(Closed) Need a new computer – suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i had always gone with COMPAQ my first laptop was a COMPAQ and it lasted 5 years without any problem, my new one now is also a COMPAQ they are a really good value and work great

Post # 4
999 posts
Busy bee

i think that best buy has started to carry dells in their store if you still want a dell. but i think it just depends on how much you can spend. you probably dont need a really big hard drive unless you really have a lot of pictures. but good luck with it.

Post # 6
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!



You won’t regret spending a little extra, I swear.

Post # 7
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I used to have a Dell and it was fine for awhile. I now have an HP and I love it. If I had to get another one, I would go with another HP. Best Buy has them in your price range. I got the top of the line about a year ago and it was just over a thousand. The Best Buy employess are very helpful in my area, so hopefully they will be for you too. Make a list of what you need your computer to do and they will show you what they have. If you decide to get a laptop, stay away from Dell. The fans are aweful, so their laptops get very hot very fast. Feel under the laptops before you purchase one. The Best Buy website also has all-in-one systems that are in your price range.

Post # 8
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Aw, not a Mac person? I got my MacBook for $900 (plus an Ipod!) with my college discount, and haven’t had a single problem with it in the past 2 1/2 years. I love it and will never go back to a PC.

Post # 9
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013


Ha ha, we Mac users are such missionaries.  

All I can say about PCs is that most people I know who’ve bought from Costco have been very happy.

But seriously, I know Macs are expensive, but have you ever met a Mac user who wasn’t ecstatic about their purchase?  That’s something to think about.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAC! You can get some seriously good deals and their service is worth the price. You’ll thank us later (and you’ll never go back to PCs!). 😉

Post # 11
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a dell for work and it works fine… but it also gets replaced every 3 years or so…

For my personal life, I would seriously recommend a Mac.  Just last night I did all the templates for my wedding invitations, RSVP, Information Card, Program and Table numbers.  I have it all perfectly scaled for the printers.

Mac is the best!!!!


Post # 13
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Mac book Pro!!!  I work on a PC at work and Mac at home… With Mac there’s really nothing to learn!

Post # 14
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I too am a huge mac person, but it sounds like you are comfortable with a PC. And to be honest, if you only use it for the net and to store photos, a mac probably isn’t worth the extra money. I would just make sure you back up your photos on an external harddrive and make sure you use virus protection and try to keep your hard drive clean. As long as you back things up, if you reformat your computer every year or so, it will keep it running fast. On my last PC I used to reformatt every 6-9 months to keep things clean and running smoothly.

I would probably go with an HP or Dell, which Bestbuy does sell. Look for fast prcoessing speed, at least 2-4 GB ram, and I’d avoid Windows Vista with a 10 foot poll. I would think everything should be loaded with Windows 7 by now.


Post # 15
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


They’re not as expensive as you think. I bought refurb and I LOVE it! Basically they’re guaranteeing that there are no kinks PLUS you save money!

When I switched over this year, it took me about 3 days to completely ‘transition’ to using the Mac. Now I love it. That said, J is a mac user too, so I asked him a lot of my questions – if you don’t have someone on hand to annoy with questions, it might be harder to transition. Being a ‘bi-lingual’ computer user isn’t hard though, really and truly, I promise!! I’m 100% comfortable on both systems now (6 months later).

If you really don’t want to go mac, my only advice is to stay away from HP entertainment computers. I’ve heard their business models are less buggy, but I had one of their entertainment pavilions before, and I have never known a computer with more bugs, glitches and broken parts in my life. Apparently most of them were quite common too. That thing was a total waste of a good $1400. Not that I’m bitter…

ETA: Right now (I just glanced through) the refurbs are all either Macbook Air (their super lightweight version without a disc drive) or Macbook Pro (powerhouse laptop that is WAY more hardcore than what you need), so they LOOK expensive. Their refurb stock changes daily though so keep checking back if you’re interested in a Mac. Just look for a REGULAR Macbook; that’s what you’d want. 🙂

Post # 16
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

I see you want to purchase one today, and I’m going to have to say not Mac because you’re not going to be able to get it today. Also, Windows 7 reminds me a lot of Mac… it’s kind of strange how “similar” they are.

I have a dell laptop that I got at best buy (until I get my iMac! Woo!) and my parents have an HP they got there, I believe. Honestly if you’re looking for a desktop you really can’t beat HP. They’ve got a pretty good track record and a lot of features for not a ton of money. I’d look into that first!

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