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Advice for switching to Windows 7

I recently purchased a new desktop PC running a clean install of Windows 7, without any other software installed. What should I know or prepare for before I get started with daily consumer use? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Oct 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Cheap graphics card for 2008 iMac?

Apple iMac A1225 desktop computers from 2008 came with the notoriously unreliable Nvidia 8800GS graphics card that burns out and turns the iMacs into bricks. Getting a new Nvidia 8800GS graphics card costs about $650 for the part. Getting a used one on costs about $300. Is there a cheap alternative -- something that costs, say, $50? As I understand it, the only alternative is the ATI 4850, which go for about $300 used. Yet I find it hard to believe that there are no other graphics card options.
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find a desktop PC on a budget

My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Trading a desktop for a laptop

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Windows 8 - Worth $40 on a new desktop?

Today is the last day to buy Windows 8 (specifically, upgrade) at the discount price of $40. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

Desktop PC Recommendation

Seeking Desktop PC Recommendation [more inside]
posted by saladin on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

New inexpensive SFF PC for lightroom?

I would like a small new desktop PC. I would like it to be faster in Lightroom. I would like to spend as little money as humanly possible. What's my best strategy? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Moving expensive desktop PC without a car?

How can I take my expensive desktop computer with me to move when I am flying? If I were driving, I'd just put the desktop tower in my car. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Jun 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Tablet PC Desktop Replacement?

My work provided us with Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Tablets. I'm looking for software that could possibly replace the Windows 7 desktop and make the touch screen easier to use. The caveat is that I need to be able to get back to the Windows 7 desktop. [more inside]
posted by crios on Apr 8, 2012 - 2 answers

What PCs to buy?

What PCs should we buy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 31, 2012 - 12 answers

What do I need in a computer to do what I want?

What do I need in a computer to do what I want? [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead on Mar 12, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I stop a hardware beep in my desktop PC?

My IT Help Desk is stumped - can you help me? My computer is making what I can only describe as a hardware beep that I can't turn off. Muting Windows and disabling all system sounds doesn't work. Yet the beep only happens when I do certain things with the software - at first, it was only when trying to save a document into my virtual system in Word, but recently it's every time an email arrives in Outlook, which is just awful. This didn't used to happen, but once, many months ago, I accidentally pressed a random combination of keys and it started. I have no idea how to turn it off - and neither do the IT people. System details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

What to do with two slightly older desktop computers...

What to do with two slightly older desktop computers... [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jan 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should I buy my PC?

Who will build me a desktop PC? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Sep 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply?

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Windows 7 home server hardware recs

Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Advice on purchasing a desktop computer

I'm planning on getting a new desktop computer which I mainly plan on using for ArcGIS 10 and would appreciate advice on what to get. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on May 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Computing Menages a Troi

After fifteen years of using a laptop and monitor as my desktop, I'm strongly considering switching over to dual-computer life, trading in my trusty MacBook Pro for a Mac Pro at work, and a MacBook Air at home / on the road. Are there non-obvious (i.e., beyond Dropbox and MobileMe) services, software, or best practices that would make wrangling two computers less of a disaster?
posted by thomascrown on Feb 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Budget win7 desktop build

Replacing my dinosaur desktop PC, can you do better on a $385.00 budget? [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Jan 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Shortcuts and Memory

Does the number of desktop shortcuts effect a computers memory (Windows XP)? [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 1, 2010 - 25 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Secure remote access to home PC

How can I set up secure remote access to my home computer? [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby on Sep 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside...

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Fucking internet, how does it work?

