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Just wanted to get some opinions on a new home desktop computer.
It has been probably over 10 years since I last bought a home computer (and the IBM that I bought back then has been working fine until recently) and I think that it may be time to start shopping for a new desktop.
I am not a complete moron when it comes to computers and the specifics regarding computers, but I wanted to get some advice on what is out there and what I need to look for and stay away from.

The computer will mainly be used for:
web browsing
email
transferring photos from a digital camera to the computer and printing them out and/or photochopping as needed
playing games for my 14 month old and 5 year old
downloading songs if I figure out why I need or want an Ipod/MP3 player
would be nice if it could play DVD movies, but not necessarily a high priority
CD Burning - not sure if I will be doing this as I am still pretty ingorant about this

That is about it. Any opinions or advice would be appriciated.
I would really like to keep the cost to somewhere between $500 and $800.

Thanks!
 

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For you I would just buy a dell from dell.com good pc, good warranty. and it will fit your price range.
 

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WhiteBronc said:
For you I would just buy a dell from dell.com good pc, good warranty. and it will fit your price range.
Dell is what I have been looking at mostly. There are numerous options that you can add to these and I am assuming that the processor is a main concern.
 

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Exactly, none of those are high-demand processes which require much. You could get by with a "low-cost" Celeron in the 2Ghz range, 512Mb of RAM (c'mon..you don't scimp on ram), and probably even integrated graphics and sound, and most computers these days come with CD burners, even DVD burners if you catch a "upgrade" at the right time. You won't need much of a computer for what you want.

EDIT: Nevermind, just checked, there's a special going where you get a pretty damn good computer for 700 bucks. 3 Ghz P4, 128MB Radeon graphics card, 512 ram, 17" flat panel, integrated surround, blah blah just It's like the E510 or something like that. look into it.
 

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If you're doing much Photoshop, 512MB *is* scrimping on RAM. Go for the full GB, at least. I have 1 GB at home, and Photoshop is nice and snappy.
 

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even for what you are looking for id recommend building one. it isnt very difficult. you can buy a computer to do what you want it to do plus more for cheaper then dells and others.

i just built a nice computer, AMD 64 bit processor, PCI-E 6800GT, etc the works for a ultimate gaming computer for under 1k. Cost 1500+ to get from dell.

If you want I can help you pick out stuff. Hell I will even build it, then we can have a little M&G near Corinth or something so I can drop it off.
 

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If I were in your shoes, I would just buy a Dell. You have a warranty, customer support, and you don't have to worry about putting it together yourself. Granted, it's MUCH more fun to build your own, and you get what you truely want, but you seem to want just an easy to use, cheap computer, you can't beat Dell's deals, They even throw in monitors and printers, along with all the pheripherals such as mice and keyboards.


If you have patience though, I would recommend building your own.

www.pcmech.com/byopc - full guide from step one to step last, you'll be fine if you follow this.

www.newegg.com - get your parts here (unless you live out of the states, Canadians like Sixlitre use tigerdirect.com
 

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Building your own from off-the-shelf components is cheaper, and like they say, you get what you want in price and quality. Plus, off-the-shelf stuff makes it easier and cheaper to upgrade later on.

If you go OEM, stay away from Gateway - junk.
 

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If you have the skills, build your own.

If not, go to dell and look at the outlet store. They're refurb units come with the same warranty as new ones with pretty decent discounts.

Do NOT skimp on the RAM. 512MB for most applications, 1GB or better for serious photoshop work.
 

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If you have the skills, build your own.
Thats why i offered my help...miseroth only lives about 3 hours from me so meeting halfway aint bad. still with gas it will be a whole lot cheaper and get exactly what you want/need for less
 

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srATEX, that'd be a good plan. Get him some hands-on with some guidance.
 

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Big advantage with DIY is that you can upgrade piecemeal. Later on, you're not locked into the vendor's over-priced upgrades. That's why I gave up my Packard Bell many years ago.
 

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Big advantage with DIY is that you can upgrade piecemeal. Later on, you're not locked into the vendor's over-priced upgrades. That's why I gave up my Packard Bell many years ago.

DAMN!!! It's been a very long time since I have heard of Slackard Bell. Those comp's were overpriced, steeming piles of elephant dung. Compaq t'aint much better. I hate companies that use proprietary parts and being locked into only their parts to upgrade.

Dell seems OK for the price and effort. I would definately build it yourself and go large on memory. Sounds like a good deal for both with SrATEX's offer.
 

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I've recently built my first computer, with alot of help from these guys. IMO, that was the best thing I could have done. I'm not loaded down with all kinds of extra programs on the HDD, and don't have to worry about trying to delete those programs w/o them affecting others. Warranty? Sure, for each part. Tech support? That's more common than a used car salesman, now

For editing and such, I picked up a 1024MB RAM, and am using a 160GB HDD. Granted, it's not the fastest in the world, but it's no comparison to the speed I have over my old POS

Sixlitre pointed me to a CD-drive that does everything - cd and dvd burning, with double layer (w-ever the F that means). For 43 bucks, I couldn't pass it up
 

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miseroth...im looking up parts now, ill post them in a few. Just to show ya.

if you want, give me a call at 256-468-2516. Playing hookie from work today, so ill be able to answer anytime.
 

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anyone with an IQ bigger than a gerbil should just build their own.
 

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not everyone gets computers...it wasnt until within the past couple years I could. Had a buddy teach me. My father wouldnt know where to start. Hell he works on missles for Boeing.


AMD Semperon 64 3100+ $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104237
MSI K8N Neo-V mother board $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130521
BFG Tech Geforce 6600GT $188.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143027
I personally would go with the BFG Tech Geforce 6800GS but that is a bit more pricier and way more then enough for what you want...the 6600GT is plenty...im just a fan of bigger is better sometimes
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143045
Creative Audigy 2 ZS $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102178
Corsair 1GB RAM (512mbx2) $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440
Western Digital 160GB Hard Drive $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144140
LG 8x DVD+RW (burns CD-Rs too)$38.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827136063
Thermaltake Midtower with 430w power supply $96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133157
or Thermaltake midtower without power supply $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133174
and Thermaltake 420w power supply $38.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153006

so total would be with case w/ powersupply $693.98 + some shipping

total with case w/o power supply is $685.96 + some shipping


Basic Dell model Dimension B110 w/
Intel Celeron D Processor
512mb Ram
160GB HD
8x DVD-RW


will run you $569.

Your Base model Dell Dimension E510 w/
Pentium 4
1 GB ram
160GB HD
8x DVD-RW

will run you $999


That is no where near the computer I just put together. Yes I put more then you need into it, however It will last longer then your basic dell. Id rather spend the extra 100 bucks for a much nicer computer that can do things that I want it to do and more and a couple hundred under the next step up...just in case i get a hold of some game I really like or what not. Especially if you are gonna be doing a lot of photo stuff since it is capable of doing dual monitors

just my $.02
 

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SrATEX - Wow, thanks for all the info and work putting that together.
Lots of good info offered, with the overwhelming response being to build one.
Let me take a look at all of this stuff and get back with you.
Thanks again!
 
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