New Computer

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by redcat, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. redcat

    redcat New Member

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    Looking at buying a computer from $300-$400, but my dad wants to get a Dell. From what i have learned about Dells it seems they are not worth the $.
    Is there a specific computer brand, computer, and website you recommend ordering from?
    Thanks
     
  2. spearlymatt

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    You could build it, it may require a bit more money and knowledge. But in the end you get what you want.
     
  3. redcat

    redcat New Member

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    i would love to, but i dont think he wants to bother
     
  4. bengal85

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    as far as desktops go I have always used Dell and never had a problem and they are great computers they are reliable and work well they usually come with enough RAM to run everything nicely

    So I would say go with a dell
     
  5. redcat

    redcat New Member

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    but ive heard i could spend much less $ for a better computer from another company. also, only looking for tower but it wouldn't hurt to have a monitor
     
  6. bengal85

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    like I said I have never had problems with Dell but shop around you may be able to find something.

    if I was you I would look either to Dell or another one that I would use if not dell would be HP
     
  7. redcat

    redcat New Member

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    anymore input?
    also, kind've confused about anti static thing
    if i were building on wooden table and standing on wood floor would i need one of the anti static wrist bracelets?
    any other way?
     
  8. swisscheese57

    swisscheese57 New Member

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    HP, Gateway, and Acer are all decent companies with cheaper, yet still good, computers. I would try and stay away from eMachines though...
     
  9. konsole

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    with limited knowledge of computers and no desire to build one, Dell is the way to go. When you dont know much about computers, having a computer with components that are well designed for each other and having a good warranty make Dell a good option.
     
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  10. Backwoods166

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    anti static wrist straps are useless imho. Don't build it standing on a carpet, other than that don't worry. And if you used all the parts that came with the dell you could probably build it for cheaper than the dell price. That budget is a little tough though. If I were in your position I would buy a used computer, but there is risk in that. I feel comfortable fixing it if it has problems, you may not.
     
  11. Invisible Man

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    Anything but dell(sell). Even HP or Acer just makesure you get a pc with performance and entertainment.
     
  12. liquidshadow

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    At $300, you'll be hard pressed to build a rig that is much better than a similarly priced retail computer.
     
  13. daisymtc

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    Acer Aspire AM3641-U3702A Pentium dual-core E2220(2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Windows Vista Home Premium - Retail $400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103197

    For a low-end desktop, buying a pre-build would provide a better value. It is mainly due to the cost of OS ($100).
     
  14. Nightmare365WJ

    Nightmare365WJ New Member

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    and a case too, a decent case like $60
     
  15. DarkTears

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    I was built mine in my room on my bed, so I made sure to use a wrist strap. If i didnt, that would have been asking for it. Im a little paranoid anyway so maybe its just me lol.
     
  16. Aastii

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    You don't need any kind of anti-static anything. Just put your case on the floor, every time you move or shuffle or before you put a new component in your hands, touch an unpainted part of the case to earth yourself and remove charge.

    Also, as far as building goes, you could build it but in all honesty i would really say that buying a pre-built system will, in the short term, be the better option, however because of warrenties and what not if you build your own for the same price you can upgrade later instead of building a full system again and all parts have their own warrenty regardless of what you do to em, so long as you don't take em apart, and stuff like RAM has lifetime warrenty, PSU have 5 year, processors and graphics cards have 2-4 year generally, so it is good for money back/replacement guarentee for the time it would take to upgrade or it would mean you could tell when to upgrade, either way, it is better for upgrading in the future if you build yourself.
     
  17. redcat

    redcat New Member

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  18. redcat

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    also, dont want to make new thread, but could a SATA HDD be installed in a Dell Dimension 2400, ive found answers that say yes and others say no so i want to be sure
     
  19. Irishwhistle

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    Acer is apparently a good inexpensive brand... the best option when you're on a budget is to build an AMD PC though.
     
  20. redcat

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