I need advice from some one that knows a lot about computers!

United States
January 23, 2009 1:24am CST
HELP!!! I know nothing about computers, I mean I can easily operate any program but when it comes to purchasing a new computer I feel like a preschooler in inorganic chemistry! I have always stuck by DELL computers because I assumed they were great because my highschool had them and my college did as well. Recently my desktop (a dell) decided to completely die on me...just decided it doesnt want to anything once u boot it up, it freezes half way through the starting up process. I need to replace it. I am a continuing college student, who loves to download MP3s, upload photographs, plus I started 2 onlines businesses. So I need something that can handle all of this. My mother suggested a gateway computer, but all the reviews I have read all users have to upgrade the computers to meet their needs. I do not know nearly enough to go and upgrade a computer. One of my friends suggested checking out Apple computers, which I have always been afraid of...I am almost tempted to stick to my comfort of a Dell...but if one of these are better I want to try it out. Please give me your suggestions! All I know is I have no been pleased with Sony computers, and I am anti HP computers. Every HP my mother ever owned died, literally, after 1 1/2 years.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
Purchasing a new computer is fun. No need for it to be a worrisome task. Simply take a look at your local business supply stores. Computer stores. Check them out online. Most have web sites. See what they have. Laptops are becoming a dime a dozen, for what you can get. Compare prices and what comes with the machine. Re: Processor, what type and speed is it? You wont need a duo. You will see some that list this. Be sure the computer you do get has at least, a minimum of 512 megabytes of RAM. More if you can and likely it will come with more these days. t least a one Gig hard drive or more. Check that it comes with a read-write CDRom drive that handles D.V.D's too. Note: Any new computer you do get is going to be preloaded with Windows Vista, pre-loaded. One brand I trust is Toshiba. I would avoid an Apple. Not that there is anything wrong with them. Do bother with the extended warranty. Most of the time it is a real burn. If you still want an extended warranty, pin down the computer that you want. Other stores will carry the same one. Check with all of them what the cost of their extended warranty is, say for two years, over and above the regular warranty. You will find that different stores charge a different rate a lot of the time. Laptops can be costly to repair. Another option is to find a computer store with a good reputation. Word of mouth is good too. Stop in for a visit and talk with them. tell them your needs and your price range. Whatever you do, do not scrimp on memory. ID Random Access Memory=RAM. You will regret it if you do. Get as much as you can for your dollar. It's cheap these days. The store can custom build you a desk top computer. Ask that the motherboard be current enough that you can upgrade parts if you want within say the next two to three years. Tell them your bottom line. How much are you willing to spend. Start lowish but know you maximum. Ask what their warranty is. This shouldn't be a problem. Since you like to upload pictures and download music, don't scrimp on a sound card or a display card. From what I understand the different processors are designed for different uses. Be sure to tell them how you plan to use the computer. IE: Some are better for gaming. Others are better for graphics, word processing etc. tell them you want a middle of the road processor. Not a major one but not the lowest one on the line either. AMD is good, as is Intel Pentium. I prefer Pentium myself. If you know someone privy to computer technology, ask them to go along with you. What is nice about having a computer shop build for you is that you can always get in touch with them if something goes wrong. Also stay away from Dell. Their customer service is the worst. They sell cr ap. Out of all computers my friends have had, I have heard nothing good about Dell. The best thing to do is to take time. Don't rush into it. Window shop around for awhile. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Research online. Know what is available to you. What are your options. Sleep on it and then make your purchase. Best of luck and have fun!
@deep257 (56)
• India
25 Jan 09
if you are buying computers and really need suggestions themn i would suggest you should better go for an assembled pc from a dealer. from my own experience iam telling that you can get muuch powerful configuration in a much cheaper price. don't go for brands as ican see they are almost the same when it comes to after sales services. its ok during the warranty period but after its over there will be regular huge amount of investments in replacing the parts and after some time you will feel its better to replace the machine. there is no such problems in assembled pcs though problems are still there but the costs are much less. also you have the option of choosing the brands of RAM, HDD,MONITOR, KEYBOARD, MOTHERBOARD, EVEN PROCCESSOR.. if you are game then i could also suggest some brands. happy computing and mylotting.
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Hey there. I know a bit about computers. Dell is actually pretty good and I don't think there's a problem with sticking with them. If you are willing to to move brands, you can try moving to Toshiba, if they have PC's since I only know them for their laptops, or Apple. Apple is pretty good but their OS is different so you may have some difficulties adjusting. My suggestion is, build your own PC. It's cheaper and easier to upgrade. The only problem is, if your PC breaks down, you won't be able to bring it to a service center. If you have time, you should research on building your own PC. I've built a few PC's in the past and they've lasted around 5-6 years before breaking down. Good luck!
• India
23 Jan 09
I think your Dell computer completely infacted with viruses and spywares also you have take out RAM and clean it with cloth, also clean its fan, because if your fan is not clean it. Fan can be a problem because if fan won't work then due to overheating your PC might stop responding. If your PC is still in warranty then don't open your PC, because it will be no longer in warranty. Till now I haven't heard complaints for Dell PC, but still if you want to buy new PC then you can go for assembled PC. You can assemble your own PC by your own. Otherwise sony is good option.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
23 Jan 09
I have this same problem and I think I have a solution. First, you check out all the terminology you need to understand on Wikipedia, then you go on the company website of the company selling the computers you're thinking off, learn more by asking questions on the website, if possible, then you should have all the info you need to make a choice.
@runeman (35)
• India
23 Jan 09
It actually depends alot on where you live. I'm from India and here HP, Sony and Dell are pretty good and the worst are Acer/Compaq. Although HP and Sony are consistent, Sony has a horrible customer support (According to my experience) and for a decent model in Sony you pay alot! I would have suggest you to stick to Dell or try a HP or Toshiba and most of the computers I have used usually conk out in 1 1/2 - 2 years.
@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
I wouldn't say I know a lot about computers but hmmm...how does Acer sound? I'm not sure about PCs as I always buy parts to assemble for myself & my clients but Acer laptops have always been cheaper & not in anyway lesser in quality, even compared to Dell. Sometimes it only seem that Dell laptops are cheaper because they're actually offering an older technology. Well, I wouldn't know the rest of the brands in the US so I guess that's not too much helpBut maybe you can find someone who knows to help you assemble one? I'd be glad to help if I stay next door, hahabut obviously am not.