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Old 07-30-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default I need a new computer...

what should I get....

Dont want top of the line but would like good customer service....

I dont use it for gaming, or watching dvd's, have a couple of dvd players and ps2

I visit sites such as this one and AT, and a few others....

I would like to be able to load pics and such quickly....

I do not need it for downloading music either

again, dont want to break the bank but will spend the money if nesacary

Also when we get the new one we will be going w/ highspeed not dial up, which improve my speed I hope.....

Are the compaqs or HP"s any good....I also dont want to spend hours on the phone trying to get things solved like my boss has w/his new $3000 dell laptop.....

Also I am more looking for desk top than a laptop.....

Any help would greatly be appreciated....
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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HP + Compaq = CRAP!

Get a dell. you don't need anything super fancy but I would say get a dell. Plus if you get one of their systems that they are advertising specials on you can get a whole system for like 500.00 or so

The biggest thing I would look for is RAM. anything over 20 - 30 GB in HD space is fine, no matter what you do your not going to max out the CPU unless your gaming so whatever is offered should be good.

Video card is pretty much the same thing as processor, your not goign to max it out unless you do a lot of video editing.

For a general purpose all around PC you can't beat a Dell and their support is great.

Make sure you have broadband also, thats what will make the sites load quicker
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:27 AM   #3
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As a former IT guy, I build all of my machines. The only expection was the last laptop I bought was an HP for my wife. 17" wide screen is very nice on the laptop. Plus I can use it around the house because it has built in wireless.

We had one problem with it and that was the transformer died but was covered under warranty. No problems since then with it.
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As a former IT guy, I build all of my machines. The only expection was the last laptop I bought was an HP for my wife. 17" wide screen is very nice on the laptop. Plus I can use it around the house because it has built in wireless.

We had one problem with it and that was the transformer died but was covered under warranty. No problems since then with it.
Their Laptops are signifigantly better then their desktops
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My in laws got an HP around christmas time. Very nice and they got it on a really good sale. Came with a flat screen and everything. My brother in law and a couple guys I used to work with built there own and have really awesome setups for not alot of money. If you know someone that is good with computers maybe they can help you. Or you could be like a guy I used to work with and drop $5000.00 on an Alienware.
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The other thing is that when there is a problem, I would like to be able to fix it without having to call someone in or taking it somewhere......

By the way I just thought that I should also say my mom has an HP she bought 4 years ago and we have had no problems w/it except that my younger sister who still lives at home is always downloading crap and about once every 6 months i have to go over and clean the system out.....
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The other thing is that when there is a problem, I would like to be able to fix it without having to call someone in or taking it somewhere......

By the way I just thought that I should also say my mom has an HP she bought 4 years ago and we have had no problems w/it except that my younger sister who still lives at home is always downloading crap and about once every 6 months i have to go over and clean the system out.....
Pretty much ANY computer that you buy you will not be able to work on without voiding the warranty. If you take the cover off you also lose whatever warranty you paid for. If your looking for something that you can work on by yourself I would suggest looking for a local PC shop, but expect to spend a LOT more
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:21 AM   #8
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Well I got home yestarday and the new system was sitting on the couch waiting to be hooked up.....My wonderful soon to be got me a Gateway.....I know not the greatest but its a big improvment over what I had.....and she means well.....I did not loose any time or progress here as you can see the guys at Best buy set the hole system up for her and so far it looks like they did a good job, only time will tell........the only problem and its a cheap fix is the keyboard is black, and being in the bedroom I do alot of my web surfing and forum visiting at night, she gets up alot earlier than me and complains when I have the light on late at night.....So I guess I just need to get a white keyboard..... I dont type that well as most of you can tell...and still need to look at the key board every once in a while......
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I need a new computer too, Has she got a sister??
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She is an only child.....her parents are deaf and they decided that they only wanted one......they were not born deaf but both became deaf shortly after birth......
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and by the way them being deaf does have its benifits......

I have learned sign language well enough that I can communiate w/ them fairly well......

they dont work regular jobs, so there is never any yard work for me to do.....

we live in a second house that they own along w/my fiance.....so no rent.....so to speak.......

and they cant give me hard time for stuff.......
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I can't imagine anyone wanting to give YOU a hard time about anything
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:10 PM   #15
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Thats what i'm saying.......I am such a lovable guy......right Frank.....
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Nothing wrong with that Gateway, I have had one for 4 years and have never had a problem. I did just up the memory and it didn't cost me that much to do it. Customer service and Tech support is great.
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I am likeing it so far.....
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:56 PM   #18
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well its a good computer but road runner is taking a little time to get used to.......not sure if i like it all that well
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well its a good computer but road runner is taking a little time to get used to.......not sure if i like it all that well
Gateway makes a pretty good machine. Good job!
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