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Buying a new computer this tax time...need advice.

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#1 Gail25


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 04:59 PM

Purchase Template: (I couldn't change the title while editing this).


Laptop or Desktop? Either one.

My budget for the new computer is: $500.00

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Business (like ebay), surfing the net, watching movies, videos, storing photos/videos, facebook if there's time, sometimes photo editing with photoshop (until trial runs out), gimp, writing in wordpad...
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
AV - can't afford any other software.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Want to. I've always wanted to play a Sims game again...but it's not a priority.
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?
Yes, sometimes up to 10+ tabs, wordpad, calculator.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
No music. Photos and videos, yes. Lots of them. I back them up on USBs as well. I take a lot of pictures.
Will you be overclocking?
Not sure what that means. If that means having to use the pc while plugged in cause the battery ran out, then yes. (I sometimes use 8-10 hours on the pc everyday..)
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
Not sure what that is...
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
My other pc isn't going to last any longer...it's only been 2 yrs.

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#2 Captain_Chicken


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:36 AM

You will have to make up your mind on desktop or laptop- we can't choose for you.
Peripherals are monitor, keyboard etc.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:02 PM

Would you be willing to build your own PC? That can cut costs a lot. Also, will you need an Operating System key (like Windows), or do you have a spare key lying around?
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Posted 25 January 2016 - 02:54 PM

My first suggestion would be to determine if you want a desktop or a laptop. What type of computer do you currently have? if you have a desktop, then you would not necessarily need to have a new monitor unless you needed one. Once you decide which type of computer you want, then we can help you determine what might work best for you.

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