Recommend me an all-in-one computer!

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    Feb 22, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    In a world where every thread is about laptops I want the opposite. I realize with a tablet & large cell phone I never use my laptop on the go anymore. I want an all in one desktop for the minimal clutter & wiring.

    The only thing is I don't know much about them. Most I find online use AMD processors and I have no idea which ones are comparable to the Intel i3/i5/i7 line.

    I don't do any video editing but I do watch movies and play a few games. I have Civilization 5 which lags at times on my current laptop which I know has an i3 processor.

    I also notice desktops from HP, Lenovo, and other PC makers are MUCH cheaper than a Mac setup.

    Anyone have any advice - I would ideally like the whole setup to cost under $800. I would be willing to go over if I would be doing myself a favor to choose a clearly superior product that costs a bit more.

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    Feb 22, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    For gaming, you'd want a tower with an expansion slot for a video card. But most modern on-board graphics are "ok" for casual gaming.

    I'm not a big fan of all-in-one computers, but if I had to choose, it would be between the Sony Vaio Tap 20 and Samsung Series 5.

    The Sony is interesting because it has a built in battery. So you can like drag it around to a different room in your house.
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    Feb 22, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    You don't want AMD. intel is the way to go. Also buying a computer package is horrible and you get ripped off. Building is the best bang for your buck.

    You're gaming probably lags on your laptop because of the video card, not so much your i3.
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    Feb 22, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    I'm pretty happy with my iMac 27". Bought it refurbished. Great for video editing, movies, etc, etc. I don't game and do all my job related stuff on my laptop.

    The thing about all-in-ones is that I would recommend getting one that is spec'd out high. You can only upgrade the RAM, and maybe the hard drive. If you get a lower spec'd one, it may not suit your needs after a while. Depending on your needs, it may get outdated pretty fast. If you buy an all-in-one, you're pretty much in it for the long haul. Also, like a laptop, I would also get an extended warranty on it. If something fails that can't easily be replaced, (screen, video card, etc), you're kinda shit out of luck.

    If you build, you get a little more value for your buck, and each component can easily be replaced when necessary. Be careful if you buy pre-built because some manufactures will use non-standard sized components so that when you need to replace it, you have to buy from them at a jacked up charge. Dell used to do this with their video cards a long time ago (not sure if they still do).

    And for what it's worth, one reason I went the iMac route was to reduce computer clutter on my desk as well. I accomplished that, but replace computer clutter with other clutter. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 22, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    Check out the Lenovo B540. It has a removeable back so you can upgrade the processor, hard drive and RAM. Good specs and should be within or close to your price point.
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    Feb 22, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
    A few years ago I tried to do comparison price shopping of different brands with great specs. I realized from previous experiences that skimping on specs, like memory and video cards and monitor quality, only came back to bite me in the end. Anyhow, I found that the PC systems were not better deals than Apple when configured for similar components. I ended up scraping the cash to buy a 27in iMac. For watching video and working on photos its really unmatched. And for work, the screen is big enough to comfortably view multiple documents/apps simultaneously without having the burden of a second monitor. I have not had to install windows yet, but I know several people who run windows on their macs and all works fine. The other thing thats worth pointing out is the support you receive by phone and at the local Apple store is just phenomenal good.
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    Feb 22, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    Thanks for the responses. Sounds like as much of a compromise as a laptop.
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    Feb 24, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    I am also shopping for a new computer and have done a ton of reasearch on this.

    If you must have an AIO desktop, and you must have it now the Sony VAIO Touch is within your price range...kind of.

    If you want an i7 processesor, you'll definitely have to compromise your budget for a AIO. The VAIO Touch with i7 costs like 1100...which is outside your budget. The i5 is a couple hundred less and should run the games you mentioned just fine. But forget about Skyrim or Battlefield.

    If you can wait, Intel is releasing a new type of battery that will greatly increase the battery life in all products that use Intel. Of course if using your AIO cord free is unimportant to you then I suppose it's not that important.

    Personally, as much as I want an AIO, I am tempted to wait. They're a fairly new line of computers and when it comes to value, they don't have it. You're paying about twice as much as you would for a tower desktop with the same specs (Minus the touchscreen and the space saver).

    If windows 8 and a touchscreen is your primary goal then perhaps a desktop replacement laptop can satisfy your goals. More and more are being released with touchscreens/windows 8. Like the Lenova IdeaPad Y580 is touchscreen enabled, decent gaming abilties, and has worthy specs. It's starting at $859, so for the i7 - it might be more...also the screen is small compared to what you're looking for, sadly only 15.6.

    I know you asked for AIO advice, and I know I didn't really give a straight answer. But AIO's require one to sacrifce performance, or money to reach their computer goals. However, the price will go down in time...but I imagine not for a while.

    Alternatively, installing win 8 on a touchscreen PC seems to be considerably less than smooth - See -,2817,2401383,00.asp Still, tower desktops save you money without compromising performance.

    This AIO, and I'm sure it's been mentioned thus far is well within your budget and has a great review - See Here - But once again, you'll find yourself downgrading in performance.

    Good luck.
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    Feb 24, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
  • winwin

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    Feb 24, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    I would not recommend an AIO computer. Custom built is the best, that way you can upgrade it anytime you want. With the AIO, what happens if the screen dies, or something else fails to work? With the custom built computer, any part can be changed or upgraded at anytime plus they are more powerful than the AIO PCs.
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    AIOs seem to have all the disadvantages of a laptop (reduced specs due to space constraints, higher cost) and very few of the advantages of a desktop (hardware is not easy to swap out).

    I understand the need for having a budget to get a computer. Realistically, $800 puts you out of the market for most of the AIOs except for those with lower specs.

    You just can't beat the bang-for-your-buck that you get from a custom-built desktop computer, and they don't have to be unsightly. Here are some good cable management suggestions from lifehacker: