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Lamia

buying a computer, suggestions?

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thanks to a very generous donation I may be able to get a computer sooner than I thought

I'd like to get a laptop, hopefully not refurbished since I think that's just recycled old motherboards? kinda want a new one

I mostly care about a brand that doesn't suck balls(like toshiba), don't care about hard drive size, mainly need a computer with nice RAM and processing and screen size, my current affordable range is about up to $600, is that doable?

definitely need a little assistance on this one

my current computer's specs are pretty crap so I won't bother listing them

I also don't know if windows 8 is any good, is it?
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Unistar
5 years, 5 months ago
Asus. x3
Shokuji
5 years, 5 months ago
I misread this twice as "Anus" XD
KimbaLion
5 years, 5 months ago
AMD CPU and a good ATI graphic card =^~^= *meow
Untamed
5 years, 5 months ago
get one that has Windows 7 on it.
There is nothing good about Windows 8
Lamia
5 years, 5 months ago
oh yeah... forgot to mention that

I don't know if windows 8 is any good
Underskor
5 years, 5 months ago
Compaq hasn't failed me yet
Lotus1917
5 years, 5 months ago
Don't get Gateway, thing kept crashing on me every two months or so! Then again, for the most part it was because Geek Squad wouldn't ERASE the virus, just keep resetting my computer and charging almost $500-900!
shasavi97
5 years, 5 months ago
ASUS or TOSHIBA
Ketsa
5 years, 5 months ago
I can't say enough good things about Lenovo products. ASUS does in fact make damn good products, but usually at a higher price point.

You could likely get laptop with an i5 processor in it running the Intel HD3000 or 4000 graphics processor. I use my laptop for drawing, and run dual monitors with a 2430M Intel i5 processor. You could likely find something a little more advanced for cheaper nowadays (this laptop has been serving me very well for about a year and a half now).

If you'd like, I could scope out some deals on Newegg or something~
Dessel
5 years, 5 months ago
My advice is ASUS.....but what ever you get dont get an acer
Gennie
5 years, 5 months ago
For 500$ there's gateway desktops. You can then just plug an HD cord to your computer and into your TV and later on, for high end games, just buy a graphics card to switch out. Mine's served me faithfully for a few years now and it's doing well enough.
uisce
5 years, 5 months ago
I've been told by a friend who uses it that Windows 8 is good. Other than that I know Sony has some nice laptops available on their website, some of them are in the $600 range. I assume you don't want it for gaming since laptops tend to suck for that, aside from the ones that are actually built for it which are usually $2000+ Also, I read a consumer report some time ago that said Toshiba was the number one best brand in laptops (though that was a year or two ago) Sony came in second.
Lunathealicorn
5 years, 5 months ago
you can never go wrong with Alienware from Dell they are the top spec laptops out there and try for windows 7 cuz windows 8 just sucks soo much {source- work with PC's and how they are made}
DragonPen
5 years, 5 months ago
Windows 8 is only good for tablets...not for a regular pc or laptop. As for brand...Toshiba is the best out there..they make strong and long lasting computers. If you keep it cool that thing can last a long time.
Xial
5 years, 5 months ago
Disclaimer: I support Dell systems erryday for a living.

This said: I'm relatively partial to Dell systems, as long as you opt for one of the business line units (Latitude, Precision, and to a lesser extent, Vostro). I'm not a fan of anyone's consumer units.
Also: Unless you have no other choice, avoid warranties that require you to ship the system to the manufacturer to fix, unless your day to day schedule gives you no weekdays off ever.

With regard to 'refurbished', most OEMs will happily disclose what's in the refurb.
For example, Dell lists three categories for machines they tagged as refurbished:
* Previously Ordered New -- This is where someone buys the machine, has it shipped to them, then returns the machine without ever powering the unit on. Because it left the Dell warehouses, Dell may not legally sell the unit as new.
* Scratch and Dent -- These units were shipped, may have been used, but are often not. The units were shipped back to Dell because of visible design defects (scratches, face plates out of their locations, dents in access panels on desktops, but otherwise, the machine is in serviceable condition and ready to use).
* Certified Refurbished -- These machines have been shipped, used, and returned for any reason. This is the worrisome one of the group, because in its previous life, something may have gone wrong, prompting its return to Dell. Presumably, when they sell it, that issue is fixed (and it generally is).

