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Which brand should i trust the most for a quality desktop


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Just avoid Packard Bell and Compaq!

Had a PB computer from 98, which worked great (until the screen literally burned up in 2005).

Their support don't have a clue what you're talking about if you are getting a bit technical about things, and on the one we got atm i've had to disable alot of features (which freed-up about 100mb ram).




So the computer died after 7 years of use? That's common with any brand of computer. (I don't care about peoples stories saying not true I've had the same HP for 10 years ect.)



I hate when people make these threads because it's all opinion and stories of a computer breaking from one person. You have no idea if the problem was a manufacturing defect or the person was an idiot. My cousin says HP computers suck because he dropped one down the stairs and it wouldn't work right after that. My school just replaced all the computers with HPs and we have had less helpdesk tickets than before. Both are true stories, but you see what I mean? I could cherry pick stories to make any brand look good or bad.



Just get the fastest computer you can get from any brand for your money.




I never said the one from 98 was bad.

I included the thing with the screen just because it's a sorta "funny" thing that it actually went up in smoke.

The guy asked for an opinion, i gave my opinion. Am i then not gonna give my opinion because i might tick someone off? No. I'll say what i've experienced, and then if someone choses to not care about it or not, it's up to them.

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From personal experience, I would stay away from Acer. Their tech support is close to non existent and the restore cd's that came with the computer were missing a critical file straight out of the box.

The brands I have had luck with were HP and Dell. We maintain ~200 HP's at school and generally the only problem is user error.

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HP. My parents have one



Overpriced to hell, but it's some decent stuff

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None. They all make overpriced [cabbage].






Maybe he doesn't know how to build a computer.





Personally I'd go with HP, very reliable.


HP just tried to hard to turn computers into eye candy, which is swell if you want something in say, your living room. But you could easily get the same specs from Dell much cheaper, without the glossy case. Acer has cheap computers, and a lowsy custom support, as well as using cheap parts. All in my experience at least. I'm still leaning towards Dell, since the government/U.S Military largely uses them, surely there's a reason behind that. Any of those brands are reliable though, it all comes down to preference and cost. If your looking for award winning customer support however, Apple is surely the winner.




I hate the shiny/glossy mini HP computers with a passion.



Meh, go with a Toshiba, i still have my dad's first Toshiba laptop (came with Win 95) but it's under Kubuntu now.

But if it's possible see if you can find someone to build it for you. It's just cheaper :)

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None. They all make overpriced [cabbage].






Maybe he doesn't know how to build a computer.





Personally I'd go with HP, very reliable.


HP just tried to hard to turn computers into eye candy, which is swell if you want something in say, your living room. But you could easily get the same specs from Dell much cheaper, without the glossy case. Acer has cheap computers, and a lowsy custom support, as well as using cheap parts. All in my experience at least. I'm still leaning towards Dell, since the government/U.S Military largely uses them, surely there's a reason behind that. Any of those brands are reliable though, it all comes down to preference and cost. If your looking for award winning customer support however, Apple is surely the winner.




I hate the shiny/glossy mini HP computers with a passion.



Meh, go with a Toshiba, i still have my dad's first Toshiba laptop (came with Win 95) but it's under Kubuntu now.

But if it's possible see if you can find someone to build it for you. It's just cheaper :)


Toshiba's are shiny?

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toshiba > dell
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Well, if you have a lot of money to spend, go with Alienware. They are simply the best, great customer service and quality parts, as well as being almost as good as custom made computers, if not better.



Just do yourself a favor, and don't get an HP. They are highly overrated, mine broke down in 7 months, no viruses or anything. The computer I am using is a ZT, and I got it at a fantastic price and it runs great. Good performance and no problems with it yet. Only problem is, it has Vista(then again, what doesn't?). With its low price though, you can just buy an XP package somewhere.



Overall though, I would wait to get a computer for a year or 2 when the next windows version comes out, but if you are strap for cash, buy something now that isn't too expensive, you will likely want one when the new windows OS comes out.

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Well, if you have a lot of money to spend, go with Alienware. They are simply the best, great customer service and quality parts, as well as being almost as good as custom made computers, if not better.

I've heard endless horror stories about Alienwares overheating dangerously, don't know if they're true but it certainly puts me off. Along with the price.

