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hi!everyone, i hope this is the correct forum. my brother in tennessee is going to soon buy a desktop for various reasons and my sister in tennessee is going to buy a laptop for her business. i searched for this question but could not find an answer for me. what brand or company is best to buy from? both have considered dell but lately i have heard bad things about dell. so what do all of you suggest? i appreciate you help.:)
 

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Greytabby said:
hi!everyone, i hope this is the correct forum. my brother in tennessee is going to soon buy a desktop for various reasons and my sister in tennessee is going to buy a laptop for her business. i searched for this question but could not find an answer for me. what brand or company is best to buy from? both have considered dell but lately i have heard bad things about dell. so what do all of you suggest? i appreciate you help.:)
dell is great for business (well, used to be...now they are apparently insane), but hp is my usual reco for home users. I fly an hp rig here, bought my dad an hp laptop, and my wife is getting a new lappy and it will most likely be an hp.....IMO, and I have to deal with both of htem on a daily basis, hp tech support has outclassed dell's in recent years.

Well, to be honest, dell sort of helped out by downclassing theirs, but that's another story entirely.

And I am very willing to be a large sum of money that someone will come along and completely invalidate what I am saying. :)

Lots of opinions out there. Hit Consumer Reports too.
 
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At this point if you must by a brand name pc, I would suggest HP.
 
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What do you plan to use the computer for? Gaming? Office/Internet work?...That's a very important consideration when you're shopping.
 

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telegramsam said:
What do you plan to use the computer for? Gaming? Office/Internet work?...That's a very important consideration when you're shopping.
my brother will use his desk top for business/office, tax upkeep, keeping record of his business travels, (he delivers school busses) including expenses he incurs. internet and email and personal use such as photo storage were he takes pictures with his camera cell phone of damaged busses that are damaged when he gets them, and some gaming.

my sister will use her laptop for business and internet and email. she will keep track of her patience records and etc...
 
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Well--shop carefully. Anything for gaming should NOT have onboard video. You can use pretty much anything available for everything you mentioned except the gaming.

But you can most likely find an HP that has an add-in video card. One thing to remember about branded systems is that it's really difficult to upgrade them in most cases. They might not have a video slot, might not have enough power supply...etc...

So shop carefully. Feel free to post prospective choices if you want an idea of whether a machine can handle moderate gaming or not.
 

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gaming is not important. mostly the other stuff. he uses play station 3 for the majority of his gaming. if he does any pc gaming it will mostly be solitaire and the like.
thanks for everyones help. the more suggestions the merrier!!:D (y)
 
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I'd also throw my vote in for HP. Besides the useful technical support via phone, the online technical support (driver and download support) is far superior. I've worked with both Dell and HP (two obvious choices for new computers), and i can attest to the fact that HP computers have excellent features that users crave and excellent technical support when those features are working as they should. On a more technical level, HP computers ship with fewer auto-launch programs and background utilities when compared to similar models provided by other computer manufacturers. While some users enjoy the features these programs provide, they are most often detrimental due to memory consumption and occasionally CPU use. This is of course my opinion, but i base my opinions strictly from personal experience and not the thoughts or desires of others.
 

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On a more technical level, HP computers ship with fewer auto-launch programs and background utilities when compared to similar models provided by other computer manufacturers.
good point, and one that I should've brought up. First thing we do with new dell's is 'sanitize' them; off comes anything that says google, norton, or symantec, and then cherry pick through the rest of the garbage to see what we need to lose as well.
 
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You know another point about HP is they have several system restores, one of which does what we used to call a clean install where it restores the OS and the programs and the files and data are saved as well.
 

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thanks everyone. this info is very useful. anymore tips?
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You know another point about HP is they have several system restores, one of which does what we used to call a clean install where it restores the OS and the programs and the files and data are saved as well.
hey rich, excuse my dumbness when it comes to pc's:eek: but what does what you say here mean? is that good? sorry for my ignorance.:)
 
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greytabby,
Restore disks or partitions from pc makers usually wipe the entire operating system including any of your files and folders or email, to return the pc to pristine as when you first got it. The HP restore will do that or it will restore only Windows and the programs, but keep whatever files and data you had on old operating system in tact so you lose nothing. It is a definite plus.
 
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