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Old 02-01-2007, 07:12 PM
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Default PC SHOPPING, $1250 - which would you buy?

If you were to go out and get a new PC for home video editing, e-mail surfing, photo storage and basic things like that, what you would you buy?

Hold on now! Let's limit yourself to say... $1250 (with some wiggle room), ok now which would you buy and why?

I am looking for something that you can stick over 2GB of RAM, multi processor and don't care about windows or mac.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:33 PM
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I like Gateways
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:41 PM
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Chris,

I just used my military discount to purchase a Dell Inspirion E1705 for 1100.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:47 PM
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Was quoted $850 today for a locally built (and serviced) tower with 2 gb ram, 120 gb hard drive, dvd burner, 2 video cards and Windows XP Pro. No monitor, keyboard, or speakers.

I have several Dell computers and I recently bought Mrs Hot Rod a new Compaq laptop but the downside to these big mail order companies is all the BS software you have to take with the computer.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:43 PM
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I would get a Macbook. My kids have one, and it is incredible. Photos. Ipods. Email. All that creative stuff. About $1,000. It is a great little deal. There's is the basic one. If you want 2g memory and a superdrive, expect to add about $200.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...D&nclm=MacBook

or if you dont want a laptop, you can go even more powerful and elegant as well (not bulky):

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...1F78&nclm=iMac

We also got a student discount of $50 bucks PLUS a free IPOD nano. I bet you could work something with them (student, military, etc).

I am thinking loaded your machine would cost about $1200-$1300 after discounts.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:57 PM
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Thanks for the replies... Keep 'em coming!

I like the IMac but... if I go Mac, it will be a Mac Pro and I will pull out all the stops! I already have a nice 19 inch flat panel monitor, so I will not likely get another monitor - at least not anytime real soon.

I may end up buying through the AAFES/NEX system to save on taxes, but I also know a lot of the companies will give a very nice military discount if you catch them at the right time. Who knows??? Just have see I guess..

I wish there was an IBM system like the Mac Pro capable of up to 4 processors and 16GB of ram, 4 HDD bays, beautiful and sleek design, just a great looking system.

If I don't find a good deal on an IBM/MS based platform, I am strongly considering the Mac Pro. I just don't want to have to learn again. Seems I forget more than I learn nowadays!
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Go get 'em Chris.

I use PC's at work, have a Dell Laptop, at home, and now am typing on my family's family room mac. I am a convert, although I was reluctant at first. It is easy.
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Consider the IMac for the applications you mentioned. Even though you already have a 19" monitor, you'll probably find the IMac display one of the sharpest and clearest around. You can always sell the monitor or save it for another application. The Mac OS and programs are very intuitive, you wouldn't have any trouble using them. Since the new Macs are using Intel chips they are also capable of running Windows applications. If you get one, you will not be disappointed. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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get a dell and use the extra 500-600 bucks for fishing gear!
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Hydro, I have seen the IMac and trust me, if I got one of those... It would be that 24 incher... I like the IMacs, but I don't like the all-in-one package. Never have, never will.. I guess it goes back to my days as a PC technician and don't stuff all your eggs in one basket and leave a little room for flexibilty and testing. That is why if I get a Mac, it will probably be the Mac Pro and I would get the 24 inch monitor next year.

Everything I read about Vista is it is more and more like Mac OS. That is why I am so open to going the Mac route. My only other concern would be compatibility issues with my older XP machine, files and such with the Mac OS. I doubt there would be any problem though..

Choices choices..

Been doing a lot of reading on CNet too... So much good stuff there!
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You're computer savy, why don't you just build your own from quality components? That's what I'd be doing.
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Garett, I am somewhat savy, but I do this for a living on a business scale, not for the home user. That's where I tend to lose sight too, it's for my personal use and it's like a cook doesn't like to cook for themselves.. LOL

Also when I buy PC's for work, it's mostly for use on a network and running MS-Office apps... For home, I am looking to do some video/photo editing, basic internet and e-mail, but I want something that I don't want to throw through the window either.. Hey, maybe that's where Bill Gates got the name "Windows"

