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#1 Snowydog

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:44 AM

Could not copy and paste the template so will try my best to answer

 

  my Budget:   $700 or under...we are looking to buy two computers.

 

  Primary Uses:   email, web browsing,  projects such as cards, labels, craft projects, writing, research,  accounting, Hulu....would like to try Netflix

 

   Software intended:    something like Print shop or Avery or  design

 

    Play Games:   download games from Big Fish, Pogo, etc.  (does that sound lame?)

 

   Many programs open at once:  Umm  not sure.I currently have a Dell Dimension 8300.  I have firefox as  browser, use AOL as homepage and mail. Windows XP. I tend to leave computer  on when i walk away from it.

 

 Store music or photos:   Photos YES!  Want to be able to do more with photos and store more. Currently have Fine Pix viewer

 

 So this all sounds lame, right?  Makes me feel outdated :) along with computer.   I would like capabilities to learn and do a bit more graphic work, projects. Create  greeting cards,  tags, labels, etc.etc.    I try to do research on topics,  do a lot of browsing. Download information for a project I am attempting. 

 

 I need something that is easy to understand, has a decent memory  (am tired of virtual memory to low box) and decent speed.

 

 A 23 inch monitor  would be nice,  new keyboard and wireless mouse.    we just got a HD tv,  but its not smart.

 

 I am not savvy about GB size, so the numbers are confusing me. Any suggestions or guidance as to what to look for  as far as memory and speed?

 

Hubby has same model but he needs to do graphics, schematics on his. Windows  8 does not support the software he needs to use...he really does not want to go back to Autocad.   he spends oodles of time on  sites, graphics are important. webcasts, etc.  

We have wireless set up Use charter cable

 

  Many thanks for your patience, not laughing and assistance


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:13 PM

Hi, based from the information provided, a basic PC that can handle web browsing and graphics projects is that is needed to which the Asus All-In-One PC would suit your needs. It has a dual core i3, 4GB of ram, 500GB of storage space which hopefully would be large enough for your projects and a nice 23inch 1080p screen to work with. The only thing this PC does not include is a wireless mouse unfortunately but you can purchase separate wireless mouse from your local Walmart. 

 

For your partner, more CPU power would benefit for the software that he uses, the only differences between the PC that i will suggest and the Asus is the CPU, it runs Windows 7 Pro and it does not include a monitor. 

PC: Dell Optiplex 469-3195 - $550

Monitor: HP W2371d - $150


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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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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

Thank you for your reccommendations.   The  technology  can be confusing for me.

If I may ask, what is the difference between a pentium processor, AMD and Intel Core?

 

 My husband  runs Autosketch 10....which seems to only be available to work with Windows XP or Wnindows 2000  which would be steps backwards, right?    He would need more storage than 500 GB.  is 1 or 2 TB overkill???   Would external hard drive backup  be the best way to go?

 

   Again, thank you Michael..this gives me a starts.   We can flex the budget a bit if there is a better deal for more power..... as long as we don't hurt ourselves <S>

 Cheers!

   Amy



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:57 AM

Thank you for your reccommendations.   The  technology  can be confusing for me.

If I may ask, what is the difference between a pentium processor, AMD and Intel Core?

 

 My husband  runs Autosketch 10....which seems to only be available to work with Windows XP or Wnindows 2000  which would be steps backwards, right?    He would need more storage than 500 GB.  is 1 or 2 TB overkill???   Would external hard drive backup  be the best way to go?

 

   Again, thank you Michael..this gives me a starts.   We can flex the budget a bit if there is a better deal for more power..... as long as we don't hurt ourselves <S>

 Cheers!

   Amy

Breaking it down:

Intel = Company

                            = Both designs and engineers processors (CPU) and other products. 

AMD = Company

 

The Pentium is the name of Intel's low end range of processors, below is a run down of both Intel and AMD's current range of CPUs.

 

Intel(low end to high):

-Celeron

-Pentium

- Core i3

-Core i5

-Core i7

-Xeon (For servers)

 

AMD(low end to high):

- Sempron

- A4

-A6

-A8

-A10

-FX4xxx

-FX6xxx

-FX8xxx

-Opteron (For servers)

 

Assuming he has the latest version of Autosketch, it should work with Windows 7 and 8 as the software is generally updated to support newly released operating systems (OS). The amount of storage would be up to him as i do not know how big a project can be and if they will be permanently stored on the computer although a external hard drive isn't a bad idea for storing all projects on there.


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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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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:42 AM

Thank you for helping me learn!   You have replied very clearly, yet respectfully not talking down to me!  It is a learning curve and can be daunting.    Media tends to try to sway thoughts and I have been stuck in Dell and Pentium  mode.

  

I am learning there are glitches with getting Autosketch to run on Windows  7, and definitely Windows 8. Autodesk has not issued a good upgrade, but I am learning there is an Autosketch release.......

There is also a way to run Windows XP in Windows 8.  A VirtualXPVHD file?    Guess it's good to keep learning.

Again, Thank you for your patience and kindness

 

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

Thank you for helping me learn!   You have replied very clearly, yet respectfully not talking down to me!  It is a learning curve and can be daunting.    Media tends to try to sway thoughts and I have been stuck in Dell and Pentium  mode.

  

I am learning there are glitches with getting Autosketch to run on Windows  7, and definitely Windows 8. Autodesk has not issued a good upgrade, but I am learning there is an Autosketch release.......

There is also a way to run Windows XP in Windows 8.  A VirtualXPVHD file?    Guess it's good to keep learning.

Again, Thank you for your patience and kindness

 

      Amy

I wouldn't say its the clearest explanation but that's the best i can do :) Hmmm, running Autosketch in a virtual machine isn't a bad idea as with Windows 7 Pro, you can download and use Windows XP Mode. Unfortunately in Windows 8, it does not include this feature meaning you will have to purchase a separate software which can do it.  


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