Posted 03 June 2005 - 03:16 PM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 09:50 AM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:58 PM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 01:18 PM
I'll just add this: NEVER buy any PC that does not come with a windows cd--you may not be sorry today, but you will be eventually--and HP and Compaq and Dell are among those who do not.
Posted 04 June 2005 - 01:30 PM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 02:05 PM
HP and Compaq machines are made as much as months in advance of your purchase. They are made from bulk purchases of parts and are typically two to three months behind the technology curve--that puts your machine at 3 months old when you get it, and you pay top dollar for HP and COMPAQ
Reason Number 3
Proprietary parts. Need a new power supply--get out the DREMEL cutting tool or be prepared to fork over $90 for a $30 power supply.
Reason number 4
Reason number 5
Your computer comes preloaded with software you will never use and will only get in the way
Reason number 6
Over priced for what you get (see reason number 2) because HP, COMPAQ and DELL have name brand identity you must pay for
Reason number 7....
They spend a great deal of time and effort hiding the deficiency of the machine....Wow, a 3ghtz p4 with 512mb RAM! (oh, it's 512mb of pc2100 ram?) WOw, an 80gb harddrive (oh, it's a 5400rpm harddrive). It's expandable! (well, two pci slots, and NO AGP slot, so you're stuck with integrated video, or a PCI videocard). Who made the chipset? (who knows) Motherboard? (whatever one we had around, likely pcchips, because they sold it to the maker for $19!)
There was a time when Dell made awesome machines, great stuff for cheap because their business model was/is based on current parts at cut throat pricing.
HP and COMPAQ responded with EXTREME HIGH QUALITY of the parts they did install (albeit slightly old parts).
And all three ruled with tech support.
That was then, this is now.
Posted 05 June 2005 - 03:54 AM
Posted 05 June 2005 - 06:33 AM
Buying a PC is like buying a car. Everyone has a favorite brand. Everyone has a brand they hate. You can ask ten different people the same question and get ten different answers.
For this particular situation, dealing with PCs, I can tell you that the best way to go overall is to build your own. I understand that you don't know the computer lingo, but there are several "easy to understand" books and online manuals to assit you with this project. If this sounds overwhelming and you aren't interested in building your own pc, all we can do is recommend a favorite.
gerryf is correct in that there are many cons to purchasing a name brand PC.
Dell - I can tell you that I've worked on many Dell systems and they do offer very limited upgrade functionality. Once you get that system, you're pretty much stuck with what you get.
Compaq - Having owned one myself , I would not recommend Compaq. I was mid semester at college when my computer at home took a surge. With no money or time to build a new PC for school work, I financed a Compaq. I had trouble with that system from day one. Their technical support was the worst I've ever delt with. They wound up replacing some hardware from inside the machine, but I had to drive two hours away to get to the nearest "Authorized Repair Shop" for the replacement to be covered under warranty. The system still didn't work after they replaced the parts.
E-Machines - Your system may have been running slow because of adware/spyware and/or other programs loading at system startup. Have you checked this? I know a guy who owns an E-Machine and has no trouble with it. To be honest, however, I've never looked under the hood so can't tell you what the inside is like.
That's my wrap on the brands you all have mentioned thus far. If I were to recommend a system to someone, though, I would recommend an Alienware. The systems seem pricey at first, but you can configure them to your likeing and price range. These guys make extremely fast PC's. I have three friends who have purchased Alienware systems through the years and loved them. Right now, they have a great deal on some systems where you can get a 17" good quality monitor and 5.1 point surround sound speacker package for only $99.
Here is a link to the Alienware site: http://www.alienware.com
You can also check out any brand at the BBB website. Just look up the company and read the feedback. Posts from previous customers may help you make a decision.
Good luck on your purchase. Whatever you decide, it will be the right choice.
Posted 25 August 2005 - 06:31 PM
I've heard that Emachines are great, the only drawback is lack of upgradeabilty.
If you aren't able to build one yourself, you may want to go to a computer shop that can custom-build one for you. It may cost a little more than one off the shelf, but you'll get a machine that didn't roll off an assembly line, is upgradable, and doesn't have a bunch of crapware you'll never use. It will also be tailored to your specific needs (video games, multi-media editing, etc.); you pick which video card, how much memory, etc.
And down the road, maybe you'll want to look into learning how to build your own. It's easier than you might think, and the level of self-satisfaction is really great.
Good luck on this!
Edited by scandata, 25 August 2005 - 06:36 PM.
Posted 25 August 2005 - 08:17 PM
For example: If you are a gamer you might want lots of memory and a better video card. If you do graphics you might want that card and a better monitor. If you do a lot of surfing, you will want extra memory. Doing music would mean memory and a sound card. Emphasis should be on what you use the computer for.
Excellent advice from MagusBuckley & GerryF. And, when you decide to build your own, you will be asking "Intel or AMD?" Again, Fords & Chevys
starting to believe "You have the Power" Yes, I am an AMD girl.
Posted 27 August 2005 - 05:28 AM
If you haven't already bought you could try looking at www.misco.co.uk they do ready built machines by known and unknown suppliers and they do all the components to build your own, they also do a discount on windows if you buy something like a processor from them.
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