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What do I get........and where do I go to buy it? Budget- $600
For 600 clams?
If you're not too afraid, build it yourself. It's not at all hard to do, and cheaper, though at that limit it may not be that significant of a difference.
Thanks for the responses........little more background information. Wife is starting her masters and our laptop is going. I basically need something that I can throw in her office that she'll be able to work on everyday.
edit: I actually take it back. There is a Mac Mini for $600. So there is your Mac choice, although no refurbished version available at that price. Of course you still cannot get an iMac for anything near $600.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by scott91575 18 months ago
This right here. It's not really all hard and there are plenty of guides to follow online. You can build a pretty nice machine for around $500.
Get a laptop. If she's starting her masters she'll probably want to take it to class or might need it somewhere sometime for a presentation or whatever. They're just as powerful as a desktop. For 600 you can get a pretty nice one.
Obviously BestBuy is the easiest place probably to walk in and get one, but if you're willing to do your research online you can find great deals.
I've had my Toshiba Satellite for years now.
This post was edited by manofthewild07 18 months ago
So seeing as I've never built a desktop.......can anyone give me a starting point?
Honestly, I build computers all the time. At the low price points you won't save much money. You will get better components instead of OEM motherboards, PSU's, etc. that are cheap as hell with few inputs for upgrading later on. Yet won't be much different price wise, especially if you have to buy an OS.
It also depends on what you want to do, and the tricky part is not really the construction. It's making sure you get the right parts that go together correctly. If you want onboard graphics you have to make sure you get the right motherboard. You need to know an approx power usage so you don't overpay for a PSU. As mentioned, the components you want also depends on what you want to do storage wise, productivity, gaming, etc.
If you want an actual desktop without the fuss and a low price, I would say the best deal are probably the Dell Outlet. You can also find coupons on top of their already low prices. Also, do you have a monitor?
Go to a site like Newegg and look at their "barebones" PC kits. Those will include a motherboard, processor, case and often the operating system and power supply. If you can get all of those things as one package all you will need is a hard drive (or drives), memory, and your accessories (monitor, keyboard, mouse, wireless adapter [if needed]).
If your wife is only going to be doing regular multitasking; web browsing, word processing, light photo editing, ect; you won't need a very fast / powerful CPU and mobo combo. Tom's Hardware is a good place to look for in-depth reviews of just about everything you'll find available.
This. I had desk tops for years. However the screens of today's laptops are better than the old desk monitors, everything is dvd or bluray or cloud and a "small" laptop hard drive is 3 or 4 times what a desk top drive was 5 years ago.
I have a macbook but there are good windows and even a chrome machine in that price range.
I tend to agree. The cost savings at the 500-600 price range probably aren't that great. Unless you are building a performance PC with multiple drives (or an SSD) and dedicated GPU it's probably best to buy something "off the shelf."
I would also agree that unless you need a large GPU for gaming or CAD, or you need lots of storage, then a laptop is probably the bet way to go. Desktops still have their place, but are more a specialty item. I have a desktop, but I keep my Blu Ray movies on hard drive (they take up a crapload of room) and it's also a gaming machine. Yet for everything else I just use my laptop.
Nope......At this point I do not have a monitor.
Go to Microcenter (www.microcenter.com). It is near Oakland mall if your in the Detroit area. There are others but not sure where.
Get a refurbed HP quad core system (AMD Phenom) for around 450-500. Upgrade powersupply to 500w for 30$, upgrade to dedicated video card for $70. There is your 600. If you don't want those things if you aren't doing any gaming or using graphical applications, the systems on there own are pretty good. Maybe add another ram stick and spend the rest on a nice monitor.
This is exactly what I did over a year ago and have been very happy with the machine. Only spent around 600 total, but I had a monitor.
Or go to www.pricewatch.com for the lowest current prices on systems/components. But in my experience, microcenter is very close to the 'online' prices and with great/knowledgeable sales staff (watch out, they are on commission though).
plus they make it easy to upgrade particular components.
You can get a decent one for about $100. That makes the actual desktop near $500. Add in an OS for $100 (unless you want to install on older one you have) and it makes build your own even worse IMO. I would say you have 2 ways to go. Get a $600 laptop or an inexpensive refurbished desktop from Dell (maybe an all in 1 would be good for you since that will include a monitor).
The plus with the desktop is you will be able to get a larger monitor with higher resolution than a laptop. I am not a fan of 768 resolution on a laptop, and that is pretty much all you will find on a laptop in your price range. Yet that is a personal preference.
Anyway, that is my recommendation. Either a $600 laptop or a refurbished Dell all in 1 (maybe a mid tower and buy a separate monitor for a 3rd option). If you decide on laptop, then there are lots of options. There are also other options for a Desktop, and there might be some deals I am missing. Yet there are not as many options for desktops like there used to be.
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