Buying A new Computer

@oliverdt (1959)
Philippines
May 20, 2007 5:41am CST
Im thinking to buy a new computer next month but i dont know what kind of computer that fits my need. I already asked my friends about it but their advice did not convinced me. I know that their is someone or group of people that can help. The computer I need should perfectly run the new operating system of microsoft. I will use my computer to browse the internet and listen to my mp3 and to watch DVD movies. I prefer Intel but my friends always telling me to buy AMD. Please people i need help. FYI - im a loyal to intel lol...
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@Swaraj (3)
21 May 07
You can buy AMD Athlon 64 bit processor or higher, or The latest INTEL Core 2 Duo processor that works fine with Windows Vista. Have 120 GB of Hard disk space and 512 MB of RAM or higher. Optimum Graphics Card from Nvidia. The graphics card may be costlier.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Ok, they both fit me... but the question is, What about the warranty???
• Japan
21 May 07
You'll have to check with the shops regarding warranties. Mostly you get 1 yr or 2.
@santuccie (3374)
• United States
21 May 07
Over the years, I have been a loyalist to Intel, although I am not without an open mind. When AMD's Athlon 64 FX-55 came out, I remember one magazine saying it "beat Intel like a red-headed stepchild." For awhile after that, AMD seemed to have the upper hand, particularly when it came to games/graphics. However, Intel continued to hold their own when it came to multitasking stability. Now, we have the Core 2 Duo. As an Intel loyalist, I'm happy to say that exhaustive tests yield results consistently in favor of the Core 2 Duo. The fastest Core 2 processors have yet to meet any kind of challenge from AMD. And AMD has definitely felt the bite, as their market share has dropped dangerously low, costing them millions. As I remarked in another thread, "AMD is now on the ground, taking hard kicks to the ribs and chunky, green loogies to the face." They can't take much more. But Intel knows it, and they seem to be moving in for the kill. While Intel has always justified their prices by using higher-quality cache than AMD (533 MHz in Intel chips, 333 in AMD), they are now preparing to unveil their new 45-nm processors, which use different materials to reduce power consumption and leakage. All this while AMD trails behind at a nice, safe distance. The moral of this story is, "Intel Core 2 Duo." :) That out of the way, I recommend buying a machine that is "Vista Premium Ready," meaning it can handle the new OS, as well as the aeroglass panels that come in the premium versions. But I don't recommend getting Vista now, because you'll find that hardly anything works with it. Hardware, software...and because of Vista's content protection, it offers no support at all for HD formats (e.g. BluRay, HD DVD). It may improve in a few years, but best wait until then. Perhaps after people stop calling it "Me II." :P Dell offers machines that come with XP, and there are a few smaller dealers that offer XP machines as well. Have a look around. I recommend nothing less than 1 GB RAM (2 is better, and 4 would have you all geared up for when it's time to upgrade to Vista, if ever). I don't usually bandy about brand, but if anyone asks me, I'll just say "Kingston." For a hard drive, I recommend a SATA (3 GBPS, if you can get it). A video card would also be good, but not necessary if you're just going to watch DVDs. For security software, there are lots of good options, and lots of bad options. If you are a download junkie (like me), you should use Arovax Shield (to lock the registry) and something to lock your system32 folder (like Folder Guard). If you're not, all you really need is a firewall with IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems), as well as antivirus and antispyware with automatic updates, scheduled scanning, and real-time monitoring. And if you use a desktop e-mail client, such as Outlook or Thunderbird, it should scan POP ports also. To make it easy for you, I'd just recommend the all-in-one that I use (I also use Arovax Shield and Folder Guard Pro, but not always necessary). It's called AOL Safety and Security Center. It's self-managed, simple to navigate, and it's free. And it uses McAfee Personal Firewall Express, the latest versions of which have IPS, to block online exploits. All you have to do is sign up with AOL Mail for free, and the S&SC is all yours: http://daol.aol.com/safetycenter Hope this helps!
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Wow Thats great, Im also an Intel loyalist... thanks for your inputs it helps alot. I also want to register in AOL S&SC, thanks for the info.
@santuccie (3374)
• United States
21 May 07
You're very welcome. Glad I was able to be of some help. Salute! :)
• India
21 May 07
one should buy laptops know b'coz of many reasons. firstly it is trendy, these days companies like compacq and wipro are offering some very stylish models.secondly laptops occupy very less space.they have quite long battry backup, more then any UPS.laptop's display is TFT type hence very soothing for eyes. as far as processor is concerned i think AMD offers technically better processors with btter dual-core and pipelining tecnology. features like DVD writers will added ones for value for maney. wipro offer's laptops with linux OS which makes it cheeper and linux is better OS for network security and memory management.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
thanks dude.but i think Desktop PC is the best for me cuz laptop PC got some disavantage that I dont like. and im planning to assemble the unit.
• India
21 May 07
Hello Friend i think u assembled the intel dual core2 because its the latest version it full fill your requirments and i suggest u to assembled because if u assembled the pc u choose your beneficial products and also u get waranty on each component but if u purchase pc from shop only get pc waranty not to all components individualy.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
You got a good point with that idea. thanks dude.
