I definitely need a new desktop fast

I was thinking of getting a new desktop, but at first I thought of postponing that idea until the end of the year. After all, I need to have enough life-savings for future plans with…*ahem* I certainly can’t be thinking of blowing it on a computer when I have more important things to do with that money.

However that all changed after I saw this:

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Having witnessed the rebirth of KANE, I think I’ll rescind that idea of postponing it and maybe I’ll get that machine by the end of May. I think I would be able to pull it off if I do paid postings by filling up all the slots on my blogs for the whole month of April. Then I think I should have more than enough to get a desktop.

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    1. Have an HP 522n desktop with 256mb RAM, 60GB hard drive. It runs extremely slow, but otherwise is in great shape. Windows XP.

      Its for a relative. She wants MS Office 07, Fast Pc, good amount of RAM (its expandable to 2gb ram), I’d think 100gb hard drive would be fine. Needs new fan definitely because it makes a noise in the case.

      What else would this pc need to be fast and great for a moderate pc user.

    2. Have an HP 522n desktop with 256mb RAM, 60GB hard drive. It runs extremely slow, but otherwise is in great shape. Windows XP.

      Its for a relative. She wants MS Office 07, Fast Pc, good amount of RAM (its expandable to 2gb ram), I’d think 100gb hard drive would be fine. Needs new fan definitely because it makes a noise in the case.

      What else would this pc need to be fast and great for a moderate pc user.

    3. Im looking for a computer to replace my Mac. [the mac is the one from ’05, the one w/o a modem]. im getting a new one because i DO NOT want a mac and i need more memory and a faster computer for school. i need a windows definitely and i want one that has a lot of memory. i would LOVE a laptop but i need desktop-like memory. help. im completely clueless

      what brand should i go for?
      model?
      lol id like colors =] like red…hehe but w/e.

      id also like one that has good movie/music editing software. or could someone give me downloadable software?

    4. I have a 36.0 mbps internet connection, is that fast and how can i speed it up?
      i have a linksis router and a windows vista computer..

      i right clicked on my internet icon in the computer task bar(two computers with an earth in the corner), and selected network sharing center. Then i selected to “manage network connections” in the network and sharing center window. Then in the wireless network connection window i selected my linksis compact wireless g usb adapter #2 under “lan or hi-speed internet section.

      then a new window opened titled wireless network connection 7 status.

      in this wnc7s window it says
      IPv4 Connectivity: internet
      IPv6 Connectivity: Local
      Media State: Enabled
      SSID: scott
      Duration: 10:52:43
      Speed: 36.0 Mbps
      Signal Strengh:Excelent (5/5 bars)

      what does this mean? can i download/upload any faster?

      This is my desktop, and my mom’s laptop gets 48 Mbps on the same internet connection.
      if you need any more details ill definitely try to find them, but it would be even better for you if you tell me where i could find this information

    5. I have a 36.0 mbps internet connection, is that fast and how can i speed it up?
      i have a linksis router and a windows vista computer..

      i right clicked on my internet icon in the computer task bar(two computers with an earth in the corner), and selected network sharing center. Then i selected to “manage network connections” in the network and sharing center window. Then in the wireless network connection window i selected my linksis compact wireless g usb adapter #2 under “lan or hi-speed internet section.

      then a new window opened titled wireless network connection 7 status.

      in this wnc7s window it says
      IPv4 Connectivity: internet
      IPv6 Connectivity: Local
      Media State: Enabled
      SSID: scott
      Duration: 10:52:43
      Speed: 36.0 Mbps
      Signal Strengh:Excelent (5/5 bars)

      what does this mean? can i download/upload any faster?

      This is my desktop, and my mom’s laptop gets 48 Mbps on the same internet connection.
      if you need any more details ill definitely try to find them, but it would be even better for you if you tell me where i could find this information

    6. I’m moving out of my parents house in a little bit, and after spending quality time with Grandma for a few months(i’ll definitely be out by Aug. 2011) and one of the first things i want to get is a computer. My school uses the new Mac OS X, and i really like them… i’m typing this on a Mac OS X right now. Even though there are about 15 other computers running off of the same system, the internet is very fast (even though A LOT of web pages are blocked), and it has a very high-resolution screen, and such a nice, sleek keyboard. I also like any other iMac, but not the Mac Books. I don’t know how i feel about other desktops such as Dell or HP or Gateway. i have a Dell at home, and even though its ANCIENT it always says “you are running low on disk space” and i hate that. And what about lab tops? If i were to get a lab top, it would definitely not be a Mac Book. But any other kind, like Toshiba, or HP.

