Solved HP Envy Desktop for 14-year-old Filmmaker?

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December 6, 2013 at 15:34:34
Specs: Windows 7
Calling out to anyone who knows a lot about PC models, (specifically HP),

I am a 14-yearold filmmaker who's family's iMac recently died. I am in the market for a new computer to continue my films.

My budget is about $900, and I want the most bang for my buck desktop that could run my heavy-duty video applications.

I've done some research and wanted to explore the possibility of a HP Envy Desktop model. I heard good things from Top10Reviews saying it was one of the best Multimedia PC's.

Is a Multimedia PC the best kind for filmmakers?

I haven't heard much about the Envy, so I would like some personal opinions. Would a HP envy fit my needs? If yes, what model and customization would you recommend? And if not, what computer would you recommend?

I also hear some of HP's computers (including the Envies have some bug in them associated with BIOS? Does anyone have any info on that?)

Sorry, I'm pretty new to the PC world, it has so many options!


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December 6, 2013 at 15:41:40
If you want the best bang for your buck, build a PC from scratch. That way you'll have complete control over the components & not have to settle for some poorly configured overpriced system that's pre-loaded with crapware, not to mention Windows 8.

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December 6, 2013 at 18:31:35
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I also would recommend building one for yourself for many reasons. If it is not something you are comfortable doing or your family is not comfortable with your doing it, you can choose the components anyway as if you were going to build it and then take the list around to local computer stores to price getting it built for you. Include questions about warranty and support for possible future issues since you will be giving up the big company warranty that HP would represent. Of course each component comes with its own warranty, and you can always come here with questions, but it is good to compare this up front. Then there is doing it for yourself being a good educational experience that should eventually free you from relying on others to build, repair and upgrade your computers for ever.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 8, 2013 at 03:45:50
You posted the computer gone is an iMac, so I presume you are acquainted with Apple environment that is more friendly than Windows especially for pure users not interested to software and hardware architectures but strongly oriented to their own creative applications.

I would suggest you stay with Apple, but if you have a budget constraint and want to turn to a Windows deskltop, a gaming oriented machine may fit your needs. HP Envy are a good choice to catch a PC off the shelf, but you can get more for your money by a computer shop that can build the right machine for you assembling the components. If you decide to tollow this lane, avoid big consumer stores and choose a reliable electronics/computer shop where a craftsman may drive you to the optimized solution.

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December 8, 2013 at 05:38:29
I've used Apple.... Nothing to especially recommend them.
They DO avoid the cheap machine syndrome by simply not making any though.
The biggest problem/objection I see is that for nearly any apple problem, especially hardware related, you have to tote it back to an Apple store and wait on line or make an appointment for service. I have even heard about a person who needed an Apple Air laptop repaired for important work and took it into a Long Island Apple Store (Roosevelt Field) and was told they had to make an appointment (weeks ahead) and come back. When he insisted that it was important and urgent, he was met by a manager that was downright nasty and insulting. You would NEVER find that in an independent computer store or chain store because you could just walk across the street or a few blocks away to another store for help and you could always get good advice on fixing it yourself.
While I an NOT an Apple hater (as many are), I do not see the cult like fascination many people have with all things Apple. Some probably started as Microsoft Haters, some probably got caught up following a crowd or friends, and some just simply gave up cheap computers that did not fulfill their promises and instead of simply getting better, tried an Apple instead.

A good machine that you build yourself, have built for you, or a quality laptop (HP offers a good customization program where you select the upgrades you need when ordering directly from their website), can fulfill all current and future needs as long as you take the time (and spend what you need to) get it right. For those who are willing and able to build it, you will also acquire the additional knowledge that will also help you in repairing and maintaining it into the future. For those who seek out a quality local shop to build it for them, they will gain a relationship with someone local who they can turn to with their most serious problems if they arise. Note also that HP offers a downloadable service manual for their laptops that is complete enough to be able to help you replace just about any component that may fail or be damaged through rough handling (you won't find Apple doing that).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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