Buying a PC

Discussion in 'Computers and The Internet' started by Revenant Phantasm, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. i have about 650$ right now, and i get about 20$ every friday and im thinking of buying a laptop, desktop, or custom building one. What seems the best? Should i save up and custom build a n3470 13370 computer or just splurge on a laptop or a desktop? Perplexing! HRMM!!!
     
  2. Mui

    Mui Senior Member

    Build it yerself... and your 600$ will go a lot further than you thought...
     
  3. Also, when buying components or even the full pc, whats more cost effective local or chain stores?
     
  4. Mui

    Mui Senior Member

  5. Trotsky311

    Trotsky311 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

  6. katherine

    katherine Member

    Chainstores really should be avoided when it comes to computers. For a start, in many cases they don't really know what they are talking about. Also, whilst they often have really good offers, they often end up selling you stuff you don't want. That $100 of free software will have been built into the price, and a good portion of it you won't want. Also, they often try end persuade you to sign up for extended warenty packages, costing quite a lot of money. For a computer, its not worth it. Hardware wise, they tend to either mess up straight away, or are fine for years. The only exception to this is if its a Laptop, and then some kind of cover that included accidental damage and perhaps upgrades is a good idea, oh and something that covers theft is very useful (it might not always be covered on your home insurance when out and about). With a desktop, parts are pretty standard, so repairs and upgrades can be done either by you, or by a local computer specialist. With a Laptop, many comonents are specialist, in particular the Keyboard and Screen, two of most common damaged items. Also, laptops by their nature are more prone to damage. I picked mine's case up with the zip open and the computer crashed onto the floor. Luckly it did no more damage than bend the catch on the lid, making i difficult to shut. Even that though wouldn't be a simple job to fix, so I'm glad I have accidental damage cover.
    Whatever you decide to do though, shop around to get a good price. Also, make sure whatever you get is upgradable (avoid onboard graphics for starters) since if you have to be a bit tight when it comes to you spec, you can always replace bits later. It also can save money in the future since upgrading can get many more years life out of a computer.
     
  7. SpliffVortex

    SpliffVortex Senior Member

    or have some one you know built it for you your components well be of higher quality the software you install is what you need window xp home edition OS brings a few free bundle software.
     
  8. Trotsky311

    Trotsky311 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    building it yourself, or having it done by a local nerd type, can save a lot of money. esp on software.

    since any real nerd would find it completly unethical to let you actually pay for a micro$oft product.

    i shrudder at the thought.
     
  9. No worries about os, i could probably borrow it from my uncle or someone else. And i can build it myself, price is the main issue. I want it to be top of the line.
     
  10. SpliffVortex

    SpliffVortex Senior Member

    I CAN built my own computer you dont need to be a computer nerd or geek to be able to do it everything plugs in using simple hook ups the case =power supply=mother board =hard drive = cdroom and DVD player taking your time "like in your first time" 30 minutes maybe 45 with little practice 20 minutes or even less. droping the OS operating system on the cdroom and waiting to load up might take you as long as assembling the whole computer or longer . once you done it a few time. computer nerds are hackers . i can give you an idea installing a high quality stereo +amps and speakers in a car demand a lot more skills than assembling a pc. if a little glitch happens after assembly any other "nerd" as you call them would set your bios right if it needs it or any computer repair shop. if your just looking for a low to medium price pc just to have one dont bother . if your like games and are a serius game player building one is the only way to fly.
     
  11. Bilby

    Bilby Freerangertarian Staff Member Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    Have you lookied on Ebay for a good secondhand PC?Also some of the old Macs can be good if you know what you are doing .I had a 7200/120 given to me with an excellant B/W laser printer. However I go on the net with my IBM compat.
     
  12. If this of any constilation I knew somebody who could assemble a whole PC minus the operating system in about 7 minuites. He knew what he was doing plus he had all the bits ready to go and was doing several at one go.

    Matt
     
  13. SpliffVortex

    SpliffVortex Senior Member

    also refurb computers are much cheaper you could get a $1.500.00 for half by buying it refurb http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1117663&Sku=G153-1008 tigerdirect also have all the components to built one from scratch.
     
  14. Mui

    Mui Senior Member

    building it yourself is the only way.
     
  15. SpliffVortex

    SpliffVortex Senior Member

    mui in the pictures looks like 2 girl kissing correct me if im wrong "not that i really care" but the title of the picture seem wrong.
     
  16. Mui

    Mui Senior Member

    you are wrong
     
  17. SpliffVortex

    SpliffVortex Senior Member

    ok mui
     

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