Who makes the best PCs these days?
July 1, 2012 12:35 PM Subscribe
I've been asked to recommend a new desktop PC for a relative, but I have no idea what brand to recommend these days. Can you help? Details inside.
posted by DarkForest to computers & internet (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A relative needs a new desktop PC for fairly light tasks like email, word processing, web browsing and the sort. It doesn't need any heavy duty gaming capabilities. I'm thinking an i5 with 4 to 8 GB memory will do fine. They want to buy now, before Windows 7 is gone. They'd want to get 7-8 years service from this machine.
But who do you buy from these days to get a reliable, well-built machine? Here's what I'd like to see in a new PC:
I'd like it to be as low as possible on pre-installed crap-ware.
Preferably I'd like a real windows CD rather than no CD or a restore CD for reinstall/repair.
I'd like the manufacturer to have good customer/phone service and reasonable warranty.
The cost should be reasonable, but I'd rather have quality rather than the cheapest possible price.
I've thought that maybe I should just order parts and build the system myself. I've done that once before and it worked out fine. But I'm not that confident about picking the individual parts (mainly the motherboard and case).
I had rather bad experiences with HP/Compaq back in 2005/2007, so I'd rather stay away from them unless they have greatly improved.
Do you have any recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.