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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by toucan6d, Oct 15, 2019.

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  1. toucan6d

    toucan6d Thread Starter

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    hi I live in Ireland , , question what is the best old desktop to buy for the home ,,ie what brand thanks
     
  2. Shazzalive

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    Most if not all branded computers are built on the cheap using low-quality proprietary components built specifically to the manufacturer's requirements. The best computer is one built out of decent components at home or by a white-box builder such as myself, based upon the owner's personal needs and requirements. Such a computer will last a lot longer and give better service throughout its lifetime.

    If you're looking for an old 2nd Hand box then take a look on eBay. You are advised by myself to avoid HP, as HP machines tend not to last too long in my experience. - This statement is my opinion, and may or may not be a matter of fact.

    Dell may or may not be a reasonable investment.

    Buying an old desktop can be fraught with issues though. - You can never be assured of its longevity, nor do you have any kind of warranty in many cases. Often an old 2nd hand box ends up costing more than a new one at the end of the day.
     
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  3. blues_harp28

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    In addition to the suggestions above.
    Do you have a computer at the moment?
    What is the amount you want to spend on buying the computer?
     
  4. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    And what do you want the computer to do
    1. basic internet, emails etc.
    2. Gaming - serious gaming or just low demand basic games
    3. Video streaming etc

    The nature of what you want to do very much dictates what the computer needs to be
     
  5. SeanLaurence

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    Shazzalive has clearly been burned by cheap HP computer......
    Buying a computer is in many ways allot like buying a car. Manufacturers often offer a broad array of products to suit the needs of a broad array of buyers. Low end HP's (and Lenovo's and ASUS...) are like a ford KA. Basic transportation that might get you there, but will probably not got the distance like a Mondeo (My impression from ford.ie) might.
    In the case of HP, the Pavilion line is considered low end. The Elitedesk and G4 series are better.

    I like building my own PC's as there can be some money to be saved, and they are more serviceable. Big name manufacturers are notorious in how they use proprietary power supplies, (and other parts) so that if you need to replace your PSU, you have to deal with the official support channel (slow)

    So usually we ask about how you plan to use the PC.
    Are you wanting to just exchange email and watch cat videos?
    Are you writing a doctoral thesis?
    Do you want to play video games? If so , then which ones? Candy Crush or CSgo?
    Desktop or Laptop?

    Do you have a local PC store that you can patronize that may have new and used system's in stock that you can pick up?

    One economical option that I like is to look at the refurbished market. A refurbisher will take a PC that has worked in an office for 3 - 5 years, test it, replace the hard drive with an SSD , put on a fresh copy of windows 10 and sell it for 1/2 the cost of something new. These machines are generally business class PC's that are built to a higher standard than the cheap stuff you get off the shelf at a local office supply store.
     
  6. Macboatmaster

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    I have - post 4
     
  7. SeanLaurence

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    Yes, you did..... while I was composing my reply.
    I suppose I need to get into the habit of checking for newer posts before pressing the post reply key?
    Or perhaps you could have a look at the timing of the messages and conclude the above, and say nothing.
     
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    Like above, what you intend to use it for is important.

    For me, just a connection to the internet for general surfing, info gathering, making purchases at secure sites, I like refurbished Lenovo computers.
    An I5 with 6+ gb of memory works well.
    I don't know price structures in Ireland, but in the US, a refurbished Lenovo M82 can go for as little as $100 to $130. ( Newegg )
    Mine came with Win 7 Pro and upgraded ( free ) to Win 10 Pro.
     
  9. Macboatmaster

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    You are correct, you have my apologies
    I did not spot the timing.
     
  10. bassfisher6522

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    LMAO....when this happens to me.....I always just mumble something under breath and move on to the next thread. I found out a long time ago, when one replies with answers like yours.....albeit, eloquently put, tends to create some bad blood. It's just not worth it for me. None the less, the gauntlet has been thrown!
     
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  11. bassfisher6522

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    And just like that....2 more replies snuck in before I could get mine in...........
     
  12. Cookiegal

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    Bassfisher6522,

    You've been here long enough to know that we don't allow profanity even if thinly disguised. Please be more careful in the future.
     
  13. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    For the information of all posting here there is a notification that appears when new posts arrive while you're composing one and you are given the option to view them which should be done before finalizing your post to avoid redundancy. Just be sure you see the "draft saved" ghost notification so you don't lose any of your content.
     
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    Shazzalive,

    I've also edited your post to remove the "advertising" portion. We don't allow this here.
     
  15. Shazzalive

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    The advertising was so subtle I wasn't even sure any potential customers would notice it... But obviously not subtle enough.

    Your point is understood. (y)
     
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