Solved I know nothing about laptops? Need suggestions on purchase.

December 15, 2011 at 06:51:58
Specs: Windows XP
I have absolutely NO idea on where to begin. I want to get a laptop for my family for Christmas, but don't know the first thing.

We will use it for: Basic Word/Powerpoint/Excel for schoolwork (middle/high school), gaming, web surfing, wireless internet, possible DVD viewing, music and burning CD's.

I don't know what OS, RAM (or even what that stuff is quite frankly). Basically computer dummy. Would like to keep it at $400.00 or under.

Any ideas with good reviews?
Thanks for the help.


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#1
December 15, 2011 at 07:06:30
Best Buy had some Lenovos for $349 or so.

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#2
December 15, 2011 at 08:01:28
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You are not going to get a laptop for under $400 that can play any hardware intensive games. Laptops by their very nature are not good gaming platforms. Some are configured with decent graphics and processors but you will need to spend probably twice your budget to get those features.

New laptops will generally come with Windows 7 home premium, which will be fine for what you want to do.

Almost any unit will perform the basics but may not come with any office software.

To get to a lower price point you may need to stay with an AMD processor. 4GB of RAM should be sufficient for your needs. If you want to connect the laptop directly to an LCD TV then you probably want an HDMI connection on it.

There is something called Microsoft Office Starter Edition but it doesn't come with PowerPoint. If you have a full version of MS Office with disks already then it should work with Windows 7.

Click on the link below for information on starter edition.

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/pro...

For watching movies on the laptop you may want a 17" screen. 14" & 15" are the usual sizes with budget laptops.

Go to Bestbuy and try out a few. Don't commit until you have shopped around.

Costco provides an extra year of warranty with all computers and concierge service and 90 day return policy.


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#3
December 15, 2011 at 10:07:45
Thanks for the info. What is the best processor? Is Intel better than AMD?

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#4
December 15, 2011 at 10:26:18
I suggest a 15.6" screen, either Intel Core i3 or AMD A4 or A6, at least 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Windows 7 64-bit. As OtheHill stated, you're not going to find a laptop capable of playing modern games for $400, unless your games aren't very sophisticated. Older games should play OK, but it will depend on the game.

If you're willing to take a chance on a refurbished unit, here's an ASUS laptop with Core i5 processor for just $400 at Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Asus-Matt...


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#5
December 15, 2011 at 10:55:00
If you have a full version of MS Office with disks already then it should work with Windows 7.

M Office 2002 works fine on Windows 7 and thats 64 bit Win 7 as well.

Stuart


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#6
December 15, 2011 at 11:29:29
You can always use Open Office or Libre Office & save yourself some money. Both are 100% free & are compatible with M$ Office. Libre is an offshoot of Open Office, many like it better. For what it's worth, I have M$ Office 2007 on one Win7 64-bit system, Libre Office on another, & Open Office on my Linux Mint 64-bit system.

http://www.openoffice.org/

http://www.libreoffice.org/


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#7
December 15, 2011 at 12:41:49
Costco has a Dell for $400 listed on their website.

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#8
December 15, 2011 at 14:20:37
My duaghter likes the Sims games. Will these games play on this?

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