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Old 10-02-2019, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Laptop or desktop

Hey looking for suggestions on a very budget friendly laptop or desktop
Portability isnít at the top of my list it will never leave my room.

Mainly need it for iTunes and video/photo editing (go pro footage and touch up on black and white photography) running osrs would be a plus.

So a chrome book is out of the question due to wanting to run iTunes.

Not very good with the processes and all that stuff the last new laptop I bought was 600 and ran like complet garbage.(compared to a $200 Chromebook).

Hopeing to keep it sub 4-500 if possible. Not sure what I should be looking for. Been watching videos and reading reviews/lists. But that all seem to contradict each other.


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Old 10-02-2019, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Budget, there is no better way to go than a desktop, assuming you already have a monitor or tv with appropriate hookups, mouse, keyboard.

If you are into building your own that $500 budget would be nice for a decent Ryzen build. Probably look to the "2nd" gen 2xxx series, probably a R5 2600, or go with the built in graphics model like the 2400G....I mention 2nd gen for price to performance on your budget.
RX570/580 GPU, B450 Motherboard, go with 16GB of RAM if you can squeeze it out. Pick a decent PSU as well, cheapo units can cost you big in other ways.

If you have a MicroCenter close by they are a great place to look for parts to build. Often are cheaper than anywhere else on (most) items aside from memory IME. They offer some nice discounts when purchasing the CPU and mobo together. Just overall a good spot to create a build.
Make sure to budget in for an SSD, not a HDD and go M.2 if you can afford to. Pick up a HDD for bulk storage, if needed. I highly recommend that even if you aren't already a member there to check out Tom's Hardware forums for suggestions on a build in that price range.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Me and building electronics are a no go to many diffrent colors for me to tell apart sadly
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It really more plugging connectors into the right place than dealing with color. I am assuming by saying that you are color blind. It shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Man, I'm telling you, building a PC is not that difficult. Follow some Youtube guides and you're good to go.

Not to mention, building a desktop means you can always make incremental upgrades or replacements instead of having to full replace it when something goes.
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If you aren't going to move it around all the time, then you should build a desktop.

If you need to move it around all of the time, you should get a laptop

If you would LIKE to move it around SOMETIMES, you should get a DESKTOP

1000% more performance for dollar. Get a display from craigslist or goodwill for like zero dollars.

Ask a friend to help you out if you know anyone. Its easy to get a good cheap rig.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Another vote for a desktop; way more bang for your buck especially at the $4-500 price mark.
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you can build a solid desktop for under a grand
laptops on the other hand fall under the "pick 2" principal your choices are

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Old 10-03-2019, 04:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just hang out a bensbargains.com and watch for deals to pop up, and they will, several times a day. These days I wouldn't recommend a desktop computer unless your needs made a laptop impractical. Laptops with sufficient muscle for the tasks you describe can be purchased fairly easily, for very little money.

Example: https://bensbargains.com/bargain/del...laptop-667879/

Even if you don't think you need to move around, having the option to get up and move when necessary is pretty amazing, and well worth a few extra bucks. But when you consider you aren't purchasing a monitor or keyboard (or mouse? Or Desk?) with the laptop, it really doesn't actually cost more.

In years past, buying a cheap laptop always meant you were getting a slow, 5400 rpm rotating disk drive, vs an SSD you could get in a more expensive laptop. These days though, SSD costs have come down, and you can find them even in inexpensive machines. Definitely do not buy a laptop without one.

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Old 10-03-2019, 05:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd say build a desktop if you can, for the price it's far more power. That said if you want to move around a laptop is obviously far more practical. I'd look at 2nd hand Lenovo Thinkpad X or W series. Plenty of power and can be had for cheap. I've seen models with 3rd Gen i5 processors, plenty of RAM and options for an SSD for $200.
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