#1
The processor on this one is going wonky, so I've decided to get a new PC.

Any suggestions on an affordable one? No Macs, cos they cost a bomb for the specs. Basically looking for something around $600 or less that has 2GB RAM, decent storage space, a good processor, and a DVD burner.

Going to be using it for college assignments, a bit of recording, and a couple of games. Nothing too graphics-heavy, definitely not Crysis.

Help, please?
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Honestly if you don't want a mac due to the price then go down the road of 'Hackintosh' basically it's a DIY mac for half the price. http://lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/build-a-hackintosh-mac-for-under-800-321913.php

+5 on that suggestion!! OSX = win
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I would recomend that you buy the parts lose and put it together yourself. It's often cheaper, you get exactly what you want and need and you wont have to struggle with problems like restictions and "you can't do this blablabla" all the company builds give you.

I recomend:
Motherboard: Something that seems stable and good just make sure to choose the right sockel for CPU (socket-775 for core duo)
CPU: Intel core 2 duo
Ram: Corsair(always had them, no problems what so ever)
HDD: Mostly anything will do...
PSU: Around 500w will be enough with power to spare for smaller future upgrades
GPU: Something like ATI Radeon HD 4670? You should name some games so I know what you need

An ofcourse a cute chassi to have it all in with atleast on front fan and one in the back!
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Quote by blynd_snyper
Honestly if you don't want a mac due to the price then go down the road of 'Hackintosh' basically it's a DIY mac for half the price. http://lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/build-a-hackintosh-mac-for-under-800-321913.php

or he could just dual boot linux for free....


i suggest you go for a desktop if youre looking to save money. theyre cheaper, and you really dont need the portability of a laptop very much. i dont know about you, but i rarely take my laptop anywhere except home for the holidays. desktops ftw.
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Quote by backtothe70s
I would recomend that you buy the parts lose and put it together yourself. It's often cheaper, you get exactly what you want and need and you wont have to struggle with problems like restictions and "you can't do this blablabla" all the company builds give you.

I recomend:
Motherboard: Something that seems stable and good just make sure to choose the right sockel for CPU (socket-775 for core duo)
CPU: Intel core 2 duo
Ram: Corsair(always had them, no problems what so ever)
HDD: Mostly anything will do...
PSU: Around 500w will be enough with power to spare for smaller future upgrades
GPU: Something like ATI Radeon HD 4670? You should name some games so I know what you need

An ofcourse a cute chassi to have it all in with atleast on front fan and one in the back!

You make it sound like we're building a guitar or something!...
Oh wait--

Anyway, if that doesn't suit you, I think Dell's are supposed to be good. (I wouldn't know, I have a MAC )
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it pays to shop around when you're doing this - start off at a local computer shop, and find some that you like, jump on the internet and see what prices you can get, then go back to the store and haggle with them - if you do well, you could get a more expensive computer, for a lot less than on the internet
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#9
I strongly Recommend Getting a HP; There are too many hassle's when you need to fix or format the Pc. As far as parts will go, Try something Similar to this;
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Or Quad) 2.6 GHZ or Higher
Ram: Corsair, OCZ Or Kingston DDR2 1066MHZ PC8500 Ram.(Wise for Recording)
Hard drive: Seagate is usually a good option.
Motherboard: Most Asus P5's Arn't too bad.
GFX Card: A 9600 GT would do nicely. I play Crysis Warhead on 2nd - 3rd lowest settings with it.
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#10
Agreed with rasveer.
No point going over the top when he has such modest needs.
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Ok first off a mac is the wrong way to go with the OPs budget. The people recommending that hackintosh thing are retards, it's illegal and not fully supported.

I wouldn't suggest building your own PC if you don't know much about hardware unless you are going to do a lot of gaming, in which case learn.

Not being from america, I can't really suggest where to buy from. I definitely wouldn't suggest HP since their computers come with loads of unnecessary software and a very restrictive BIOS. If you're going down the well known manufacturer route Dell would be a better choice imo.

Either way, you'll want a dual or quad core processor, at least 2GB RAM and probably something like an ATI 4850 or Nvidia 9600.

Edit:

This will be fine and is better than the one linked above:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229076
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Quote by Axeman99
Ok first off a mac is the wrong way to go with the OPs budget. The people recommending that hackintosh thing are retards, it's illegal and not fully supported.

I wouldn't suggest building your own PC if you don't know much about hardware unless you are going to do a lot of gaming, in which case learn.

Not being from america, I can't really suggest where to buy from. I definitely wouldn't suggest HP since their computers come with loads of unnecessary software and a very restrictive BIOS. If you're going down the well known manufacturer route Dell would be a better choice imo.

Either way, you'll want a dual or quad core processor, at least 2GB RAM and probably something like an ATI 4850 or Nvidia 9600.

Edit:

This will be fine and is better than the one linked above:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229076


That looks quite good, actually. Thanks man.

I'm not from America either. I'm from Malaysia.

Also, thanks for all the suggestions, people.
#13
Custom spec.
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Custom spec.

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May I suggest a laptop?

sod off! laptop pffff!
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Yeah, if you're not in need of a laptop, I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to get one. Desktops are better value for your money, and much more stable units. Plus, maintenance and upgrades are much easier to perform.
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