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Dan Carmichael

16 Days Ago

Buying A New Computer - Need Recommendations

Buying a new computer - need recommendations
not what to buy, but where to buy it (online)

I have a Dell I-7 Win 7 64 with a semi-fast Nvidia card that I use for graphics processing,
But what I'm on now is an older I-5 that is beginning to show signs of age and it's time to upgrade.

Been buying computers for years from Cyber Power PC, and have always been relatively happy with longevity,
but always looking for alternatives. If you can recommend another vendor, I'll check them out.

Here's basically what I'm looking for:
Desktop PC
full size case
Win 10 64 bit
an I-7, mid range fast or faster or I-9
open slots on the MOBO for expansion, and a PCI express to install a good NVIDIA card

If you know an online vendor that builds systems like this, I would appreciate the referral.






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Rich Franco

16 Days Ago

Dan,

I have a 3-year-old Cybertron PC that was a top-rated and low-cost Desktop. Will upgrade this year and probably buy from them.

https://www.cnet.com/topics/desktops/products/cybertronpc/

Rich

 

J L Meadows

16 Days Ago

HP computers suck. I'm getting a Mac next time. Or any other desktop that doesn't use freaking Windows.

 

Dan Carmichael

16 Days Ago

Thanks, Rich.
Exactly what I am looking for - other vendors to check out.

Cybertron's site:

https://www.cybertronpc.com/

 

Edward Fielding

16 Days Ago

Buy one with good customer service. I went with an "good value" gaming computer company and had problems from the start after Windows sent out an update.

The customer service turned out to be "leave a message and we'll get back to you in a day or two".

The problem was resolved months later after Windows finally sent out an update that fixed the problem but I totally feel like I'm on my own if any problems arise.

 

Susan Rissi Tregoning

16 Days Ago

I have purchased two upgraded gaming laptops through Amazon from a place called Computer Upgrade King. My husband and I have both been very happy with them. They also do desktops.

https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/8333463011?_encoding=UTF8&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Computer%20Upgrade%20King&ref_=bl_dp_s_web_8333463011

 

Dan Carmichael

16 Days Ago

Susan, thank you. Even tho Amazon made some noticeable changes overnight, your link worked. I'll check them out.

Edward, I know you probably didn't name them on purpose. Still, it would be helpful if you would. Your call.

 

Edward Fielding

16 Days Ago

This is what I got. SkyTech Omega Mini Gaming Computer Desktop PC https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073XF3N37/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

No longer available. They probably change the design ever six months or so.

I like the case although it was the first computer I've gotten without a CD-ROM bay.

Also, the case had little room for adding hard drives. I moved a SSD drive over after purchasing a dual SSD holder, but I have a third SSD drive just kind of stuck in there.

Something to consider. I didn't really think about that. I have a bunch of external drives also.

I usually solve computer problems myself but I was getting Blue Screen Of Death for months until the latest Windows fix. Probably not the hardware's fault unless it was some driver issue.

Haven't had a crash at all since the latest Windows update.

....

This computer replaced a four year old HP that started to choke on start up. Kept trying to start, would give up, start again over and over for hours. Finally would boot. Probably also caused by Windows.

 

Dan Carmichael

15 Days Ago

Thanks, Edward.

Yea, I hear ya' The case of the one I am replacing is a gem, but I can't find anything like it. It has 6 easy-to-access slots for drives. I have 3 installed.

The one feature I really like about the current case I cannot find. Hard to describe, but - on the top of the case it has a slanted slot with a sata power and serial connector properly and perfectly placed. You can take a 3.5 internal drive straight out of the box, slide it down the incline, and the power and serial connectors fit perfectly. It is a handy way to bring up a new drive, format, copy files, etc. before installing / replacing it internally. It is also a handy way to connect an off-site backup drive.

Thanks for the post. I was concerned it might be Cyber Power PC. Problem is that all computer sellers nowadays promote their power systems as "gaming" machines, and when you said a "gaming computer"...

Regards,
- Dan

 

Philip Duff

15 Days Ago

Check Dell computer's on-line store. They have frequent sales.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/sc/desktops

All their towers have models with builtin NVIDIA graphics.

Also their factory refurb store is worth checking out.

https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/Online/InventorySearch.aspx?brandId=2202&c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh&~ck=mn

We currently have 2 Dell systems - a several years old Inspiron dual-core i3 laptop and a fairly new slimline desktop W10 quad-core i3. No problems with either of them.

 

Dan Carmichael

15 Days Ago

Thanks, Philip;

I check the Dell refurb store all the time.
( https://www.dellrefurbished.com/ for those who do not know.)
As of yesterday, they had nothing I wanted.

However, I will agree. The Dell I now use for graphics, and the Dell Ultrasharp monitor I had many, many years ago were quality stuff.

 

Jason Fink

15 Days Ago

I buy from Newegg.com, mostly because I trust the user reviews there.

 

Edward Fielding

15 Days Ago

My new computer did have cool led fans and a see-through glass window on one side. I'm not gaming with it, just wanted something that wouldn't choke with 4K video.

 

Rita Drolet

15 Days Ago

I have an HP and never had a Problem, I would buy it again

 

Dan Carmichael

15 Days Ago

Jason,
I used to buy from newegg but had problems. But they are worth another look. Thanks for reminding me..

Edward,
I didn't mean there was anything wrong with gaming systems. Rather, that all the computer retailers market toward gaming - it's big business! A strong "gaming" system is a strong "power" system no matter how you look at it. But "cool led fans?" LOL. Well, that doesn't add to functionality so I normally don't pay for extras like that. I do like mechanical keyboards, tho. I got one a while ago that rolled rainbow colors around on the keys. Waaayyy to distracting... I gave it to my wife. LOL.

Thanks for the reply, Rita.

 

Dan Carmichael

11 Days Ago

Wow,
Cybertron PC is far superior to my old favorite, Cyber Power PC.
Not based on price or anything else, but info.
I want a nvidia 1660 or 1660ti card.
NO info about output ports on Cyber Power. I was told by two sales reps that I would have to "research it myself".
But on Cybertron all info and details are there.
Cybertron has a far superior configuration tool.
Thanks, Rich.

 

Rich Franco

11 Days Ago

Dan,

Yes, they were #1 for PC MAG, I think for the power and also the pricing. My older one doesn't have a CD ROM bay either, but I had an external one that I've used. I think they also had "refurbished/returns" section that were pretty damn cheap......

Rich

 

Dan Carmichael

10 Days Ago

Rich,

Thanks again for your reply and suggestion / help. I will probably order from them. I have configured a system and saved it in the cart.

However, I have been all over the CyberTron site and can find no refurbs. Guess they got rid of it.

Still, a superior site. Hope their systems are superior, too.

Again, thanks.

Regards,
- Dan

 

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