Weird internet blockageā€”problem resolved, but mystery remains. Macintosh and Time Warner cable internet insideā€¦ [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 13, 2010 - 3 answers

I Can't Wait to Construct Additional Pylons

I'm going to buy a new desktop computer. My budget is up to $1,000. My basic requirement is that it must play Starcraft 2 on high settings at 60fps. Where do I start reading / from where do you recommend I buy? How do I learn to distinguish between the seemingly millions of similarly named video cards, ram configurations, Phenoms and i7s, and more importantly how I can maximize the gaming bang for my buck? A friend of mine said that at my price point, I'm best to go with a Dell, getting Dell to install a better video card if possible? [more inside]
posted by demagogue on May 10, 2010 - 23 answers

Dude didn't get a dell

Help us identify the model of this oldish desktop. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Apr 27, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Mar 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Remote desktop clients/servers for assisting the elderly

Seeking suggestions for remote desktop services to assist an elderly computer user. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Mar 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Digital photo/video set-up

I do a fair amount of photo/video editing and would like to step things up with some new equipment. I'm going to replace my overheating, broken screen hinge laptop with a desktop and monitor, but I know nothing about gigs and ram and video cards. Any other suggestions regarding photo storage, organization, and editing software are welcome. [more inside]
posted by defreckled on Mar 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me buy a new desktop.

Please help me buy a new desktop computer for photo editing. [more inside]
posted by number9dream on Jan 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Computer Swapping?

Swapping my laptop for a desktop and monitor instead of selling? My plans have changed, and my laptop and furniture are not working together well and causing me pain. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Dec 26, 2009 - 5 answers

What's cheaper, Windows based MBP-equivalent desktop computer?

In lieu of buying a tricked-out MacBook pro, I'm thinking about taking the advice in this comment and picking up a mostly equivalent, Windows-based desktop for around $500. Can you give me advice? [more inside]
posted by niles on Aug 22, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm in need of a new computer. A desktop, not a laptop. And zoomy.

I need a new computer--a desktop--but I don't know what kind of expectations to have for a new machine versus my 5-year-old computer. Is whatever's on special gonna impress me? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Jul 27, 2009 - 24 answers

Does Not Compute

Please help me find the best laptops for our teens! Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by misha on Jun 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Low-Power Computer + High-Power Computer = ???

After 5+ years of working remarkably well, my desktop is finally giving out in multiple places, and it's time to move on. I use my desktop as an always-on computer, though, so I'd like to get something low-power. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Apr 16, 2009 - 5 answers

help me chose a new computer

Help me choose a Linux desktop computer (UK) [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Feb 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Will my computer work when I put it together?

ComputerBuildingFilter: As my home PC just recently kicked the bucket, I'm looking into building my own PC for the first time, and I want to make sure the parts I'm looking at buying are compatible. [more inside]
posted by Grither on Nov 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Small desktop for media storage

BuildMyComputerFilter: I want a new desktop. Tiny, affordable, more specs below the fold. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Nov 20, 2008 - 14 answers

Building / buying a gaming desktop PC.

Building / buying a gaming desktop PC. [more inside]
posted by detune on Jul 24, 2008 - 14 answers

Extending the life of a Pentium D desktop via a processor swap?

Can I extend the life of my aging Dell XPS desktop by means of a processor swap? Details within. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jun 5, 2008 - 13 answers

My computer might be sick.

My computer gets extremely loud at random moments. [more inside]
posted by als129 on Apr 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Best Desktop Computer?

Help me buy a new computer. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Feb 29, 2008 - 19 answers

I want to roam free from my desk.

What's it like to have a laptop as your only computer? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Sep 13, 2007 - 63 answers

What can I do with my extra computer?

What are some creative things I can use an extra desktop for? The computer is big, loud, and hot, so I keep it in the pantry with a wireless adapter and access it via SSH or remote desktop. [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; on Aug 6, 2007 - 10 answers

To buy or not to buy - even what to buy!

Should I stick with my last July G4 iBook, buy a MacBook or an iMac or wait for untold delights? [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Good Widget Dashboard Setups

Looking for something for Windows and/or Mac OS X that allow you to invoke or otherwise mark off an area at the side of the screen with only widgets/applets/chiclets/whateverlets in them. It should be different from, say, the OS X dock, in that it should claim its screen real estate fully -- no letting things slide under it or over it, windows that bump up against it should recognize its edge and stop. [more inside]
posted by namespan on Apr 13, 2006 - 4 answers

Stop desktop search engine from indexing contents?

Is there a way to tell those fancy desktop search engines like Google or Copernic, to NOT index the contents of any file on my PC? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Feb 11, 2006 - 9 answers

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