What would you look for in an Economy/Budget Desktop PC as far as specifications?
gdonner wrote -
When I hear "economy", I think of people wanting to do web browsing, e-mail, word processing, and perhaps low-level audio editing, CD/DVD burning. As a general rule though, I would be recommending at least a Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Vista (preferably 64-bit), with built-in Nvidia graphics and a good LCD monitor of some kind. Gaming or video editing (IMO anyway) obviously does not fit the "economy" mold, and the specs are of course vastly higher.
I'm of the opinion that "economy" PC's are normally bought by customers just starting out. They've heard about this World Web thing and would like to see what its all about and maybe do some messing about with music and possibly dable in low level photo work. Once they have found their feet and start looking a little deeper they discover gameing, vidieo editing etc but can't warrent the purchase of another system so look to upgrading what they have.
So to this end a good first PC I think would be one that has low to midrange CD/DVD, power supply, RAM, HD copacity and processor. But the most important thing should be the motherboard. A strong mobo (ATX) with perhaps on-board graphics and enough scope to enable the future upgrade to a decent graphics card and processor could very well double if not trebble the life span of the system, make for a very happy customer and could only serve to promote the company that supplied the system.
So in short, a system that has a great upgrade potential. No one would relish the thought of having to upgrade a mobo just to be able to use a decent GPU and be faced with also haveing to bear the cost of a new operating system.
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everyones budget is different. Today you may have to start with how much you want to spend and go from there. But truthfully, if you are buying something with Vista as an O.S., 2GB ram is a must. I helped my father get a new laptop, and we knew we wanted Dell, but he is still a newbie when it comes to Computers so we also looked for cheap. Esp since he is retiring soon after being self employed. So we got him a Dell Ins, and i think it was a 1501 or similar from a BIG chain that sells Dell laptops.
Amd Turion Dual Core 64bit CPU
DVD RW drive
I forget the other specs but i know it was well under $600. May have been $498 but i forget.
An "Economy" PC is usually something that can not be upgraded much or at all.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220441 - this is an Eee PC. It's like a laptop, but cheaper.
Hope this helps.
I think you'r right, traditionally an economy PC has been one that can't be upgraded much. I also think that the point Chris is making is what would we consider to be an economy PC. If Dell were to break the mold and produce a system aimed at the newbie, upgradability should, IMHO, be paramount.
Which of the two statements do you think Dell would like to see:
1. I bought my Dell 3 years ago and all I've had to do is upgrade the graphics card and I can play the latest games and do a lot more with my video editing, brilliant little system, you really ought to think about getting one.
2. I bought my Dell 18 months ago and now I can't play that new game thats all the rage without upgrading the graphics card and mobo and processor and get a new operating system cus the one I got is tied to this mobo, worst thing I ever did getting this machine, I wouldn't bother if I were you.
Just my 2p worth.