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I'd like to buy a desktop, but I don't know what I need?

I have a MacBook that I use for school, but I'd like a desktop to have as well.

I'd really just use it for word processing and internet shenanigans, but I'm thinking I might do some gaming on it. (Nothing completely major, a few games from Steam, but I don't actually consider myself a gamer.)

I haven't bought a desktop computer for at least 5 years, so I really don't even know where to begin looking, or even what to look for.

I feel like I don't need anything fancy... but I'm really not sure if I do or not, because while I don't consider myself a gamer... I do really enjoy playing games.

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New or refurbished?

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I don't know..

In reply to: New or refurbished?

Does new or refurbished make a big difference other than price? If it's refurbished, it should work correctly, right? I don't mind about outer appearance or anything like that. I just want it to work well.

Does IBM and Lenovo have a contract with each other or something? I've been looking at Lenovos a bit.

Thanks for the link, by the way!

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Same only different . . .

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IBM was the parent company. IBM handles enterprise and servers for major businesses. Levono is a spin off that handles PCs. I can't say enough about my "Levono" machines. I've used them since 1999 when I got my first ThinkPad. I honest to God finally threw it away only because it had W98 and just couldn't handle the Internet today. The machines I have today just do not break. You can search the forums for IBM or Levono and see how many problems there are compared to any other maker. Almost nil.

I did have to call customer support about 6 months ago because I couldn't get the dial-up modem in my latest T60 laptop (bought refurbished with extended warranty) to work. Thinking the modem was bad I called support. An American in Atlanta answered my call, I described the problem, he said no problem, and sent me a new modem. No questions, no problems, and he and all other support are here in the states. While it was on the way I got to thinking that modems just don't die. So I went into the BIOS and found it disable. I enable it and voila. When the new modem arrived I called them back and explained what happened and told them I'd send it back. He said keep it.

Again, I can't say enough about Levono products. I've owned Compaq, HP, and Toshiba. This is the reason I will own nothing but Levono.

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