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Old 02-02-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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I want a new desktop home computer.
I checked a bunch of ratings--PC World, PCmag, Consumer Reports, CNet.com, etc. and found a few I might want. Not sure where else to look at consumer and editor ratings, so if you have ideas of where else to look, thanks, but that's not my primary question.

I need nothing fancy, something under $500, or right at $500. No gaming, just a simple home computer that will surf the internet without freezing up, hold a bunch of photos and some word docs, let me watch a DVD once in a while, let me watch streaming video/audio online, and let me e-mail without freezing and crashing. I have a nice monitor already, as well as a printer and speakers. So I just need the tower. I hate HP (long story) and I'm pretty sure I want an Acer Aspire or a Dell Inspiron. A few from Lenovo looked okay, as my 3rd choice.

I never bought a computer online before, but it looks like I need to go that route. I generally shop a lot on Amazon, but they don't have the ones I'm interested in (just some "used" or "refurbished," um, no thanks).

I was wondering which online retailers are the most trustworthy, with the best customer service? Is newegg.com good? Any others that are good? Any I should stay away from?
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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Newegg is the best IMO. They're top notch. You could also look at Tiger Direct.

Would you consider building one yourself?
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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You're joking, right?




Seriously, I'm not qualified.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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Newegg
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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Stay away from Microcenter. Worst.Service.Ever.

TigerDirect was pretty decent. No issues with them.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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You're joking, right?




Seriously, I'm not qualified.
Aww come on, it's not that hard

In any event, take a look around and post what you might consider buying here, that way we can let you know whether or not you're getting your money's worth.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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You're joking, right?




Seriously, I'm not qualified.
I recently ordered my desktop thru HP. Just ordered a higher end laptop for the wife thru the HP site.

You can either customize or buy a prebuilt. What's nice about custom is that you get what you want and don't have to pay for what you don't want.

So basically to get a particular performance level you will pay less if you go with HP or Dell, for example, and go custom. Looking at the stuff Best buy Staples, et. al. were offering when I bought my desktop, I discovered that you'd pay $700-$800 to get the performance that spending $500 would give you thru HP.

And you can call while putting together your machine for guidance. Good service at HP, BTW.

Edit: just noticed you hate HP . Go to the Dell site then, same concept, but truth be told I'll never buy from Dell again. Long story. Tiger does custom, I think.

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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There seem to be several versions of the Acer Aspire desktop, and I'm not sure which is best, but they seem to be low-priced and rated decently. the most recent one that had a good review was the AX3400-U2012, but it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere.

Then I saw an Acer AM3470-UC30P that was rated well, but doesn't seen to be available anywhere.

I read good things about the Dell 580 and 570, but on the Dell website, there is no 580 so it may be older. So it looks like if I do Dell, it'll be the 570 or 620, directly from Dell. they both seem really inexpensive. Kind of like "what's the catch?" inexpensive.

So what do you do when you read good reviews on a computer, and then no one sells it? Ugh.

I also read good things about the Lenovo Idea Centre, but everyone seems to instead sell the Lenovo Think Centre.

I also hate when I find really good reviews on a website, and then I notice the article is from 2010! I was reading great stuff about this Acer Aspire M3, and then realized the damned article was 2 years old. I think I had even googled "best desk top computers 2012" and got that one. sheesh.

I'm really not picky as to brand. Just not an Apple person, and I LOATHE Hewlitt Packard after my current computer and my last printer. Just want a decent well-known name, not a fly-by-night company that will be gone tomorrow, not so cheap it'll need to be replaced in a year or two. Like I said, I have really simple home computing needs, so I won't worry about being Obsolete in a year. I generally keep computers about 5 years.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Building a desktop doesn't make sense for someone with no interest in doing so. The savings for basic desktops are virtually non-existent.

HP, Dell, Acer direct, etc is fine. But also consider sites like Amazon.... save on tax.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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I've also purchased from MacMall. They sell Macs primarily but also have PC's. I got my daughter's Toshiba laptop last June for $384 with an i5 processor.
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