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Can anyone recommend what is the best type of computer to buy for under $1000. Which processor is the best? How much power supply should a person have for a personal home pc. Which is better a Hewlett Packard, Dell or build your own?
 
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It depends what you will use the computer for. For casual user ( web browsing, e-mail, MS Word ,etc.. but no games or video editing) any pc will do the job. We're talking about AMD XP/T-bird or Intel 3/4 or Celeron over 1.7 gigs with a video card with 32 megs. When it comes to store bought vs home build keep in mind one important thing. With the home build pc you might be able to get better quality BUT you're the tech support in case things go haywire. The store bought pc come with some sort of tech support. So if you're fairly good with pc's , get a home build one. Otherwise i would suggest a store bought.
If you'll decide to go with the store bought what to choose? Dell, Gateway, HP, Emachine? I would suggest getting the best bang for your buck. Fastest cpu, big hard drive, long tech support hours...
If you want to do video editing or god forgive's you're a gamer, well it will be a bit tricky. Since you'll need some serious horse power ( for video editing will need a RAID capable pc ( or at least some hard drive with low seek time and big cache ) decent video card 64megs or better (geforce FX 5700 or ATI 9600 ) fastest cpu you can afford , lots of RAM ( as in 512 megs or better). And when it comes to gaming, well cpu, RAM and video card got to be as fastest as you can afford. Sure you could play Doom III on onboard video with a AMD XP 2500+ but you'll cry after the first couple of frames.
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