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Posted: 6/2/2010 10:28:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/3/2010 7:52:04 PM EDT by Spartanatheart]
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:33:35 PM EDT
I don't use my laptop.  I like sitting at a desk instead of having something sitting on me.
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:36:21 PM EDT
Build don;t buy from store ?

that's all I can say

but if you ain't gaming or doing other high end stuffs (editing videos etc) you don't really need much

I'd consider getting a nettop if I just wanted a basic play on the inet computer

Atom CPU and cheap
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:55:07 PM EDT
21.5" iMac factory refurb $999.99
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB950LL/A?mco=MTU0MzQ1NTg


I'm using one right now.   Absolutely worth it.
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:57:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By watchyoursix:
I like sitting at a desk instead of having something sitting on me.


That's what she said.
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 11:02:00 PM EDT
If you don't have a Fry's Electronics nearby (which you don't) I would go to newegg.com or tigerdirect.com.
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 11:13:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 11:46:51 PM EDT
Since buying the laptop I ma on, I have mothballed two towers.  I cannot fathom using a tower now.  Even a CHEAP laptop is =/> a top of the line laptop of last year.  Hell, $500 bought me a 64 bit, 4gb RAM dual-core Pentium laptop.  Why do I need a tower?  Go for a laptop, man.  That's my opinion, anyhow.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 5:57:37 AM EDT
BTT for morning crew.

I'm off to the store. I'll inform you of what happens.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:00:40 AM EDT
I like HP or Dell. ACERs are total shit IMO.

I have run all HP laptops and they have been great and run HP and Dell desktops at my business with a good success rate. I had ACERs previously and we have had 4 go out for various reasons
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:26:30 AM EDT



Originally Posted By The_Camp_Ninja:


Since buying the laptop I ma on, I have mothballed two towers.  I cannot fathom using a tower now. Even a CHEAP laptop is =/> a top of the line laptop of last year.  Hell, $500 bought me a 64 bit, 4gb RAM dual-core Pentium laptop.  Why do I need a tower?  Go for a laptop, man.  That's my opinion, anyhow.


lol ,WRONG!

I wanna see how cheap laptop will overrun some of my 3 years old, dual xeon 5130 renders !



 
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:45:13 AM EDT
If all you want to do is watch some flash content and light internet browsing then you really can't buy a machine that will disappoint. If you're expected use is only that, buy the cheapest you can find and you'll be happy enough. $500 gets you a lot of computer these days.

The laptop/desktop split is a little muddy these days. The cheap desktops don't offer much more performance for the dollar over a laptop, and it's academic for normal web use. You'll get more harddrive space with a desktop, but does that matter to you? It comes down to how you want to use it- are you more comfortable at a desk or on the couch? I'd argue that, long term, the laptop will be a better buy. Even if you end up upgrading down the road, you can pretty easily keep another laptop running and useful. Keeping multiple towers in service gets a little difficult.  

Obviously you'll want to make sure that a laptop you look at has the correct type of disk burner. I think they all come with the typical DVD ROM formats, but stuff like Blu-Ray, light-scribe and DVD-RW formats may not be as common.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 11:17:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DedoBOT:

Originally Posted By The_Camp_Ninja:
Since buying the laptop I ma on, I have mothballed two towers.  I cannot fathom using a tower now. Even a CHEAP laptop is =/> a top of the line laptop of last year.  Hell, $500 bought me a 64 bit, 4gb RAM dual-core Pentium laptop.  Why do I need a tower?  Go for a laptop, man.  That's my opinion, anyhow.

lol ,WRONG!
I wanna see how cheap laptop will overrun some of my 3 years old, dual xeon 5130 renders !
 


Oh hell man, you KNOW what I mean!  
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 11:34:29 AM EDT
build.



/thread.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 1:25:26 PM EDT
Well I got a Emachines tower & decided to hold off on the monitor until I can afford a good one.

It's the ET1831-07 model & cost me about $350, but with $30 worth of taxes.

It's a lot quieter than my old computer, but the monitor looks strange. I'm guessing it's due to most monitors being flatscreens these days.

Has 4GB DDR2 memory & 750GB harddrive.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 1:38:49 PM EDT
Keep an eye out on woot.com, sometimes they throw up monitors.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 1:40:09 PM EDT
Is it a bad idea to put LimeWire on here?

If yes, what's a good substitute?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 1:49:10 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:


Is it a bad idea to put LimeWire on here?




If yes, what's a good substitute?


yes, bad idea you'll get viruses.



don't pirate.



if you must use torrents, but only for legal means.



 
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:08:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By isa268:

Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Is it a bad idea to put LimeWire on here?

If yes, what's a good substitute?

yes, bad idea you'll get viruses.

don't pirate.

if you must use torrents, but only for legal means.
 


I don't sell music CD's or anything like that.