Also, as a note:
I also use Windows 8 on a desktop machine intentionally, and cannot find very many reasons to dislike it. Once one learns that the keyboard is their friend in said new start menu (press windows key, start typing what one wants, press enter -- all without reaching for the mouse), it just makes the start menu that much more powerful to me.
HashashinsHate
5 years, 5 months ago
Toshiba Satellite P875-S7200. The best Satellite that I have used by far. It has a 700 gigabyte hard drive with 6 gigabyte RAM. This laptop also has an etched aluminum body that allows it to take hits while also having an impact smart hard drive.
takdash
5 years, 5 months ago
Simple tips: Firstly it's almost always better to buy components and build it yourself, always cheaper and more likely to be exactly what you need / want. Secondly if you don't want to build it yourself, stay away from brands that mostly deal with high end pc's like alienware, they are generally way overpriced. Thirdly don't get a Mac for the same reason as second point,  overpriced.  And lastly, unless you are using a tablet pc, stay well away from windows 8 get 7 instead. Windows 8 is like vista, feels more like a buggy and poorly done test for the next big OS.
Lamia
5 years, 5 months ago
building a computer on my own has come to mind but I really don't know how to go about doing that or looking for parts
Arle
5 years, 5 months ago
Building a computer can be cheap IF you know what you absolutely need, what you want, what components will fit your needs and wants, and what components are compatible with each other.  I don't mean that in some elitist way - I mean that if you can't answer those questions, you should be prepared to think hard about your needs and wants and then spend a lot of time looking up stuff on the net.  That's how I've built every system since I sold my Packard Bell waaaaaay back in the early 90s.  (Packard Bell sucked so much ass, I promised myself I would never again buy a name brand system.)  I work in IT, but I do not at all consider myself a system building expert.  I don't do it often enough to be anywhere near being an expert.  I do believe anyone who is comfortable using a computer can inexpensively build a computer, but you have to be willing to invest the time to research properly so you do it right the first time.

My main sources of good deals on computer components are Micro Center and NewEgg.  I've heard people say good things about Fry's Electronics, but I don't have any personal experience with them.  There are others as well - these are just the ones I know and trust.  I've only ever used Best Buy when I needed to replace a computer part on very short notice and didn't have time to drive half an hour to Micro Center - Best Buy is almost never the best price.  

Building your own system can be cheap and rewarding, but it can also be a major headache and involve a fair amount of heartburn and anxiety.  There are few things worse than thinking you put everything together perfectly, you plug everything in and press power...and nothing.  Fun times.
whitepawrolls
5 years, 5 months ago
I've been building my own for more than 20 years now. At least 10 of that I've bought 99% of my parts from newegg.com. Good part brands to look for would be something like gigabyte for motherboards (good quality boards fairly cheap) western digital or seagate hard drives, patriot memory, nvidia based graphics, and intel chips(ATI/AMD graphics are just way too far behind the times, and amd cpu's just suck). Also the shipping is tons better than other places since they quite often have free shipping on lots of stuff. Hope that helps.

" Lamia wrote:
building a computer on my own has come to mind but I really don't know how to go about doing that or looking for parts
DonutSkunk
5 years, 5 months ago
if you want a laptop, Asus is a good brand IMO. you're going to pay more for a laptop than a desktop, though, so that's worth considering. there are a lot of guides on youtube that would probably be more useful than my blathering, but it all comes down to what you want to use it for.
BunkerBear979
5 years, 5 months ago
Dell XPS is pretty good out of the box. You can normally find one refurbished for about 600ish for the 13 inch screen. It's a good dell comp.
Cloud006
5 years, 5 months ago
there is a good laaptop at waalmartt for $550.

it is an hp
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15.5 inc scren.
8gig of ram.
750 hard drive. icor 5. and win 7. sounds like evry thing you need.  

hope  this  helps
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Shokuji
5 years, 5 months ago
Do-able, yes. But it won't have much of a video card. For that price I'd suggest getting one with an AMD A10 processor because it has built in video processing, something like this: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/645959/Lenovo-Id...

And Windows 8 isn't bad, it's not great, but don't worry about that since pretty much no matter where you go you're going to get Win8. I personally think it's fine, but I know lots of people are angry about it. [shrugs] I disliked it until I tried it for a decent volume of time.
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