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Need advice (buying a new computer)

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I am in the process of buying a new computer.

Looking for something in the $800 range.

My old computer was an HP 2.8 Ghz Intel Celeron Processor with 512 MB (ddr) and 120 GB hard drive. After a year the CD writer broke. It's only about three years old but it seems to keep having problems that make me suspect the motherboard is faulty.

On that note, I do not want another HP computer.

A few people have told me to get a Dell. My laptop is a Dell and it has been pretty good so far but I've only had it for a very short time.

So, on that note, what would you advise me to purchase? Here are some more considerations:

1. Preferably better than the desktop I currently have (heh).

2. A built in router would be great but I suppose I can get an outside one.

3. I use the computer for web browsing (high graphics at places like Myspace, etc), word processing (for the novel) and sometimes for games.

4. I have heard Windows Vista sucks, so, I suppose I only want Windows XP, right?


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They are all the same, there will always be lemons. Honestly HP has a better reputation then Dell, you could try acer I guess, or give dell a try. Honestly, I'm not a fan of Dell, my dads would got alot over a hundread of them and something like 12% of the motherboards failed, but dads laptop reboots when ever it pleases. Could have been a crappy line who knows. No matter we you go you'll have a chance of getting a lemon, with no matter what company. Its the cost of buying computer equipement.

Web browsing does't require a good graphics card as its not even graphics intensive. What games do you plan on playering

Vista does't suck and if your buying from one of these manufacturers, you have no choice but to get Vista.

As far as 'm aware there is no suck thing as a built in router.


Edited by james_8970, 07 June 2007 - 07:59 AM.

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For a computer in that price range I usually suggest keeping an eye on sales at your local retail store, such as Circuit City or Best Buy. You can find some outstanding deals if you check their weekly ads and websites. You can usually find a better deal at Circuit City, however you have to deal with the hassel of mail-in rebates which you don't have to deal with at Best Buy.

Also, in the price range you're considering you will get a better price/performance ratio from an AMD system than you will with an Intel system, especially since you don't seem like the overclocking type. Something like this:


I know you expressed an anti-HP preference, but something like this should serve you well for the next several years. And, if you need to increase graphics performance you can always add a discrete graphics card at a later date. Now, I'm not saying that this is the best deal available, but it will give you an idea of the type of computer you can expect to get in that price range.
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