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I'm about ready to buy a new computer. Any major differences between HP vs Dell? What in the hell are the differences between Intel processors vs AMD Athlon processors? I am so confused. All I want is the ability to do basic computer stuff with speed and to effortlessly stream porn with the occasional download. (Maybe more downloads if I have a big enough computer.) And BTW, I love big geek cock! Really I do!

by Geek Size Queenreply 7809/19/2013

Dell is crap, and will come preloaded with a lot of useless crap.

by Geek Size Queenreply 104/25/2010

Why don't you buy an Apple?


by Geek Size Queenreply 204/25/2010

HP is better than Dell.

Intel is better than AMD Athlon.

by Geek Size Queenreply 304/25/2010

Be careful with the HP's. Depending on the model, some HP's are made with recycled plastic and they wind up literally falling apart.

by Geek Size Queenreply 404/25/2010

AMD processors aren't as fast, but they're a lot cheaper.

From the sounds of things, either will be fast enough for what you want.

Are you interested in a desktop or a laptop?

If you're considering a laptop, I'd suggest you check out your latest Best Buy, Fry's, or other location that sells them, and get some hands-on experience. I recommend Toshiba laptops.

Whatever you get, make sure you get Windows 7 Home Premium, and avoid any pre-installed anti-virus software... instead, the moment you get your PC/Laptop home, download "Microsoft Security Essentials". It's free and better than any other packgage I've seen. Also download "Windows Live Essentials" to get a very good mail client, great photo management software (with the best panorama creation feature of any software out there), and a lot of other good, free, and essential stuff.

Also, if you can find one that comes pre-installed with "Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition", you'll get the best price for the most used collection of office applications.

Most laptops and desktops will stream video and play back DVD video just fine these days.

You'll have to be more detailed about what you want to do, what software you want to run, etc., for me to be any more precise in my recommendations.

If you have specific questions about specific models, I can help there too.

by Geek Size Queenreply 504/25/2010

I have an HP and it's great.

by Geek Size Queenreply 704/25/2010

Don't buy Dell unless you don't mind buying a new computer every couple of years. I work for a cheap bastard who thinks it makes sense to replace our Dell PCs every time they lock up.

I've had a PC with an AMD Athlon processor for over 10 years. It was sold as a special gaming edition and it has three fans. I have not replaced the original hard drive. In fact, the only part I've replaced is the power supply.

by Geek Size Queenreply 804/25/2010

r5 is right. If you want a PC laptop, Toshiba is pretty sturdy and a good price.

I have a Toshiba next laptop will be probably be an Apple.

by Geek Size Queenreply 904/25/2010

OP, in answer to your original question, the difference between Intel and AMD Athlon is brand name. Some of the Intel processors have been very good, some not so good.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1004/25/2010

Since I bought my laptop (a 15.4") I almost never use my desktop any more.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1204/25/2010

Stop enabling the OP! He's a whore!

by Geek Size Queenreply 1304/25/2010

If you get a laptop, off the shelf is the way to go.

Desktops - I've always had mine built locally by an indie shop. No problem to call or take it in for any issue. I can make sure the power supply and fans are sufficient for the unit (a common problem with big name machines).

It's a huge advantage to me that the machine isn't tripled layered with marketing crap and that I get a real Windows disk rather than some often-useless 'recovery partition'.

Disadvantage is that you usually can't get a "free" version of Office, although a discounted OEM version can be added of course.

Has never cost me any more than big box crap and they last and last and last and are easily upgraded. However the cheapest, slowest big box crap would be cheaper, if money was the deciding factor.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1404/25/2010

I agree with R14. My 10 year old PC was an Indie-built machine. As I said, the only thing that has failed was the power supply, and it went about 3 years in.

I'll probably build my next one.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1604/25/2010

Sorry, R16 was also a post from me.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1704/25/2010

Ok, flame me, but QVC has a great HP laptop deal with fast, big storage, etc. It gives you a payment plan.... give it a look, it's been on a lot today. AMD processor but supported by a ton of memory and HDD space.

by Geek Size Queenreply 1804/25/2010

Best buy is really pushing the Expersky anti-virus software -- do they have a contract with them or something???

by Geek Size Queenreply 1904/25/2010

Probably, R19.

Dont' take it.

Just wait until you get home and download MSE.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2004/25/2010

Whatever you do don't buy a Gateway. My piece of shit crashed after 9 months and their support was from hell.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2104/25/2010

Kaspersky is actually very good. Nothing wrong with it.

If you get Windows 7, you can use the windows firewall. It's good. Otherwise, I've been happy with Outpost Firewall (free version)

Avast is a good antivirus (free version for home users).

