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Apr 20, 2009

Computer by CheatingSoi at 1:05 AM (810 Views / 0 Likes) 8 replies

  1. CheatingSoi
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    Ok so I am 16 (17 next month) and I am looking to get a new computer. We have 3 computers in our house and I am not allowed to use one of them because my parents say i was the reason there is virus's on it. The other computer is alright but its getting old and inst mine. The computer thats in my room is about 7 years old and its just plain crap. Out of nowhere, my dad suggested I get a new computer. I've asked him a million times if I could get my own but he always said no. So I'm pretty exited and I've always looked around but was never interested enough because I knew I couldn't get one. So my question is, what do I go with? Desktop or laptop? I was thinking about building my own desktop but then I remembered I don't know how to build computers and that I would probable fail. I seem to be leaning more towards the laptop because we used to have one and I like how portable they are. The thing is, is that desktops are much cheaper and more powerful and you can get a bigger screen and stuff. I dont like the shiny screens that pretty much every laptop has. I dont know why those are the standard screens now as they are practically like using a mirror for a screen. However I do need a laptop when I go college in a couple years. I'm not much of a PC gamer but I do occasionally like to play some games and none of my current computers can run games without lagging. I also like to import movies and I see a lot of laptops dont have firewire ports. I dont know if there is like an apapter or a USB fire wire but that is kind of important. Otherwise I really just want a speedy computer with good RAM. Dont need too much memory as I have a 500GB external HD. I dont think there's anything else besides games that I do that any PC couldn't handle. Its really just, Desktop or Laptop, and what is the best one for each of those if I were in a of $400-$700 range. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Any help would be aprreicated. Maybe what computer you have and what you like about it.
     
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    Just build your own computer. I'll help you with stuff when ever you need to ask some questions on terminology and stuff thats confusing for a first time builder. Building a PC is one of those things that seems hard but when you do it, you wonder why you were scared before! [​IMG]

    I built my current machine for 2 years ago on a $550 budget and it still runs like a champ. It plays PC games fine (or, at settings I don't mind playing at.), runs fast (though, I use my own custom "VLited" Vista Ultimate x32 install), and best of all I can do whatever I need to on it!

    Personally, I'd go with the Desktop as I don't need portability and I like a monster rig. Also, I love to play PC games and hate settling for so-so graphics on a 360 and such.

    Regarding your wanted features: "importing movies" as in ripping DVD's or Adobe Premiere sort of thing (direct capture)?
     
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    I mean importing with a video camera. And I actually think I am going ot be getting a laptop because I want the portability but still not 100% sure
     
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    I always laugh when I hear about kids, parents and viruses. Parents think it is such a bad thing, and they often go and buy a new computer. And the worst part is, it is always the kids fault, even though he can probably use the computer better than his parents!

    Anyways,

    I would recommend building your own computer, it is a great experience and is reward also!

    What kind games do you play? Is gaming essential?

    Also, I know this is going to be asked but, is windows really necessary? Try considering a linux distro, it can do everything windows can do (except run games designed for windows)
     
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    Gaming is not essential, but i would like to play once in a while. I really dont play the new games though. Just things like san andreas and halo. Also, say I order all of those things on newegg. How do I know where they go and is that all I would need to complete the computer? How good of a comp would it be? I just dont know these sorts of things. Also, if someone would point me too a good laptop for the price that would be nice.
     
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    That computer I just showed you could play those games on max most likely. Read the review here. Also, the computer I showed you is great for now, but you won't be able to upgrade it easily. Some people mind that, and some don't.

    Building a computer is really easy I hear. The only "hard" part is putting the heatsink on the CPU. Guess you could use the manual. I'm in the middle of building my computer and so far I haven't had a hard time with anything yet.
     
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    I built this barebone system last week (which seems to be unavailable now) and it costed me $710 CDN (tax+shipping included). Very satisfied with it.

    It's a Quad-Core Phenom 2.2 Ghz
    750 GB S-ATA HDD 7200rpm
    8 GB Corsair DDR2-800Mhz (4x2 GB)
    Asus M3N78 Pro Motherboard (Integrated GeForce 8300)
    Ultra Gladiator Mid-Tower
    650W PSU

    It's not really difficult to build a computer. If you can get a fairly good priced barebone system on a website such as Tiger Direct, you can avoid the hassle of making sure the pieces are compatible.
     
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