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Quiddity
08-18-2007, 03:04 PM
I am looking to buy a new PC and since it's been years since I bought my last, I was looking for some info on what the 'standards' are now (standard hard drive size, memory etc.) PC will only be used at home...some photo editting but otherwise, nothing too heavy.

Any info/advice on this would be greatly appreciated!! /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Genny
08-18-2007, 03:34 PM
Quiddity I was in this situation just 2 weeks ago. Got some help on this site. Went to future shop, staples, Radio Shack
and they (employees) were very informative, polite etc. I went with pages of info from different web sites. They talked my level of intelligence (nil) almost all computers come with windows vita, which I heard takes up most of the memory, and has some problems to iron out. We ended up going to George at Algoma Business on Truck Road. After 15 minutes, we bought a Acer, 2 mg, great computer, lots of memory, and they also have second hand ones at a great price. George is very informative, patient, sold us just what we need, tower, monitor, speakers, webcam etc for under $1,000.00. Need more info just pm me if you like.

Hans
08-19-2007, 03:45 PM
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10086450&catid=

Add the all in one printer for 19.99$ and the following monitor :

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10081851&catid=

Total price : 934 with tax.

It will be everything you need.

Hans
08-19-2007, 03:46 PM
If you look/shop around you can most likely find this for less.

TPK
08-19-2007, 05:41 PM
We just bought a Computer from Future Shop...actually first one they sold in SSM...lol. We found them to be very polite and answered all our questions. Just don't buy any of the extra stuff you don't need and make sure to not let them talk you into anything:)

mboy67
08-19-2007, 09:39 PM
I Guaranty I can Built a better PC for lest the money and get u better warranty on the parts then buying any pre built PC.

Ali Goldman
08-24-2007, 02:59 AM
I agree with Mboy have a custom built comp u get what u want
not what someone else thinks is good for u

Cruel_Intentions
08-25-2007, 03:04 PM
custom build is not the best for everyone. If all you want a computer for editing family photos and browsing the internet, it's usually better to go with an OEM.

MBoy:
Intel C2D E4300 - $149.50
2GB DDR2 667 Ram - $80
250 GB Sata II - $70
Dual Layer DVD Burner - $35
56k Modem - $12
Vista Home Premium OEM - $150
Motherboard (Generic, onboard graphics) $75
Case: $50
Power Supply: $40
Speakers/Keyboard/Mouse - $20

TOTAL: $681.50 + tax

So please explain to me how you can build a better computer for less money AND get a better warranty? The cost in parts alone is over the purchase price of that computer. Unless you have a bunch of parts that your just going to give him, you can't do it. Even if you have a reseller account @ NCIX or somewhere, you'd just about break even with the raw cost of the parts.

Hans
08-25-2007, 03:29 PM
It's actually on sale for 599.97 right now, heh

Cruel_Intentions
08-25-2007, 04:46 PM
I know, I was just demonstrating what that the cost of the components through a retail channel were.

Cruel_Intentions
08-25-2007, 04:47 PM
Oh, and that monitor is very nice, I have both an Acer 19" widescreen and a Acer 22" widescreen, I haven't had ANY problems with them and they both look nice.

General Lee
08-25-2007, 08:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Cruel_Intentions</div><div class="ubbcode-body">custom build is not the best for everyone. If all you want a computer for editing family photos and browsing the internet, it's usually better to go with an OEM.

MBoy:
Intel C2D E4300 - $149.50
2GB DDR2 667 Ram - $80
250 GB Sata II - $70
Dual Layer DVD Burner - $35
56k Modem - $12
Vista Home Premium OEM - $150
Motherboard (Generic, onboard graphics) $75
Case: $50
Power Supply: $40
Speakers/Keyboard/Mouse - $20

TOTAL: $681.50 + tax

So please explain to me how you can build a better computer for less money AND get a better warranty? The cost in parts alone is over the purchase price of that computer. Unless you have a bunch of parts that your just going to give him, you can't do it. Even if you have a reseller account @ NCIX or somewhere, you'd just about break even with the raw cost of the parts.
</div></div>

good point

mboy67
08-26-2007, 12:35 AM
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.00GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail $135.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive 5YR MFR Warranty $73.98

LG GSA-H54N DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 10X DVD Writer IDE 2MB Black OEM W/ SW $32.99

Inwin Z589T mATX Mini Tower Case Black 2X5.25 2X3.5 1X3.5INT 350W Front USB & Audio $51.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM $118.98

ASUS P5GZ-MX mATX LGA775 Conroe 945GZ DDR2 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI SATA Sound Video Motherboard $70.66

Microsoft CA9-00001 Desktop Basic Value Keyboard And Optical Mouse Combo USB/PS2 Black $24.00

Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 2X1GB DDR2-667 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit *IR-$15* $84.99

YOUR TOTAL $593.57

Shipping & Handling: $38.37
Shipping Insurance: $17.81
Subtotal: $649.75
GST(6%): $38.98
YOUR TOTAL: $688.73


now tell me this is not a better deal then a pre built OEM machine. You only get one year on the pre built. with this you get 3 years on the CPU, 3 year on the Mother board, 5 years on the Hard drive, Life time on the Memory and a years on the Case, DVD Burner and Keyboard & mouse. Plus the Copy of vista comes with a real reinstall disk not a recovery partition.

mboy67
08-26-2007, 12:52 AM
I can also save a few bucks more with this mother board (it also has a 3 year warranty on it)

Gigabyte GA-VM900M mATX LGA775 P4M900 PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA RAID Video Sound LAN Motherboard $66.32

Cruel_Intentions
08-26-2007, 01:01 AM
now how many lite computer users that only want to use it for the internet and editing family photos are going to want to tear apart their computer and spend the time troubleshooting it when a component fails? If they can't do it themselves or know someone who can, then they'll be paying to have it done.

Besides, it's been my experience that if a component is going to fail, it will do it well within the first year since it is usually due to a manufactures defect and not the product "wearing out"