Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 10-28-2008 at 10:12 AM.
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)...
Originally Posted by SuckLead
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
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.
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.
Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson
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.
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.
Originally Posted by JeffWard
I did not know that.
Will try that on my laptop.
Thanks for the info!
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!
Originally Posted by DJ Niner
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