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  1. #11


    I've built the last 4 or 5 desktops for my use. They have all been Intel, I have no experience with AMD. I have a Lenovo laptop but its Intel too.

    I've had problems with several Gigabyte motherboards. I have an ASRock and ASUS no problems.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Two weeks ago we bought this HP desktop (the windows 8.1 version) for $299 - a real good buy. The performance is fantastic especially since we added a 120GB SSD for the OS. But even at the current price of $399 I think it is still a good buy.

    HP Pavilion Desktop Computer (500-281) | Staples®
    Last edited by whs; 21 Mar 2015 at 22:30.
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  3. #13


    Apologies for delay. Thanks for your responses and suggestions. WHS, that does look like a pretty good deal for the price! I plan on taking the time tomorrow or monday to put something together from a few different sites and also for my own build and let him decide.

    I'll post back with an update. Thanks!
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  4. #14


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Just throwing this out there: I've built a lot of my own PCs, but last Fall I needed a new computer and I wanted it to have a real warranty (I've had a few too many individual components go bad on me, and having to send them to different places to replace is a pain. Don't get me started on diagnosing computer problems when you work 60 hours a week and have two kids!).

    Long story short, my wife found OriginPC, and it's the first computer I've ordered already built that I've actually loved using. The custom options were incredible, and they only offer good parts. They also make their own cases out of steel, not aluminum... the box feels incredibly solid.

    It did cost a lot of money, especially compared to a low-end Dell or HP, but I've had zero problems with the hardware so far, and they even did some customizing of Windows 8 to make it more Destop-user-friendly before they sent it to me. And if you want an insane warranty, you can attach that on too
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Two weeks ago we bought this HP desktop (the windows 8.1 version) for $299 - a real good buy. The performance is fantastic especially since we added a 120GB SSD for the OS. But even at the current price of $399 I think it is still a good buy.

    HP Pavilion Desktop Computer (500-281) | Staples®
    Hi WHS.
    I'm looking at an HP 500QE for (From HP.com, $450, i5 4460S, 8GB...). Seems like a good fit. You mention adding the SSD. Was that as simple as creating an image of the drive that came with the system and restoring it to the ssd (assuming it would fit on the 120GB ssd), or did you have to jump through any special hoops?
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  6. #16


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    That's a nice system too if you want the i5 power. Transferring the OS is no big deal. I have done that a dozen time. This tutorial I made explains the details.

    But if you want super easy and transfer the OS with 3 clicks, get this program.

    Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - System migration to Solid State Drives (SSD) - Overview
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  7. #17


    You might want to think about going to the Intel I7 processor and bumping the ram to 16GB. Will add around $150 to the cost but worth it in my opinion. Using a SSD for boot is the only way to go. I'd suggest a minimum of 250GB (I use a Samsung EVO 250GB) on my Lenovo K450 (Quad Core 3.4Ghz) and it is one fast computer.

    Also make sure it comes with a Gigabit network card
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  8. #18


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Try --- XC Series | Cray
    Break the piggy bank.Enjoy.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Try --- XC Series | Cray
    Break the piggy bank.Enjoy.
    Yeah right. There are many ways to go overboard.

    But :

    an i7 is good if you do a lot of video encoding or CAD applications.
    16GB of RAM are good if you want to run several virtual systems side by side.

    For a normal person doing office apps, surfing the net and doing their mai, an i3 and 4GB of RAM suffice.
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  10. #20


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


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