Norton has been getting very good reviews although I refuse to use them after having awful customer service problems with them.

Regardless which PC you get, download the program PC Decrapifier. It will help remove all the crap and trialware that manufacturers install.

Use the MVPS HOSTS file. Run spyware blaster, which updates security settings but doesn't run constantly and won't bog down your system. Also, use the limited user account in windows for your day to day activities, especially surfing and downloading porn.

Another good program to check out is Sandboxie. Use

by Geek Size Queenreply 2204/25/2010

Microsoft Security Essentials is better than any of those, less naggy, better and more simple UI, affects performance less, and finds just as much stuff and protects as well or better... all for free. NO reason not to use it.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2304/25/2010

The normal account is an administrator account.

You can go to the control panel, users, and create a new user that is not an administrator or power-users. This is a limited user account. Then you log out and log back in as the new user you just created.

Now you're just that much more protected against viruses and trojans.

IE8 Win7 MSE Limited User Account = just about as safe as you can be.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2504/26/2010

[quote] Regardless which PC you get, download the program PC Decrapifier.

That's the funniest thing I've heard all year! I'm rolling on the floor, laughing!

by Geek Size Queenreply 2604/26/2010

The older Dells 9100s are great...I have 10 running 24x7 full trottle as servers for two years. I bought these off ebay.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2704/26/2010

I've been running my HP laptop pretty much 24/7 for over the past year with Windows Vista without any problems. And TV shows and porn display perfectly.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2804/26/2010

I got an HP at Costco - abou, $700 and it works just fine - no complaints, except that it's kind of heavy - not really the best choice if you're going to be carrying it around a lot.

by Geek Size Queenreply 2904/26/2010

Upgrade to Win7! I upgraded my laptop from Vista to Win7 three months ago, and it's been great.

by Geek Size Queenreply 3004/26/2010

It's the cheapskate that pays the most in the long run.

by Geek Size Queenreply 3204/27/2010

Would anybody else with a Dell like to share? Does getting a non Intel video card help? What about this newfangled i3 i5 stuff?

by Geek Size Queenreply 3304/27/2010

I have a Mac. And a 9" dick.

by Geek Size Queenreply 3404/28/2010


by Geek Size Queenreply 3604/28/2010

MSE works for all browsers, OP.

by Geek Size Queenreply 3704/28/2010


by Geek Size Queenreply 3804/29/2010

Any suggestions on discount sites like Dell outlet?

by Geek Size Queenreply 3905/02/2010

[quote]Norton has been getting very good reviews although I refuse to use them after having awful customer service problems with them.

Good reviews for catching viruses, yes, but poor reviews for performance, ease of removal, and customer service (as you note). IMO they also overcharge for definition updates.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4005/02/2010

OP...I have been using a Dell for 1 year now, and it's been working smoothly for me. My first pc (HP Pavilion) was nothing but a headache for me. I use the Trend Micro Anti-Virus Pro, and it works wonders for my pc!

by Geek Size Queenreply 4105/02/2010

Just bought an HP PC over the phone with them: $749 before taxes, free 2-day shipping, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HD, Windows 7 (I actually paid for overnight delivery). LOVE it. Comes with new mouse and keyboard, also.

I still need a TV Tuner to copy from the TV, but I think this was an awesome deal.

I love QVC deals, but their computers come loaded with software I don't want.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4205/02/2010

P.S. It's an HP Pavilion Elite.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4305/02/2010

Question here: Found an old laptop at my dad's house. We tried to get on the internet using wifi, but it won't connect to the internet. The browser says "you are not connected" I see that it hasma WLAN card, and we can see my sisters router signal is present saying "excellent signal".

There is a popup message in the system tray saying "D-Link Airplus Card not found". I googled and see that this is a router, but he doesn't know where the router is. If I disable the software for this router, should the laptop then pick up my sisters router signal? My laptop just picks up available wifi signals, so I'm confused. If not, what would be a solution?

Thanks for all help.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4407/12/2013

Ironically the best Windows PC is a MacBook Pro running Windows 7. The hardware is great but you pay for it.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4507/12/2013

OP, don't buy a new computer until they find an anecdote to windows 8.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4607/12/2013

Haven't you been reading the news? The PC market is dying. Get a Mac.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4707/12/2013

[quote]OP, don't buy a new computer until they find an anecdote to windows 8.