I can tell you this my friend.. Building a PC nowadays will invariably cost you more than getting a bundled PC - when I say bundled, I don't mean a combo PC/Monitor either. I mean bundled with software, memory, drives, video card and all those things that add up when purchased separately. For instance Vista is running $200-400 depending on the version (non-upgrade). It is also just my opinion, but your monitor and PC are separate purchases nowadays.
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Love my Dell but everyone is raving about the new Macs.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:29 PM
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One Mac suggestion -- if you go Mac, spend the extra bux for AppleCare extended warranty, especially if it's a laptop (for the monitor). You get 2 additional years warranty over the standard 1 year), incredible service at any Apple Store, and real one-on-one telephone support for 3 years. (Tel support w/o AppleCare is only 90 days). My 2-year old iMac needed a new power supply; I brought it into the local Apple store on a Sunday just before Christmas, and they called me on Monday to pick it up.)

Another thing: Bookmark this site:
http://www.macosg.com
for an excellent forum for your questions and fixit needs. Free.

Check the deals at Clubmac.com (part of PCMall, I think) before you shop at an Apple store for a better deal, usually (free stuff added to the purchase)

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Old 02-02-2007, 05:51 AM
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I was a PC guy from day one. All the engineers who worked on my projects used them, all the software was for them, it was what I was familiar with. I had a good friend who was a graphic designer, and he used Macs and of course loved them, but he was kinda a long-haired freaky creative kind of guy, ya know??? gotta let em have their hippie peace signs and such..

Then, working as a consultant for a company with a processing intensive, highly graphics oriented swath bathymetry system, I was forced to use an upper end Mac laptop to demonstrate their system. Shoot...I loved the thing. Yeah, it took a little time to get used to the differences, but not much time. Actually, it was more intuitive than Windows. Sucker had me sold. I started carrying the mac instead of my pc laptop when travelling. After a year on that job, I had to give it back. Going back to my PC was like going back to an old car you remembered fondly. It still did what it used to do, but damn, it just wasnt the same.
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:31 AM
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I have a Dell E1705 like Kingair's for a laptop. I have been very happy. I think it cost me around $1100 with the upgraded screen. It is a little big for use on planes but great for use in the kitchen and hotel rooms. The screen is big enough to rent DVD's at Blockbuster and watch movies when I am on the road.
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I have owned dell (the dell from hell)...emachines.ok...gateway...soso...HP Compaq almost never a problem. Had laptop batteries replaced after 3 years on extended warranty. Had an issue with 3 year old laptop under heavy use where they replaced the socket to hook up the charger.

The worse customer service experience was with Dell. Our office desktop had a hard drive that crashed three times. While we had the 24 hr guarenteed business service plan, we waited weeks to get our computer back operating again. Our office is in Easton, MD about 25 miles away from Annapolis. Dell said they had no one in our area that could service our computer. In the end, they sent us the harddrive and we installed it ourselves. During this time we operated our business from an old laptop.
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I was a PC user for 15 years and got so frustrated with my Dell I just bought a Mac Pro laptop. Even the IT technicians at my company (that is a BIG Dell user) advised me to go the Mac route. I was concerned that there were applications I couldn't use with the Mac, but nowadays anything you can do on a PC you can do on a Mac. Still learning the details of how everything works, but I wouldn't go back. Think of all the time you'll save when you don't have to call Dell customer service and talk with someone in India for 4 hours-go fishing instead! I'm sold!

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Old 02-03-2007, 08:46 PM
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I'd buy the parts from Newegg and build it myself chris.

I can definately save you some money on the software and Os's if you interested.
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I went with the 24 inch iMac last December. It was a present to myself for going back to Grad school. the dot mac service has some pretty decent flash tutorials on how to use the photo, video, etc software, and you get a free 60 day service.

Like you I was hesitant on having to learn a new beast, but I have been very happy going this route. I have exchanged MS Office documents with others and they have opened, edited, and saved flawlessly going between the Mac and XP operating systems. I am not a gamer so that argument was worthless to me. There are some tools out there that I use which will only run on a windows or Linux systems, but you can get Parallels have a virtual environment. There has only been one website that will not allow me to connect since it 'requires' IE.
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