Help buying desktop

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by don51181, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. I was thinking of getting a desktop build from a local pc shop most of the quotes are from $400-500. Would you recommend a local shop? Other than that walmart has the only other good deal. I mainly want a basic desktop with xp that can have potential to be upgraded later to play games. Thanks.

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  2. Depends on the shop. Do you trust them, have you used them before for things?

    Best Buy and Dell both have some good deals out there, is your budget a max of $500? What kind of warranty are you looking for? Any reason you want to stick with XP instead of going with Vista (I heard Vista sucks isn't a good excuse)?

  3. I have vista on my laptop and I don't really like it but I guess I can put up with it. I would atleast like a year warrently. I have to see what kind of warrenty the shops offer. $500 is the most I want to go for now but later I want to upgrade.
  4. With Dell already being mentioned, you may want to consider the Dell Outlet. They have refurbished and scratch and dent systems that come in at a good price and they still offer the same 1-year warranty that comes on the factory new Dell's. I have bought two in the past with no issues.
  5. yea, my Dell E520 was a scratch and dent and it's perfect. Going on 1.5 years without one single issue.
  6. It all depends on the components.. Ask them for a component list they intend to put in this $500 PC. If they sell you a PC that is worth $300.. well, you got screwed. :)

    As said above, the reputation of the shop is important to.
  7. It is getting very hard to find a laptop with XP on it. However, Vista has gotten better. We just purchased a laptop from with Vista on it, and my only complaint is that it is not intuitive to navigate. Most games and programs have been updated to work with Vista. (If you play WOW, I can not get any of the add on's from to work, but then again they are free programs and I have not been trying that hard since I prefer to use my desktop as my gaming system.)

    I think this is the one I purchased. (I might be wrong, at work and don't have time to search properly.)

    If you get Vista, try to aviod Home Basic.
  8. Look at the Dell Vostro systems. You get the computer and the OS period. No additional software, no game crap, no nothing, computer and os only.
  9. What kind of games are you into? I just got building a new rig since the last one fried all of a sudden (because of a bad video card cooling fan). I tried playing GTA IV on a core 2 duo E4700, nvidea 8400gt video card, 2 gigs ram. It was very 'laggy' and I might as well have been using "the force" to steer the cars because they didn't turn very well. So! I got a 9800GT and a Quad Q6700 2.66 ghz instead and its up to normal now. No more bogged down system. ....I just need to find someway to keep it cool with this hot video card in there. As far as the price, I figger it would cost about twice as much as the parts if it was shop built even with the extras I have and the brand new motherboard I wasted (Dont buy Chinese crap as they may put P1 connection upside down!!)
    #9 3 weelin geezer, Dec 29, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2008
  10. I am thinking of getting a laptop for my wife and just using the laptop I already have for myself. Then later just wiping the HD on my desktop and using that for gaming. I like command and conqure and spore so I don't need much power for gaming. Let me know what you think please.

    Here is the one I am looking at for $400
    Emachines Laptop
    AMD Athlon 2650e
    • Built-in 802.11g wireless
    • Burns DVDs and CDs• 160GB hard drive
    • 2GB of system memory DDR2
    • Windows Vista Home Basic
  11. I cringe when I see anything made by eMachines. The specs look ok, but I'd max out the RAM.

  12. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member

    I'll second looking at the Dell outlet. Get the fastest dual core processor you can find and make sure you can upgrade the RAM later. RAM is cheap as long as you have enough slots available etc. Since you plan to use it for gaming you can invest in a better video card and hard drive later. Just my opinion.
  13. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

  14. True, but it is a laptop. The cost of memory is rock bottom these days! And a trained monkey can replace the memory in a laptop. Just have your trained monkey remove the 4 screws on the plate marked "memory" and swap it out. If you to buy the laptop, buy the extra memory ASAP.

    However, I don't like the fact that it is installed with Vista Home Basic. If you can upgrade it to Home Premium, the extra bells and wistles will help and you won't have to hunt for third party programs.

    Also, with the small screen it may be hard on the eyes for your games. I play games on a 15" laptop, and I do see the difference from a 14". The processor does not take full advantage of Vista, and that may prove to be a choke point for your games.

    Yeah, it's a good price, but for what you are getting I think that they should cut the price by $50 to $75.
  15. From XPBargains website:

    Dell Small Business has the Dell Vostro 220 mini tower desktop w/ Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz, Dell 19 inch Widescreen E1909WFP LCD, 2GB, 250GB, DVD+-RW, Vista Home Basic for only $669 - $270 off = $399 + $35 shipping.
  16. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    I don’t think I would buy a laptop from Circuit City; they have filed for bankruptcy and have already closed 150 + stores. You could find it difficult to return or have repairs done should the need arise.
  17. I just purchased my wife an at home laptop, something she can check emails with and such just for her around the house without having to use the home system, got her a Toshiba Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core mobile processor T4200; 3GB DDR2 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe technology; 16" widescreen; 320GB hard drive; built-in webcam; Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 for 499.00
  18. Hey Solomonsouana were did you get that laptop from for $499? I think I will stick with a laptop because my wife Hates sitting at a desk and I want the laptop for when I deploy soon.
  19. :dunno:
    #19 Square Dots, Dec 31, 2008
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2008

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