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Snik is dead, time for a new computer! - Mongologue
July 16th, 2014
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Snik is dead, time for a new computer!
After over seven years, several upgrades, a few reinstalls, and other fun-- it looks as if Snik, my main computer, has finally bit the big one. The BIOS isn't even coming up. I am on a nicely functional laptop until such point as I can get a new computer, which basically means I have until the end of July before I get *really* twitchy.

So, internet, here's the mission. There are two core options:

#1 I buy a complete computer.
#2 Someone sends me a computer.

#3 would have been "I buy pieces and put a computer together", but after the occasionally interesting trouble I had with that last time, I'm not going that route again. If someone else is willing and interested in building me a new computer, or sending me their old one for $, let's talk, and talk promptly.

Needs:
Desktop system, preferably a tower, with room for at least 2 full-sized hard drives, one DVD-Rom drive (Though Blu-ray would be nice).
Buncha USB ports. Ethernet port. The stuff I really expect all computers have nowadays.
Windows (8.1 at this point, might as well leap) is good, Ubuntu is possible, Mac is acceptable if probably too pricey for a desktop.
I have a nice video card (GTX 560) that can go in the system if there's an open PCI x16 slot. There probably should be an open PCI x16 slot, as Dual-monitor capability is a must.
4 gig minimum of RAM. 8 is probably better.

Cost: $700 is a maximum. $500-600 is more the goal.

I will take recommendations of "Buy this" and offers of "I'll build it" or "Want this?" for a few days, and I plan to come to a decision by July 20th. If you have opinions, recommends, or an itch to build and send me a computer, let me know!

--Chi

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From:c_eagle
Date:July 17th, 2014 07:16 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about the fade of your old box, me friend.... ;P .... *hughugs*

...These are the ones I've been buyin'/recommending the last few years.... http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/dx-series/dx-series ... Beefy, fast, reliable, and not too expensive... a good one can be had for 350-550 or so...

...p.s. ...... (psssst.... have you had a chance to 'experience' windows 8 yet? ;P ... ya *might* wanna fiddle with it at a store before goin' for it... and Win 7 is still an option if it proves to seem like utter awfulness to ya..)

Best of Lux!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 18th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Hmm! Gateway might be workable, yes. Price range is reasonable.

And yeah, There's some thigns not to like in 8, even in 8.1, but it's time to move from Windows XP and I might as wel get properly modern.

--Chi

Edited at 2014-07-18 02:53 pm (UTC)
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