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Best place to buy a PC

Where is the best place to buy a PC these days? I have had the same computer for about 8 years so its pretty out of date as far as technology. I have a good monitor and CD/DVD RW drive so I just need the CPU. Looking to spend around $400-500.
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I just bought one not too long ago off craigslist.com for a buddy. Got a really good deal on it. I would suggest trying out newegg.com or tigerdirect.com. Dell always has decent prices also. Good luck!
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Just go to frys and build your own, you can build one that will smoke anything you can get for $500.

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I agree with the above... for 500 you can build something very nice.

Let me know if you need help, I can goto Fry's with you on the weekend and help you pick out what you need.

Should take 30 minutes to install everything : )
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Idisagree about 400-500 being "something nice" maybe to surf the web.. but not to play games. a decent vid card is 400-500 alone.. if you plan to play any games and not snore while the graphics chug along.. expect to spend about 800-900

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I dont play games at all. I found a couple online that are around $400. They may not have everything one would want but they are far superior to what I have now.
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got my mom a brand new dell, flat screen monitor, good 2500+mhz processor, 2gb ram, 100gig HDD etc etc perfect web surfing machine for 499$ from dell, free delivery and i waited honestly like 2 days since its shipped from austin.
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If you spend $400-500 now, it will be obsolete in a year or less. Just for reference, I spent $1400 on my tower about a year and a half ago and its still fast enough to keep me happy.

For 400-500, you cant do all that much better than what you would buy honestly. You can go to Best Buy and pick up a decent Compaq for $450, and you get 1 year warranty on the machine too. Honestly at that low of cost, when you compare custom to pre-built, you might save $50 if you're lucky, and then you have to make sure you have a legit copy of Windows. Thats another thing, new PCs come with a free copy of Vista, not many people have a pirated version yet so you'll be on XP for a while. I say just go buy off the shelf

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If you spend $400-500 now, it will be obsolete in a year or less. Just for reference, I spent $1400 on my tower about a year and a half ago and its still fast enough to keep me happy.
He's using something 8 years old, if he buys a new computer with a 2.8+ghz processor and a few gig of memory, it'll last him much longer than a year.
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Jeremy, are you wanting to put this together yourself, or just buy a system ready to play.

IMO dont build, you'll save a small fortune in software alone. You dont need the computing power gamers do, a lot of their opinions are biased.
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He's using something 8 years old, if he buys a new computer with a 2.8+ghz processor and a few gig of memory, it'll last him much longer than a year.
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Jeremy, are you wanting to put this together yourself, or just buy a system ready to play.

IMO dont build, you'll save a small fortune in software alone. You dont need the computing power gamers do, a lot of their opinions are biased.

I wasnt planning on building one. My current system is upgraded to the max out but its so old the cheapest systems out right now are better.
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Go check out Dell's page.i've found them to be reliable and good computers, as long as you're not trying to add a bunch of 'aftermarket' hardware.
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If you spend $400-500 now, it will be obsolete in a year or less. Just for reference, I spent $1400 on my tower about a year and a half ago and its still fast enough to keep me happy.

For 400-500, you cant do all that much better than what you would buy honestly. You can go to Best Buy and pick up a decent Compaq for $450, and you get 1 year warranty on the machine too. Honestly at that low of cost, when you compare custom to pre-built, you might save $50 if you're lucky, and then you have to make sure you have a legit copy of Windows. Thats another thing, new PCs come with a free copy of Vista, not many people have a pirated version yet so you'll be on XP for a while. I say just go buy off the shelf

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Go check out Dell's page.i've found them to be reliable and good computers, as long as you're not trying to add a bunch of 'aftermarket' hardware.
I would stay away from Dell personally. There is a ton of stuff that is proprietary to them, one thing is the cooling fans I've noticed on them. Most PCs will have either the large 4-pin connector or the small 3-pin connector to power the fans, but I've seen plenty of Dells that take a SMALL 4-pin connector. I couldn't even find one at Fry's. Standard fans can cost anywhere from $5 to $20, the one specific for Dell was $60 the only place I could find it... Dell.com. And if the fan goes out that's running off a small 4-pin, it will be powered from the Dell motherboard, so if that fan is missing, it will always give a fan failure alert until you drop $60 on a new one.

