How do I chose a good budget desktop computer?

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Questions thread
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Re: How do I chose a good budget desktop computer?
In reply to FNorman, Nov 14, 2012

FNorman wrote:

I'm willing to spend up to $1000 on a new machine. With that said however, I'm wondering if it is really necessary to spend that much on a new computer.

It's isn't. I would plan on spending $400-600 (excluding monitor).

Since you'll want this machine to last a few years do get one with:

* i5 CPU. There's no need to go i7 although it wouldn't hurt if you find a good deal

* 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit OS. Don't mess around with 4GB or a 32-bit OS. You'll regret it later

* 1TB hard drive (don't go smaller)

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