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Bikes I know, can you help me buy a home computer?MB1
Jan 30, 2002 12:45 PM
I want an inexpensive desktop setup for home use. Real basic stuff, e-mail, internet access, play with pictures from my digital camera.

I've gone to the Dell website, Gateway stores and a few other places. Too much information and they all want to upgrade me to more than I want/need. I'm not gonna play games, watch DVDs or download music.

Can you help me here??? I need a good source, model and price.

Any material, as long as it fitsMcAndrus
Jan 30, 2002 1:04 PM
Sorry, couldn't resist.

Can you give more information. What's your price range? How long do you intend to keep it? Do you need just the processor or the monitor and keyboard as well?

Without answers to those two questions, I'd stay with a Celeron processor in a Gateway or Dell model. Good value and very reliable.

Other opinions follow when I can get your answers.
I've got a monitor, keyboard, speakers and printer.MB1
Jan 30, 2002 4:08 PM
I'm not averse to getting a complete setup if there was a good reason to do so-can't think of one though. As far as price goes, I'm tight with a dollar but not all that cheap. I'd like to get a good value and not feel like I am being treated like a chump.

I'll be using it at home for as long as it lasts or they finally release that 11 speed auto shift setup with disk brakes.
I've got a monitor, keyboard, speakers and printer.McAndrus
Jan 31, 2002 6:46 AM
If you're going with a Windows computer you're going to have a hard time finding just a CPU. I am pondering replacing an aging computer my daughter uses. Once in a while I look for just CPUs and it can be a struggle.

Personally, I'd still prefer to go with Dell or Gateway because of the reliability. I wouldn't go with Compaq because they have peculiar features that interfere with setup and such.

Spinchic may be right on this one. If you just want a CPU, you'll be better off finding an LCS and seeing what they have.

I'd still say go with a Celeron processor in the 800 Mhz range. You should be able to get a good CPU for under $500.

Oh by the way, how do I know this? I'm the IT Director where I work. It's my good fortune (that's a joke) to do this for a living.
Your LCS...Spinchick
Jan 30, 2002 1:43 PM
I went to the local computer fix-it dude and asked him to build me one. I told him what I was going to use it for -pretty much the same thing you want to use it for. He put one together using new parts for $500. Skip the retail middle man and save $$$ and the hard core sales tactics.
How big is your town? I don't know of anyone like that in DCMB1
Jan 30, 2002 4:11 PM
might be worth a try. I'm afraid around here old stuff gets sent to the dump.

I'll think about it......
Check the yellow pages under Computer Service/Repairs. nmSpinchick
Jan 31, 2002 5:28 AM
Look for free publications at library, computer/book stores etc.js5280
Jan 31, 2002 10:08 AM
In Denver we have a few local periodicals (Computer Edge is one of them) that has tons of ads for local computer builders. These magizines appeal to computer ethusiasts, okay GEEKS, and they are happy to build inexpensive bare bones systems because us geeks don't usually want all the crap you find on the major brand computers. They are good values but make sure the person you're dealing w/ has been in business for a while and has a good support policy and record.

Also the problem w/ a low-end computer is obsolence because new software always comes out requiring more horsepower, memory, and storage. If you can resist the newest software, then go low-end. Processors are pretty speedy nowdays, I have a 500mHz and it's works fine for me at home. I doubt you can buy one that slow anymore, think they're hovering above 1000mHz now. However, I use a lot of disk space (40+GB) because I have a large MP3 collection. A year ago, 40GB was a large disk, now it's small. Memory is another area to spend on and it's fairly cheap. Memory typically provides a larger performance increase than processor speed because memory is typically the bottleneck nowdays. I recommend at least 256MB.

You'll find this publications typically at the library, computer stores, book stores, bus stops (typically white collar commutter routes). Usually next to the local used car, real estate, and community college publications.

Of course you and Mrs. M are never at home anyways you bike-aholics, watcha need a computer for? Okay I think I know now. . .Just go here for your minimum system requirements. . .

the best bet to save $Tig
Jan 31, 2002 8:47 AM
I agree about getting someone local that you can trust and really KNOWS how to build up a system. They can do it to suit your needs and not rip you off for stuff you don't want.

Bikes and computers are similar. If you buy a top end pre-built Dell or a (insert bike name here), you will be paying premium retail prices. Sure, it will be nice, but other approaches are cheaper.

I'll build my next system from scratch and existing parts, just like my next bike.
If your not going to play games...Dutchy
Jan 30, 2002 5:00 PM
by an imac, there ready to use out of the box, any one can use one, they are really easy to use.
You can plug in a digital camera or camcorder straight into it no problems. But if you want to transfer
a heap of data and software from an existing PC, then you should probably stick with a PC.

The good thing a about the imac is that there like a TV you buy em, plug em in, and use em,
computers don't get any easier than this.

just get a Dellgtx
Jan 31, 2002 5:47 PM
looks like you can get a complete desktop setup for $700. I bought a laptop from them two years ago after everyone I knew recommended them. It's been bulletproof.
Thanks for the help, I'm getting a Dell.MB1
Feb 1, 2002 6:02 AM
They sure wanted to get me to buy more stuff but I held the line.

Lets get back to food, religion and politics