I'm sure there are a lot of anecdotes about W8, but as of yet no ANTIdote.

by Geek Size Queenreply 4807/12/2013

Until the last few days, I had no problem accessing my Word documents. Now, I get a message that 'the Microsoft Office product necessary to open this file is not installed on your computer'. Then I'm asked to select from either 'I already purchased Office 2010' (whereupon I'm asked, in order to activate, to provide an unknown 25 character Product Key) or the choice to make a purchase. The cheapest option is an Office 365 Home Premium for $99.99 a year. What's going on here? I'm pretty computer illiterate so I don't know if I already have Office 2010 (if it matters, I have a desktop purchased in 2012).

by Geek Size Queenreply 4909/16/2013

Dell is crap. Especially the Inspiron 7720 laptop, the so called 'Special Edition 17R'.

Avoid this laptop at all costs. The motherboard does not work with the nVidia graphics card. Everyone is reporting overheating leading to total system failure. Dell's answer is to send out techs with refurbished motherboards (which will also fail) until your warranty is up, then tell you to fuck off.

They are also stringing some poor bastards on the Dell forums along by saying a software patch will be released 'soon'. Fat lot of good that does a confirmed hardware issue. If Dell had any pride in its product it would recall these POSs, but that's not going to happen.

Avoid Dell. Avoid Dell. Avoid Dell.

by Geek Size Queenreply 5009/16/2013

R49 Download and install the free, open source, OpenOffice.

by Geek Size Queenreply 5109/16/2013

AMD processors have been known to have heat problems.

by Geek Size Queenreply 5209/16/2013

Thanks so much, R53, your first option worked. Much appreciated!!

by Geek Size Queenreply 5409/16/2013

Bullshit as discussed by R53-R54 shouldn't be perpetrated on a customer by a computer company.

Shit like this is just HEINOUS!

And yet, Windows users apparently think this treatment is OK.

by Geek Size Queenreply 5509/16/2013

I have a wonderful Dell 27" XPS all-in-one desktop with Windows 7 and Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus.

They had to replace a Inspiron 23" one I had that crashed after 60 days and couldn't be repaired -- they first gave me W8. I protested big time and they finally gave me the this one.

I'm not down in DELL or any of these manufacturers, I'm down on Microsoft for Windows 8.

by Geek Size Queenreply 5709/16/2013

How do I get rid of the paragraph symbols that show up on my screen documents?

by Geek Size Queenreply 5809/16/2013

In office, go to the little p looking symbol on the home ribbon. Click it. Should clear it up.

by Geek Size Queenreply 6009/16/2013

Windows 8 sucks. Windows 8 destroyed PCs.

Thread closed

by Geek Size Queenreply 6109/16/2013

Thank you R60, that cleared it up.

by Geek Size Queenreply 6209/16/2013

Shill is baaaack!

by Geek Size Queenreply 6409/16/2013

And your point is? You proved what?

by Geek Size Queenreply 6609/16/2013

R65, do you have Aspergers? Excluding sex, I've never seen someone so fixated on a topic if they weren't getting paid.

by Geek Size Queenreply 6709/16/2013

[R55] apparently wants toys.

Jesus. (rolling eyes).

[I didn't type a thing, just cut and pasted your b.s.]

by Geek Size Queenreply 6809/16/2013

The only thing better about W8 is how fast it starts up and shuts down.

The Metro interface is rubbish and they know it. They are no longer trying to push it on people. It will disappear soon enough.

Thank god it's easy to bring back the Start menu and do other tweaks to make W8 into W7. Even with 8.1 coming out in October, most articles you see online these days are about how to roll back to W7, mostly because software vendors have been in no hurry to make their shit W8 compliant. Also, PC makers didn't do enough to ensure that their hardware didn't have problems. In both areas it's mostly glitches, but it's enough to warrant returning to W7.

by Geek Size Queenreply 6909/16/2013

R53, sorry to be a pain, but I'm receiving the same message - 'the Microsoft Office product necessary to open this file is not installed on your computer' - when I attempt to open or download an incoming attachment. What do I need to do?

by Geek Size Queenreply 7109/19/2013

R70 = ass or aspergers, can't decide.

by Geek Size Queenreply 7309/19/2013

Why do you want a pc? lol. Mac is much better!

by Geek Size Queenreply 7409/19/2013

Apple's iWorks Office Suite can open all Microsoft Office Suite files: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

And documents, presentations, and spreadsheets can be created in iWorks and saved as the corresponding Microsoft Office Suite file.

Easy, greasy, et voila.

by Geek Size Queenreply 7609/19/2013

IT is still here.

by Geek Size Queenreply 7709/19/2013

[quote] Did you follow the steps outlined in [R53]'s post?

I did, & they worked for the problem I then had - accessing my existing Word documents. I'm now having issues opening or downloading incoming attachments on my desktop & R53's directions don't help me with this problem.

by Geek Size Queenreply 7809/19/2013
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