Buy a new computer what to look for

January 8, 2010 at 07:37:34
Specs: Windows 7
Is there a guide to help me know what to look for in terms of the type of CPU, memory etc.

I remember 386 486 and then Pentium. It was easy to know what was faster but I am now way behind

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January 8, 2010 at 07:42:53
The issue now is almost any processor on the market is more than fast enough for every day computer use.

If you play newer games or have some other special requirements then we need to know about it.

What is your budget and what hardware do you need? For instance do you currently have a modern monitor you want to continue using?

What programs will you need to run?

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January 8, 2010 at 08:30:28
My elder child is 4 so not into heavy-duty computer games but soon maybe.

Yes I am a garden variety user... wordprocessing, browsing, spreadsheet.

But I do a lot of photo editing (Photoshop etc). I want image loading, processing when I do manipulations etc to be snappy (within reason).

I am just getting into video editing so I also want my new system to be well suited for that.

I dabble in some Java/Eclipse programming but not a heavy user and don't find it terribly slow (spend most of time editing programs which does not call for a lot).

I have a newer widescreen LCD monitor which I will retain. My maximum budget is $2000.

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January 8, 2010 at 08:41:58
Wow max budget $2000 still u can build i7 system for $1000

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January 8, 2010 at 08:43:52
For the most part the amount of money you spend is the performance.

Don't spend too much. The system will be out of date in a few months anyway. Unless you do games or photoshop or autocad then I wouldn't spend more than $400 USD.

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January 8, 2010 at 08:47:01
For $2000 you could get the fastest of everything. Don't think you need to spend half of that.

Do you want to buy a pre-configured unit?

If you feel most comfortable with that then you could go to a site like and custom configure a PC to your choices.

Have a look at the link below as a start to your education.
Then come back here for more.

Right now the fastest processors are made by Intel but are the most expensive too. For you uses they may be overkill.

Amd has a Phenom II line of processors that should perform well for your needs. However, I don't think Dell is currently using any AMD processors.

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January 8, 2010 at 09:19:28
The budget is too big that's why i suggest core i7 system for $1000.

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January 8, 2010 at 09:26:37

That may be what keira needs but I doubt it. I think they need to research more and then decide. The OP may not want or be capable of assembling their own computer either.

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January 8, 2010 at 09:32:37
Thanks for the replies and the link for my education. Yah the 2k is my max and I am hoping to spend under that and it looks like that will be possible. Looks like prices have really dropped since last time I bought a PC.

I think I will get some sort of preconfigured unit or deal with a place that I can pick and choose components and THEY put it together.

One thing I don't want is a bunch of trial software and crap advert icons on my desktop. I want a clean Windows install with nothing else clogging up my PC.

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January 8, 2010 at 09:56:11
There are many companies that will build you whatever you want. Just google "custom built computers" and you'll see what I mean. Make sure the company is established and reliable and offers tech support and warranties. All sites offer a configuration option after you select a basic model. You can have them put an OS on the machine or you can order it with a formatted HDD with no OS and buy your own OS disk and install it yourself. Mosr sites I've seen don't give you any discount on the OS disk, but they do install it and test it for you before it goes out the door. Good Luck.....

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