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Buying for Reliability (Desktop)


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#1 Scottster1

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 03:35 PM

Laptop or Desktop?

Desktop

My budget for the new computer is: 

$1,000.   But does it make sense to spend more than $500?  

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? 
Web browsing and running applications.  

What software do you intend on using on the computer? 
This is my Windows PC, which I really just use for Quicken, Quickbooks and the Web.  I have an iMac for software development.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? 
No

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?
Lots at the same time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?

No.

Will you be overclocking?
No

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
USA

How many monitors are you planning to use?
1

Do you need peripherals? OS?
No extra peripherals, Windows 7 or 8.

Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

 Current PC is 4 years old (3.1 GHz i5 with 4G RAM)

 



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Posted 15 October 2015 - 03:42 PM

If you plan to attend coffee shop get-togethers, go with a good laptop.  If you're going to only use computer at home, go with desktop; I'm told that generally one gets more bang for the buck with desktops.  Add in backup/restore material.


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Posted 15 October 2015 - 03:47 PM

Definitely going to buy a desktop for the very reason you mentioned.  Question is more about an appropriate spend level.  I see tons of offerings around $500 that look adequate.  Will I get greater reliability by spending more?  Don't need huge HDD or super fast processor. 



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Posted 15 October 2015 - 03:56 PM

One can get lots of desktop for $500-750 these days.  If you have something similar to Fry's Electronics, drop in a few times, look around, ask lots of questions -- before buying.


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Posted 15 October 2015 - 04:02 PM

A good brand unless you wanna build one would be HP.


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Posted 16 October 2015 - 04:34 PM

Samsung is a good brand for reliabilaty, durability, and price.
 
I forgot to mention that this is just my oppinion.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 11:00 PM

Why is your current PC not good enough for what you are using it for? Your current specs are more than enough for what you are using it for so I don't get it?



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Posted 24 October 2015 - 10:38 AM

Post your system specs including 32 or 64 bit OS?  Also has it gotten slow over time?  Have you given thought to installing an SSD, the performance boost is nothing short of amazing.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 04:20 PM

...and the learning curve if just starting out can be daunting; subbing for high school video-editing classes convinced me of just difficult such can be.


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Posted 20 November 2015 - 06:43 PM

 

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?
Lots at the same time.  Programs and not Browser Tabs right?  Programs will usually take up more resources, websites less so.

 

Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

 Current PC is 4 years old (3.1 GHz i5 with 4G RAM)

 

 

I also agree that HP is a super pc and dependable assuming you are well enough informed to not buy their cheapest model.

 

Like another said, the pc you have is quite good, and four years old is nothing for what you are doing.  If you keep this one you might get it cleaned up and install more RAM.  If you are adventurous you could even install a Linux OS, that would allow it to perform even better, though not all the programs you use in Windows will work on Linux.  But there are plenty of programs to do the same thing in LInux, it will just be a big learning curve, and most are free including the OS!

 

When looking at new ones - you should consider looking at the Processor Cache and how many cores 2 or 4.  The more Programs you are running at once you will need more of all of this, depending on how much you are actually doing.


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