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#1 JohnRogers

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:30 PM

So my laptop is running Vista. Everything in Microsoft Office is the 2003 version. As you can imagine upgrading anything has become a chore or impossible.My wife and I have iPads for web surfing, email and all the useful fun apps we enjoy. We're looking to ditch the old desk tops but feel we need full size keyboards and PC capabilities in a laptop. She edits images and some day I may do video editing again.

My current laptop
OS: Vista
Processor: Intel Centrino 2
RAM: 4.0GB

What should I be looking for? I don't want to over spend for capabilities we won't need.

Thanks in advance for any useful advice.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:49 PM



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:55 PM

Whatever you do, get an Intel processor. An i5 processor is a pretty good value. You'll get Windows 10 with any new computer. Go for 8gb of memory. It will be much better than 4. An SSD is a good idea too. Makes a pretty big difference. If not a SSD, try and find one with a 7200 rpm hard drive.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:49 PM

As long as you have a decent Intel processor and 8gb of RAM you should be fine. Pretty much what JD said.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 12:01 PM

has anyone tried to make a hackintosh? a pc laptop running OSX.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:48 PM

Avoid Mac.
Avoid MSI.

Given those are the only two brands of laptop I've ever owned, and had troubles with both that I think are unusual... I'd steer clear.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:28 AM

The Acer Predator 21X has a 21" curved 4k display, dual SLI nvidia 1080 GPUs, a fully mechanical keyboard, 64gb of DDR4, eye tracking technology, a mouse touchpad that converts to a number pad when not in use, and clocks in at a scant 17 pounds.

And at just under $10 grand, it's a steal.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:37 AM

But seriously, how about something like this:

https://www.amazon.c...S/dp/B01FJFN3CC

With the i7 it offers a ton of power to handle whatever office style tasks you can throw at it; the dedicated nvidia GPU should be more than enough for some editing and design work. It's standard 15 inch form factor will give you plenty of keyboard space plus a ten key.

And frankly, the i7 might be overkill for what you need. You can downgrade this model to the i5 processor and save $150 or so. I don't think you'll notice a huge drop in performance between the two, unless you're getting into some more resource intensive programs.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:54 AM

View PostNew World Kid, on 11 April 2017 - 06:48 PM, said:

Avoid Mac.
Avoid MSI.

Given those are the only two brands of laptop I've ever owned, and had troubles with both that I think are unusual... I'd steer clear.

I've never had an issue with my MacBook pro but both Mac and MSI tend to be expensive. MSI tend to make gaming laptops so they would be overkill.

ASUS are fantastic value, HP tend to be decent as are Dell. Get an Intel processor unless the laptop comes with AMD's Ryzen processor (which is unlikely as they are very new).

Without naming your budget it is very difficult to say.

$300-$400 will get you an i3 processor.
$400-$600 will get you an i5 processor.

You are probably better looking for the best value with the most ram. 4gb is at the lower end these days and ideally you should be looking at 6gb to 16gb.
For video and photo editing you'll want lots of space, so a hard drive of 750gb - 1tb is a must.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:06 PM

I've got an MSI and I've never had a problem with it.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:10 AM

View Posttreeduck, on 24 April 2017 - 01:06 PM, said:

I've got an MSI and I've never had a problem with it.

They are considered amongst the best. Maybe NWK buys his stuff in Cheetham Hill?

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:16 AM

View PostTony R, on 25 April 2017 - 11:10 AM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 24 April 2017 - 01:06 PM, said:

I've got an MSI and I've never had a problem with it.

They are considered amongst the best. Maybe NWK buys his stuff in Cheetham Hill?

Aye. :hail:

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:00 PM

well I just got a dell 2 in 1 laptop for work. 2 weeks into it and it's crapped out. this out be fine for a 12 year old girl watching youtube, but not for work. I mean excel and powerpoint killed this thing.

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 12:34 PM

View Postfurie, on 01 May 2017 - 08:00 PM, said:

well I just got a dell 2 in 1 laptop for work. 2 weeks into it and it's crapped out. this out be fine for a 12 year old girl watching youtube, but not for work. I mean excel and powerpoint killed this thing.
Damn, what model did you get?

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 04:04 PM

View PostJohnRogers, on 02 May 2017 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postfurie, on 01 May 2017 - 08:00 PM, said:

well I just got a dell 2 in 1 laptop for work. 2 weeks into it and it's crapped out. this out be fine for a 12 year old girl watching youtube, but not for work. I mean excel and powerpoint killed this thing.
Damn, what model did you get?

John, you still haven't shared your budget. It's very important when buying a laptop.


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 05:57 PM

View PostTony R, on 02 May 2017 - 04:04 PM, said:

View PostJohnRogers, on 02 May 2017 - 12:34 PM, said:

View Postfurie, on 01 May 2017 - 08:00 PM, said:

well I just got a dell 2 in 1 laptop for work. 2 weeks into it and it's crapped out. this out be fine for a 12 year old girl watching youtube, but not for work. I mean excel and powerpoint killed this thing.
Damn, what model did you get?

John, you still haven't shared your budget. It's very important when buying a laptop.
Apologies $400-600.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

https://www.amazon.c...ASIN=B01CGGOZOM

HP 8gb ram, 1tb hard drive. 15.6in screen.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:17 PM

View PostTony R, on 04 May 2017 - 12:56 PM, said:

https://www.amazon.c...ASIN=B01CGGOZOM

HP 8gb ram, 1tb hard drive. 15.6in screen.

hp's are nice machines ive had a couple.

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:21 AM

All good advice above, but get a SSD if you can fit it into your budget. I swapped out the old, tired hard drive from my 5 year old bare bones Dell laptop and it's been like a new machine. To save a little money you can probably get one with less storage. The amount of storage most people get in their laptops these days are just stupidly excessive. You can also get a USB drive cloning kit on Amazon for another $20 or so to make the swap easier. If you can handle a screwdriver, you should be able to handle a drive swap.





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