New computer for boyfriend

  • Melos

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    Jan 09, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    It appears that the video card has crapped out on my boyfriend's 5-6 year old Dell. Rather than wasting the time and effort to determine the root cause and repair the old thing, we've opted to look into a new computer. I've been rummaging around online and came across Vector Micro. I vaguely recall coming across their site years ago, but I don't know much about the company. From what I've seen, they look quite reputable.

    This is the model I've got my eyes on:

    Vectorâ„¢ Holiday Edition

    The specs of computers these days just blow my mind, and this one has tons of upgrade capabilities. It won both CNET and PC Magazine Editor's choice in December 2010.

    Any thoughts?
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    Jan 09, 2011 11:33 PM GMT



    May I recommend...


    http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-area51/pd?refid=alienware-area-51&~ck=mn


    or I would prefer to get a

    MAC'S are a superior product... More pricey but worth every penny.

    http://www.apple.com/imac/

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    Jan 09, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    Looks fine to me, especially the Asus motherboard. A quality, brand-name motherboard is the bedrock foundation for a reliable PC. It's way more of a gamble with a mass-market PC from HP, Gateway, etc. that's stuffed full of proprietary hardware they got from the lowest bidder.
  • Melos

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    Jan 09, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    DragonDevil said


    May I recommend...


    http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-area51/pd?refid=alienware-area-51&~ck=mn


    or I would prefer to get a

    MAC'S are a superior product... More pricey but worth every penny.

    http://www.apple.com/imac/



    I have a Macbook Pro, so yes I know about the benefits. However, I doubt he can afford the hit that the Mac Pro would take on the pocketbook. Plus, he primarily plays games on it. Yes, I know that there is Boot Camp and Virtual Machines, but it makes it easier to not have to switch back and forth.

    The iMacs are pretty sweet as well, but then we already have 3 spare monitors and don't need a computer with one built in. Plus it is extremely limited in upgrade capabilities.
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    Jan 09, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    Somehow I misread the title to "New computer or boyfriend?".... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    Pervert saidSomehow I misread the title to "New computer or boyfriend?".... icon_lol.gif


    New computer, definitely.
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Melos said
    DragonDevil said


    I have a Macbook Pro, so yes I know about the benefits. However, I doubt he can afford the hit that the Mac Pro would take on the pocketbook. Plus, he primarily plays games on it. Yes, I know that there is Boot Camp and Virtual Machines, but it makes it easier to not have to switch back and forth.

    The iMacs are pretty sweet as well, but then we already have 3 spare monitors and don't need a computer with one built in. Plus it is extremely limited in upgrade capabilities.


    I figured you had Monitors as to why you would not choose an imac... If its gaming you are looking for look at Alienware... Its meant for gaming.
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Melos saidIt appears that the video card has crapped out on my boyfriend's 5-6 year old Dell. Rather than wasting the time and effort to determine the root cause and repair the old thing, we've opted to look into a new computer. I've been rummaging around online and came across Vector Micro. I vaguely recall coming across their site years ago, but I don't know much about the company. From what I've seen, they look quite reputable.

    This is the model I've got my eyes on:

    Vectorâ„¢ Holiday Edition

    The specs of computers these days just blow my mind, and this one has tons of upgrade capabilities. It won both CNET and PC Magazine Editor's choice in December 2010.

    Any thoughts?

    If your boyfriend is a PC gamer, I'm sure he knows how to build his own PC, right? I would suggest buying all your gear from Newegg.com and DIY. If not, then the Velocity Micro looks pretty good. Plus, you get a warranty/support.
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    DragonDevil said

    I figured you had Monitors as to why you would not choose an imac... If its gaming you are looking for look at Alienware... Its meant for gaming.

    I heard Alienware isn't quite as good as they used to be, after they got bought by Dell. For PC gamers, it' always better to build your own rig. It's cheaper too.
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    DragonDevil said

    I figured you had Monitors as to why you would not choose an imac... If its gaming you are looking for look at Alienware... Its meant for gaming.

