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Old 11-17-2010, 05:28 PM
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Default computer people! need advice on which tower to buy

hey there, we need a new tower for our home computer. ours now is ancient and hardly seems to run. its about 12 years old.

we dont use the comp. for anything really more then what i am doing right now. mainly just internet, and school projects with kids that sort of stuff. So i went to best buy and found these three in the $300 range. Any advice on which one is better??????

Thanks for any help and tips. the link i am posting should take you to the site with the 3 side by side being compared... I hope....

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....at212600050008
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:41 PM
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I'd take a look at buy.com.

You can pick up a dual quad core with 4gb of ram and 1 TB HDD for about $500-$600.
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I'm sure many will offer comments.

I had an old E-Machine that I tossed many years ago. It worked great but just got too old and slow. Silly mother board that couldn't be upgraded.

I see many "refurbished" Compaqs at computer stores. JMHO.

If you're handy with computers, buy the tallest case with the most expansion slots then you can keep up with new fangled stuff.

I use a four year old Toshiba Satellite laptop now. Never had a problem yet other than flaky Time Warner service but that's another story.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:47 PM
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All three machines will be slow to load pictures.
If you have a browser or email open at the same time, it will be slow.
A true case of you get what you pay for.

I have never been a fan of Compaq.
They do not use generic PC parts, you have to buy their brand at a higher price.

I would suggest spending a couple more Franklins and get something you would be happy with.
Unless, you just want to use the web by itself.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:44 AM
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I would recommend this one. Asus makes most of the parts in other computers. As your kids get older you are going to need more horsepower:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+E...&skuId=1243294
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That's a very nice machine in the above post.
It has EVERYTHING you would need for a few years.
Don't overlook the graphics handling ability, this one is a screamer.
Big hard drive for storing music and movies, card reader, etc.
There is room to toss another hard drive in there if you need it.
And it's a 64 bit OS too.
Dang, I'm talking myself into buying it....
The only factor I see though, is ppl have had issues with the keyboard being cheap.
I'm not concerned about that, I have enough decent keyboards sitting around.

If ya really want, I'm sure there is someone on here that would build a nice one for you for about the same cost or less.

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Old 11-19-2010, 04:18 AM
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Thank you all so much for the replies, you definately have me rethinking the cheaeper route now. I was hoping that the new one would be so much better then my old one it wouldnt matter..... but this is why I asked!!!! I do not know much in this area and trust others more then myself on this issue.

My current computer has:
3200+ AMD athlon XP processor
512 MB DDR SDRAM memory
processor speed 2.2 ghz
160 GB 7200RPM ULTRA DMA harddrive.

so that is what I have now....
Something like I tunes takes a long time to load, maybe a minute or so from when you click on it. i have about 1/2 of the harddrive used, and thats just for pictures and music.

Any comments with the added info?

Thanks again for your time
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Not as good as the one I posted above, but I got you under $500
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...px?EDC=2078517
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I would check Tigerdirect.com and newegg.com for prices before I bought. I just bought mine in october from tigerdirect and I`m very happy with it. I see the price has gone up on it but at the time I paid $499.00.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...021&CatId=4928
Here is another with 4gb ram for $499.00
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...758&CatId=4928
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Now those are getting to the price i can handle!

Thanks a lot, going to check it out now.
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I just bought a barebones machine from Tigerdirect. Essentially it comes with "most" of the components that you need and you build it yourself. It's not hard to do and this may save you some money. They also offer complete machines.

While I'm not a computer expert, I've been advised that RAM (memory) is probably more important than CPU (the brains) speed. Since most machines offered today have Windows 7 on them, you will want a minimum of 2 Gig of Ram. For an additional $50, you should seriously consider going with 4 Gig. I was also advised to go with a quad core processor. My new machine has an AMD Phenom quad core CPU, which is comparable to an Intel i3. I paid about $260 including the additional memory and CPU cooling fan. This did not include the Windows operating system or Monitor, both which I already have.

If you are a member of Costco, they often have competitive pricing on computers as well as a great return policy.
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I am leaning towards this possibility since it seems i can get a whole lot more computer for the money if i do a semi build like you are.

Thanks for the tips everyone.
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Surf over to fatwallet and see what deal is in Hot Deals... IMHO
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