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help with new computer

by Needssomehelp / December 2, 2012 8:37 AM PST

I'd like suggestions for a new computer: Processor, memory, hard drive, windows version...Is 7 still available? Also want DVD burner, webcam, speakers.

This would be for general use: internet, email, photos, videos, Skype, MS office programs.... I still use MS 2003!

I have Windows XP on desktop Dell Dimension 5100. 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4. I'd like an all-in-one with enough speed and memory since I've heard they can't be added later.

I've seen lots of ads, just can't decide! Money wise, I'm looking at roughly $700 or $800. Is that reasonable??

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Laptop or desktop
by ericlericl / December 22, 2012 5:37 PM PST
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Do you want a new laptop or an new desktop, because this greatly affects the price to power ratio.

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Here's a link
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2012 9:03 AM PST
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anything on all-in-ones?
by Needssomehelp / December 2, 2012 9:59 PM PST
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Thanks wpgwpg. I did check it out, it looks impressive.

I am really interested in an all-in-on. Anyone have any reviews on them or suggestions? I was hoping there would be some good holiday specials!!

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If you're dead set on an all-in-one..just make sure you
by VAPCMD / December 2, 2012 11:53 PM PST

get the total RAM, disk space, video power, etc., you need at time of purchase because upgrading and expanding are NOT features of all-in-ones.

Also make sure you really like the monitor/display because unlike a desktop or laptop, you may not be able to attach another monitor to the system.

All-in-ones are great in some ways (compact, space saving) but not so great in others (heat dissipation, user expandability or repairability, etc.,)


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I would get something light but good
by codes332211 / December 19, 2012 4:05 AM PST
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i think that an ultra book is great if you don't want any disk drive. i would suggest at least 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB or over for the Hard drive. most computers that are ok will cost you about $600 to $700. for what you are using it for i would suggest intel for the processor. i would heavily suggest windows 7 or xp. i would suggest either a laptop or a desktop. all in one are ok but it is important to know what you like and what you are comfortable with.

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