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05-21-2007 03:59 PM  13 years ago
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BJames111

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pick a computer?
Can someone help me decide on a new computer? I would like to spend around $600 on a new desktop computer with monitor. I don't really ask much of my personal computer...the wife and I check out websites...and I would like it to be able to run G3. We went to best buy, fry's electronics, compusa, and I couldn't make a decision. I just don't know enough about them to choose!
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05-21-2007 04:23 PM  13 years ago
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05-21-2007 04:24 PM  13 years ago
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I could build it I suppose, but it would make me more comfortable to have it already built.
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05-21-2007 04:31 PM  13 years ago
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05-21-2007 04:33 PM  13 years ago
BJames111

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no, I am not computer savvy at all. I don't want to use anything from my existing computer. I hate it, and I don't know what causes it to act the way it does.
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05-21-2007 04:34 PM  13 years ago
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oh and what about an OS and all that? Building it myself may be more difficult than I expected. I know I must sound like a moron, but that's cause as far as computers go, I am!
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05-21-2007 04:35 PM  13 years ago
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05-21-2007 04:40 PM  13 years ago
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actually, I'm moving to billings, montana in two weeks, so I think I'm going to wait until I get there to try this out. I almost bought one at best buy yesterday, but didn't because I had no idea what the sales man was talking about.

how about this?: can you tell me what specs I should be looking for that will keep me in the price range I need? that would be really helpful. I don't know what speed, memory, etc I should be aware of.
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05-21-2007 04:47 PM  13 years ago
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05-21-2007 04:49 PM  13 years ago
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thank you so much! I'm glad I didn't buy that computer yesterday!
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05-21-2007 05:21 PM  13 years ago
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My advice:

Just stick to a name brand and get something with as much RAM as you can afford. You're not going to be stressing the system with your requirements. Only exception is make sure it actually has a graphics board, not a motherboard (or intel Graphics accelerator - or something like that) but a name brand (like Ati) graphics board - G3 will run better with a real graphics card.

That's it. Other than that, don't stress just get the most RAM you can. And yes you can build your own for cheaper, but this can be a PIA...

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05-21-2007 06:59 PM  13 years ago
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InvertedDude has given some very good advice. I would suggest that instead of building something yourself, just find a local computer shop to do it for you. A quik search on the web or phonebook will probably yeild a couple computer shops in your area. Usually the small mom and pop places will give you a good deal and unmatched service. Stay away from proprietary brands like Dell, HP, Compaq, unless you dont like having money and something that wont perform.
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05-21-2007 07:04 PM  13 years ago
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I think I'll take that advice. Mom and pop shops could use the business I'm sure! probably better customer service as well.
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05-21-2007 07:10 PM  13 years ago
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Stay away from proprietary brands like Dell, HP, Compaq, unless you dont like having money and something that wont perform.
Whatever.

Being buying nothing but Dells for the last 10 years and couldnt be happeir. Just called Dell to pay off my credit account and it looks like they bumped it up to around $8K worth of credit for my personal account. Cant beat them with a stick.
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05-21-2007 07:11 PM  13 years ago
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a lot of different opinions here...
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05-21-2007 07:56 PM  13 years ago
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I guess its just the cool thing to bash on Dell. The only crappy computer I've every had was one built buy some small computer shop locally. Other than that I've had all Dells and they have all worked better than expected.
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05-21-2007 07:59 PM  13 years ago
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05-21-2007 08:07 PM  13 years ago
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I really dont think that I am getting rapped. I'd actually perfer buying from Dell and letting them build and deal with any issues rather than going mom and pops. Heck, I could very easily build my own machine as well, but I choose not to.

Never had any hardware issues with any of my Dells. WAIT. One CD Rom went out. Had a new one 2 day shipped to me and installed myself.

Back in the day (10+ years ago) I wouldn't advised on buying a Dell or from a big manufacturer cause a lot of their stuff was priorperty stuff. Now days it doesnt matter at all.
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05-21-2007 08:15 PM  13 years ago
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I really dont think that I am getting rapped. I'd actually perfer buying from Dell and letting them build and deal with any issues rather than going mom and pops. Heck, I could very easily build my own machine as well, but I choose not to.
I'm with ya there GrantH! I used to build my own machines all the time, but you inevitably have bugs to work out and it's a pain. I'd rather pay a bit extra and have the thing good to go, tested and burned in already with thouroughly researched and tested hardware and if anything goes wrong they replace it!

If you're a nerd and have the time, then go for it and build yourself, if not the name brands are good too.
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05-21-2007 08:35 PM  13 years ago
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