Buying a New computer

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    androidkaita

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    I am thinking of buying my friends computer. It has 200GB, 1GB RAM, and it comes with a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, all for 700$ CDN. I am still going to try it before I buy it for sure, but are there any other questions I should ask him? And is it a good deal?
     
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    What kind of processor does it have, and (just as important): the video card/card type (AGP or PCI Express)?

    That'll make a huge difference, especially as far as future upgrades go - if you're gonna play games, you'll want PCIe...
     
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    Same as Joe, and also try to get the motherboard make and model, if possible.
     
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    I strongly recommend getting a new computer, esp. considering the price you're willing to pay, for the warranty if nothing else.
     
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    Why, whats wrong with this one?

    The only other information I have on this right now is that it is an e-machine computer.
     
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    E-Machines?





    Run.
     
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    I second the motion of running.
     
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    Spend $200-$300 extra and get a laptop. ;)

    If you're willing to spend $700 on a used computer, you shouldn't have any qualms about springing for a new, better machine for a few hundred extra dollars.
     
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    From the sounds of it, he's asking way too much.
     
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    Ok, so of the computers you've posted...

    #1: Not too bad
    #2: Shared memory: run for the hills. That'll suck performance so fast it'll make your head spin. And the fact that they've done it with only 512MB of RAM makes me laugh.
    #3: Probably the best out of the ones you've posted, but make sure it's got a PCIe slot open. The problem of shared memory comes up here though - remember, you technically don't have a dedicated video card with this, and it's just using your regular RAM as graphics memory. If it has a PCIe slot open, you can buy a card, pop it in and use it, but that'll be an extra 400 bucks or so.
    #4: Refurbished. Run for the hills.

    So the moral of the story is...shared memory was invented by Satan himself.
     
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    I'd run from anything Best Buy sells and build it myself.
     
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    Ka-ching! :lol:
     
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    What is so bad about a computer being refurbished?
     
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    Refurb isnt bad, just make sure you get a warranty
     
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    Depends what you're using it for. I built mine specifically for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, which is actually hosing it more than I thought it was - and I went all out on this one. With a refurb, you usually don't get anything top-of-the-line, and since that's what I look for, that's why I personally stay away from them.

    Plus the whole warranty issue can come into play here.
     
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    Ok, I saw this incredible deal, but my dad wouldnt let me buy it because it was refurbished. It had 1GB RAM, 250GB HD, DVD RW/Lightscribe and a whole bunch of memory card slots, and it was only $500.00 CDN, I was pretty pissed that I couldnt get it.
     
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    That's not saying much. Just because it has 1GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD, it could still be a shitty computer. For example: I have 1GB of RAM and 400GB (320+60) of space, yet my computer isn't that incredible - the gfx card (radeon 8500) is shit, and the processor (amd athlon 64 3400+ s939) is decent for the present day market. $800.
     
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    Well I dont know the processor and graphics card and all that. I saw it a couple of dyas ago so I dont remember
     
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    Athlon 64 FX-57 ftw.

    p.s. Don't get anything Celeron. Avoid it like the plague.

    I'm an AMD guy, but I've heard the Core processors from Intel are kicking some serious ass. AMD supposedly has a quad core processor in the works though ^_^
     

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