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Old 08-04-2016, 01:07 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I want to buy a new inexpensive (probably under $600) all-in-one computer.

Can anyone make a recommendation?

I went to a "Best Buy" store (or something like it) and the salesman showed me a Dell computer for $495 with a 23" screen, etc. but recommended a $595 Dell because the cheaper one was only 4GB and the better one was 8 GB.

As you can see I am NOT computer savvy. Any advice? I don't do complicated things on the computer ... just e-mails, surf the internet, Facebook, YouTube, and so on. I do sometimes do artistic things like "Paint" and also photo-shop.

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:34 AM
 
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4GB would likely be fine for what you do. It can be increased down the road if you feel the need.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Agree. 4GB is still plenty for I'd guess 70% of end users today.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:34 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Any particular reason why you'd want an AIO instead of a normal desktop PC?
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Old 08-04-2016, 05:17 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For $400, I5-6400, 4GB, 1TB: Lenovo Desktop Computer IdeaCentre 300-20ish Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6400 (2.7 GHz) 4 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 530 Windows 10 Home - Newegg.com

just have to add a monitor like this for $100 and you're good to go:
LG 23MP57HQ-P Black 23” Class IPS Multi-Tasking Monitor 1920 x 1080 5ms GTG 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio, Flicker Safe Technology, Black Stabilizer, 178/178 Viewing Angle, Anti-Glare 3H Surface Treatmen-Newegg.com

Or this one might be even better deal but you have to sign up for BestBuy's EDU promo code to knock the price down to $350 (people say you don't need an edu email address and they don't verify):

I5-6400, 12GB, 1TB: Dell Inspiron 3650 Desktop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive Silver I3650-3756SLV - Best Buy
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Old 08-05-2016, 12:22 AM
 
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Keep an eye out at www.slickdeals.net
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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4GB would likely be fine for what you do. It can be increased down the road if you feel the need.
It can, but not easily. Most AIO's have removed the doors so now it's a long take-apart to get to the location. Plus add that one does not know how many slots are there or there are two it may be one 4 or two 2's. So the best thing to do is start off with 8 (some already list 12).
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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Depends on what you plan to do. Heavy duty graphics work or video editing suggest more memory, as does editing large pictures in photoshop.

Otherwise, 4 GB is plenty.

For consumers, two things are unnecessary upsells: more memory and faster processors. If you need either, you will know it before entering the store because you're a heavy user and have been troubleshooting a "slow" machine.

For casual users, that is to say email, web browsing, document editing, video streaming and such, an all in one can be a convenient way to save desk space. While their upgradability may be more limited, I dare say that few home users that are not power users ever upgrade their desktops. Power users like me build our own.

So I say buy on price, as long as your feature set is met. Your feature set is probably very standard, just be comfortable with the screen size and resolution. BTW, screen resolution is another upsell opportunity. If you are going to watch streaming video, a 1920x1080 is ideal, and usually a value hot spot. More resolution is a waste of money.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I want to buy a new inexpensive (probably under $600) all-in-one computer.

Can anyone make a recommendation?

I went to a "Best Buy" store (or something like it) and the salesman showed me a Dell computer for $495 with a 23" screen, etc. but recommended a $595 Dell because the cheaper one was only 4GB and the better one was 8 GB.

As you can see I am NOT computer savvy. Any advice? I don't do complicated things on the computer ... just e-mails, surf the internet, Facebook, YouTube, and so on. I do sometimes do artistic things like "Paint" and also photo-shop.

Thanks!
I don't know what BB is trying to talk you into, but if BB is your preferred retailer then go with the following at $550.

Dell Inspiron 23.8" Touch-Screen All-In-One - AMD A8-Series - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive White I3455-10041WHT - Best Buy

My preference would be the following from Staples at $700 (much better processor).

Dell Inspiron 5459 23.8" Touch All-in-One Desktop Computer | StaplesĀ®.

The alternative is to get a laptop, a laptop stand so as monitor can be placed above it, a keyboard and a mouse.
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Gladstone, Oregon
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Best Buy will always try to sweet talk you into getting something that you can probably find else where at a better price. I have always been told by a guy who use to work at Geek Squad NEVER buy a computer from Best Buy.

I was trying to find a decent gaming desktop computer and the sale's rep at Best Buy kept on trying to push a gaming desktop that was $1,600 for a very low powered video card and an Intel i5 CPU. I am just gonna buy at custom built one for $400 dollars more and with the top of the line video card.
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