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Old 09-01-16, 04:51 PM
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Recomend a new computer..

As you know my computer died.... so i am trying to decide if i should buy a new computer and what kind...

I want a computer that is going to last. And i dont mean the latest technology..
Not sure if should buy a laptop, all in one or another desktop.. thoughts?

Any sugestions? Dell, Lenovo(again)?


I hate going through this.. what information do i need to save from a computer if i ever have to rebuild it? What is the best way to backup data? Should i use a external drive? Online backup? Should i get a drive on my network?
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Old 09-01-16, 04:56 PM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Without knowing budget/specific usage needs, here is my 2 cents:

I am a Dell fan - for my desktop.
I have an Acer Chromebook - for my laptop - and been extremely happy with that.
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Old 09-01-16, 07:22 PM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Give a budget

hard to choose a machine based solely on reliability/longevity these days. Components are too "comoditized", everyone using the same basic made in china crap components to make their parts. You can get some parts, like a Samsung SSD, and know it is better than some others, but hard to do with a prebuilt machine (and even build your owns have compromises)

Unless you want to buy a Falcon Northwest

https://www.falcon-nw.com/

buy a 3 or 4 year warranty and keep regular backups
the different backup devices all have pros and cons, keep a local USB and an online backup like crashplan or backblaze
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Old 09-01-16, 07:42 PM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Not interested in the fruit (apple)?

You can save, get something more powerful if you go with a desktop.
But if your needs are pretty basic, the difference in price between a basic laptop and desktop is not too much.

What do you need to backup? I always suggest to have your more important files backed up local and in the cloud.

Don't get an all in one desktop.
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Old 09-01-16, 07:57 PM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Looking at the dell inspiron 15 2 in 1


Idk, under700

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Old 09-01-16, 10:58 PM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Like this?

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15...p/pd?ref=PD_OC

Get the 3 year warranty and backup your data regularly
Sell it on ebay after the warranty expires
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

I'm thinking about buying this computer. Asus M32CD-B09 Desktop. (Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - 1TB+8GB Hybrid Hard Drive). Very easy to upgrade ram, psu, video card if you want to.

Price: 799.99 - 50.00 sale - 150 Student EDU Coupon = 599.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-des...at143400050013

I almost brought this HP Pavilion Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 2TB Hard Drive last week. It was on sale for $499.99.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavil...at212600050008

There is also a Lenovo IdeaCentre 710 Desktop (Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive).
Price: 649.99 - 150 Student EDU Coupon = 499.99.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-d...at212600050008

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Old 09-02-16, 08:21 AM
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Lenovo's actually a pretty good brand for reliability. I have a refurbished K450 at home that I've used for a few years without issues, and at work there's a ton of ThinkCentres.

The ThinkCentre, and really, any "business" line from a manufacturer, is going to be a bit more reliable, and usually comes with a longer warranty (3-5 years). Of course, they also tend to cost more for the same basic specs.

You could also build your own, picking the most reliable parts you can find for each component. That way you don't have to worry about the manufacturer "cheaping out" on a particular component.



For backup, I typically recommend an online backup service. Most people have always-on internet connections, and the software will typically run backups automatically on regular schedule. But there's going to be a recurring subscription cost for this.

Using a USB drive as a backup device is another option, but you'll need to leave it attached constantly and set up automatic backups, and people with laptops don't tend to leave a USB drive constantly attached. Also, if you're infected with ransomware, it's possible your backups could be encrpyted along with the rest of your data.

A NAS (network attached storage) device can be attached to your network, and your computers can back up to it over the network, even via wifi, so it removes the need for a drive physcally attached to your PC, but it can still be vulnerable to ransomware.


As for "what to back up," it's typically going to be anything you can't afford to lose. So usually just all user data: Documents, photos, videos, music, etc. Backing up the entire system drive can be convenient in terms of the speed at which you can get your PC back up due to a drive failure, but you can also simply re-install Windows and all programs on a new drive. You may want to make sure you have a copy of any serials or activation keys for programs you paid for though.


A super cheap way to backup online is to use a combination of online services that offer free/cheap storage for certain data types. "Cloud storage" services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive offer some free storage for "syncing" documents. You just have to make sure your files are in a folder that's being synced.
https://www.dropbox.com

Google Photos allows unlimited uploading and storage of "high quality" copies of photos and videos, although not at the original resolution (not without using up Google Drive space, at least). Also, I don't know if Google Photos allows copyrighted videos (like of TV shows and movies) to be backed up.
http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/20...-a-few-gotchas

Google Music allows syncing up to 50,000 songs for free. You'll get the "Google Music" copy, which may be better or worse quality than your original.
https://support.google.com/googlepla.../1075570?hl=en


So with the free services for the photos, videos, and music, you'll have a copy of your stuff, but maybe not at the original quality.
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Re: Recomend a new computer..

Where does one find swrial numbers and registrations for all tge sw on a computer. Particularly windows.
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE View Post
Where does one find [serial] numbers and registrations for all [the Software] on a computer. Particularly windows.
It varies from program to program. Often they save it to the registry. There's programs that will scan and search for serial numbers for the most popular programs. BelArc Advisor will scan you PC and accumulate a lot of info about your PC, including certain program keys.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

For Windows, starting with Windows 8, the activation key for pre-installed Windows is embedded in the BIOS, so if your PC came with Windows 8/8.1/10, reinstalling is as simple as running the installer. For Windows 7 and earlier, it can be more complicated, although there should at least be a sticker on the PC with a key you can use to re-activate the PC by phone.

Office 2013 and above activation is typically tied to a Microsoft Account, so you should be able to simply log into said account to re-activate it.
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