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Computer vendor?
« on: January 08, 2021, 11:48:07 AM »
Where's a decent, reliable place (website) to buy a computer these days?
I'm looking for value, not latest & greatest or cheapest.

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I'm not afraid of used / rebuilt name brand - Dell or HP, or...??
I'm not afraid to assemble components - but I want to KNOW they work together.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2021, 12:13:47 PM »
I would look at a Dell if you want a custom configuration and know that it all should play nice together. I've had good experience (mostly at work) with Dells in the past.

Personally, I buy parts online and assemble myself after a lot of research and consulting with my sons who pay more attention to the current hotness than I do.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2021, 12:52:39 PM »
I lifetime ago I would buy parts from newegg.com
They always had a good selection of quality stuff and at good prices.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2021, 01:58:59 PM »
Got a Microcenter store in your area?  www.Microcenter.com to check.  My go to store for e-stuff.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2021, 02:23:24 PM »
It's been a while, but I always had good luck with these guys:   https://www.cdw.com/
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2021, 04:30:03 PM »
The last one I bought was a refurbished HP laptop from best buy.
They have lots of choice of refurbs from the major brands.
The refurbishing was done by HP.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2021, 08:02:52 AM »
I’ve purchased from Staples and also from Amazon.  Seriously though, they are so common now that you can buy a computer almost anywhere.  Figure out what your needs and requirements are and shop online.  They have become throwaway commodities.

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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2021, 09:51:28 AM »
I always shop Dell and Apple refurb sites. Warranty and often for less than you could buy the parts for.

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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2021, 01:51:00 PM »
The last one I bought was a refurbished HP laptop from best buy.
They have lots of choice of refurbs from the major brands.
The refurbishing was done by HP.
BestBuy has some good (really good) prices, and they'll configure to my liking, but... the first 3 or 4 I was interested in are out of stock...
I'm not in a hurry, so I'll check back a few times.

Is a 240 GB SSD really big enough?  I'll use my curr. HDD for data (I'm already doing that).
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2021, 06:26:51 PM »
The last one I bought was a refurbished HP laptop from best buy.
They have lots of choice of refurbs from the major brands.
The refurbishing was done by HP.
BestBuy has some good (really good) prices, and they'll configure to my liking, but... the first 3 or 4 I was interested in are out of stock...
I'm not in a hurry, so I'll check back a few times.

Is a 240 GB SSD really big enough?  I'll use my curr. HDD for data (I'm already doing that).

It depends. With the OS and Office loaded plus Basecamp (I use that laptop mostly on tours) and a few others, I have about 175 Gb used or about 75%.
I've just ordered a 1 Tb replacement SSD drive for about $100 US on Amazon. I wouldn't go back to an HDD after I've replaced all my OS drives with SSDs. HDDs are fine for backup.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2021, 03:13:26 PM »
The last computer I purchased was a used Dell on Craigslist.  I added a video card and more ram. Inexpensive, works well, and I'm happy.
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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2021, 09:00:49 AM »
NEVER buy from Best Buy. Their prices are jacked up ($60 for a 10' HDMI cable that Monoprice sells for $5). I go with Dell refubs for the warranty and because I used to support literally thousands of Dells as part of our national contract and we had far fewer issues than with HP (or Gateway which I consider the same quality once HP sold off all but their server lines).

It's a PC. Go for the lowest price because that their raison d'être.

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Re: Computer vendor?
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2021, 01:13:33 PM »
After some shopping (online and a trip to a sorta-local shop) I got a Dell Optiplex (9020) via Craigslist. Used but freshly re-installed W.10 pro 64bit.  1TB hdd and a decent video card.
I'm going to upgrade the memory from 4 to 8 and get a DVD-R/W.
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