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  1. #21


    I disagree (obviously ). An I3 is slow on the couple laptops I saw it on. An I5 would be okay but why when the I7 is not that much more? Also go with 64bit, not 32 bit.

    I also disagree with the 4GB vs 16GB. Minimum should be 8GB (thus 64 bit for the OS).

    Speed is addictive no matter what you do with your computer so get the best you can afford rather than decide 6 months or a year from now that you should have spent a bit more and got a better computer.

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  2. #22


    WHS: Thanks for the links. Your tutorial is pretty straight-forward, I'll also check out the Paragon Migrate...anyway I can save time these days is valuable - thanks.

    Ztruker: This guy isn't a power user by any standard. He uses his system for web browsing, office applications, etc., so an i7 would be overkill for him. Thanks for your suggestions and the gigabit reminder.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I disagree (obviously ). An I3 is slow on the couple laptops I saw it on. An I5 would be okay but why when the I7 is not that much more? Also go with 64bit, not 32 bit.

    I also disagree with the 4GB vs 16GB. Minimum should be 8GB (thus 64 bit for the OS).

    Speed is addictive no matter what you do with your computer so get the best you can afford rather than decide 6 months or a year from now that you should have spent a bit more and got a better computer.
    You have to adjust the recommendations to the needs of the user. You obviously missed the description of the intended use of the system.

    I would also prefer an i7 (which I have) and 8GB of RAM (which I have). But I do a lot of video encoding and run virtual systems all the time. But in the case of this user, it would really be an overkill. I do, however, always recommend the use of a SSD. Here you get the best performance boost for the money.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I build PC's and I strongly recommend Dell for those who want to buy a pre-built system.
    I've always preferred Dells when buying prebuilt. In most cases, I find them easier to take apart and work on. On the flip side, I have found the worst experiences taking apart HPs to work on them. I've used numerous Acers and haven't had many issues.

    I like the core i5 and 8gb of ram in most cases. Its a good in the middle compromise.

    I usually use Asus, gigabtye, or MSI motherboards.
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I build PC's and I strongly recommend Dell for those who want to buy a pre-built system.
    I've always preferred Dells when buying prebuilt. In most cases, I find them easier to take apart and work on. On the flip side, I have found the worst experiences taking apart HPs to work on them. I've used numerous Acers and haven't had many issues.

    I like the core i5 and 8gb of ram in most cases. Its a good in the middle compromise.

    I usually use Asus, gigabtye, or MSI motherboards.
    Hmm, I had the exact opposite experience. I upgraded my HP box with a new PSU, a GPU, a SSD plus 2 additional USB3 ports and found it very easy. I have 2 Dells and when I opened the boxes I was really amazed how difficult it was to even add a SSD. On the Inspiron 530 they don't even have disk bays and the XPS 8300 is so cramped inside that it is difficult to work on. Here is a picture of when I worked on my HP:


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  6. #26


    Thanks to all for your input. I wound up ordering the Dell XPS 8700. I actually favored the HP, but there were few factors that swayed me toward the Dell.
    One was customer support. Yes, they're all pretty pitiful, but there are degrees of pitiful. The fact that HP only offers chat support as the first contact was an issue. Then there was the fact that Dell support was able to handily answer my pre-sales questions (once I got past the "receptionist"), while HP's chat person had to run off no less than 3 times to find out if there was a contact ph# for tech support. Enough said about that.

    Other factors were that although the Dell was priced higher (due to a dedicated video card and a cpu with a bit higher clock speed), I was able to obtain discounts that allowed me to snag my friend a U2412m monitor that wound up costing him about $170. Dell was asking $367, but I know firsthand it can be bought elsewhere for around $289. He also got a $100 Dell Promo egift card out of the deal.

    So all in all, great price for a decent little system that will more than meet his needs. I throw an SSD in for the system drive and it should thrill him to death. Aside from being a good friend, he's also a business client, soo it's a win-win.

    Again, thanks for the opinions and asserrtions. They were a great help. --Thanks!
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hmm, I had the exact opposite experience. I upgraded my HP box with a new PSU, a GPU, a SSD plus 2 additional USB3 ports and found it very easy. I have 2 Dells and when I opened the boxes I was really amazed how difficult it was to even add a SSD. On the Inspiron 530 they don't even have disk bays and the XPS 8300 is so cramped inside that it is difficult to work on.
    Well, my experience is mostly with laptops. For example, on the Dell Latitudes, it seems like the CPU fan is right on top and easy to get to and clen out. But on the HP's, its been under the mobo and you have to tear the whole thing apart. Maybe with desktops its much different.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
    Thanks to all for your input. I wound up ordering the Dell XPS 8700. I actually favored the HP, but there were few factors that swayed me toward the Dell.
    One was customer support. Yes, they're all pretty pitiful, but there are degrees of pitiful. The fact that HP only offers chat support as the first contact was an issue. Then there was the fact that Dell support was able to handily answer my pre-sales questions (once I got past the "receptionist"), while HP's chat person had to run off no less than 3 times to find out if there was a contact ph# for tech support. Enough said about that.

    Other factors were that although the Dell was priced higher (due to a dedicated video card and a cpu with a bit higher clock speed), I was able to obtain discounts that allowed me to snag my friend a U2412m monitor that wound up costing him about $170. Dell was asking $367, but I know firsthand it can be bought elsewhere for around $289. He also got a $100 Dell Promo egift card out of the deal.

    So all in all, great price for a decent little system that will more than meet his needs. I throw an SSD in for the system drive and it should thrill him to death. Aside from being a good friend, he's also a business client, soo it's a win-win.

    Again, thanks for the opinions and asserrtions. They were a great help. --Thanks!
    Good choice. I've always had good experiences with Dell desktops. Also love Latitudes and Lenovo Thinkpad laptops.
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  9. #29


    Avoid Toshiba laptops. The hinges fail early. I've recently had 3 and know.

    No matter the brand, laptop hinges are a weak point because of the cheap plastic used in cases today, but Toshiba is the worst, sometimes failing in the store before purchase. (and warranty does not cover "plastic parts").

    HP seems more dependable than most.
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    I just had 2 HPs fail because the capacitors on the mobo were bleeding. That may have been a rare case but it does not inspire confidence. I have only one 4 year old Toshiba but that one is OK. My best laptops are the old Gateways. But I don't know how they are since Acer bought Gateway. For desktops I am a Dell only shop. No problems there. With the XPS series you get a 2 year warranty.
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