What is a good mid-priced computer?

United States
August 21, 2008 9:31am CST
I am going to buy a new computer soon. I'm currently looking at various brands in a price range of $400-$800. I want to get the most for the money I will spend. I will be using it for the usual stuff plus I hope to be working from home so I will need to be able to have enough memory and speed to handle the work. What is your opinion?
5 responses
@nahidbd (731)
• Bangladesh
21 Aug 08
Don't not only for brands but also for configuration. At your price range consider for AMD X2 (processor). This things are good for speed and multitasking. Also select at least 1 GB RAM.
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• United States
21 Aug 08
I agree that the brand is not so important as the configuration. I have seen several Compaq, HP and Dell models with at least duel-core 2.7GHz and 3-4 GB memory and hard drives from 300-500 GB for less than $800. There is one thing that bugs me cause many of them are coming with 64bit processors rather than 32. I know that the 64 will be the way of the future but some hardware is still 32bit may not be compatible.
@nahidbd (731)
• Bangladesh
21 Aug 08
Don't afraid for the 64 bit flag It is compatible with both 64 and 32 bit.
• United States
22 Aug 08
Thanks, that's good to know.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I would get an emachine. They usually run about $40 - with monitor. At one point both my husband and I had emachines. My husband gave his to my son when he upgraded about 2 years ago, that PC has since been passed on to his Mom. My emachine was given to my son when I upgraded last year. They are good computers. The older on is 6 years old and still running strong and mine is 5 years old. The only thing we ever changed on them was the video card because the MMRPG we were playing lagged a bit too much with the internal video card.
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• United States
21 Aug 08
I have heard various stories about emachines. Some like them some dont. But a lot of people like them. Thanks for your input.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I think of emachines like an economy car. Honeslty, I would buy another emachine in a heart beat. I have had many bad experiences with Dell & Compaq, I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Sorry I am o fno help with you on this one since my husband and or son are the ones in our family that do the buying. Just wanted to know if you are just needing to buy the tower or needing to buy everything including monitor?
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• United States
21 Aug 08
Well I don't need a monitor right now. I do need to upgrade cause my old one had 120GB hard drive, 512 RAM and a Pentium 4 2.53 GHz CPU. My husband paid about $1500 including monitor more than 6 years ago. Now I have seen them a lot cheaper with a lot more power.
• Singapore
22 Aug 08
mid end u can get o does it include monitor keyboard mouse etc ? -E8400 CPU -8800gt/9600gt/9800gtx Grahpic Card -MSI p35 neo 2 f MotherBoard -Corsair 520W PSU -G-Skill 4/2gb RAM -Western Digital 640GB HardDisk -Cooler Master Case Case dont know total how much but think less than 1000$ bah
• United States
22 Aug 08
Thanks for your input. I have been looking just at computers with certain things like duel core, a min of 3GB RAM and at least 500GB hard drive. I already have a monitor which works fine but it is over 6 years old. I was not planning to get a new one but I don't know if it would work with a new computer so I may have to get a bundle with monitor. At this point I will just have find something with the specs I want. If it includes a monitor that is a plus. If not I'll have to get a monitor later.
• United States
22 Aug 08
I have an emachine. And I can honestly say that it runs pretty smoothly. The one I'm using now was about 500 to 600 dollars. I think they are one of the ideal computers if you just want to use for surfing the internet and keeping files. I was hoping it would hold all of my Sims 2 games and it doesn't. This computer does well with games that don't take up a lot of RAM.
• United States
22 Aug 08
I have heard the emachines are a good low end product. They compare favorably with acer and other budget pcs. Thanks.