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Windows 7: The Processor Dual

20 Dec 2014   #11
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
What about this one. For $356 it is a pretty good deal.

Amazon.com : Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5351 15.6-Inch Laptop : Computers & Accessories

The A8 would be a lot better than an i3.
Desktop not laptop. Sorry if I wasn't clear.


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20 Dec 2014   #12
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

So, going with a dual core, upgrading from a Pentium 4, any suggestions what I should go with?
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20 Dec 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For desktops I would study the Sunday ads. They do not offer too many reasonably priced desktops these days.
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20 Dec 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by leehop71 View Post
So, going with a dual core, upgrading from a Pentium 4, any suggestions what I should go with?
I was just browsing Office Depot and Best Buy. There is nothing at reasonable prices ($300 to $450) that I can recommend. A desktop is best if you build it yourself.
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20 Dec 2014   #15
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by leehop71 View Post
So, going with a dual core, upgrading from a Pentium 4, any suggestions what I should go with?
I was just browsing Office Depot and Best Buy. There is nothing at reasonable prices ($300 to $450) that I can recommend. A desktop is best if you build it yourself.
Our Tiger Direct store here has incredible deals and prices until Christmas.
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20 Dec 2014   #16
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should be able to get a decent machine with a dual-core Intel i-3 rated at over 3.0 GHz.

What's your budget? I assume you do NOT need a monitor, mouse, or keyboard?

Do you want Windows 7?

Have you or the wife ever looked at Windows 8?

Let me know your budget and I'll look around online.

Nothing at all wrong with AMD, but you can get pretty stout Intel dual core i3 processors for $100 or so and they are competitive with AMD.

A step lower would be a PC with Intel Pentium "G" series processors, such as G3240 or G3258. Competitive with AMD at that price point. Perfectly adequate for your purposes.
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20 Dec 2014   #17
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You should be able to get a decent machine with a dual-core Intel i-3 rated at over 3.0 GHz.

What's your budget? I assume you do NOT need a monitor, mouse, or keyboard?

Do you want Windows 7?

Have you or the wife ever looked at Windows 8?

Let me know your budget and I'll look around online.

Nothing at all wrong with AMD, but you can get pretty stout Intel dual core i3 processors for $100 or so and they are competitive with AMD.

A step lower would be a PC with Intel Pentium "G" series processors, such as G3240 or G3258. Competitive with AMD at that price point. Perfectly adequate for your purposes.
Just need the tower.

OS doesn't matter because I will swap the Kingston SSD in my HP with the HDD in the new one, and sell the HP with the new HDD locally.

Budget would be $500.
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20 Dec 2014   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

above is suitable Dells up to 500

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

above is all brands up to 500; all are i3 Intel, some dual core, some quad core.

Which brand you should buy is hard to say as the PCs themselves are largely generic commodities.

Expect to go through some form of hell if you ever need to contact customer service from any brand.

I'd probably lean to Dell or Asus. I'd avoid Acer. HP I dunno.

Pick out a couple that tentatively look OK and I'll try to delineate the differences.

Or you can just do a "compare" right there at New Egg by checking boxes.
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20 Dec 2014   #19
leehop71

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

above is suitable Dells up to 500

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

above is all brands up to 500; all are i3 Intel, some dual core, some quad core.

Which brand you should buy is hard to say as the PCs themselves are largely generic commodities.

Expect to go through some form of hell if you ever need to contact customer service from any brand.

I'd probably lean to Dell or Asus. I'd avoid Acer. HP I dunno.

Pick out a couple that tentatively look OK and I'll try to delineate the differences.

Or you can just do a "compare" right there at New Egg by checking boxes.
Thanks for the legwork ig, I'll take a look.
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20 Dec 2014   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

Above link is to Intel i-5 machines up to 500.

You don't need an i-5, but if it's in your budget you might consider one.

Some are refurbished.

Don't push the buy button on anything without further advice from someone.

I don't know what you might find at Best Buy, Walmart, Costco, etc.
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