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post #11 of 16 Old 09-13-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guy. i will go talk to some tech people and see mac vs hp vs dell and whatever else is out there and see what would be best.

i already have an external hard drive and a small vio laptop that works great i just need something bigger :/
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-16-2012, 03:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Roperchick View Post
depends really.

Dell is the best ive found for things like gaming and what not.
but theyre not really Hardy and in my experience they get alot more bugs and problems

HP is a good all around computer, for school projects, internet etc

but Mac is by far the best ive ever used. doesnt get viruses, doesnt have alot of software issues. theyre just pricey and they take getting used to the way they run.
Macs absolutely do have malware problems. Viruses first started to appear on the Mac platform in 1988 or thereabouts, although not as much as on DOS and later Windows. I was using Macs 20-plus years ago and made sure I installed the ridiculously good and much-missed Disinfectant on all of them.

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You have to install something like Avast or Sophos on Mac OS X to be safe (and be sure to turn Mac OS X's built-in firewall on).
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-16-2012, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by kait18 View Post
i am looking to get a desktop computer for my apartment. what is worth getting and not getting.

i was looking into the mac desktops and there crazy priced like always.

then there are the others. what is everyones preference

please share
If you want to look at a Mac, consider the Mac Mini. It works with the monitor and USB-based hardware you already own and comes in at a relatively decent price. It also has built-in wireless support for WiFi networking and Bluetooth (your phone) connections and there are quite a few interesting accessories for it (I like the stand that lets you stand it up vertically). One downside is that it doesn't have a built-in CD or DVD drive, but you can buy an external drive for that. Big advantage there: If something goes wrong with the drive, you don't have to take apart your entire computer to fix it. If something goes wrong inside an iMac, you lose the whole computer.

If you want a Windows 7 PC, you should consider local custom PC builders as well as the big box stores. Their prices will be competitive and you'll end up with a PC that is probably more powerful than similarly-priced units from the big-box places and doesn't come with all the preloaded junkware (McAfee/Norton, Microsoft Office demos, game demos, and so forth). They'll probably be happy to install free antivirus software, as well ... although the best Windows antimalware program is Microsoft Security Essentials, which is absolutely free and isn't resource-hogging junk that will slow your computer like the McAfee or Norton products.
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-16-2012, 08:29 AM
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I love my Mac,although it was a little hard getting use to the setup. But I wouldn't trade it for the world now.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-06-2012, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving View Post
It's all about the user. I haven't had a virus in, many, many, many years. You just have to be a careful user, stay up to date with the latest Windows patches, don't be tricked into installing software and you'll be OK.
Yeah. I haven't had any virus issues in a long time as well. Just one or two trojans that try to get through, but are stopped by my anti-virus software.

Also, it is not like Macs can't get viruses these days. There are viruses that target Macs now. The only reason they didn't get viruses, is that no one was writing viruses for them (they weren't popular enough, or used with major businesses).
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-18-2012, 07:55 AM
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I have an ancient (4-5 years old) eMachine desktop that I need to find a new monitor/keyboard/mouse/cables for. It was the first computer I bought with my own hard-earned money. I was so proud of myself. I had been told that eMachines were horrible, but mine ran like a dream. Never got any viruses, never had any real problems. The only reason it's been out of commission for so long is that I was on pain meds, loopy, and I changed my admin password to something I couldn't remember for the life of me five minutes later...

I currently have a Dell Studio laptop, which I love...but it has some issues. (I have a looooooot of stuff on it) I'm actually going to have to invest in an external hard drive, transfer all my stuff, and reinstall the OS.

I'm eventually going to look into an Alienware laptop because I do a lot of gaming and Alienware is amazing for that...

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