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# 14890 25-Jul-2007 14:16
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Parents want a new desktop computer at around $1200. Should they go to
Dicksmith and grab a Acer, compaq or HP. Or should I go to Ascent and get a computer built from them. or there is anyone else you can recommend.

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -
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  # 79610 25-Jul-2007 14:22
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I would get one built, that way you know that what you are paying for will be used.

There are often a lot of compnents built into a PC that some people just never use.

I would not recommend any of the others at the moment (no comments about where I work please :D) as I have seen a fair few HP/Compaq machines where the DVD drive does not work, even after recovery.

Also Acer's repair times are really bad at the moment, I am not sure what it is liek with Datacom (their repair agent), but I know that Acer have moved their spare parts back to Australia, which is meaning that laptop repairs are taking far too long. Im not sure about desktops as I rarley see these come back.

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  # 79625 25-Jul-2007 15:40
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I bought my parents an Acer about 12 months ago from Retravision and they are happy with it.  They use mainly for banking, email, a bit of admin type stuff (agendas, meeting minutes for some groups they work with) and instant messaging my kids from time to time.  Recently I loaded a bunch of music on it and, although speakers are not ideal, it has been a good thing for them! 

There was an issue that the hard drive failed after three months and it took about two weeks to fully sort it out and get a new one shipped and installed (at no cost) so all is well that ends well.  They have had no problems with it since then.


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# 79768 26-Jul-2007 13:04
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well i just got a new hp computer it has every thing u need and some u don't but things u don't need are good in case u need them in the future  hp s are fully load with everything u would want and are fast and have pretty good prices so u may not spend that much but mine was only $533 with the tax 2.8ghz dual core burner dvd player writer all the goodys so well thats just my opinion lol c ya

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Ultimate Geek

  # 80102 28-Jul-2007 11:59
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I would recomend dragonpc ( they are very good though customer service is slightly lacking but I have brought my computer from them and my friends have also brought there computers from them and they have all been perfect with no problems at all except for one faulty 200gb Seagate hdd which they replaced for free

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