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Any reason why a PC ? 

I have a HP Pavilion 15-AB270SA laptop (A Red one :D ) with 8gb RAM and a 1TB HDD, graphics are really good, it is fast, it has great battery life too. 3X USB ports, bluetooth and all the other bells and whistles to go with it. I payed   3069.00 Swedish Kronor (May 2016) A decent price for a really powerful allrounder. I would never go back to owning a PC now. :) 

 

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I've always had good experiences with Acer desktops. I've had two - both are still running fine (XP and Win10).

 

I find the Acer PCs about the best bang you can get for your $$$. 

 

I'd pick something with 8gb RAM from this range http://www.acer.com/ac/en/CA/content/models/desktops/aspirex (probably the AXC-780-EB11 for $550)

 

There is nil configuration, just take it home and plug it in.

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Good for you! Laptops are overrated, and under powered. Seriously.

My currently laptop has a Core i7 and a Samsung SSD, and I still think it has lousy performance. I use my desktop 90% of the time, and just use the laptop when I don't want to sit at my desk.

 

I've alway assembled my own desktops with the components I liked, so I don't really have any strong opinions about different OEM brands (HP, Dell, Asus, ect).

For laptops, I like Dell business class laptops. Their consumer class laptops are no where as good though. You get what you pay for...

 

Stay away from those Desktop All-in-ones. They are Laptops in desktop bodies. No joke. They use laptop CPUs, GPUs, memory. Not to mention you can't upgrade them.

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@HELEN  I have to agree with toe_head...building your own computer is the way to go....and it doesn't have to be expensive.

If that is not feasible, before my son and I started building our own, we purchased 'customizable' or 'made-to-order' computers from these people:

 

http://www.magicmicro.com/pricelist.asp?cid=9

 

They are out of Cleveland, OH

I used that computer for eight years before I built my own. And that was my choice....their computer was still running, but the components were getting outdated.

 

I wish you luck, Helen!   (If we were close-by, I'd build you one!)     :)

 

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Hi HELEN

I could recommend for you from my personal experience through the years:

 

My first computer was based on AMD motherboard. I didn't knew well computers, so i bought what the seller recommend. after a while i discover that these kind of computers is getting hot and false the hardware for operation because of the processor. So if someone recommend for you AMD don't buy one, not the processor and not the motherboard.

 

My second PC was based on INTEL processor:

Processor: i3-2130 / 3.4ghz,  Dual core . based INTEL motherboard

with 6GB DDR3 memory and simple graphic card of Nvidia

and OS of windows on 120GB SSD hard drive+ 1TB simple Hard disk

AND 350W power supply.

this PC cost me 650$ before 5 years and this piece of Technology was the best i could buy then in my budget. it didn't false the Operation even once over the 5 years. all my  graphics design i make on it and all the game i wish to play and was "Heavy requirements" , i was able to play on it. I have it still if you ask :)

 

My third PC i bought based on INTEL Processor as second: but it's an upgrade of all the system.

Processor: i7-6700 / 3.7ghz, Quad core based on Gigabyte motherboard.

With 16GB DDR memory and GTX950 Graphic card.

250 SSD hard drive + 2TB HARD DISK

and 500W power supply

This piece of Technology cost me 1000$ before a month. yea.... just new. :)  i bought it cause i love to play "Heavy games" with 'maximum performance'  and "maximum quality".

and its doing his job  i can tell.

 

So this is it, finally i could recommend you: INTEL for processor, Gigabyte for Motherboard, Graphic Card = Geforce GTX series : memory 8-16 DDR4,  and for fast Operation you can use only SSD HARD DRIVE/DISK. 

 

Enjoy!

 

And yeah i build Last 2, i recommend to build it your own :)

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All very good suggestions! Buying a computer is always a little nerve-wracking for me. 

 

I recently bought an all-in-one computer, but I brought it back because it was giving me issues and never mind in the long run.

 

 

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Just like @toe_head2001 My PC Tower was built to my specifications, but this was done purely for the purpose of  recording using A DAW for music production with x2 40 inch monitors. Studio speakers and all... That said it did cost me a a lot of money (I won't divulge) Having posted 2 sentences of drivel here, I can only suggest you have a PC built to your needs.

I use a laptop for day to day use (internet / PDN / Office etc..) and find them to be ideal for that purpose, anything on a pro level you really need to spend a little more to get the set up that you really need for your line of work or hobby.  

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Good question Helen! - informative replies from all too.
 
- I run Pdn4 via a laptop, but I had to buy a big HD monitor to see what I was doing!... and a mouse... monitor bracket, build a trolley, buy cables etc..
In retrospect, I wish I had gone for a desktop, but most people buy laptops, so they seem cheaper and more available (from 'real' retailers).
Presumably those that build their own have to include the price of the O.S. too? (far more in the U.K than U.S., I believe?) ... and few options if the build goes wrong?

 

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15 hours ago, Red ochre said:

Presumably those that build their own have to include the price of the O.S. too? (far more in the U.K than U.S., I believe?) ... and few options if the build goes wrong?

Personally speaking, my system was constructed to my spec by a company called Carillon, this included sound card / graphics card / ram and HDD's capacity of choice. The OS was installed by the builders and did come with the same cover as if I had bought an off the shelf unit.
I can't say for sure, but I would guess if you was to build a PC at home the only thing you would have a warranty / fallback on would be the OS ? 

