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Joe 4.0



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:49 am    Post subject: I think I need a new computer... Reply with quote

I'm thinking about dropping $379.99 on this machine:

eMachines-Desktop with AMD Athelon X2 Dual-Core Processor 4050e, priced at $379.99:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9170844&type=product&id=1218043606347

Whaddya think? Any suggestions?

[edited because i can do shit like that]
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verle



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you plan on super nerdness-gaming/hacktasticness beware of necessary hardware upgrades

No monitor

other than that, it will work just fine!
The price is nice
also, even though the hard drive is of decent size, be prepared to back your important shit up.

also-also, beware the extra super geeksquad scams. be sure to read the fine print they are jerks and do not care about you... but with a smile! (and emo hair flop)
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Uncle Mike



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's better info on the Manufacturer's site: http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=ET1161-07

I would just point out that the built in Graphics has 128 MB of "shared video memory" this means that the built-in video card has no memory of it's own and uses your main RAM memory. The motherboard has an express PCI video slot and if you buy this computer I would suggest buying a decent video card with it's own memory of 256 or 512 MB
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Vrooman



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would check out the Microcenter store or newegg.com website for a refurbed brand name computer. Emachines cut a lot of corners, so you'll get the bare minimum, i.e. you'll get what you pay for.
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Uncle Mike



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, what Vroom says. Also check out computer geeks (geeks.com) and locally, General Nano Systems.
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nynetailz



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

General Nano had a huge sale last year. Maybe they'll do it again. I felt bad selling out and getting a Dell for family recently, but if you watch the deal changes and call them on their mistakes you can get machines really cheap. This one had a 20" LCD included for maybe slightly over $300.
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gurkin



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just go to newegg.com, and check the deals. you can probably score something similiar for 50-100 less.
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Joe 4.0



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks.. I'm not going to use the computer for gaming or any of that...don't need a new monitor... I mainly want a new computer because I want to upgrade to Windows XP or Vista, mainly so I can start using my Ipod, which isn't compatible with Windows 2000 (my OS)... I currently have 46.5 GB and 253,424 KB total physical memory.... It's just not cutting it anymore. I'll check out those suggestions before I succumb to another impulse purchase.
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The Jeff



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built my own. It was pretty fast when I first built it. But now is more run of the mill. I up grade a little now and thenwith new ram here or a new hard drive there. But it has lasted years. I wouldn't do it anyother way. It allows you to get the most bang for your buck.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and it is fun!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Joe 4.0



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of upgrading the frankenstein I currently own, but how do I upgrade my operating system for a reasonable price, with zero compatibility/validation issues...or better yet how do I wean myself off Microsoft for under $500.00? Both dreams seem about as costly as just buying a brand new fairly cheap computer at a location where I know some slick nerd isn't just selling me one he refurbed.
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Dean



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is your answer

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/sys/1035661177.html


refurb no, used yes.... a non MS computer, all the way
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Joe 4.0



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At first glance it appears to be a helluva deal... at the Apple website a brand new Mac Mini is $600 plus the MyBook is another $100... Does anyone have any experience with these? I've never even seen one... How does the MyBook work? They connect together I assume?
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Dean



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mybook is just an external hard drive. you plug it in and on the mac it just shows up on the desktop. If you don't need a super computer the mac mini's are great little desktop machines and if you are looking to get away from the microsoft world I would suggest the apple route or the ubuntu route. The ubuntu route can be a little more intimidating and frustrating for non techie types.
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