Skip to comments.Want to Buy a New PC
Posted on 12/23/2013 12:43:41 PM PST by savedbygrace
So, I want to buy a new PC. I have a 4 year old Asus laptop and the screen has a lot of bad pixels. And I do not want to install Win7 again, but Start and Shutdown are both taking a long time, so I know I should re-install if I keep it.
So, my options are to buy a laptop with Win8, or a combo laptop/touch-screen with Win8. I will not buy a desktop PC.
What are the advantages of each, and which models would you recommend? I want as much RAM as possible, maybe 8GB, and the fastest processor I can afford. I want to keep it under $800, or not much more than that.
Note that I will not buy anything from Toshiba.
download adaware (free) from lavasoft. Run it and see if it doesn’t speed it up.
I’ve been impressed by the idea of the new systems that are both a laptop and a tablet. Haven’t yet seen one that functions really efficiently in both modes, though.
Also not crazy about the ones with a detachable keyboard, as I’m sure you’d invariably not have the keyboard with you when wanted. Not to mention chance of loss.
I finally dumped my PCs and bought a Mac Book Pro. It is more expensive, but I think the cost is worth it. The retina display is incredible.
Toshiba is one of the best. Like ASUS. And Lenovo.
(This reminds me of people who swear by one brand of gasoline, and promise never to buy another named brand.)
Try installing Ubuntu Linux on your old laptop. It won’t help with hardware issues like dead pixels but it will fix OS related issues. Best of all it is FREE.
Check compatibility first and you can even run the os from a thumb drive (without actually installing) to test compatibility.
My 7 year old dell laptop was dying a couple of years ago. I installed Ubuntu and it has been running like a champ ever since.
You missed the most important part which is what the heck you plan on doing with it. That will determine what the parameters of the laptop should be and since you did not tell us that there’s not much to say.
My children and I like Windows 8.1 on a $1500 touch-screen desktop we bought from HP. We mostly use it in desktop mode, but touch is convenient and fun for the kids. It is fast. Skydrive, which gives you 7 GB of storage in the cloud, is neat.
If your laptop is stationary, can you connect a $100 monitor to it? My ex has a Mac Air with an effed up screen and a 24’’ monitor which works just fine.
What’s the noise level on that? (My current pc sounds like a jet engine taking off.) I’ve been thinking about a Mac Pro, but want something quiet! Thanks.
I hear Ethan Krupp uses a Mac.
Wait until January. Lots of places will have big sales to boost sales and dump inventory.
I’ve been using Windows 8 on the new HP for a few days and I like it. It takes some getting used to but no biggie.
I’m looking at Ipads but need a “normal” sized USB output.
Are there any “Lightning-to-USB” adapters on the market?
I have 4 older laptops that are either WinXP or Win7. I’ve made all dual boot with Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop. Mint is very easy to install and, for older machines, the Mint 13 version is generally compatible. The current version is 16.
1) Add memory. If you are using 2gb of memory, or even 4gb of memory then put in 8gb or whatever max your laptop may have. Memory is pretty cheap.
2) Remove your old hard drive and install an SSD hard drive. You will be blown away at what a difference this will make in terms of start up times and overall performance. SSDs are pretty cheap now. I just bought a 256gb SSD for $139. You can get a 500gb on sale for less than $250. You can even get a 1tb SSD for about $550 now.
Do both of these combined and you probably won't need to buy a whole new laptop... unless you want to.
Thanks for the tech referral on the software.
People seem to like Windows 8.1. Don’t let the Linux and Apple zealots deter you.
Get a Mac.
That is completely believable.
I would suggest going to eCollegePC.com.
I have purchased 3 PCs from them and all have been stellar performers.
The have many pre-made configs but I would suggest using the Customer Builder and you can build your own. With free FedEx shipping, my last one cost me under $800.
AMD FX Configurator :
This is using my current monitor, KB, mouse and speakers with subwoofer.
Not true. Ethan Krupp uses Grundig, drives a Volkswagen, and eats sauerkrauten.
In January mrs p6 bought a HP Pavillion laptop from QVC without asking me. Came with W8...updated o 8.1 for free. Have to admit she loves it. Came with lifetime support which she used for minor stuff...basically adapting to W8.
No problems, less than $800...Maybe less than $700...I don’t recall.
Came on 6 payment plan...no questions asked.
It’s been a great machine for her! Took maybe a month...maybe less ...for her to adapt to W8 but the best part is I don’t have to be tech support.