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22 minutes ago, DrewDale said:

I can't say for sure, but I would guess if you was to build a PC at home the only thing you would have a warranty / fallback on would be the OS ? 

 

No, all components have warranties. I've never seen a manufacture that didn't provide one. Most warranties last for two years, but it depends on the component and manufacture. Many Power Supplies are warrantied for 8+ years. Hard Drives and are usually 3 years. SSDs are usually 5 years. It just depends.

 

Mailing one failed component, and receiving a working one is vastly cheaper compared to the alternative:

Shipping entire desktop tower, having some Joe Shmoe at Dell/HP/ect. swap out the part, and then ship the tower back to you.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, toe_head2001 said:

Hard Drives and are usually 3 years. SSDs are usually 5 years.

Does it mean that SSDs are more reliable than Hard Drives?  That SSDs are better for storing files that you want to keep till the end of your life?  I ask this because the Hard Drive in my PC is about 10 years old and I want to buy another one before it breaks but I do not know what to choose.

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31 minutes ago, toe_head2001 said:

 

No, all components have warranties. I've never seen a manufacture that didn't provide one. Most warranties last for two years, but it depends on the component and manufacture. Many Power Supplies are warrantied for 8+ years. Hard Drives and are usually 3 years. SSDs are usually 5 years. It just depends.

Thanks for that, as I said I wasn't 100% sure, all of the components in mine are under warranty, but this is of course a tower I didn't build at home. I did lose HDD #3 at one point, but this was replaced by the builders. 

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2 hours ago, Eli said:

Does it mean that SSDs are more reliable than Hard Drives?  That SSDs are better for storing files that you want to keep till the end of your life?  I ask this because the Hard Drive in my PC is about 10 years old and I want to buy another one before it breaks but I do not know what to choose.

 

In the long term, no, Hard Drives are generally more resilient; especially when sitting dormant (not connected and powered on) in a closet or something. That's not to say many Hard Drives don't fail though, they can and do.

It's important to note that file/filesystem corruption is not the same thing as the hard drive hardware failing. So keep that in mind.

I am not sure why the Warranties are like that. Perhaps SSD manufacturers are just more generous than WD & Seagate. :P

 

 

Most people (including me) have their OS and programs on an SSD, and their data (movies, music, documents, pictures, project files) on hard drives. Why? Because the OS and programs greatly benefit from the increased I/O the SSD provides, while data generally doesn't benefit or otherwise need it.

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9 hours ago, toe_head2001 said:

Most people (including me) have their OS and programs on an SSD, and their data (movies, music, documents, pictures, project files) on hard drives. Why? Because the OS and programs greatly benefit from the increased I/O the SSD provides, while data generally doesn't benefit or otherwise need it.

 

Can you (or anyone else) provide, or link to, instructions for moving the OS and programs to an SSD without reinstalling the operating system? I have a small (128 GB) SSD which is currently unused because the only simple instructions I can find are for moving everything from the HD to the SSD. (My programming knowledge is quite good, but my OS and hardware knowledge is rudimentary -- to be kind.)

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24 minutes ago, MJW said:

Can you (or anyone else) provide, or link to, instructions for moving the OS and programs to an SSD without reinstalling the operating system?

 

I used Samsung's Data Migration Software to do that, simply because I didn't want to take the time to explorer other options and I knew it would work without any special knowledge. (I was exited, and want to use the SSD asap :P)  It only works with Samsung SSDs though.

 

I use Clonezilla for system imaging (snapshot backups); I'm pretty sure you could also use it to clone a HDD to a SSD. I don't see why not.

Just make sure everything on the HDD is less than 128GB, otherwise the image won't fit on the SSD.

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Thank you, toe_head2001. I'll look into Clonzilla for making snapshot backups, which is something I want to do, since Windows' built-in backup program is giving me fits (I love a program that displays its errors as hex codes, like some hacked-together program written by a rather dim high-school student). I had Norton Ghost, but it doesn't work under Windows 10.

 

Clonzilla probably won't help with the SSD migration, since I don't want to replace my entire HD with the SSD. Unfortunately, my SSD is a Toshiba, not a Samsung. I'll look around to see if perhaps Toshiba has a similar migration program.

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I've see some people also recommending EaseUS Todo Backup Free edition for the migration. I've never used it, but it looks idiot proof (not that you're an idiot). Although I'm not sure it would help with the issue of migrating only a portion of your HDD. I think it would be worth looking into though.

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I received this via email and just had to post it!  I'm still trying to get up off the floor!  :lol:

 

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4 hours ago, Red ochre said:

^It really wouldn't surprise me!:lol:

 

Me, neither, Red!  I still laugh when I look at it.   :lol:

 

3 hours ago, dipstick said:

I made a good animation a while back when he first entered the race. I won't post it here, because I'll get in trouble. Just visualize an eagle taking a "dump"......

 

We wouldn't want that to happen, dipstick....I can visualize!   :lol:

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People of all trades from many places are very inspired by Trumps election. This song was released a few hours ago and already has over 20 thousand views in youtube. Sorry! it is in Spanish but it has subtitles, I hope your Spanish is not too rusty . :) 

 

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