reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
Sorry to hear about your problems BH. I have to agree with Grey. Get that machine to a tech you trust, and find out whats wrong with it. Personally, I
would steer clear of Best Buy and Staples. I'm constantly fixing their screwups.
As to buying a machine. Dell is probably the best retail Windows machine on the market right now. The mistake most folks make is buying the cheapest
thing they can get their hands on. Order straight from Dell, and order something in their XPS Line. The XPS7100 with a 6 core processor, 8gigabytes of
ram, ATI 5670 1 gigabyte video card, and 1 terrabyte hard drive, is a nice unit at a reasonable cost. Grey's intel suggestion is also good. That would
be the XPS 8300 line.
Considering a laptop as a desktop replacement? XPS laptops are also nice machines. Consider a 17.3 model.
I have no problems with Windows. It runs great for me. But I'm a geek too.
Also, Macs are nice machines. I like them. It's all about personal preference there.
ETA: Mattrat's idea was good too, BTW. I have several people still using machines I built years ago.
ETA 2: I didn't mean that to come off sounding like a commercial for Dell. I promise, I don't get commission.
But in the many years I've been in
this industry, I've had fewer hardware problems with Dell than any other brand. So that's what I recommend. But to each their own.
6/30/2011 by Klassified because: Corrections and ETA's