      No matter what, I need a computer with a LOT of space. I’m addicted to taking pictures, and i would like to be able to keep those pictures on my computer. It needs to be as easy as possible for me to take the pics off of my memory card, and put them onto my computer, then put them on myspace. =). i literally need space for 1,000,000 pictures. and music files(not as many music files, about 10,000) and then room for me to use the internet.

      Any opinions, if you’ve owned a iMac and you love it, hate it, want to throw it out the window, please tell me. Also what kind of lab top?
      And what about those mini notebooks? can you tell me about those too?
      ‘preciate it!
      Deanna.

    7. I don’t play crazy huge games or do anything way fantastic with my computer so i don’t need AlienWare like stuff, but for the same price, which one is better, faster, more reliable? I have AMD anthon X2 right now on my current inspiron 531s, can’t complain with it at all, but i can’t help hearing a lot about the new Intel i3s, i5s, and i7 processors. $1,000 is the budget that includes a $200 monitor, and i’m definitely going to get a pretty good graphics card! Thanks to anyone that can help!

    8. I am switching over to Mac and I am having troubles deciding what laptop I want.

      For my price range, an apple ibook g4 is definitely my go. I have had experience with mac for 3 years from school. I am very familiar with the G4’s system [ the software ], but as for it’s hardware insides, I am totally lost.

      Same goes for the Macbook. I already know the basics for the slight enhancements this one has, as well. It’s price is a little hard to meet, though.

      I know each, also, has it’s own memory storage limitations for 512, 1g, 2g, etc. I can really care less about the memory.

      My main problem and worries about the comparison between the two laptops is;
      1. The internet speed. I know both have a build in Wireless Airport Card. Which loads Youtube, Veoh, etc Faster? Does the ibook need an upgrade to be just as fast?
      2. Can both play downloaded videos from bittorrent? Can one or the other play MKV files?
      3. Is the ibook G4 compatible with the current version of Adobe Photoshop CS4?
      4. Can you download the veoh video downloaded thing and actual watch the videos from your desktop on the G4? [ I remember the last time I tried when I had the G4, the video would not download, and if it did, it would NOT play. I could only watch the 5 minute preview on the veoh website. ]
      5. What about the newer versions of Microsoft? I have the OS of 2007. Does it work on the G4?
      6. What about Snow Leopard? Can the G4 be updated that high? Last time I checked it could go up to Leopard 10.4 something.

      You see, the questions are more towards the G4 because of the fact it is one of the older Mac laptops. I know what can run on the Macbook, and it is wonderful. The price is my only problem.
      But whereas the G4 is totally affordable where I can get it in a few days, all these questions arise and I DON’T want to make any mistakes where I want to throw it out the window. [ Happened with Dell so many times… ]

      I hope I can get 1 – 6 fully answered.
      Thank you for readin. [=

    9. I am starting my own business with a web site so this would be my main use for the laptop because I already have a great desktop computer at home. I would be traveling with it as well. I don’t like Dell and have been reviewing the HP laptops on Circuit City (which is where I prefer to shop, credit card reasons). I would like it to be fast and last a long time (battery), and would prefer a sleeker design (not too heavy). I will definitely be surfing the net, emailing, and need a lot of storage space. I prefer to spend around $1000 or less but would spend more if necessary. I would like the web cam and mic feature as well, also DVD, CD burner. Can anyone make a suggestion? They all seem so similar. Also I hear a lot of complaints with this new Vista, what the heck is it and why it it so crappy? Thanks everyone and happy new year! Oh, if you could tell me the exact model number I would really appreciate it. Best of luck to you all!

    10. Forward: I apologize for this wall of text that is my question. Proceed with caution.

      After a disastrous power surge which effectively ended the life of my nearly 7 yr old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop, I am shopping for a new computer. I don’t really need a Crysis PC…nor am I expecting these to run it heh…but still, a decent bang for my buck is what I’m looking for. Star Wars: The Old Republic will be definitely be getting some play time on my “new” rig.

