Your Computer Opinion (in Off-topic)

Newlin [SeeD] June 11 2009 8:35 PM EDT

Alright. So I am using our home computer which is a Dell Dimension 2400 upgraded to 1GB of RAM, and this system isn't going to be replaced anytime soon. Now I happen to have a little money, looking to spend around $350 max, and I was wondering if I should get a net book or build a desktop that could be later upgraded. I would get the net book but I am graduating in 2 years and when I do my dad is getting me a laptop. In your opinion which one should I get? The net book I was looking at was this one

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 11 2009 8:52 PM EDT

what do you plan on using this computer for?

Newlin [SeeD] June 11 2009 8:58 PM EDT

I guess I would mostly use it for browsing the internet, playing music, and maybe some light gaming (older games).

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 11 2009 9:01 PM EDT

a netbook could work very well as a bridge to your laptop then. unless the older games you are referring to are high end 3d graphics intense games that is.

Newlin [SeeD] June 11 2009 9:06 PM EDT

"a netbook could work very well as a bridge to your laptop then."

How so? And no, none of my older games have high end graphics.

Lord Bob June 11 2009 9:52 PM EDT

"..or build a desktop that could be later upgraded.."


Admindudemus [jabberwocky] June 12 2009 12:13 AM EDT

as a bridge, i just meant that it could work for you for minimal cost until you get your laptop. they are well suited to the activities you described.

Newlin [SeeD] June 12 2009 3:26 AM EDT

Well after looking around a bit this is the netbook that I though would best suite my needs It is $300.

I then searched for a cheap, but better desktop build. Here is what I came up with.

Case - $30

PSU - $40 (didn't spend a lot of time here and could probably find a better one)

HD - $50

Mobo, CPU, RAM, Graphics - $180

Monitor - $100

Now the desktop build is obviously more expensive, but with the combo deal the graphics card is basically free and it has an S-video out. So if I really wanted to I could wait on purchasing a screen and hook it up to my TV. A problem with the desktop build is that I would have to purchase an OS. I would then turn to Linux, but I have dial-up and I have not found a Linux OS that works unless you spend another $50 on an expensive modem. So at this point I am kind of leaning towards the netbook, but the desktop is obviously more powerful and could later be improved upon.

Corath June 12 2009 4:19 AM EDT

i would go for the desktop build.. i know its expensive compared to the notebook, but i have never liked notebooks or lapstops..

Brakke Bres [Ow man] June 12 2009 4:48 AM EDT

First off all that package deal is horrible, they stick you with an old graphics card and old technology.

I recommend phenom II technology, its bang for buck and has a easy upgrade path.

Get the Phenom II x3 720 or the x4 955/940 and please get a graphics card out the 48xx or 47xx series or even out of the 46xx series, all these are far better then the 36xx or 38xx series

Newlin [SeeD] June 12 2009 1:19 PM EDT

The only problem with upgrading the CPU and the graphics is that it costs more. And this will probably be upgraded somewhat over the next few years. Additionally, graphics aren't all that important to me.

Newlin [SeeD] June 12 2009 2:17 PM EDT

Ok, so I decided I could upgrade to the following items.

CPU, Mobo - $175

RAM 2GB - $25

Graphics - $35

Overall it is still under $350, but I don't have an OS. The only problem is I have dial-up and I have yet to find a Linux OS that connects to dial-up. If anyone has a fix for this it would be greatly appreciated!

Brakke Bres [Ow man] June 13 2009 10:51 AM EDT

good choice as for the CPU.

However the mobo is horrible it still uses the old 770 bridge, which is proven to be very unstable. I recommend that you find a mobo that has the 790 bridge

Brakke Bres [Ow man] June 13 2009 10:52 AM EDT

like that one

Newlin [SeeD] June 13 2009 2:07 PM EDT

Here is my updated build, I just have one question. Is there anyway to tell if a certain motherboard can support dial-up in Linux or will that require the purchase of another modem?

Case - $30

PSU - $40

Mobo, HD - $150

CPU - $100

RAM 2GB - $25

Graphics - $35

PearsonTritonRaveshaw June 13 2009 8:46 PM EDT

Cheapest computers around.

Newlin [SeeD] June 14 2009 3:58 PM EDT

Have you ever purchased something from them? I just want to make sure they are a reliable source.

Newlin [SeeD] June 14 2009 7:07 PM EDT

Now that I look at it, either way it is about the same price. The only thing I really need is a Linux compatible modem that is fairly reliable and fast. Looking at this one

Newlin [SeeD] June 15 2009 7:11 PM EDT

Has anyone recently purchased a 56k modem for their computer that is reliable? Since I am on dial-up I wish to get the fastest modem possible (without spending more than $30 USD) Newegg had this pretty cheap one for $10 USD that looks reliable
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