Solved Which Computer Should I Get for myself for Christmas?

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December 30, 2014 at 09:10:23
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Hello All,

I recently purchased a new computer from HSN (Home Shopping Network) for the family for Christmas. The reason I chose HSN was because of the 5 easy monthly payments (160/mo x 5 = $800 which was the special price at the time) The PC I picked is an HP 23" All in one touchscreen. Here it is:

After setting it up the other day, I realized a small speck/dead pixel in the screen. I have until 1/31/15 to return for free, so that's what I am doing. Two other things bug me too, those being me being able to actually see all the pixels in the screen, which I guess is actually the digitizer dots. It's annoying, but maybe I'd get used to it. Also the "HD" webcam sucks. Looks like my old 640x480 digital camera I had back in the year 2000 - Grainy! The dead pixel is the main reason for return.

I was originally thinking to return/exchange it for the same model, but saw on their site another PC, an ACER (which I've always had good experiences with) with almost identical specs to the HP. See the ACER here:

As you can see, the main difference between the two is the HP has a Quad Core AMD A8-6410 with 4gb ram, and the ACER has only a Dual Core Intel G3250T, but does have 8gb ram. I am wondering if the 8gb in the ACER would help the speed in the respect of it being only dual core. Now, the ACER does have a socket 1150, so I COULD change the CPU later on down the line if I wanted to.

We all use the computer for basic stuff, no memory/video intense games. Stuff like web browsing, YouTube, and stuff like that. So that's why I think the dual core would be sufficient.

What would you all recommend? HP or ACER? I know there are plenty of other places I could get a similar style PC, but I'd like to stay with HSN because they are, for the lack of a better word, "financing" it. My credit isn't awesome, so a Best Buy etc. credit card isn't possible :)

I could give two poops about all the software/bloatware that comes with it, as I'd probably just reinstall the OS without all the extra gunk anyway.

Thanks in advance!

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December 30, 2014 at 09:20:53
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Your links don't work.

I advise against getting an all-in-one. It's basically just a laptop minus the portability & with limited upgrade-ability. Either get a desktop system or a laptop. You can add an external monitor to the laptop if need be or even connect it to your HDTV via an HDMI cable.

If you have the ability, consider building your own desktop system from scratch. It will be much cheaper in the long run plus you'll have total control over the hardware choices.

EDIT: "I'd probably just reinstall the OS without all the extra gunk anyway"

That would likely void the warranty.

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December 30, 2014 at 11:32:21
Thanks Riider. I am considering building one.

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