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Shopping for a computer = I feel like an idiot.

3 10 February 18, 2018 at 08:37 AM
I'm using an ancient laptop and it's time to upgrade. I want to go back to a desktop.

I use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Office, Adobe InDesign. Heavy Internet use. I am not much of a gamer, but I would like the computer to be capable of running the Sims 3 or 4.

I'm not looking to buy the bare minimum, I tend to keep computers past their prime so one that's more up to date rather than hanging on the edge will last me longer. Package deals are great, but I can get my own monitor, etc. My budget is $1000. Cheaper is better. I love the All In Ones, but I think you get less bang for your buck? How much do I NEED to spend to get something that will last me awhile?

I've been trying to research, but my brain hurts and I just don't understand the mechanicals of computers, they make me feel like a complete idiot.

Can anyone link me to something that would fit my needs so I can move on with my life? LOL TIA

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I'm using an ancient laptop and it's time to upgrade. I want to go back to a desktop.

I use programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Office, Adobe InDesign. Heavy Internet use. I am not much of a gamer, but I would like the computer to be capable of running the Sims 3 or 4.

I'm not looking to buy the bare minimum, I tend to keep computers past their prime so one that's more up to date rather than hanging on the edge will last me longer. Package deals are great, but I can get my own monitor, etc. My budget is $1000. Cheaper is better. I love the All In Ones, but I think you get less bang for your buck? How much do I NEED to spend to get something that will last me awhile?

I've been trying to research, but my brain hurts and I just don't understand the mechanicals of computers, they make me feel like a complete idiot.

Can anyone link me to something that would fit my needs so I can move on with my life? LOL TIA

Go to the Dell Outlet and get an XPS 8910 or above with an i7 processor. Use one of their coupon codes for 15-30% off depending on what promo they have running. Use a portal service when buying to get another 5% off. Should be able to get something in the 450-550 dollar range that will last you years. Should be fine for your needs save for maybe the graphics card which you can always swap out with a low power 1050 TI for about another 130 dollars.
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Dell outlet has good deals on refurbished computers.

Inspiron 3668 Desktop
$807.00 - 20% coupon Insp366820 = $645
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i7-7700 Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.20 GHz, 8MB Cache, 65W)
Windows 10 Pro
2 TB 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
16GB DDR4 Non-ECC UDIMM 2400MHz (1X16GB)
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 1030 with 2GB GDDR5

Buy and install your own SSD and you'd have a pretty fast machine. You can get a better SSD this way.


If you don't want to install an SSD yourself, there are also models that have an SSD. Like this one:
Inspiron 3668 Desktop
$879.00 - 20% coupon Insp366820 = $703
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i7-7700 Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.20 GHz, 8MB Cache, 65W)
Windows 10 Pro
128GB 2.5-Inch SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive
1TB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC UDIMM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5
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Go to the Dell Outlet and get an XPS 8910 or above with an i7 processor. Use one of their coupon codes for 15-30% off depending on what promo they have running. Use a portal service when buying to get another 5% off. Should be able to get something in the 450-550 dollar range that will last you years. Should be fine for your needs save for maybe the graphics card which you can always swap out with a low power 1050 TI for about another 130 dollars.
I like XPS machines from Dell outlet, but there aren't any coupons on those currently. The i7's average a bit higher than that I think.

Light photoshop use really isn't very GPU intensive, but I'd consider installing an SSD mandatory.
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I like XPS machines from Dell outlet, but there aren't any coupons on those currently. The i7's average a bit higher than that I think.

Light photoshop use really isn't very GPU intensive, but I'd consider installing an SSD mandatory.
They run coupons on the XPS desktops frequently, so OP can just wait that out unless they are in a rush.

SSD can be added on at any time. Not needed for initial purchase. Will cost about 70-80 dollars for a 200-250 GB (would not get smaller).
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Thank you all so very much, this advice is very useful! Sounds like the Dell outlet is a great starting point and I will check into the above suggested desktops. Thanks guys!!
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