I have seen recommendations on this website and others for various build your own sites, but not thrilled about many of their no refund policy. Also we have discovered with another new computer that if we get vista (and I am not sure how or if we should avoid getting it), our Microsoft Office package we purchased for this son's computer less than a year ago does not work and we have to upgrade to Office 2007. this looks to be an additional $100-$200. SO if we get Vista we have to add this to the cost, if we go with Windows XP we don't...
Also I am not sure what, if anything we can salvage from the last one, but what I think we can is: Wireless Internet card, graphics and sound card, cd/DVD rom
Here are what he uses a computer for:
digital production - Photos & Music
I would appreciate your suggestions as to how to best proceed in getting a new computer.
Buy At a store or build on line?
As with many things I have a little knowledge so this is quite dangerous
in terms of CPU - Intel? AMD? something else?
Do I need to worry about FSB?
Ram? 128? 256? or 512? I know more is ALWAYS better here but $$$
Hard Drive size?
Operating system? Do we stick with Windows? if so Vista or XP? given the problems and cost of upgrading office each time... But as only an end user and not a techie in any way, should we even think about Linux?
I'd really appreciate your input. If suggesting putting together our own do you have suggestions of places to shop? Are there places where these shopping places are rated?
Thanks in advance!!!
Edited by Kimmer62, 28 August 2007 - 09:14 AM.