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04-06-2011 06:13 PM  6 years agoPost 1
rc.chris

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In need of a new computer! What is a good one that is pretty fast but wont bankrupt me?

http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-06-2011 06:22 PM  6 years agoPost 2
BLUETHUNDER

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How will you use the new computer?
Just email?
Hardcore gaming?
Flight Sim?
Video Editing?
Watching TV? Media?

I would build my own computer and costomize it to your needs
and budget.

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/...ing-pc-q4-2010/

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04-06-2011 07:54 PM  6 years agoPost 3
702nitro

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If this computer is going to be just for emails, word processing and surfing, then any brand name computer you can get from your local electronics store or walmart will do.

Simulator, heavy gaming then i'd look up the min requirements for the software then pad it extra with Ghz, RAM, Video RAM for bloatware.

One last thing, remove and uninstall ALL un-necessary programs that come preinstalled on a computer.

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04-06-2011 08:13 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Professor Fate

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Stay away from HP..... Having good luck with this Dell Studio 1558. This is my second Dell. First was a Inspiron 8600 worked great right up to the point it tried to drink coffee....

Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine

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04-06-2011 08:23 PM  6 years agoPost 5
mmc205

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+1 on building your own. Thats all i do anymore. No bloatware, and its similar price compared to dell/gateway etc. with MUCH higher quality components, even if they are "spec'd" the same.

Often times, you can get build a better one for cheaper once you start to get more into the higher end builds.

Believe me, if you can build a heli, program a radio, and fly the darn thing, building a computer will be breeze for you, and probably fun!! have at it!!

I generally shop at newegg, start with the processor and/or motherboard i want, and basically start spec'ing components from there.

For a strong, relatively budget machine, i would recommend:
-pentium core i3

-micro-atx board (socket will be determined by chip) with hdmi output built in (you may not need it, but always cool to hook to a tv and most built in video processors can handle hdmi 1080p output

-at least 2gig, if not 4gig ddr3 ram
-sata hard drive, size dependent on what you store
-standard cd burner unless you want a bluray player
-video card only if you plan on doing hard gaming, even most good intel dual core systems will handle realflight g5 just fine with the built in video processor.
-80+ certified power supply
-19" lcd moniter
-case of your choice
-windows 7 64 bit pro

all of the above can be built for $500+ and be a much sturdier system than a dell or gateway or such

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04-06-2011 08:25 PM  6 years agoPost 6
mmc205

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like i said, for this class of system, dell may be a bit cheaper, but they REALLY skimp on components, not to mention the fact that if you do grind it to a halt, you have your very own windows 7 disk to reload it!

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04-06-2011 08:30 PM  6 years agoPost 7
mmc205

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i take it back, with 6g ram (add $40 to my price), a 1tb hardrive, (add about $30 to my price), and a slightly faster processor (add another $20 to my price) a nearly equivalent dell (the dell didn't have hdmi output, was $729-40-30-20=$639, building your own is still kind a better deal, and you get to have the fun!

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04-06-2011 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 8
classic

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That is some great info!
What would you guys recommend for building a decent gamming computer?

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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04-06-2011 09:35 PM  6 years agoPost 9
mmc205

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i5 or i7,
fast hard drive, 10000rpm's are available, though a fast 7200 will work.
nice amount (4+ gig) of ddr3 2100 ram with low latency
video processor with as many cores as you can afford!

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04-06-2011 09:51 PM  6 years agoPost 10
rc.chris

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Thanks for the info. It is for my wife, she has a website, goes to online school, writes alot of papers, e-conferences, she does alot with pictures and of course facebook and skype!

http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-06-2011 09:56 PM  6 years agoPost 11
Oracus

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Get yourself a ACER laptop with the Intel i5, check newegg.com runs about $800 depending on exact model. Decent video card, great battery life, Windows 7, Really great looking screen.

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04-06-2011 09:57 PM  6 years agoPost 12
702nitro

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Also at the minimum get a Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Don't even bother with Celeron even if it's clocked at 3.0ghz. Those processors are garbage!!!!

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04-07-2011 12:35 AM  6 years agoPost 13
dukes-my-dog

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04-07-2011 12:41 AM  6 years agoPost 14
wifeorheli

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DELL or Gateway all the way

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04-07-2011 02:13 AM  6 years agoPost 15
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Another +1 for building your own. My last 'branded' computer said Atari on it. Been building my own ever since.

Do you have (a) a screwdriver and (b) a pulse? If yes, then you have what it takes to build your own computer!

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04-07-2011 02:53 AM  6 years agoPost 16
AndyH

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Stay away from HP..... Having good luck with this Dell Studio 1558
I had the opposite experience. My HP's have been great - Of course I have an Elitebook 8540. It's awesome, even designed to handle coffee on the keyboard. It has a drain.

but for home use I have a 13" macbook, awesome power, super rugged and perfect size for sitting on the couch doin stuff.

This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!

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04-07-2011 03:22 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Lomcevek1

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Same here we have had several HP's and they are all going strong with good support. This will more than likely be my last off the shelf computer and will be building them from now on.

I have upgraded this one quite a bit and after doing so it was not tough at all so I figure why not just go all the way.

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