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Old 05-18-2011, 12:45 AM
 
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20yrsinBranson mentioned having someone in a local shop build it for you. I agree, if.

If you one.

If they have a warranty that's better than buying from a big box.

If they have been around a while and are known to be reliable.

Building your own can be fun - and frustrating. But the warranties are on the individual parts, not the computer as a whole.

I find your experience with HP (Compaq) to be interesting. We have three laptops, two Pavilions and one Compaq. Never had a single problem of note. I'm logged on now with my newest HP, my old one gets used once a month to archive files for a client.
You're very fortunate. The Compaque wasn't as bad as the current Pavillion. Bought it in 2007. Early 2009 the HD crashes with blue screens galore. Replace the HD. Cost $195. Middle 2010 the HD crashes again. Get a second replacement. Cost $195. Now the HD is going on the blink again. Surfing text pages only. Videos make it reboot. Total cost of computer so far: $1150. only 4 years old. It's an a6130n.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:47 AM
 
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I have a 600gb hard drive and currently have 526gb free, and I have, what seems like to me, a ton of pictures and other things on it. I can't imagine how long it would take me to fill up even 100gb, let alone 600, let alone a terabyte!
While its true that most applications and their data don't use that much space, there are certainly things than can suck up the disk space quickly. The big ones would be media files, especially video, especially if you're editing it.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:59 AM
 
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I have a 600gb hard drive and currently have 526gb free, and I have, what seems like to me, a ton of pictures and other things on it. I can't imagine how long it would take me to fill up even 100gb, let alone 600, let alone a terabyte!
Just to add to the previous poster... I'll give you an example of why I'm up to 12TB of hard drive space...

kids (not mine, my sisters), HD camcorder, big house for hosting parties. Enough said.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Just to add to the previous poster... I'll give you an example of why I'm up to 12TB of hard drive space...
... which just goes to show why the "well, this is what I want/need, and it'll be what you want" replies don't always work. Especially when those suggestions go against some key aspect ... like the budget.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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... which just goes to show why the "well, this is what I want/need, and it'll be what you want" replies don't always work. Especially when those suggestions go against some key aspect ... like the budget.
Absolutely. It's why I linked to some $379 laptop or something in a previous post and told the OP to just pick it up and use it until it dies and repeat. The OP doesn't seem like they need anything more.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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Absolutely. It's why I linked to some $379 laptop or something in a previous post and told the OP to just pick it up and use it until it dies and repeat. The OP doesn't seem like they need anything more.
Exactly!
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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Exactly!
Take a look at this guy:
Lenovo H320 4041-1JU Desktop PC - Intel Core i3-550 3.20GHz, 4GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit at TigerDirect.com

Coupon code BDN31072 takes $150 off.

$400 total. I didn't look into taxes and shipping so shop consciously. Good Luck!
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Review of the Lenovo in the above post.

Lenovo Ideacentre H320 40411JU Desktop (Black) review
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:51 PM
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Just got back from BB after trying to negotiate a deal on a computer, laptop or tower. Latest wrinkle: BB removes HALF the adware on most of these computers; you have to get their $99.99 'setup with restore disk' plan to get the other half removed.

Two extended warranties now: $119 for 2-year "hardware" coverage; $179 for 2-year "software" coverage! Total on a lousy $299 POS e-***** mini-tower : $729!

The ONLY saving grace in this otherwise disgraceful marketing scam: 18-month interest-free financing.

Does anyone know an honest reputable store where they will sell a decent PC with a decent warranty at a decedent price?
If I am in the market for a desktop I always build my own, get the cheapest parts that will work for me, I have never had a problem. I never go to BB or places like that. Now if it is a laptop, well that is a different story, I still always buy the cheapies, works fine for me. Best deals I have ever found on computers is either at Staples or Office Depot.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:55 PM
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Not knowledgeable enough. Is it basically just going into "add/remove software" on the control panel? But then I don't know what's what and might remove some important components. My understanding is that the manufacturers tie this crapware up with necessary running components to keep novices from removing it themselves, thus cheating the geeks out of a not-so-deserved $100, the clever little SOB's!
The problem is, lots of times even when you remove programs Via Control Panel......you will still have parts of the program left in the System Registry. Over time junk in the Registry will really slow down your computer, and it is a real pain in the a** to go through and TRY to delete all of this CRAP.
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