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Once you build your own computer, you will never buy a pre-buiilt again. The computer I built lasted way longer then anyone I have ever bought. :ugeek:



Edit: The only good computer I eve bought was a Gateway. I can't remember the exact one, but it was good. It lasted 8 years as compared to the dell computer I am using right now which is 2 years old and it is getting ready to die. :cry:

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I have a Toshiba Laptop, as does my dad. Both of them work flawless, and I would recommend them. The home computer is a Compaq, and personally, it sucks. I'm not sure if it is Vista, but it's terrible to use. Problems since day one.



And bballer is right, building your own is the way to go :thumbup: Just make sure you know what you are doing first ;)



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Well, if you have a lot of money to spend, go with Alienware. They are simply the best, great customer service and quality parts, as well as being almost as good as custom made computers, if not better.



Just do yourself a favor, and don't get an HP. They are highly overrated, mine broke down in 7 months, no viruses or anything. The computer I am using is a ZT, and I got it at a fantastic price and it runs great. Good performance and no problems with it yet. Only problem is, it has Vista(then again, what doesn't?). With its low price though, you can just buy an XP package somewhere.



Overall though, I would wait to get a computer for a year or 2 when the next windows version comes out, but if you are strap for cash, buy something now that isn't too expensive, you will likely want one when the new windows OS comes out.


Oh no, you don't want an Alienware, with all the horror stories going around with them. I've whitnessed one as well. There are 2 students in my classes that have alienware laptops (we have our own laptop to bring to college), and one of them already had to have someone change his keyboard, since the keys were falling appart. That's only after a little less than 4 months of him having it.



I'm sorry for your loss on your Hp computer, but imo, it just was one of those that die short after buying (or you pushed it too far too often). Hp computers are generally computers that have a high quality and that don't break.

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Honestly though, custom builds are the way to go. You could just simply pay a computer shop to build one for you, with the specs YOU want, and they'll try to find parts for you for cheap.


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Honestly though, custom builds are the way to go. You could just simply pay a computer shop to build one for you, with the specs YOU want, and they'll try to find parts for you for cheap.


If your going to build you might as well just build it yourself.

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Honestly though, custom builds are the way to go. You could just simply pay a computer shop to build one for you, with the specs YOU want, and they'll try to find parts for you for cheap.


If your going to build you might as well just build it yourself.


Well, some people just don't trust themselves to do stuff like this, even though building a computer isn't hard at all.


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Honestly though, custom builds are the way to go. You could just simply pay a computer shop to build one for you, with the specs YOU want, and they'll try to find parts for you for cheap.


If your going to build you might as well just build it yourself.


Well, some people just don't trust themselves to do stuff like this, even though building a computer isn't hard at all.


I suppose.

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Well...prebuild PCs comes with parts and labor warranty, so anything goes wrong, you can just send it back, and they give u a new one. If you build your own, it's much more trouble. Plus Prebuild PC have no problem with the hardware issue, and you don't have to worry about anything that don't work right, since it's impossible in prebuild PC.



For the brand, i go with HP for sure. Dell sell for much more expensive price for the same spec. Plus Dell's costumer support is crap. I would never buy Dell in my life again. Hp's costumer support is the best i've seen so far. When i had a problem with dual boot issue, they actually gave me help that they are not responsible for, all of my 6 computers are HP, except for one Dell(the first one). and they work great
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Well...prebuild PCs comes with parts and labor warranty, so anything goes wrong, you can just send it back, and they give u a new one. If you build your own, it's much more trouble. Plus Prebuild PC have no problem with the hardware issue, and you don't have to worry about anything that don't work right, since it's impossible in prebuild PC.



For the brand, i go with HP for sure. Dell sell for much more expensive price for the same spec. Plus Dell's costumer support is crap. I would never buy Dell in my life again. Hp's costumer support is the best i've seen so far. When i had a problem with dual boot issue, they actually gave me help that they are not responsible for, all of my 6 computers are HP, except for one Dell(the first one). and they work great


Dell will always be lower priced so long as it remains under HP (in share; Dell is 10.87, while HP is 34.32).

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Spec for spec, and the Dell has a larger HD and a monitor.



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Get Alienware 8-)



EDIT: Just saw what Dsavi said, perhaps not.



Get a Dell. My mother has had one for a couple of years now, and it's the best desktop I've used before I got this VAIO laptop. It's never broken down either :thumbup:

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Get an HP. I'm using one with no problems. :)
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I have a HP and I've been using it almost 10 years now(got it in 2000). Never had any problems with it, if anything goes wrong its usually my fault. :wall: :oops: :-$
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