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Old 09-08-2007, 03:55 PM
 
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I would like to buy a new computer, and I do not want a desk model anymore. I do alot of research on it, and wouldn't mind one I could play music on, but that is about all I would use it for. So, I don't need the top model, or top brand, and I really don't want to spend more than a regular desk model would cost. I am thinking maybe of spending $500-$800 on one. What do I look for? and are there any decent laptops out there for my budget. I don't think I want to buy one online or a refurbished one. Maybe Walmart, Target, Circuit City, Best Buy!
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:36 PM
 
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Type laptop in the search box, or go to Business and Finance, Sunnyhelena posted a thread about them. My son bought an Acer Aspire laptop in June, and it is on it's way back 'to the shop' for repairs as we speak.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I bought a Toshiba laptop at Office Depot for $399. I also bought a 3 year warranty for an additional $129 or so. It's worked beautifully and I've had no problems whatsoever. This year I bought the updated version of my Toshiba laptop for my parents at Office Depot for the same price. I am very pleased with them and they do everything that basic computer users need to do . . . email, music, research, word processing, photos, games, CD, etc.
(NOTE: I'm not a techie type person, so someone on here that is may be able to get you a better deal.)
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:44 AM
 
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That basically sounds like what I need, didn't even think to go Office Depot! Do u know the memory, and hard drive space on it? I will do some investigating here at my depot! thanks you, $399 sounds right up my alley
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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For Vista, make sure it has a MINIMUM of a gig of memory or it will not run properly. Windows Vista recommended system requirements That is JUST the operating system requirements.

Start adding ANY other programs and you will get in trouble. So for Home Basic, a minimum should be 1 gig, for the others, 1.5-2 gigs to run anything beyond the operating system.

As to hard drive space, I fill up a 100 gig hard drive easy. Liz
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Don't purchase a computer from Best Buys. They don't live up to their warranty.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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If could and wanted to go to ~$1000, can get a quite good refurbed Apple MacBook, as such:

13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
1GB memory
80GB hard drive
Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Built-in iSight camera

Comes included w/ the following software
Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger
* - Address Book
* - DVD Player
* - iCal
* - iChat AV
* - Mail
* - Preview
* - Safari
* - Xcode
* - iLife '08
* - Front Row
* - Photo Booth
* - iWork '08 30-day trial
* - Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 30-day Test Drive

Plus ability to run both Macintosh and Windows software, etc... btw - a refurbed Apple carries the same warranty as new, and was 100% checked [vs. new models of any product where random items are pulled for quality checks], and could potentially come w/ additional features not listed above.
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:48 PM
 
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Default then goto TOMSHARDWARE a nice website that does testing of PC's and parts.

They are very good for info and if u join their FORUMS u can get TEchnical answers too very quickly

THen for your really tough questions goto MINASI dot com Mr Minasi has written countless books on pc's and servers.
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