      I stumbled across CedarPC.com which refurbishes computers (and is much cheaper than buying a brand new one!) I’ve come across two prospective buys. #1 is 390 USD. #2 is 408 USD. I’ll paste the specs for them in order:

      #1
      Computer Type : Desktop
      Model : Dell XPS 430
      Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo – 3.0Ghz
      Memory (RAM) : 3072MB
      Hard Drive 1 : 320GB
      Hard Drive 2 : None
      Video Card : ATI Radeon HD3650 512MB Graphics Card
      Optical Drive : DVDRW (DVD BURNER)
      Color : Black
      Network Card : Integrated Network Card
      Sound Card : Integrated Sound Card
      Operating System : Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
      Restore CD : None
      Optional Components : None
      Keyboard and Mouse : None
      Item Condition : CedarPC Certified Refurbished without box
      Condition Grade : B
      LCD Monitor (For All in ones) : None
      Warranty : 30 Days CedarPC Warranty

      and #2
      Computer Type : Desktop
      Model : Dell XPS 420
      Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600)- 2.4Ghz
      Memory (RAM) : 4096MB
      Hard Drive 1 : 640GB
      Hard Drive 2 : None
      Video Card : ATI Radeon HD3850-512MB Graphics Card
      Optical Drive : DVDRW (DVD BURNER)
      Color : Black
      Network Card : Integrated Network Card
      Sound Card : Integrated Sound Card
      Operating System : Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit
      Restore CD : None
      Optional Components : TV Tuner Card
      Keyboard and Mouse : None
      Item Condition : CedarPC Certified Refurbished without box
      Condition Grade : A
      LCD Monitor (For All in ones) : None
      Warranty : 30 Days CedarPC Warranty
      Additional Info : Bluetooth Integrated

      So as you can see there are a few things I’m wondering about. I’ve looked into the video cards and processors (Quad core doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. Some sites suggest just going after a faster dual core).Also double the HDD space sounds ballin. Would an extra gig of RAM make a big difference? Techies of the world, I summon you! (I say that with love.)

    11. CES 2009 brought us a new player in the smartphone upper-echelon. Let’s drill down and see how the Palm Pre compares with the iPhone and Android’s G1.

      1. Multitouch touchscreen/gesture control: All three are capacitive, only the Pre and iPhone have multitouch. The Pre’s glowy little “gesture area” has dropped the touchable real estate all the way down tto the bottom of the phone, which is great for being able to navigate with one hand and not interfere with the screen at all. The wavey dock you bring up from the bottom looks awesome, but can you use it out of the box without a second thought or page through the manual? That’s my question. Advantage: iPhone/Pre tossup.

      2. Multitasking: One of the beefiest of our beefs with the iPhone SDK is its insistence on Apps running one at a time. The G1’s notifications drawer was definitely a step in the right direction, but the Pre’s interface is the first smartphone OS that was built with multitasking as a core design element. Resembling the Xbox’s old Blades, or a less-jarring OS X Expose even, the Pre’s “Cards” interface always places you in the context of every app running for fast switching, and notifications from other apps don’t pull you away completely from the task at hand. Multitasking is hugely important on a phone, and it’s a good sign that Palm recognizes. Advantage: Pre

      3. Hardware: Adrian says:

      While the hardware is definitely high quality, I’m not entirely blown away by the design. It looks really nice, and original, but it’s a little too cutesy in shape and kind of reminds me of an oversized pebble. A slightly larger screen could have definitely been put to good use, and I really don’t like the black space on the sides of the screen.

      A phone with a built-in QWERTY still hasn’t touched the iPhone in terms of sleekness and pure sex. And it might still be a while. Advantage: iPhone

      4. Development platform: The Pre’s “Web OS” sure sounds nice—all developers need to know is JavaScript, HTML and CSS? Sounds good in theory, but building a mobile app will never be as easy as cranking out a new theme for your Tumblr. Palm’s stressing ease of development, though, so it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Apple’s solid, familiar-to-devs OS X-based SDK and Android’s fully open source approach. Advantage: Pre? If it’s straight-up JavaScript, that’s a lot of programmers ready to go. Note: we had iPhone here before, but we’ve switched with a qualification. Developer community still goes to iPhone for volume.

      5. Web Integration: The Pre subtly integrates the internet into the phone at every opportunity, and it’s awesome. Contacts get pulled in from Facebook, Gmail, IM and and scanned for dupes; the messaging app shows your last several emails, IMs and SMS with that contact in a single window. Really, really smart stuff. Advantage: Pre

      6. App Store/developer community: A smartphone is only as good as the software it runs. On the Pre, Palm is still keeping application delivery details like pricing behind the curtain, but they did say the app delivery will be entirely handled by the phone (without a desktop app), which is a shame. They’re saying that they’re not going to duplicate Apple’s Hobbesian app approval black box mistake, which Android has also hasn’t fallen for, but there will be an approval process based on “security and stability.” But as we know with Android, a dev community needs enough devices in the hands of consumers to reach critical mass, which the Pre will have to match. Advantage: iPhone, even with the black box, but Android and Pre’s more open stances are reassuring.

