Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Getting A New Computer

This Spring, I will have had my current computer for six years. Now, with a large tax refund coming my way, I have decided to buy a new one.

I have asked around a little bit about what brand computer to buy (since building my own is completely out of the question). I have pretty much been told that the only "good" brand of computer (that isn't a laptop) is Dell. I own an HP currently and although I like Dell's computers based on my experience with those of my family and friends, I can't help but feel a little sad that there is only one brand of desktop that anyone "trusts."

I'm not really asking for much from my next computer. I really just want something that will be an upgrade of a lot of the features I currently have. I want a good processor (preferably a Pentium or a good AMD), a larger hard drive (I currently have a 20 GB drive so I want at least double or triple that), a faster CD burner (since I own a 4x CD burner just about anything will be faster than that one), and more RAM (at least 512 MB but likely more).

I want something that can handle my experiments with audio, video, and images. I also want to be able to multitask. I wouldn't mind things like a DVD-ROM drive, DVD burner, or a decent graphics card for gaming. However, they aren't required.

I thought about buying just the computer without the monitor since I bought a new one about three years ago. However, I may just take the opportunity to get a nice flat panel and just give my current computer and monitor to my parents. I have also entertained the idea of purchasing a laptop instead of a desktop. It's quite possible I may do that, especially since I am interested in possibly going wireless.

So, am I better off getting a Dell or are there other desktop brands that are at trustworthy? Should I get a laptop instead? Send me some comments and suggestions.

4 comments:

  1. Brotha 'fish, invest in an Apple iMac. It's the type of computer that justs works. Here's the specs on the basic model:
    17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440x900 resolution

    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache

    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    160GB Serial ATA hard drive

    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive

    ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory

    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0

    And this model only costs $1,299.00. Here's the specs for the top model:

    20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680x1050 resolution

    2.0GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache

    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    250GB Serial ATA hard drive

    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive

    ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory

    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0

    Now this model costs $1,699.00;If you ask me, either of those models beats a freggin'Dull, I mean Dell running Windoze, my bad Windows. And since you're a writer, I'm pretty sure that you use Microsoft Office, so you'll be happy to know that Microsoft makes a version of Office built just for the Mac. You should really check out Apple, maybe go into your local Apple Store and play around with a floor model to get a feel for what it can do. And just so you know, all flootr model computers in the Apple stores are fully functional. You can surf the Net, check your email or try out Office. Give 'em a good, you won't be disappointed.

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  2. Chris Jones4:10 PM

    If you are getting a laptop, don't get HP. Personally My HP has worked fine for the past four yrs but it was built before the merger with compaq. The new HP look exactly like compaqs and don't the mouse setup that the old ones do. I suspect they are using compaq computer models which isn't very good. Essentially they are Compaqs in HP clothing.

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  3. Brotha 'fish, in resonse to my comment ealier about Apple's iMac computer: Here's a link to a review of the machine from the Detroit Free Press.

    iMac review

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  4. Anonymous11:25 PM

    I found www.computerinfoworld.info as a great source of information on computers.
    Just a tip from a passerby.

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