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Solved: Decent Computer for Close to $300

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  1. jo15765

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    I am looking for a decent computer === not the word decent, not the slowest POS out there, but something halfway decent. The problem is, all I see are AMD processors that are close to this price point. I know schmee about AMD processors, as I have always bouth Intel (I have heard you get more bang for your buck with AMD, but I don't know how the processor speeds would match up). Can someone point out a pretty good laptop with an AMD processor for close to $300?
     
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    What do you plan to use the laptop for?

    If it's for basic use, such as browsing and E-mail, most low-end laptops will do.

    If it's for videos or gaming or anything system-extensive, you'll need a noticably more expensive laptop.

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    Itunes, Pandora and Office 2007 are about the extent of it. No heavy gaming, I know that ITunes is a bit of a resource hog, but it won't be for any super labor intensive programs.

    Would prefer something now crazy slow --- just something that is an average speed.
     
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    You're NOT going to find a $300.00 laptop that has the hardware to do what you want to do with it.

    Windows 7 now comes pre-installed in new computers(laptops and desktops), so you want a laptop that has at least a dual core processor of 2.00 GHz or faster and at least 2 GB of DDR2/DDR3 RAM and decent integrated graphics.

    I doubt if you're going to find what you want for less than $500.00 - $600.00.

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    Windows 7(64-bit), Intel i3 Core 2.2 GHz processor, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, Intel high definition graphics?

    Sounds good to me for $379.00.

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    It sounds like a great computer to me...but I was wanting something below $300 if that is a feasible request at all. If not, then I will go with that option, just wasn't sure if there was say a Dual Core 4000 processor 2.whatever GHZ for $250 - $300....
     
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    If you're wanting a laptop that cheap, it'll likely come with an AMD Sempron or Intel Celeron processor and other low-end components.

    And with a laptop that cheap with low-end components, you're looking at a higher risk of hardware and overheating issues.

    You get what you pay for.

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    What would be the AMD equivelant of a dual core processor?
     
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    AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core

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