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Old 08-17-2007, 10:06 AM   #16
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HP is not any less customizable than Dell. They have far more models to chose from initially, and you can easily upgrade (and sometimes downgrade) the amounts of RAM, HDD space, processor, etc. My sis just got an HP for college and picked out the model based on size and the aesthetics of the laptop, but changed/customized almost all of the internal hardware components.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:25 AM   #17
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If you're buying a new monitor along with the PC, I'd go with a flatscreen from Dell. They have some of the best value and quality available for consumer LCDs.
Yeah, I'll be buying a new monitor...and a new printer and scanner (I'm sure I'll just get an all-in-one). New everything, pretty much.

I think I'm gonna hold off for at least another few months though. My car should be paid off in a couple months, and then I'll have a significant amount of money freed up every month, since I've usually been paying a couple hundred a month extra on top of the regular payment. That is, of course, assuming that nothing else comes up. You know how it is.

I should probably be really good and wait until after Christmas so that I can shop without worrying about being on too tight of a budget. We'll see if I can hold out that long. Still fun to toy with ideas and look around though.

Thanks for the input, everyone! Feel free to add more.
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:00 PM   #18
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at work, we use HPs and I like them a lot. haven't had any problems at all. at home, my 1st and 2nd computers have been Dell. they both still work, even though Windows doesn't support the systems anymore (that should tell you how old they are ). I had a few problems with the 2nd one I bought and I needed to call customer service. that was a pain in the butt. that's probably one of the worst things about Dell is their customer service. explaining a problem to someone who doesn't speak very much or very good English is so frustrating

however, I won a Compaq laptop last weekend, so that's what I'm using at home now. no complaints yet (knock on wood) other than Windows Vista takes a little to get used to.
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Macs are completely out of the question?
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:58 PM   #20
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:33 AM   #21
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I'm not ready to make such a huge conversion! It's not like switching toothpastes.
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:40 PM   #23
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Sorry BC....I'm going to sidetrack your thread instead of starting my own....

I'm also looking into buying a new computer but I don't have a lot to spend. I actually want to finance something with Dell so I only have to pay about $35 a month. I keep getting student rebate discounts (or something like that) in an email from Dell. When I was in the business world, all we ever used was Dell. They were a vendor at my last job and I had a lot of clients order from them....but we're talking pc's for an entire office.

I don't even know where to begin so if anyone has any info I'd love to hear it. I know what I want but I don't know what else I'd need. Basically I really want something where I can download and burn my own dvd's. I also want it to come with Word instead of Works. School only has Word so I can't do my homework at home right now and then finish up at school unless I copy my work and paste it in an email, then copy the email and paste it in Word. I'd like to stop doing that!

Otherwise I really don't need anything too fancy. I have a desktop that's about 5 years old and so far I've been able to do anything I've wanted to with it aside from the above issues. Plus I really think at this point in my life a laptop would be more practical for me.

I don't care so much about the size because I have to keep the price down. I know the smaller ones can be more expensive. I don't need a fancy printer or any other accessories other than maybe a mouse. I don't like the the laptop mouse thing in the middle.

I've built a few on the website but to be honest I really don't know enough about computers to know if I have everything I "need" or if I'm going overboard on stuff too.
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I'm not ready to make such a huge conversion! It's not like switching toothpastes.
Honestly if you're comfortable with PCs there's no need to switch to a Mac. I am reluctant myself because I have a great PC setup, have a lot of favourite, weird, useful Windows-only programs, and don't want to sink the extra money into a mac.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:57 AM   #25
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$2K on a desktop? Who spends that much unless they are a major gamer? My brother built his own top of the line desktop for considerably less than that.

I'd get neither to be honest. Do you know somebody who can build it for you from scratch? You'll get a far better computer than one of the pre-packaged store ones.
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^^I concur. If you spend $2000 on a lower-end commercial brand desktop, you'll be wasting about $1500.
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$2K on a desktop? Who spends that much unless they are a major gamer?
Well, I'd like to game on it more. I don't anymore because my current PC tends to be a bit sluggish. However, that budget also includes an all-in-one printer, a nice monitor, and software. I have an old version of Office (I know about Open Office, but I guess I'm a sucker who still wants the real thing), and my image editing software is about 10 years old. All that in mind, I don't think $2K is totally ridiculous.
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Well, to be fair, you could probably spend the 2k on Office and image software right there (stupid Adobe )...

What version of Office do you have? I'm still using 97 at home and it hasn't really changed much IMO...
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What version of Office do you have? I'm still using 97 at home and it hasn't really changed much IMO...
Have you used 2007? It's totally different - different default file extensions that the older versions aren't backward compatible with. There's also huge differences in the programming/coding of the application, but I'm not the one to know specifics on that.
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Oh I realize that there have been changes but you have to look at it in terms of what you need it for. If you are just using it at home as a basic word processor and spread sheet for general accounting, the versions on 97 are still all you need as far as I'm concerned...

just my opinion though...
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