I just use it for obtaining & storing BOTD type stuff.

What's a torrent?
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:15:42 PM EDT
just call up Mac and order one up... should be at your house in about a week.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:22:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/3/2010 2:27:13 PM EDT by gazukull]
I second the BIY thing as well.  It seems for the requirements you have listed you can get away with very little money.

Toms BIY Guide

PC building is like putting together legos - very easy.

I would probably go with a flavor of linux as well - any of the Debian based ones are great for transitioning windows users.  Transmission is a pretty good bit torrent client.

Let us know if this is something you would like to pursue vs buying a PC from the store.  Saves money

EDIT: Ubuntu 10.04
Link to one of my favorite distributions.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:25:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/3/2010 2:26:33 PM EDT by SevenMMmag]
Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Originally Posted By isa268:

Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Is it a bad idea to put LimeWire on here?

If yes, what's a good substitute?

yes, bad idea you'll get viruses.

don't pirate.

if you must use torrents, but only for legal means.
 


I don't sell music CD's or anything like that.

I just use it for obtaining & storing BOTD type stuff.

What's a torrent?


If you are looking to download pr0n, you can install any video downloader plugin for your internet browser and just go to any free site. I wouldn't waste any time trying to get porn ) from limewire
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:26:08 PM EDT
You can always put the laptop on a desk,get a mouse and keyboard and your all set.So if you want to take it with you ,it's no problem.You can add speakers a scanner and anything else you would want.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:32:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/3/2010 2:38:04 PM EDT by gazukull]
Oh, on the hulu thing, do you intend to hook up the PC to a HDTV?

- G


Sorry cracked out - I didn't see that you already purchased the PC.  Your resolution probably just needs to be adjusted for your monitor.

1)  Right click in the center of the screen and go to "Screen resolution" and then adjust to something like... 1025 x 768 or 1280 x 1024.  

Additionally, Microsoft Security Essentials is an excellent virus scanner.  Its light and free.  

Let us know if you need any additional assistance.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:34:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RolandBozz:
Originally Posted By watchyoursix:
I like sitting at a desk instead of having something sitting on me.


That's what she said.


You can actually sit them on a desk, it's not required that you hold it in your lap.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:36:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gazukull:
Oh, on the hulu thing, do you intend to hook up the PC to a HDTV?

- G


My TV is only for my 360 Xbox evcer since the signal went digital.

I don't have an HDTV. I'll see about fixing that in the future.
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 2:51:03 PM EDT
Oh - another nice utility on a new pc is Ninite.

You just check all the boxes for the stuff you want to install and then download their installer.  Then execute the file and sitback.  It hits most of the important stuff.  

Link Posted: 6/3/2010 4:35:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 6:06:42 PM EDT
I picked up a HP Compaq laptop at OfficeDepot when they went on sale; seems to be working fine.
I did have to pick up a Student Microsoft Office or whatever they call it for a Word program; although I prefer the Word 2003 version better.
I waited for the laptop mouse and Chillpad to go on sale also and bought them later.
ymmv
Link Posted: 6/3/2010 7:51:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gazukull:
Oh, on the hulu thing, do you intend to hook up the PC to a HDTV?

- G


Sorry cracked out - I didn't see that you already purchased the PC.  Your resolution probably just needs to be adjusted for your monitor.

1)  Right click in the center of the screen and go to "Screen resolution" and then adjust to something like... 1025 x 768 or 1280 x 1024.  

Additionally, Microsoft Security Essentials is an excellent virus scanner.  Its light and free.  

Let us know if you need any additional assistance.


Thanks.

What exactly do I need for this?
you can install any video downloader plugin for your internet browser and just go to any free site.


And what's so bad about Limewire? I used it for a long time with no troubles.
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 8:58:36 PM EDT
BTT for answer on video downloading.

Also curious about sites like filecloud.com
Link Posted: 6/4/2010 9:09:44 PM EDT




Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:



Originally Posted By gazukull:

Oh, on the hulu thing, do you intend to hook up the PC to a HDTV?



- G




Sorry cracked out - I didn't see that you already purchased the PC. Your resolution probably just needs to be adjusted for your monitor.



1) Right click in the center of the screen and go to "Screen resolution" and then adjust to something like... 1025 x 768 or 1280 x 1024.



Additionally, Microsoft Security Essentials is an excellent virus scanner. Its light and free.



Let us know if you need any additional assistance.




Thanks.



What exactly do I need for this?




you can install any video downloader plugin for your internet browser and just go to any free site.




And what's so bad about Limewire? I used it for a long time with no troubles.


Not only are you downloading blind and with no way to verify the contents of the file, but it leaves huge security holes open.



Torrents tend to be more vetted by the community, and malicious ones don't last as long.



Just google "torrents for noobs" or something like that.



I find they're faster as well.

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