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Old June 6th, 2013 (8:14 AM). Edited June 6th, 2013 by ANARCHit3cht.
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Originally Posted by Belldandy View Post
And I do have a baby PC :3 this little 200$ Acer, but the specs are so low that videos sometimes lag! I'd prefer having nice, smooth presentations. I think it has an HDMI port (pretty sure I absolutely wanted that 100% when I bought this at Staples) but it's so dinky there's no CD slot teehee I figured that out after the fact! XD So no games on this one for me unless downloaded, and then the specs wouldn't be good enough.
Are you sure its because of the specs? I've had some pretty bad and old computers in my life... and none of them have lagged on videos because of the specs alone. Usually some other problem as well. As for no CD slot, you can buy an external CD drive and plug it into your machine. There almost kind of nicer than internal ones.

@Belldandy: If you are going to end up paying any amounts like 14 hundred, them I am begging you to build your own. The machine you could build for that price would be a thing of beauty, especially compared to the ones you could buy pre-built. Not to mention, this would make it really easy to set up nifty things like three monitors or a neat-o light-up fan system. You know, whatever floats your boat. It really is not that difficult at all, and there are many guides online as to how to do this. Other than that, there are certain websites(I'm pretty sure someone already provided one) that build the computer for you, you just select the parts that you want. It's a little more expensive this way, but still far superior than buying pre-built machines.
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Old June 7th, 2013 (2:27 AM).
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I agree you will probably save money if you build your own. Here's an example build:

Total before shipping and tax: 1032.93. And that's a pretty high end rig. If you're worried about actually building the thing, lifehacker has a decent guide. It's not that hard, I swear!

@Anarchi3cht: those little acers do lag on video purely because of specs, or at least mine did. They typically ship with GMA 950s, which can't keep up with HD video, especially when iTunes is using up 99% of the crappy Intel Atom CPU.
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Old June 8th, 2013 (7:36 PM).
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Don't go with an i7. Period. You don't need it. You probably wouldn't need an i5 if not for the fact that you wanted to do video editing. You also might want to consider AMD instead of Intel if video editing is important to you.

You said you're planning to play games, what kind of gaming do you do? Modern gaming on laptops is problematic, getting a decent build costs a lot and ability to play modern games on laptops scales directly with heating problems and power consumption.

My earlier recommendation for CyberPower still stands. The premium they have on putting together machines is very small compared to other retailers.
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