@ugotit (73)
• India
21 May 07
hello, your question is correct! there is always some confusion when you are buying a thing like computer because there are so many brands and varieties in products that it is difficult to find the one that actually fits your need. first you note that most intel products in india are costlier to their AMD counterpart with same performance.you can save some money on that. i prefer AMD. you want to run newest microsoft os on your computer , that is windows vista. that means you need to have processor with minimum 3.0 GHz clock speed for optimum performance.AMD 5200+ is correct in AM2 series by AMD. you have choice of plain motherboard or motherbords with high in build features. any 940 pin supporting board will do a job , or you can go to nVIDIA site to find about feature packed boards by them for AMD. for vista you need to have 2Gb of RAM preferably DDR2 for good performance. there are companies like transcend, kingston, crossair that provide good quality RAM. standard 400W power supply is good.go for spacious cabinet.that helps to keep your machine cool. if you want to have additional cooling installed you can go for them. DVDs and BLUE-RAYS are common now. i hope that will help you. have a good day!
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Hey ugotit, good day man, thanks for your inputs. It really helped me in broadining my knowlegde about CPU's, and also its a big help for my future decisions.
• United States
21 May 07
Do what you feel is right for you.If your friends jump off a bridge.Are you going to go too.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
hahahaha lol, nice one... like friends forever hehehe. ofcourse not, im not that stupid. Thats why i need more inputs from you guyz. I like the way you comment on me, you make me laugh... hahaha.... thanks bro.
@sanell (2114)
• United States
21 May 07
well let's see, if I were you I would get a mac. What are your needs anyway? I have mac I love it, but I will say that at some poitn I am also going to get a pc because if I want to do virtual assistant job for an employer I wuld need to have a pc to do it as they do not have a working platform for a mac. Which kind of sucks but the mac is killer!!!! that is my two cents.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
I already think about buying MAC, but for some reason like here in our country almost everyone use Windows. I hear good things about MAC OS, but i think I will not go for it. Anyway thanks for your suggestions, Hope to hear from you soon friend.
@mohit1123 (564)
• India
20 May 07
Listen firstly unless you are planning to buy either core2duo or DUAL CORE. I really dont advice you to buy INTEL because firstly before Core2duo INTEL had backs to the wall. Ok you see a lot of commercials. That is what intel wants you to do. Since what you have mentioned about your needs. I do say its better you buy core2duo, good motherboard since i am not familier with intel motherboads. But get a onboard graphic card since you dont need to play games. Most importantly WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET???? You cant ask for a comp without mentioning your LIMIT!!
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Thanks... I already have the best option, but because of your comment I need to think over again. About the budget, I think i have enough to buy a highend PC. Before I have a P3, it works fine and the stability is ok. Thats why my first option is Intel. But I think the technology of P3 is way defferent to Core2duo Processor.
• India
20 May 07
I think both Intel and AMD will fit your needs. But i have had my friend face problems with AMD Athlon processor, the processor gets overheated when we play high end graphic games for about 3-4 hours. So better be careful before going for Athlon processor. Both Intel and AMD processors support Windows Vista and also both are 64 bit processors. Hence you can go for either of them but just make sure that you have 2 fans to cool off your AMD processor since it gets overheated.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Hey raja316ram! thank you for your info. It really help me to decide what to buy. I'l just need some more infos out there.
@evelynlyp (788)
• Japan
21 May 07
I prefer Intel. AMD is built for games while Intel is for multi tasking. Since you are not a serious gamer, go for intel. 1 GB ram is minimum. My sister recently bought a computer she has 2gb she says she made a good choice in getting 2 gb because it runs faster (she hates waiting). Get a DVD burner. Since you like to watch movies I suppose you must download a lot so being able to burn onto dvds is very important. You can always upgrade to a blue ray burner when the price gets more affordable. You should also check for reliability. I prefer items that can last at least 5 years. I once had an asus motherboard. I seriously regretted it. The first one burned out within 2 years. Luckily there was warranty and they replaced it. Around the same time again (1 yr plus) that replacement burnt as well. I don't ever trust asus anymore. I regretted not listening to myself because I've heard stories about poor reliability. However someone said its good so I bought it and I found out first hand that it sucks. I don't go for mac computer because of the programs that I need to use. Most of them dont' run on mac. Anyway I'm not interested in the looks. I never buy anything that just look nice - its pointless.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
22 May 07
thats a bad comment for mac users... anyway i respect you with that opinion. My P3 motherboard is Asus, and i have no problem with it, I already using it for 7 years. Maybe some of asus technology is not as good as the other. I think P4 needs intel motherboard also just to do its job perfectly. What is blue ray anyway??
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
21 May 07
My brother told me that you should buy AMD if you're going to use your pc mainly for computer games. Like you, I always preferred intel. I guess it would depend on how much budget are we talking about. You could always go to Gilmore and ask them for a quote based on your budget. You have to be patient and go store to store in order to get the best deal.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
22 May 07
Thanks, going store to store is a nice idea... i'll take that advice. cheers!!
@bigcage (108)
• China
21 May 07
the more information you get ,the more confused. by yr intuition, don't regret.
@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
21 May 07
awts!! anyway thanks man.