      7. Wireless charger: We’ve seen wireless charger tech for years at CES, but it’s taken this long for a major consumer gadget to come bundled with its own wireless charger in the box. Whoops, it’s not in the box, sold separately for unknown $$. But still: Bravo. Advantage: Pre

      8. The Network: Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO, gave our coast-to-coast 3G test a shout out in his press conference. Of course he did: Sprint won (in download speeds). Sprint was the only major carrier without a powerful, hype-catching smartphone choice, and now they have one. The Pre is a data-centric phone with a network we’ve proven to be strong in a large swatch of the country—that’s a good combo. But would you switch to Sprint for the Pre? Ugh. Advantage: Not cut and dry for everyone, but we stand by our numbers: Sprint is the best 3G network in our tests.

      9. Physical keyboard: It’s preference, but one held by a large swathe of the gadget buying public: physical QWERTY keypads are still the mainstream input of choice. Touch is getting better all the time, but a lot of people still want physical keyboards. But better yet is the ability to choose; unfortunately, the Pre doesn’t have a soft onscreen keyboard, and its slide-out is the same meh QWERTY from the Treo Pro. Advantage: It’s preference, but on me, the iPhone’s soft keyboard can’t be beat.

      10. Camera: The P
      re has an LED Flash for its 3MP camera, something both the iPhone and G1 lack. Flash cellphone photos are ugly, but for a lot of people, they’re good enough. So credit for throwing it in. Advantage: Pre

      11. Battery: Apple’s still an outlier with their non-removable battery; like the G1’s, the Pre’s comes out for a spare swap too. We’ve heard Apple’s reasons for this a million times, we know the drill, but removable batteries will never stop being handy. Advantage: Pre

      12. Copy & Paste: Yep, Pre’s got it. iPhone still doesn’t. Advantage: Pre/G1

      13. Browser: All three use a browser based on WebKit, which has become the standard for the mobile web. We couldn’t put it through our Mobile Browser Battlemodo ringer obviously, but what we saw looked great, and it’s the only other mobile browser besides the iPhone that supports multitouch zooming. Advantage: iPhone/Pre

      So there you have it. We’re excited. Are you?

      ( http://i.gizmodo.com/5126870/i.....hone-vs-g1 )
      More info on the Pre

      ( http://now.sprint.com/pre/?id9.....Sprint_Pre )

      ( http://www.palm.com/us/product.....index.html )
      ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo3SZ_20kZI )

    12. I am currently looking for a new computer. I would love a laptop because of the portability, but I think I need to go the desktop route so it can be cheaper and nicer.

      First, which company should I buy from? Apple is not an option. I am way to set in my ways to convert now.

      I should also mention what I will be doing with it. It will be mainly writing papers and surfing the internet, but I will also be watching movies and playing online games.

      Should I “build” it through an actual company? Or would it be cheaper to build it myself?

      I know there are all different ranges of computer parts. I definitely don’t want crap, but I can’t afford the nicest there is either. So if I am buying from a company or making it myself, what would you recommend as far as parts go?

      Hard drive. I don’t need an insane amount, but I want enough. What size should i shoot for?

      Ram. I really don’t want my computer bogging down. What size/kind should I get to handle multitasking without sacraficing performance?

      Graphics card. I don’t know anything here. What would you suggest?

      CPU. Again, I don’t know anything. Any suggestions?

      Like I said, i can’t afford the nicest of everything. If you were me, and on a budget but still wanted a nice, fast computer, what would you go with? And thanks a ton everyone. I really do appreciate the input. I just know how stupid it is to buy something without any previous knowledge. That’s a great way to over pay and get screwed.
      p.s. I have never built a computer, but that’s not a problem at all. I know I can handle it. So don’t shy away from that option if you think it’s best just because of my lack of experience.
      I would love to keep it under $500, but I could go as far as $700.

    13. Have an HP 522n desktop with 256mb RAM, 60GB hard drive. It runs extremely slow, but otherwise is in great shape. Windows XP.

      Its for a relative. She wants MS Office 07, Fast Pc, good amount of RAM (its expandable to 2gb ram), I’d think 100gb hard drive would be fine. Needs new fan definitely because it makes a noise in the case.

      What else would this pc need to be fast and great for a moderate pc user.

    14. Apart from talking about the past and present and future plans to be done, how can you evaluate your progress?

    15. I’m in my early 20’s. In 2 months My boyfriend and will have been together for 3 years now. And still when I bring up the question about future plans(such as marriage or if he sees us being together for a long time) he’s not ready to talk about it.. I don’t know why he doesn’t want to talk about it. But I hope the next time I bring up the question he’ll be ready to tell me.

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