OT: Can someone help me pick out a desktop machine?

Dan Gahlinger dgahling at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 13 16:46:42 CDT 2011

The only basic recommendation I can make is, make sure it has an AMD cpu.

Now, before this gets into another CPU flame war,
Intel has for a while decided that the users/owners rights don't matter,
it's DRM (digital rights management) all the way for them,
with even the ability to disable or remove software "they" don't want you to run.
oh, you paid for that program? that's too bad.

no thanks, when I buy a machine, I buy it, not a license to use it.
go ahead, get Intel, let them monitor everything you do.

but the usual fanboys will say - the faster is better, more cores is better, more FSB is better, larger cache is better. blah

why a desktop anyhow? why not a decent notebook? why not an ipad2 (its under your price requirement) ?
the desktop days are numbered (yeah, just like the year of the linux desktop is every year)

most companies aren't even making desktops any more, or are cutting back, or ending soon.

good luck!

> Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 15:35:30 -0500
> Subject: OT: Can someone help me pick out a desktop machine?
> From: brianlanning at gmail.com
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> I've not been paying attention to computer hardware for a while, and
> all of the marketing terms have gotten away from me.  It has to come
> from Office Depot.  My wife was able to get roughly $650 for free, so
> I need to get it from there.  I'd prefer to build my own, but money is
> short and this deal is too good.  It looks like they have HP/Compaq
> (yuk), Acer, and Lenovo.  I'm going to aim for a machine with quad
> cores and 8 gigs of ram.  I can spend a little more than the $650, but
> not by much.  My main problem with picking out a machine is that I
> don't understand the differences in processors beyond the number of
> cores.  In the good old days, they'd list the processor speed and that
> was all you needed.  Now even that's not a good measure.  Can anyone
> suggest some must-have or must-avoid specs for these machines?

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