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Whats a Desktop Deal:

There are many factors you need to take into account in order to make something a deal. Manufacturer, Product line, Specs and warranty are usually what to look at when figuring that out. You need to consider prices as well, sometimes you get a price so hot that it doesn't matter what company it is.

Generally speaking here are the guidelines for Intel processors:

i3 8th Gen processor - Under $300 is usually a hot deal, Under $350 is decent
i5 8th Gen Processor - Under $400 is a Usually a Hot Deal
i7 8th Gen Processor - Under $600 is a Usually Hot Deal

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2040 on: November 14, 2023, 03:53:59 AM »
I am looking for a desktop for heavy web usage (a lot of chrome tabs open), some other office programs, & 2 screens, would this be good for me?
I think i should get something with 32gb RAM for chrome
The answer is the same - it is still overkill (especially with no Dell credit). 16GB is plenty and you don't even need an i5, much less an i7, though I understand if you will get one anyway. I would recommend one of the alternatives I listed above.
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2041 on: November 16, 2023, 10:15:13 AM »
Looking for a good deal on an i7 with 16gb of ram and 512gb+ if anyone sees anything.

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2042 on: November 20, 2023, 12:08:08 PM »

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2043 on: November 21, 2023, 06:07:59 PM »
3 years of Dell Premium Support for $99 - worth it?
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2044 on: November 22, 2023, 04:04:45 AM »
3 years of Dell Premium Support for $99 - worth it?
Consumer Reports says, at least once a year, that it is never worth it to pay to extend a warranty (on computers). Personally I would except a business that needs 24/7 performance without any hiccups, to pay for a service that includes same-day on-site service.
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2045 on: November 24, 2023, 02:25:26 PM »
no desktop deals this year?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2046 on: November 24, 2023, 03:40:41 PM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/134355627610

is this any good? or more for gamers

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2047 on: November 24, 2023, 03:42:54 PM »
Any iMac deals?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2048 on: November 26, 2023, 08:06:28 PM »
Any iMac deals?
Mac mini 8gb at $500 on amazon

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2049 on: November 28, 2023, 08:03:01 PM »
looking for a midrange desktop, didn't really see anything over the weekend.

Any have any recommendations or shittos before I go for one of these 2?
https://www.costco.com/lenovo-ideacentre-3i-desktop---13th-gen-intel-core-i5-13400---windows-11.product.4000159110.html $500
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/desktop-computers/inspiron-small-desktop/spd/inspiron-3020-small-desktop/useishbts3020gcrc $550

both i5 13th gen, 16gb ram, 512 ssd

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2051 on: November 29, 2023, 11:33:59 AM »

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2052 on: November 29, 2023, 02:25:44 PM »
Looking for all in one computer for “family” kids projects etc..
I am apple fan but don’t wanna spend that on family computer.
Any advice or deals?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2053 on: November 29, 2023, 02:47:59 PM »
Looking for all in one computer for “family” kids projects etc..
I am apple fan but don’t wanna spend that on family computer.
Any advice or deals?
my advice is a keep a distance from all in one's

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2054 on: November 29, 2023, 04:30:36 PM »
Looking for all in one computer for “family” kids projects etc..
I am apple fan but don’t wanna spend that on family computer.
Any advice or deals?

The mini gets STELLAR reviews. The M2 chip blows everything else out of the water.
Its tiny and slick
And it was 470 yesterday on amazon
if u like mac no brainer

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2055 on: November 29, 2023, 05:07:04 PM »
The mini gets STELLAR reviews. The M2 chip blows everything else out of the water.
Its tiny and slick
And it was 470 yesterday on amazon
if u like mac no brainer
Thanks I’ll look. Can I use any monitor and keyboard with it?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2056 on: November 30, 2023, 05:52:40 AM »
The mini gets STELLAR reviews. The M2 chip blows everything else out of the water.
Its tiny and slick
And it was 470 yesterday on amazon
if u like mac no brainer
Do not get an M2 or M3 with only 8GB of RAM or you will regret it. (The issue does not apply to the M1 models, believe it or not.) No personal experience but seen multiple reviews that say so.
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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2057 on: November 30, 2023, 09:13:16 AM »
Do not get an M2 or M3 with only 8GB of RAM or you will regret it. (The issue does not apply to the M1 models, believe it or not.) No personal experience but seen multiple reviews that say so.

8GB is still pretty much the standard. Unless his needs are atypical why is more needed

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2058 on: November 30, 2023, 09:34:28 AM »
Do not get an M2 or M3 with only 8GB of RAM or you will regret it. (The issue does not apply to the M1 models, believe it or not.) No personal experience but seen multiple reviews that say so.
Could the RAM be easily upgraded like most PC's?

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Re: Desktop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2059 on: November 30, 2023, 09:43:38 AM »
8GB is still pretty much the standard. Unless his needs are atypical why is more needed
Look here: https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/337646-apples-entry-level-m2-macbook-pro-turns-into-a-celeron-under-heavy-load
Throughout I've noticed several tech sites saying the same, or worse (it seems that some reviewer's "light loads" were enough to throttle the computer.) I've already seen articles saying Apple did not improve matters for the M3.
Notebookcheck is more forgiving (they only noticed when they worked it hard). It says (emphasis mine):
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Both base models the MacBook Pro 13 M2 and the MacBook Air M2 are shipped with a 256 GB SSD with just one NAND chip, so the transfer rates are much lower compared to the models with 512 GB SSDs (two NAND chips) or even the base model of the old MacBook Air M1.

The transfer rates are basically still fine for your daily stuff and you will probably not even notice any limitations, but the M2 chip with shared memory puts data on the SSD (swap memory) when the memory is full, which will then result in lower performance. During our review, we only really noticed it during the Adobe Premiere Pro PugetBench test, where the video export took much longer compared to the MacBook Air M2 with the 1 TB SSD. It really depends on how you are planning to use the Air M2. If you run multiple apps or numerous browser tabs at the same time (especially with third-party browsers like Chrome), there will most likely be noticeable performance drops. You should also use native apps if possible, since emulated apps via Rosetta 2 will also require more memory. If you want a device for the next couple of years, we would definitely recommend the upgrade to 512 GB, which costs $200.

In my mind, if you are spending that much in the first place, it isn't worth not spending further and solving this issue.
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