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So as some of you know, I'm still running Windows XP on my current computer. Well, as it turns out, this computer is getting rather old (obviously), and the cd/dvd drive suddenly ceased to function. That said, I'm getting a replacement (because pretty soon, the cd drive is probably not the only thing that won't be working).

Unfortunately, I have no experience picking out computers, so I could use some help...any recommendations? I'm on a 500$ budget...

Paint.net 4.0 compatibility is required, so no macs allowed! :3

 

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Thanks so much for the guide! I'm looking for a laptop, though, so I don't think building it myself is an option :/

 

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yay! That deal!

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834131275

pdnnoob: it's a laptop that had some light problems and that was refurbished (which means it works like a charm now). You do save a whole lot of money on it since, as I said, it was refurbished.

Save: $280.00

I'll explain it's specifications:

It's got a 4 cores processor, running on 1.8Ghz. (1.8ghz may sound quite low, but you have to think it's 4 * 1.8)

It has 640Gb of space in it, which is actually not too high, not too low. If you, someday, want more space; I recommend getting an external drive.

It has got 6Gb of RAM, which is quite high for a laptop of this price. That's a big plus.

It has a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6620G, which means you won't be stuck with a low-end Intel HD 3000 that is, in reality, the processor acting as a graphic card (VERY BAD GRAPHICS)

The screen size is a normal 15.6 inches, but it comes with a VGA and an HDMI output. That means you can plug it in whatever new TV that supports HDMI and get a quite decent view (Messing with PDN on a 1080p 40+ inches screen is just orgasmic).

That's about it. I really recommend it, it's a very good deal.

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Not bad indeed. I would buy that too, if the internal display didn't max out at a pathetic 1366 x 768. Of course these days, that's typical for "home line" laptops, and I usally have to shop business class laptops to get 1920x1200 / 1920x1080.

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Not bad indeed. I would buy that too, if the internal display didn't max out at a pathetic 1366 x 768. Of course these days, that's typical for "home line" laptops, and I usally have to shop business class laptops to get 1920x1200 / 1920x1080.

If you want a bigger screen, you'll have to cap out the $500...

The cheapest alternative would be to buy some neat HDMI cable on ebay (very cheap and works just as great) and plug that in a bigger screen to get a better result. That's what I do to watch movies and such, since even the sound goes in this cable. Doing graphical work on a 1080p display is one awesome thing to try, too!

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Yay! Computer arrived today! Looks like it's working great. Thanks so much!

 

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