It goes blue screen 2 or 3 times a week but it seems to do it at the worst possible time. Today I wrote a long blog post and just before I was ready to post it, bang blue screen. Lost forever in the bit bucket.

I stopped at a computer store in the mall the other day and picked up a copy of Computer Edge, a local computer magazine. It has a lot of adds of places that build computers and sell components. I could specify what I wanted in the computer and their prices seem reasonable. I'm thinking that might be better than getting a ready made from Dell or such.

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Chisaki,
Have you ever wondered WHERE all those lost bits go? Is there a "bit" heaven? It makes you leery of posting anything ultra-sensitive on your computer, doesn't it?
Chaplain ET
HP Is pretty reliable, I got mine in late may and it has been great so far
I have the pavilion dv4i with and i5, 4gb ram and i have windows 7

btw, what laptop are you using? and what are the specs?
For laptops I'd tend to go with a major manufacturer since you can't just run down to Fry's to get replacement parts and I'm a little leery of warranty support from 2nd and 3rd tier vendors. HPs and Dells are fine, but I loved my Lenovo x201 - rock solid.
Dell are fine, but will not last a life long, after a while you will need to replace the battery and then the HDD..etc

In my opinion I prefer Toshiba or Sony. In my family my parents have 2 Toshiba's, my brothers one have a Sony the other HP, while my sister have an Acer and my brother in law have a Toshiba as well as I am.

Something that we noticed about the HP is it that it has a bad network adapter, on Toshiba it will be a full bar (Excellent) while on the HP it will says Good or Poor!!
Dan - I don't want another laptop, I want a good desk top to play games and do school work. I've been looking at local places that build to order so I can get what I want.
Understood. In that case I'd just make sure that they use quality compnents (name-brand) - you can always look at a site like Newegg for customer reviews for individual components. I think you'll probably get a better desktop this way than with some of the lower end name brands as they tend to value engineer their components andespecially power supplies . They will also sometimes break support for standard drivers from the OEM meaning you won't be able to get the latest, which is especially important for keeping your video drivers up to date for gaming.

Since you're going local I'd just check around and see if anyone has any feedback on the builder you choose - mainly to make sure that they'll support you during the first 90 days when things are more prone to go wrong. It sounds like you know what you want your machine to do, so set your budget and get shopping! :)
I've been looking at this place, they have been in business for a long time:
http://webserver.computoredge.com/shopper/sponsor.mvc?ccode=CMM8&am...

I've been looking at the package 8 with some upgrades, but maybe package 9 would be better for newer games.
Either way I'd definitely upgrade the proc from the Celeron (pkg 9) or Pentium (pkg 8). I like the i5-750 as an entry level gaming proc within the Intel family. 3 or 4 GB RAM should be OK (I run 4GB and have no issues with RAM). Get more if you do stuff like video editing, Photoshop, etc. I'd also bump the video card to ATI 5750, nVidia GTS 250, or higher. HDD and other components are up to you. If you want insane speed, get an SSD for your boot drive. :) What do you play? My experience is mainly FPS (BFBC2, MoH, CoD, CS:S, etc.) and RTS (SupCom, CC, SC2 FTW!!!), so YMMV.

From what online reviews I was able to read they seem OK, and being in business for a while tends to indicate success.
My desk top at home is an Asus P5E3 with and Intel E8500 processor and 4 GB RAM. It has nVidia 9800GTX+ video. I could play any game out at the time, haven't been home in 19 months. I had it running at 3.8 MH with never an error. I was the family geek, I wasn't that good but the best they had so they called me first when their computers went ballistic.

I like FPS and some RPG games, was playing Crysis, Mass Effect, Oblivion, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and others. I haven't been keeping up because this laptop is no good for games.
Crysis - so you know what you're in for... :) Right now I run an i5-750, 4GB HyperX, GigaByte GA-P55-UD4P, 1TB HDD and a OCZ 64GB SSD, OCZ PSU, and a GigaByte 5850 OCed on a 25" HDMI @ 192x1200 all in a Hades case. Everything is butter smooth with all the eye candy turned on. One of my friends went and paid a bundle for a Falcon with an i7 and dual 5870s, but I didn't have that much to spend. :)

With what you've said, what's keeping you from just buying the parts and slapping one together yourself? I now have my family go to Dell, BestBuy, or Frys since I got tired of being their tech support.
Blue screen means one of a two or both....problem with the Hard Disk Drive or the RAMS....Is you have a recovery disk run it and do diagnose to find out what is the problem.

If you are not savvy at computers I will advice you to go with already built computer by a good name (Toshiba, Sony). Hope this helps!
Ahmad - I don't want to mess with the laptop as long as keeps working; until I get a desk top. If I did and it quit working, I would be offline.

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