
ram: Corsair Vengeance 4GB
motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Intel B75


just need a power supply. i'm in the uk and everythings abit more expensive so hopefully that will be in your range :)

Edited by adamyjake, 29 December 2012 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

If you're going the laptop road...check out Newegg/Amazon/TigerDirect etc. Newegg is famous for having spontaneous 24 hour sales where you can get a $700 laptop for under $500.

If you're going the desktop route....build your own. The hardest part is picking out the components, and most of the regulars here can make (and I think most of us have done) hardware recommendations in our sleep. The actual assembly requires a screw driver and a little patience, but it isn't anything that can't be done.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:57 AM

>> If you're going the desktop route....build your own. The hardest part is picking out the components, and most of the regulars here can make (and I think most of us have done) hardware recommendations in our sleep. The actual assembly requires a screw driver and a little patience, but it isn't anything that can't be done. <<



And there in, as the Bard says, lies the rub.


@MDTechService - first off, Happy New Year! I'm in the same spot as the OP, am looking for a new computer and am definitely looking for a desktop, not a laptop.

My budget limit would be no more that $900 (U.S. dollars) and doesn't need a great deal of bells and whistles.

I don't game and, I think, the most I ask out of my current machine, is to run Audacity. Otherwise, I don't do much other then surf, watch some videos online and create a lot of documents (with Open Office) and store a lot of music and photos.

I've considered building my own (I've never done it, mind you) but not sure if it really is that easy.

With that in mind, I saw your post (and I know killerx525 has made numerous suggestions and has always been helpful to everyone here) and thought, "well, heck, maybe I should ask".

I have the luxury of time; my spiffy e-machine, while on it's last leg, it still slow but running.



So, can either one of you post some parts you think might work for me?

Do you think I should start a new post?

Any and all feedback always appreciated.


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#9 MDTechService

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:02 AM

Do you think I should start a new post?


Most definitely start a new post. Most will just think you are replying to the OP.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

Will do, thanks!

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