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    Quote Originally Posted by funkypunk97 View Post
    I would say Vista sucks....lol.... Microsoft knows it too since they are now pushing out Windows 7 beta way before it's release date. I saw a quick version of Windows 7, built off a totally new kernel and it is supposed to be lean and mean.....

    XP is still the best one ever made, but Vista is OK once you strip it down and run it lean. It is not as bad as ME was.....

    Check out Fedora Core 5 and up for a nice Linux OS..... very smooth graphically and just about as capable as Windows while keeping that Linux touch...... I love Linux but will always still use Windows too....
    lol!!..tell me a Windoze OS that wasn't put out way too early I don't like Vista much but it is getting a little better with other ppl making compatible 2rd party software.

    Remember the Millennium edition? The last Windows Os I actually like was 2000 Pro. It didn't have shit for pre-packed drivers but it would run forever without a restart. The Adv server was/is pretty cool too.

    Back to the topic. It is true that computers age really fast. Top of the line today is tomorrows junk. Just about any computer today will do the basics that the average user will need it for. The thing to look at is how upgrade friendly the machine is. It's important to know if you can add ram (memory), what kind of ports are there for peripherals. Most have on board video, audio cards. If it has an AGP, PCI, or PCI Express slot ya can add a vid card and reclaim the memory that the machine used for that function.

    Anyway. if you are only doing basic web surfing most any machine would do you well. I see pretty cheap HP boxes at Walmart pretty cheap. You might be able to get a tower only and save a few bucks if you don't need a new monitor, keyboard etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    That's the problem. We don't have much to spend. Mom's been out of work and they are both paying off medical bills for serious surgeries. I am not even putting anything into the pot because I have about $300 in savings and a low paying job. My dad has picked out an HP computer already. I have no idea which one. They walked in looking for a Dell and he walked out in love with the HP. HP is one of those brands I don't know much about. Mom wants to head in and grab up the one he likes tomorrow, actually. I just wanted to go in knowing something since she will, no doubt, throw me to the sales guy (I'm a sales person, too, so I am a sales person's worst nightmare; I just about made the car salesman cry when we went to get mom's last car a few years ago). And I know when my dad went in and talked to him he didn't take any of my needs into consideration... and dad uses the computer for far less than I do.
    No worries, you can get a decent computer with decent power for not much these days. Might you consider purchasing online? I recommend NewEgg. I have built multiple computers using only parts I purchased from them and have zero complaints. I'm not recommending you built one, they sell name brand and non name brand. Their inventory is very large as well, here is a link of their selection for desktops (assuming you want a desktop)...

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...me=Desktop-PCs

    As for the operating system, Vista is fine. It had a lot of bugs in it's release in 06, but it is very smooth now. XP has been around for a while and is very refined. Don't worry about 64 bit, you'll never notice a difference with what you're looking to do. I personally find Vista more user friendly. I remember when XP came out in 01, everyone who was using 98 and those who had switched to 2000 said they would never switch to XP. Those are the same people saying to stick with XP and not jump to Vista

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I brought up a lot of things mentioned here at the store. We brought the new computer home this afternoon. It is hooked up and working well, just not online yet. It will be sometime tomorrow, though, I hope. I'm rather pleased. We only got somewhat took on one thing... speakers. I need to return them tomorrow. The salesman neglected to mention that the monitor had speakers built in. Oh well. Easy to fix.

    We ended up with a HP Pavilion. Came in a package that included a keyboard, mouse, printer, and 19" flat screen monitor. Now I have all this stuff I bought for the old computer that is built into this one. It'll even take the little disks from my camera. I'm thrilled.

    With all the stuff they did to it, the upgrade on the printer that came with the package, etc., it came out to be around $1100. A lot more than we had wanted to spend, but what can you do? You rarely get out of this type of thing spending what you originally wanted to.

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    Congrats!

    Most all HP/Compaq machines come with the multi card reader in place of a floppy drive that no one really needs anymore. The only downside to the new HP's are all that trial-ware they load em with. All that's easy to get rid of though. I hope your new machine lasts longer than your last

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    Congrats!

    Most all HP/Compaq machines come with the multi card reader in place of a floppy drive that no one really needs anymore. The only downside to the new HP's are all that trial-ware they load em with. All that's easy to get rid of though. I hope your new machine lasts longer than your last
    Mom paid the guys at the store $20 to take all that crap off the computer already. So it's good to go.

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    As we "speak" I'm on a HP Pavillion dv8000 laptop. It's been fantastic, except for the keyboard, but I use a fullsize USB keyboard (Compaq by the way) at my desk.

    This HP has been solid ever since, and the widescreen dv8000 is great for movies on airplanes... I have the XP "Media Edition" which has it's bugs, but you can shut down the processor while watching a movie... saving battery life.

    Good stuff

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    Well, it's all hooked up and I am currently typing at you from my new HP. Only issues are with my ISP, it won't give me my email. And some of the text is hard to read, it seems a touch blurry. Otherwise, good to go. I think I'll eventually fix the blurry text issue by pressing enough buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    Well, it's all hooked up and I am currently typing at you from my new HP. Only issues are with my ISP, it won't give me my email. And some of the text is hard to read, it seems a touch blurry. Otherwise, good to go. I think I'll eventually fix the blurry text issue by pressing enough buttons.
    Your text probably appears to be blurry BECAUSE YOUR MONITOR IS LARGER THAN THE TELEVISION I HAD IN MY LIVING ROOM UNTIL 2002!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
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    This HP has been solid ever since, and the widescreen dv8000 is great for movies on airplanes... I have the XP "Media Edition" which has it's bugs, but you can shut down the processor while watching a movie... saving battery life.

    Good stuff

    Jeff
    Veeeery interesting.
    I did not know that.
    Will try that on my laptop.

    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    Your text probably appears to be blurry BECAUSE YOUR MONITOR IS LARGER THAN THE TELEVISION I HAD IN MY LIVING ROOM UNTIL 2002!!!


    Actually, it's only certain color combinations. Like the text on the background here. So some issue with the colors I have yet to figure out. But this is one darn huge computer screen! LOL!

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