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I have had an HP for 10 years and have finally decided to replace it (it still works, it's just REALLY SLOW). It will be a family computer for basic stuff, facebook games, music and photos. I want one that will last at least 5 years. Not looking to break the bank, but I don't want something obsolete that I can't fix or upgrade. I got confused with all the different processors, etc and now I have come to the experts to find out what I need. I have been looking mostly at big box stores. Please help me.
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Hi tcros4

What is your maximum budget please and have you considered building your own - you will get more for your money and self satisfaction!

I don't want something obsolete that I can't fix or upgrade

See above - we can suggest the parts if you give us the budget.
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I am trying to stay at $600 including a 21 or 22" screen. If it were easy enough to figure out, I could build it (with VERY Good instructions!).

Edited by tcros4, 01 March 2012 - 01:57 PM.

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Ok, with your proposed budget and the need for a screen to be included a branded system is more achievable for you, Windows 7 costs $99.99 so your budget would take a hit straight away if you built your own.

I will get back to you with a suggestion or two asap...
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Thanks!
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PC http://www.newegg.co...N82E16883229310 8GB of Ram so you will get the best out of Windows 7 64-bit, it has a pci-e x16 slot on the MB should you wish to upgrade to an add on video card in the future.
Screen http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824009317 you will struggle to get a better screen without going over budget but I will look further.

Will put you slightly over budget but it is 23" - has a backlight and more connection options such as HD and DVI for example http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824009255

Edited by phillpower2, 01 March 2012 - 03:06 PM.
Link added.

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I wrote down some of the specs on a cpu and would like to know if it is inferior to the N82E16883229310 listed above. It is an Acer with AMD A6-3620, 500gb HD and only 4gb memory. Not sure of the graphics but it has DVD/R + RW. Awesome screen.

Edited by tcros4, 01 March 2012 - 03:21 PM.

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Have you got a link to what you have been looking at please.

Just a FYI: CPU is an abbreviation of Central Processing Unit which is a processor such as manufactured by AMD or Intel - computers are referred to as Desktops, Notebooks (not laptop) or Netbooks etc.
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It was something I saw at WalMart. I wrote down the info from the box, but I am not able to pull up this exact model.
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Without the exact details I cannot answer you with 100% certainty but from what you have said the one I have suggested has some benefits over the Acer, more Ram (which avoids having to upgrade) and a slightly faster processor http://www.legitrevi...article/1655/1/
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I like the doubled memory, but is the A4-3400 better than the A6-3620? Though I will have to check if the memory is upgradeable.

Edited by tcros4, 02 March 2012 - 04:44 PM.

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Without the exact details I cannot answer you with 100% certainty but from what you have said the one I have suggested has some benefits over the Acer, more Ram (which avoids having to upgrade) and a slightly faster processor http://www.legitrevi...article/1655/1/


Problem with answering this :confused:
BTW google is your friend http://www.amd.com/u...series-pib.aspx
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I got the website information. I believe my amateur attempt at trying to make sure I have the best available in my price range has led me to too much info. I have been trying to find computers that don't have outdated processors. Maybe my focus is in the wrong area. Maybe I should ask what will burn/phase out sooner. What is the most important feature to have up to date and what could I settle on now and easily upgrade later.
Here is the link:
http://us.acer.com/a...el/PT.SJWP2.001
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Thanks for the link :thumbsup:
One benefit of the Acer is the amount of memory slots the MB has over the PC that I suggested, can you see yourself needing more than 8GB of Ram, if not then it is not a problem, the PC that I suggested has a 500W PSU as opposed to the 300W Acer PSU - a 300W PSU will not power a decent add on video card whereas a 500W PSU will handle many.
Overall the Acer is less of a performer (slower CPU - less Ram etc) but it is also less expensive so it is to be expected.

BTW I agree that sometimes the more you research the less convinced you become.
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