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Assuming I don't need a high end PC...

#1MRW1215Posted 1/31/2014 2:15:41 PM
I'm considering looking into the purchase of a new desktop computer in the near future. I have no interest in building one myself, and I really don't need anything high end.

I don't plan on doing much gaming on it, except for maybe some less demanding titles. I do want to be able to do some basic video editing and producing with it, though nothing overly fancy. A minimum of 4GB of RAM is a must (though I assume this is probably standard by now in most desktops?). Other than that, it would mainly be used for web browsing and watching video.

Thing is, I don't really know what manufacturers are generally considered "good". I used to like HP, but I'm not so sure anymore, with my current PC... I'd like something that's sturdy and won't be likely to crap out in a couple years time.

I'd very much prefer not to spend more than $400. The cheaper the better, in my opinion. Again, I really don't need anything ultra high end.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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#2AltmadragonPosted 1/31/2014 2:20:05 PM
go to your local best buy/walmart etc. choose dell if you can.
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#3SonyHoundDawgPosted 1/31/2014 2:20:22 PM
You want to much for to low of price. For $400 you can easily get internets and watching videos.

But when it comes to video editing and games, you need more powa. I would consider maybe a $600 budget and you could probably get something.

I mean $400 just doesn't cut, just windows costs $100 dollars so that's only $300 left for the actual computer.
#4ShubPosted 1/31/2014 2:25:53 PM
I'd look at the Dell OptiPlex line myself, if you want something reliable. Very competitive pricing, 3-year business-grade warranty.
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#5SlaynPosted 1/31/2014 2:26:44 PM
You want to spend $400, which is almost the bare minimum. Expect the bare minimum. There really isn't even anything to say here. You want a $400 computer or cheaper when computers cost $400-2000. There is literally nothing to discuss here. Go to the store and buy the cheapest PC. What do you want from us? They're all about the same at the bottom of the barrel.
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#6BogePosted 1/31/2014 2:29:45 PM
Go with decent specs, but no dedicated card. Use the integrated GPU. That will do you just fine. Then if you want later, you can easily purchase a dedicated graphics card and have a very pleasant gaming experience.
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#7MRW1215(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 4:19:14 PM
Sheesh, guys, sorry, I was just looking to see what the best value for the money was. I'm not really "demanding" anything, I was just wondering what the best computer for that price range would be.

So, then let me ask this. Because gaming isn't a huge priority for me, what's the least I could get away with paying for a computer that's good enough for some video editing (that's not necessarily state of the art professional level)?
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#8SlaynPosted 1/31/2014 4:21:11 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/desktop-512mb-memory-8gb-flash-storage/6559541.p?id=1218754596540&skuId=6559541&st=pcmcat143400050013_categoryid$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=1
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#9r0ge00Posted 1/31/2014 4:26:42 PM
MRW1215 posted...
So, then let me ask this. Because gaming isn't a huge priority for me, what's the least I could get away with paying for a computer that's good enough for some video editing (that's not necessarily state of the art professional level)?


Anything with an i3. Try to find something with an i5 if you can on your budget.
#10AsellusPosted 1/31/2014 4:29:17 PM
Just pick up something refurbished would be my suggestion.