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What do you usually do on the computer?
He doesnt play games, and if he is just now replacing an 8 year old PC, he must not do anything all that demanding. Even upgrading an 8 year old PC to its max potential still puts it on par with tech about 4 years old assuming it was decent 8 years ago.

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Its used mostly for web surfing, emails, etc..... Budget is not an issue; I dont want to pay for features I dont need.
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I would stay away from Dell personally. There is a ton of stuff that is proprietary to them, one thing is the cooling fans I've noticed on them. Most PCs will have either the large 4-pin connector or the small 3-pin connector to power the fans, but I've seen plenty of Dells that take a SMALL 4-pin connector. I couldn't even find one at Fry's. Standard fans can cost anywhere from $5 to $20, the one specific for Dell was $60 the only place I could find it... Dell.com. And if the fan goes out that's running off a small 4-pin, it will be powered from the Dell motherboard, so if that fan is missing, it will always give a fan failure alert until you drop $60 on a new one.

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Yeah, but i just said they're good computers if you're not adding components. Plus he'd have a warranty with the new comp. How often does your fan go out?

Don't overanalyze, he wants a ready to go PC for surfing and doing his taxes, looking at baby pics, etc.
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Its used mostly for web surfing, emails, etc..... Budget is not an issue; I dont want to pay for features I dont need.

i would get a dell..

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LOL. I was pricing some of their base systems last night, hit up the 468$ comp and upgrade the RAM.. and you'll be set.
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Yeah, but i just said they're good computers if you're not adding components. Plus he'd have a warranty with the new comp. How often does your fan go out?

Don't overanalyze, he wants a ready to go PC for surfing and doing his taxes, looking at baby pics, etc.
Sure he has a warranty. He kept this PC for 8 years, so even if he purchased the 3 year warranty, it would suck. I say get one from a store that takes more universal parts and get a warranty.

Im not overanalyzing, I am giving an honest opinion. Dell doesnt make THAT great of a computer and their customer support sucks. If you buy from a place like Best Buy, you deal with a person right in front of you whom you can scream/yell/bitch at till you get your way. Dell customer support? Well, lets just say if you dont speak english very well, its hard to understand threats.

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Sure he has a warranty. He kept this PC for 8 years, so even if he purchased the 3 year warranty, it would suck. I say get one from a store that takes more universal parts and get a warranty.

Im not overanalyzing, I am giving an honest opinion. Dell doesnt make THAT great of a computer and their customer support sucks. If you buy from a place like Best Buy, you deal with a person right in front of you whom you can scream/yell/bitch at till you get your way. Dell customer support? Well, lets just say if you dont speak english very well, its hard to understand threats.
out of all the machines i know that have lasted 8 years.. eailsy 90% of them are dells and not " generic" machines.

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I disagree with building something better/faster in the 400-500 dollar range. At that budget, you're better off buying a bundle that has everything you need.

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I get a discount through my job with Dell so I will check them out tomorrow, if not anyone of these basic systems would work for me
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Jeremy i think you'll be pleased with one, plus they ship from austin so it's like a day or two to your door.
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Jeremy i think you'll be pleased with one, plus they ship from austin so it's like a day or two to your door.
What do you think about this system

PROCESSOR AMD Sempron™ 3400+
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Basic
MEMORY 512MB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 1DIMM
HARD DRIVE 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
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VIDEO CARD NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU
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PROCESSOR AMD Sempron™ 3400+
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MEMORY 512MB Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 1DIMM
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Just like mini-Cruz said, a lil more memory is the only thing i'd change.
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Dell charges $60 for memory upgrade to 1 gig. What does memory cost these days if I do it on my own?
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Maybe a little less, but you'll have to drive to buy it & bring it home, take your new comp apart and install it, blah blah blah.

If you can swing the 60, i'd just do it. C'mon, you're a baller!
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Maybe a little less, but you'll have to drive to buy it & bring it home, take your new comp apart and install it, blah blah blah.

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Dell charges $60 for memory upgrade to 1 gig. What does memory cost these days if I do it on my own?
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Dell E521 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ Desktop $399 shipped free - AMD 3200+ $349, Feb. 8

$60 drop! Dell Small Business has new and fast AMD based desktops. Dimension E521 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 1GB DDR2/160GB, DVD ROM, No monitor, Geforce 6150 LE, 1yr Onsite warranty, Vista Home Basic $399 shipped free. Exp Wed

Just ended but you can see its a good deal. Just wait till the next deal comes up.

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