    I heard Alienware isn't quite as good as they used to be, after they got bought by Dell. For PC gamers, it' always better to build your own rig. It's cheaper too.



    Oh... I did not know that... if bought by Dell.. Then don't buy it. In my experience, Dells have had the most problems... Seriously
  • EricLA

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    Jan 10, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    I wouldn't go with a Dell. Their customer service (and overall quality) isn't what it once was. I'm not up on Vector, but Google that model and see what reviews and feedback you find.
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    If your boyfriend is a PC gamer, I'm sure he knows how to build his own PC, right? I would suggest buying all your gear from Newegg.com and DIY. If not, then the Velocity Micro looks pretty good. Plus, you get a warranty/support.


    Hah! I wouldn't trust him to change out the memory on my computer let alone build an entire system from the ground up. He's a vet and thus works with the animals. Me being the engineer, works with all the techno crap.

    EricLA said
    I wouldn't go with a Dell. Their customer service (and overall quality) isn't what it once was. I'm not up on Vector, but Google that model and see what reviews and feedback you find.


    I definitely agree with this and what others have said about the reliability of Dell products. They sure as hell like to target a specific niche of people: "A laptop for $250, plus it's yellow!!! How can I lose!!!!!" .... icon_rolleyes.gif

    I did a little research into Vector and it looks like they have a decent customer service crew.

    Thanks everyone for the feedback thus far!
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    Jan 10, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    I've had a Dell prior to owning my Macbook Pro. The Dell, considering it was used, lasted for about three years, which seems like a decent amount of time to me.

    Reasoning why I bought a Mac is that it's extremely easy to use, very user-face friendly. It's easily customizable, reliable, and not super technical, as far as finding files and documents on the hard drive. Though Mac's are rather expensive, you pay for what you get. icon_smile.gif

    The Vector looks like a BEAST, lol! The specs look good, and it looks like it's easily customizable, as far as RAM and such. I bet it would make an awesome gaming computer!
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Dell computers aren't that bad. Just don't buy the consumer line. If you buy from their small business website, you'll get better quality hardware and MUCH better customer support. You don't even need to have a business. I helped a friend order a low end Dell Vostro a few years ago. It's still running strong.
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Dell...what can I say about them. I have an office full of 6 Desktops and 6 Laptops, along with our Server...

    I HATE DELL! icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 10, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    I have owned many computers and usually stick with either Mac OS or Windows OS based computers. I've helped many friends with buying and setting up their computers. So far from your posts, it appears you want to buy a computer in which you can utilize a monitor that you already have, and want to be able to upgrade in the future, is that correct? However, my first two questions are always "what's the most you want to spend, and what do you intend on doing with the computer?"
  • Eric_the_Red

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    Jan 10, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    The Vector Micro system you linked to seems at least spec wise to be a decent system and responsible price. You could probably build it a little cheaper but not much. Don't have any personal experience with them (build own system) but I have had friends who where happy with them.

    From the base system I would change the processor. Go with the i5 not "hyperclocked". Gives you a quad core instead of dual. If you want to stick around for another 5 years should help quite a bit. Quite a few applications/games are using at least two cores currently.

    I would also choose the upgrade for cpu cooling. The Intel heatsink is not very quite at all. So getting the artic cooling should make the system quieter. You'll notice this mostly when idle or normal tasks on computer other then gaming. Video cards fans are load once you get that going.
  • stevarino7

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    Jan 10, 2011 7:04 AM GMT
    I went over to the dark side and got a Mac 4 years ago...and within the 4 years of owning it, just this past week I went in and they told me I needed my 4th hard drive. Now, being the 4th year my applecare was up and they told me it was gonna cost 400 to 500 bucks. So I almost had lost all faith in Apple. But after letting them know all of the issues I had been having and them looking at the repair history, they ended up giving me a brand new MacBook for free (Even though my warranty was up). My faith has been restored...as long as this one has better luck than my last.

    I have to say, I just really enjoy the user friendly Mac though. So though pricey, I am happy I originally bought one. If this one lasts, it will be well worth the purchase 4 years ago.