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Help Building a New Desktop

by dlcarter4627 / March 23, 2008 11:42 AM PDT

I've been running on the same desktop since my freshmen year of college (about 6 years ago) and am looking for some advice on building a new system. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something that gets the job done (quickly). I don't do any gaming, mostly just surfing the web, downloading music/movies, streaming audio/video, etc, nothing too hardcore.

Anyone wanna offer a shopping list of what to pick up?

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by welrdelr / March 23, 2008 1:11 PM PDT

Get something cheap or buy a refurbished.
Six years, eh?
I have two boxes that are eight and 12 years old. Both run great.
Anyway, go for cheap, limit processes, and use an OS that is easy on resources.

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if you're not looking for anything 'fancy'
by ramarc / March 24, 2008 2:31 AM PDT

just buy whatever's on sale locally. there's always a $400 pc somewhere and considering vista is $100, you'll be hard-pressed to build a pc for $300. and you might even consider a laptop instead... they'll be plenty fast for your usage.

$380 compaq desktop, dual core cpu, 1gb ram, 250gb ram. http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Compaq-Presario-SR5310F-Desktop-PC-SR5310F/sem/rpsm/oid/200245/catOid/-12962/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do. if you want more ram, another 2gb is $42, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134632

$530 acer laptop, dual core cpu, 2gb ram, 160gb drive, dvd, webcam. http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acer-Aspire-AS5720-4126-15-4-Widescreen-Laptop-AS57204126/sem/rpsm/oid/199868/catOid/-12963/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

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RE: if you're not looking for anything 'fancy'
by dlcarter4627 / March 24, 2008 8:27 AM PDT

Thanks, these recs are awesome!

....although they do remind of how old and slow my current desktop is....

Thanks again

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