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Gauntlet

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#1 12 years ago

Hi there folks.

My grandmother recently asked me to help her to find a new PC to her. She either wants just a stationary PC (she has monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and printer) or a laptop.

She wanted something basic, just for surfing, email and MS Office usage.

The budget she gave me was something between US$600-US$1300.

I was hoping you guys could help me find something suitable, so do you have any suggestions please share! :)




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#2 12 years ago

Sure!

A Dell is probably the best bet. Something nice like a dimension. Don't even look at macs, They're definitely too complicated for most people, even me.

I'd give you some specific models but my internet is slow and its not connecting. :(

hope that helps!




Smith_

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#3 12 years ago

You shouldnt be spending anymore than 600 dollars at the most for word processing and the internet.

I dont know were your from but I took the liberty of giving you an example of what you should be looking at:

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0926INGFS10070489&catid=20217

350 CAD. As basic as you can get.(unless she wants to get crazy and start ripping DVD's :P)




Gauntlet

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#4 12 years ago

Thing is, I don't want it to be too basic. I want this PC to last many years for her without having to upgrade anything at all.

And I'm from Norway, so I would appreciated it if the suggestions you come up with are sold internationally (like Dell is selling all over the world from their respective web-pages).




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#5 12 years ago

Then A good Dimension Desktop is exactly what she needs. Get a nice thousand bucker. Should stand solid for at least 3 years, and that basic, shouldn't run into any software/techy problems.




marvinmatthew

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#6 12 years ago

Either a Dell, or a Mac.

Macs are simpilier to use, and require virtualy no maitenence.




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#7 12 years ago

I doubt very much a sempron 3300+ wont be able to handle a word processer for YEARS.

My grandparents spent 300$ on their computer..they have had it for about 2 years and use it for the same thing you want it for.




Oblivious

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#8 12 years ago

GauntletThing is, I don't want it to be too basic. I want this PC to last many years for her without having to upgrade anything at all.

And I'm from Norway, so I would appreciated it if the suggestions you come up with are sold internationally (like Dell is selling all over the world from their respective web-pages).

Here's one that isn't too basic at all:

Link: Dell XPS 410 ($1040 USD)

dellxps410jc3.jpg

The only thing I changed on the standard XPS 410 package was add a floppy drive which it didn't come with (original price was $990). It's a floppy drive/multi card reader as I figure older folks might still have floppies lying around that they want to use plus a memory card reader is nice to have. I realize she already has a monitor and such, but I'll bet she wouldn't mind getting the 19" lcd that this comes with. If not, you can remove it from the package and take $200 off the price

I tried to figure out the link for the same system through Dell's Norway site, but I got hopelessly confused! But it should be relatively the same and at a similar price.




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#9 12 years ago

that's nice for that much money..




rob.

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#10 12 years ago

I will hop on the Mac-wagon here.

Like Marvin stated, Macs require virtually no maintenance, do not suffer virus attacks (well rarely), spyware, adware, etc. This will also benifit the overall performance. Unlike a PC, performace degrades over time will not occur.

They are very user friendly. Even better if your grand-mother has not used a computer before, this will hopefully avoid any confusion from the conversion of Windows, to a Mac OS.

They come pre-installed with all software that would be needed too.

They are a very nice package. Even the cheapest available Mac is nice. My brother has a Macbook Pro, and I love it. I never used to be a fan of Macs, but they are defenatly, very nice computers.'

Here is a convincing page that should help you decide. Although it is from the Apple site itself, the page offers real facts. http://www.apple.com/getamac/

http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html