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Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:28 AM

I've been saving up to buy myself a desktop since at the moment all I've got is my laptop. Now my laptop is pretty good (8Gb ram, but slowish processor) but I've had it for around 2 years and it's starting to show it's age, considering it was mid range when I bought it.

I've got a budget of around 1000.

Now my real question is, where should I buy it to get the best deal. You get a lot people say its far cheaper build your own but i worry that I'll buy incompatible parts. Other people recommend websites with pre-built ones like at ebuyer.com , but they often skimp on the power supply or some other part, and again, I'm not terribly confident with buying and fitting hardware. Then there the "build-a-PC" sites, which means it will work (parts are compatible) but apparently overcharge.

Any recommendations as to where I should look (for parts or a whole one) and if anyones feels up to, could recommend a build. I'm looking mostly at gaming, so RAM, Processor and Graphics Card are the priority.

Muchos Gracias

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Re: Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:51 AM

You can hit any of the major pc manufacturer sites and tweak to your hearts delight.. dell, sony, asus, etc. The alternative is to hit a more boutique joint like falcon northwest, origin, etc.

http://www.maximumpc...tags/boutique_0
http://www.originpc.com/
http://www.avadirect.com/
http://www.falcon-nw.com
http://www.bit-tech.net/
http://www.newegg.com
http://tigerdirect.com

As for 'best deal' - well you'll need to do your leg work and compare what you want to what folks have on sale.
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Re: Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:11 AM

Don't be afraid to build it yourself or you'll never learn how to. Firstly, you can always post a build and ask if any of the parts are incompatible. If you put a little effort into researching it you should be OK. This assumes you have some general PC know-how. However, it is easy not to get the most bang for your buck since you're not an experienced builder. They can squeeze every last cent out of your budget. That's a decision you're going to have to make.

One good way to start is take a build that's maybe $150-200 lesser or more than your budget, and try to substitute different parts to satisfy your budget.
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Re: Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:19 AM

Thank you for the advice, and more importantly the sites. From a quick look at them they look most helpful, though I may need to up my budget somewhat.
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Re: Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:28 AM

You've probably considered this, but I'll mention it anyway.

Are you moving all of your computer-work, and usage, to the desktop, or will you continue to use your laptop as well? If you will still be using your laptop then you'll be stuck for, say, another year using your current, slow, one as, presumably, you will have invested all your money in the desktop.

But a 2-year old laptop with 8GB should not be "showing its age". It probably just needs a good cleaning, or re-installation.
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Re: Buying a Desktop (oh look, this thread again)

Posted 10 January 2014 - 09:11 AM

View Postandrewsw, on 10 January 2014 - 03:28 PM, said:

You've probably considered this, but I'll mention it anyway.

Are you moving all of your computer-work, and usage, to the desktop, or will you continue to use your laptop as well? If you will still be using your laptop then you'll be stuck for, say, another year using your current, slow, one as, presumably, you will have invested all your money in the desktop.

But a 2-year old laptop with 8GB should not be "showing its age". It probably just needs a good cleaning, or re-installation.


I use my laptop extensively for processor intensive tasks (non-work) but when I bought the laptop I was over impressed with the RAM and didn't look at the processror (here).

Admittedly it could probably do with a good going over but I don't imagine it will improve to the degree I would want, hence my wish to buy a desktop. I'd just keep the laptop for internet use, mobile use and probably music and/or storage. (found it here though mine has 8GB and a 1GB video card)

When I'm trying to run video editing software, image editing software and have a browser open, it doesn't run happily.

I think I'll give at a "do-over" as it were, just to see what improvements I can make. I haven't for a while so we'll see what happens.



EDIT: 2014 confused me, It's actually 3 years old, closer to 4 I think. It was a while ago :P/>

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