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i need to buy a new computer.want to keep the cost between 400-700 dollars if possible.would like one with cd/dvd burner.do the new ones come with windows vista? does anyone have any suggestions?

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    i need to buy a new computer.want to keep the cost between 400-700 dollars if possible.would like one with cd/dvd burner.do the new ones come with windows vista? does anyone have any suggestions?

    I just went to Office Depot with a friend. He bought an HP Pavillion Desktop Model A1510 Y. Listed in Sunday's Office Depot flyer. Comes with Vista, a CD/DVD writer, and a combination printer/scanner. Total price is $499, after $230 in HP rebates. It must be ordered in store. Shipping is an additional $49---10 to 14 days. Plus Sales Tax if any, in your state.

    He added a memory card reader to the tower for an additional $10. Other options can be added.

    HP or Dell's website can not come anywhere close to this deal.

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      Make sure you get one that has at least 1024mb of RAM-type memory, or have memory sticks added to that amount because that's supposed to be the minimum for running Vista.  Believe I read that in one of Kim Komando's newsletters.

      Good luck to everyone!

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        Both members have good suggestions.  I once asked a similar question on a Tech Board and got many different responses.  I'm not very technical, so it was interesting, but I did my homework and had to decide what was good for me by using Google and reading reviews. I mean, let's say you are in the market for a car and you ask the same question.  People who care about the horsepower/torque ratio will give you a different answer than people who just want basic transportation.  A family person might tell you to get an SUV or a minivan.  Someone who likes a pickup for carrying stuff or tows a boat...well you get what I'm saying. 

        The only suggestion I will give you initially is to get a desktop and monitor, not a laptop.  This is just my very humble opinion based on my experience owning both.  I'm positive thousands of people will disagree with me for a number of reasons.   I am currently using a Toshiba Satellite.  It's just fine, but you get much more bang for your buck with a desktop.  I realize you can always add another keyboard, mouse, speakers, more USB ports, etc. to a laptop, but if you always use your computer in the house and rarely move it, that's my suggestion, since you want to stay within a budget.

        Regarding Vista, I've been helping my sister pick out a computer and all the models I've looked at have at least Vista Home Basic.   

        RE: RAM memory.  I agree with Konane, especially since most PCs have shared video and that can use up a lot of RAM, but I wouldn't pass up a great deal if memory was the only drawback.  My laptop was $899 by itself when I bought it Aug 05 during a Back To School sale for $499 (after a ton of rebates) with a free D-Link router, a free Icon carrying case and a free Canon Pixma printer.  I was able to run XP, SP2 with 256MB, but I immediately ordered 512MB from Crucial.com. Highly recommend this company.

        If I were to go out today and buy a new desktop and I had a $500-$600 price range in mind, this might be what I'd get currently on sale on CircuitCity.com for $549. You can add a 17" LCD monitor and a printer for another $70 bucks! (total of $619)  There are 2 packages if you decide to go to this site. One is for a CRT monitor, which I would never buy, esp when you can get a 17" LCD for less than $100.  (when I order something online, I usually pick it up at the store anyway)

         

        HP Pavilion Desktop PC HP A1700N

        • AMD Athlon 64 X2  3800+
        • 250GB hard drive
        • LightScribe-enabled
        • 1GB of DDR2 memory
        • Burns DVDs and CDs
        • Windows Vista Home Premium

         

        Just one more thing.  Assume from prior posts that you have some technical knowledge, probably more than I do, but I always like to help people when I've made mistakes.  When I bought my laptop I didn't realize that most printers do not come with the cables any more.  So of course I didn't want to wait and drove to Office Max up the road and spent around $29 for a USB cable.  I've seen them online for a few bucks. Amazon has Belkin cables for around $8.  You might already have them, but I thought I'd mention it.

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          Posted: February 6, 2007, 7:49 pm - IP Logged

          i need to buy a new computer.want to keep the cost between 400-700 dollars if possible.would like one with cd/dvd burner.do the new ones come with windows vista? does anyone have any suggestions?

          I will be purchasing a new computer also.  I am looking at E-machines.  They have  a model priced at $400.  The processor speed is 3.3 GHz.  Speed is what I need most.

          http://www.emachines.com/products/catalog.html?type=desktops

           

          Check out these models.  I believe one of them is what you require.

          I have been using E-Machines for several years now and I am pleased with their tech support and the reliability of their computers.

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            I will be purchasing a new computer also.  I am looking at E-machines.  They have  a model priced at $400.  The processor speed is 3.3 GHz.  Speed is what I need most.

            http://www.emachines.com/products/catalog.html?type=desktops

             

            Check out these models.  I believe one of them is what you require.

            I have been using E-Machines for several years now and I am pleased with their tech support and the reliability of their computers.

            same here - excellent.

            love to nibble those micey feet.

             

                                         

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              Posted: February 6, 2007, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

              And to throw my $0.02 cents worth in. I personally have a PowerSpec system, 3.3 Ghz with 500 meg Ram, sizable hard drive and cd/dvd burner and windows XP Home that I bought for $350 just a couple of months ago. Just today, I noticed the same machine current on sale at http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0252581 for $299 with Vista Home preloaded.

              Amazing part is that VISTA Home is $199 and for $100 more, you get a computer that is 3.3 Ghtz...how cool is that now? (BTW...a half gig of ram runs about $50)

              One final note, I have been doing business with this store (Marietta GA location) for over 10 years now and have never been disappointed with either the quality of service of the Employees there or the products I have purchased there.

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                i need to buy a new computer.want to keep the cost between 400-700 dollars if possible.would like one with cd/dvd burner.do the new ones come with windows vista? does anyone have any suggestions?

                Check out Dell, they have a new one with vista.

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                  Posted: February 6, 2007, 11:23 pm - IP Logged

                  if i was to get one it will be Emachines....

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                    It depends on what you want to do with it.

                    If you just want to do Office stuff and search the web, anything will do.

                    If you want to play video-intensive games, then you need a great video card and lots of ram.... 

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                      It depends on what you want to do with it.

                      If you just want to do Office stuff and search the web, anything will do.

                      If you want to play video-intensive games, then you need a great video card and lots of ram.... 

                      I guess that's what I was trying to say, but you put it more succinctly.  When I bought a pc almost 10 years ago, everyone told me a Celeron processor was a piece of junk.  I never had any problems with it.  It still works...just obsolete.

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                        Posted: February 7, 2007, 7:06 am - IP Logged

                        thanks everyone....

                        trying to decide between an hp that was listed here or the e-machine.what is the difference between the two?

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                          Posted: February 7, 2007, 8:58 am - IP Logged

                          Make sure what ever system you buy that it has a way to make a OEM install or recovery disks.

                          Some of the new computers will not allow you to burn a OS or Recovery disks.

                          They will only allow you to backup on the internal hard drive. that is fine as long as your hard drive 

                          does not crash.

                          You may won't to do some research on this before you buy.

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                            Posted: February 7, 2007, 9:20 am - IP Logged

                            Most of the news systems do not come with recovery disks or the OS disk (vista or XP)

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                              Count me in with the emachines crowd. 

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