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Help me buy a computer

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by digger, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. digger

    digger New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I'm about to purchase my first computer (yea I know, welcome to the 21st century). Can you guys help me out with some tips on what I should get? My main issues would be to be able to download music onto cds or some other device, watch video like youtube.com, and copy my cds that I already own, and maybe online poker. Do I need to spend over $1,000? or can I get something usable for around $500.

    Part 2: I also need a laptop/notebook. Can one of those take care of both needs (I'd need the laptop for writing/sending stories away from the paper. I could set it up at my house when I'm not using it to file stories from on the road. But would one of those be able to do the things I need above?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    The Altair has 5K of memory now and comes very cheap.
  3. fmrsped

    fmrsped Active Member

    Get a MAC. Seriously. PCs suck, and I have a PC. Dumb decision.

    You'll spend a little more than a grand, I think, but it's worth it.
  4. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    I agree. I wish I had listened to the smart one's and had a Mac instead of this PC. Three weeks after I bought it, it crashed (my taxes were all still on it because I had only finished them the night before).
  5. n8wilk

    n8wilk Guest

    I've had a PC for about three years and couldn't be happier. Make sure whatever you get has wireless capability. Entire cities will be wireless in a few years. Trust me, there's nothing better than sitting your computer on a coffee table with no cords attached whatsoever. Any decent laptop should be able to provide what you're looking for. One thing you may want to consoder is a same as cash plan. I paid my computer off over the course of 12 months with no interest. Meanwhile, I got to use it the whole time. I know Circuit City has that program and I imagine Best Buy may have one as well. For what it's worth I got an HP and have been very happy with it. It's pretty user friendly.
  6. joe

    joe Active Member

    Doesn't matter what kind. Get as much hard drive memory as you can, 1 gig at least. Buy something you can add features to, such as sound cards and video cards. And go for DSL or cable; dial-up sucks.
  7. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    Regardless of whether you choose a PC or a Mac, your primary concerns should be processor speed and RAM. Whether it is a desktop or a laptop, you will have limited slots for RAM and this means updating costs more.

    You can always purchase a newer and bigger hard drive that can sit outside your computer if you want. If it doesn't come with wireless built in, you can always add it on via a PCMCIA, USB or PCI card.

    None of your listed requirements should force you into purchasing a high end video card. So, you shouldn't worry about such things. If you would later like to upgrade, a new video card can be installed on a desktop. (The laptop has its monitor built-in, so a new card would not make much sense.)

    To answer the issue on cost, the desktop can be purchased for under $500 as long as you are willing to accept a CRT monitor instead of a flat panel. The laptop will definitely cost more.
  8. PaseanaARG

    PaseanaARG Guest

    Wow, a whole gig on a hard drive? Is that possible?

    I vote for Mac Book. How about this one at www.smalldog.com
    MacBook 13in 1.83GHz 512/60/combo/AP/BT white . . . . . n 23 1,099.00
    Add 512K RAM: $100

    You're in business.
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I've got a MacBook, bought it for a little over $1,000 about a month ago, and I've been very pleased so far. I'd used PCs in the past, and never had any real problems.

    Just remember, you usually get what you pay for.
  10. loveyabye

    loveyabye Guest

    Get the Macbook, save $50 with the Mac educational discount. It's done on the honor system.
    With the Macbook it's really easy to connect to wireless networks and switch to different ones in different places.
    Also, you can get a free iPod nano if you buy a Macbook on Apple's site (again using the educational discount). I'm wielding mine right now.
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Paging Rosie .... :D
  12. DougDascenzo

    DougDascenzo Member

    Absolutely get a Mac.

    I have a Powerbook G4 (pre Intel chip) and it kicks ass.

    Very user friendly, everything works on it, and it allows you to become a computer elitist overnight.

    They cost a bit more, but after a year, I've had no problems with mine and love it ... which, to a former PC guy, makes it worth it. My PC (a Sony VAIO) seemed to have a different issue every week, and I never knew if it was compatible with stuff on Web sites, downloading, etc. To this day, there is nothing I can't do on the Internet or with other stuff (digital cams, external hard drives, bluetooth mouse, speaker system, etc.).

    Seriously... A Mac ... do it.
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