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help me, an utter moron, choose a computer

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initially i was gonna get a refurbished mac desktop but the only ones ive seen in or near the price range i want seem a bit...old? like i know what refurbishing entails but i still dont know if i want to buy a ~6 year old computer when my laptop died after 8 years

 

i also realized i dont necessarily need a mac (i did when i was in school but i dont do any of that design stuff outside of work now and i dont even use a mac at work!) so i guess i should look beyond that?? although i did like how problem free my macbook was until it eventually died

 

i guess my price limit is 500, but considering i really only want something for internet browsing, video watching, getting my ipod back in musical use, etc, that seems maybe too high? i walked around micro center last night and saw a few decent seeming options in the 3-400 range, but im illiterate and dont really know anything about specs beyond hard drive size. 

 

dont particularly want a laptop this time

 

so basically whats a good entry but not literally as cheap as it gets sort of computer? i have no brand loyalty at all

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My mom has one of these and she loves it, it's great for light-duty stuff like you're describing. Cheaper than a mac and just as stable, plus OS updates are free for life and won't make your computer gradually run slower like mac updates tend to:

 

https://system76.com/desktops/meerkat

 

And trust me, if my mom can use it....   :lol:

 

 

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I'm holding off on buying new System76 stuff for the moment, tbh...they're in the process of rolling out a line of in-house designs, rather than slapping their branding on off-the-shelf components. But I can definitely vouch for the build quality and overall rock-solid-ness of their existing line.

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For $500 you might actually have better choices with laptop? Idk, I'm honestly a little out of touch with this sort of thing. I'm just looking at the options and desktops in that range seem pretty underwhelming and that's before you even factor in a monitor.

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4 minutes ago, mnemosyne said:

For $500 you might actually have better choices with laptop? Idk, I'm honestly a little out of touch with this sort of thing. I'm just looking at the options and desktops in that range seem pretty underwhelming and that's before you even factor in a monitor.

i have a monitor so thats no big deal

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serious answer: you're not doing anything that's considered demanding on a pc these days, so you can buy literally anything and you'll be fine.

 

something like this. who cares. http://www.microcenter.com/product/474704/Inspiron_3252_Desktop_Computer

it will run chrome and vlc and itunes, at the same time even!

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I know you said you're against it but if you use a build your pc type site. E.g. pc specialist, go AMD and you can build something that will play current games at high settings for £500. (Not that I presume you are getting it for gaming, just to give you an idea of how powerful it would be)

 

3 year warranty too! 

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I picked up a great Mac Mini for $400 used a few months ago after my laptop shit the bed. 

 

Haven't been too keen on Mac products lately, but I've always used them for music production and graphic design. It's been great going back into that.

 

My PC laptop has mostly been good. Battery is starting to suffer after three years, though.

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6 minutes ago, harcourt said:

I picked up a great Mac Mini for $400 used a few months ago after my laptop shit the bed. 

 

Haven't been too keen on Mac products lately, but I've always used them for music production and graphic design. It's been great going back into that.

ooooh, good point

 

i'd gladly pay an extra $200 for the privilege of not using windows 10

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this is probably dumb af but if i buy a desktop pc, say any of the linked ones itt, will it automatically connect to wifi?

 

the ony desktops i can remember setting up are my work  pc, which has an ethernet cable and one many years ago that needed a special adapter thing for wifi

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Just now, shakes said:

this is probably dumb af but if i buy a desktop pc, say any of the linked ones itt, will it automatically connect to wifi?

 

the ony desktops i can remember setting up are my work  pc, which has an ethernet cable and one many years ago that needed a special adapter thing for wifi

 

Yea they all come with it built in now

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3 minutes ago, sugarface said:

ooooh, good point

 

i'd gladly pay an extra $200 for the privilege of not using windows 10

 

OR, and just hear me out....

 

buy a cheap windows computer that you've googled in advance for its compatibility with :ethan: and get the best of all worlds.

 

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ipods work without issue, you just plug them in. Worst case you get a prompt to install gtkpod, in which case you click okay and type in your password and it does it in a few moments.

 

I used to have an 80GB 5th gen ipod classic and I synced it regularly in rhythmbox and then clementine.

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5 minutes ago, shakes said:

this is probably dumb af but if i buy a desktop pc, say any of the linked ones itt, will it automatically connect to wifi?

 

the ony desktops i can remember setting up are my work  pc, which has an ethernet cable and one many years ago that needed a special adapter thing for wifi

you should probably make sure it says wifi or wireless

all the ones above do

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Just now, eeeezypeezy said:

ipods work without issue, you just plug them in. Worst case you get a prompt to install gtkpod, in which case you click okay and type in your password and it does it in a few moments.

well i'll be. that actually works now?

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It has for years!

 

The only type I've ever had issues with are the last-gen ipod nanos, the ones that are about wristwatch sized with the teeny touchscreen. And that's only because apple specifically changed their weird proprietary database encryption on those models specifically to stop compatibility with open source software because they are dicks and I hate them.

 

And even with that, there was a workaround, but it did take scouring support forums and a few bash commands.

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