I haven’t used Mint. But heck but it is except for the time to set it up and test it. Plus, Linux is indeed more secure.
My laptop would be collecting dust right now or be recycled. I have replaced the battery and keyboard. Pretty cheap to maintain since it is an old laptop.
I still keeps on chugging along. Using it right now.
...a gay computer?
Look at the Lenovo Yoga Pro. My son has had one for a year and likes it so much I purchased the Yoga Pro 2 for my wife for Christmas. The top of the line is over your budget but you can find one in your price range. I am very impressed with the machine. Absolutely get a touch screen.
Why not Toshiba?
This one is being released soon to BestBuy and you will not be able to find a better deal anywhere for any computer.
Toshiba - Satellite 17.3” Laptop - 8GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Satin Black
Yes. They cost about $30. Get an "official" one rather than a knock off as Apple has done some things so the ipads can tell the difference between them.
There are a broad array of options.
but IMHO there are certain minimums
Intel i7 only.
I’m suspicious of Solid State drives but I think that they will get better over time.
I bought a MacAir and like it a lot. I have older Windows based PC’s which I have updated to Win8.1 and they function just fine and maybe better than the Win7 I had on them previously. Win8 is not an ideal GUI but it works just fine.
At this point I can’t speak to the WinRT boxes, have not used them though it has been in the news that the last update to them “bricked” quite a few.
Overall, processor speed now helps with longevity over time as more apps get developed may require more processor speed than is provided with the i3 and below.
Another software recommendation is Advanced System Care. I have kept old XP computers restored and running for years with their free version.
See post 4
No noise level at all. Completely silent.
if your noisy machine is a laptop, it’s quite likely that the heat exchanger is plugged w/ lint/dust. very easy to fix. typically a screwdriver, small brush, vacuum cleaner. don’t blow the dust...you’ll only push it into places you can’t reach. youtube &/or manufacturer’s site will show you how to do it. if yours is a desktop, could easily be similar situation for CPU heat-sink/fan &/or powersupply fan. all easy to fix. dust is not your friend, it prevents cooling. hot processor throttles itself down in speed = slower computer.
Or if you like your laptop, consider replacing the screen.
Just bought a Lenovo. Best selling point was it came with Windows 7 (also Windows 8 if I want to downgrade).
PC’s are so 2000’s.
My Toshiba Satellite is about 8 years old and still runs almost like it was new. The only thing I’ve done with it was up its RAM to 4Gb.
I would buy a cheap laptop and install the version of Windows that I want. Win7 is still sold at many places, like TigerDirect. I wouldn't be focusing on hardware because it wears down and breaks eventually anyhow. Do not buy an overly expensive laptop - it's a mobile thing, and it can be damaged easily. Buy a disposable one, as long as you are happy with its performance and like the keyboard. Some latest Lenovo laptops have an awful touchpad, for example (there are no mouse buttons; the entire touchpad tilts. This is amazingly bad.)
If you do keep it then google for a new display for Asus model number XXXX(whatever it is)
You might be surprised as it may not cost as much if you are not buying directly from Asus. Then find someone to install it as it is not usually hard if you know how. You very well might even find a How To video on Youtube.
Thanks for raising the question!
many companies sell lease returns at good price. Most of these come with win 7 on them. I have been told Wall-Mary on line sells used laptops. with a one year warranty at addition charge is still a great deal.
I want to buy a new PC too.
My budget is about $7.21
As to the dead pixels on your screen: my wife dropped her laptop and ruined the screen. I ordered her another screen and installed it within days for less than $100. And I'm no computer whiz. There were Youtube videos that showed exactly how to replace the screen. I eventually replaced her keyboard as well. Just thought I'd throw that out there as an alternative to buying a new one.
Toshiba is fine as long as you don’t like batteries....
Buy a biz class Dell Latitude E5x30, E5x40, E6x30, or E6x40 refurb with Windows 7 x64 Pro from:
If you go the E5xxx route, spend the extra $70.00 for the extra two years of warranty (E6xxx already has built-in 3-yr warranty, but they are more expensive.)
4-6 GB RAM
320 or bigger 7400 rpm HD (avoid SSD)
intel i5 processor (or i7 if real horsepower needed, which most people don’t usually need)
webcam if you need one and can find a refurb with it.
Avoid Windows 8.x like the plague. It’s a gawdawful OS and is basically a dead operating system at this point for all practical purposes given its collapsing adoption rate in comparison with Windows 7.
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