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Offline Fjw70

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Computer recommendation
« on: May 26, 2016, 10:44:28 AM »
At home we have an old laptop that was the cheapest we could find at the time. I don't use it much. Outside of work I mainly just use my iPad for computing needs. However as the kids get older we need a higher quality computer at home for them to do their home work and such. The current computer takes forever to just boot up. Worst than it use to but it was never very good.

So what are the recommendations for a good quality computer? We don't do computer gaming but it would be nice for something that would handle something like complex spreadsheets and my wife likes to use photoshop and maybe some video editing.

The second recommendation I am looking for is the best way to get my kids involved in computing programming. Their ages range from 10-15. Any suggestions here?

Thanks.

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 10:51:30 AM »
With photoshop and video-editing, you would want as high spec a computer as you can get.... in todays world I'ld recommend to steer clear of anything with less than quad-core, at least 3GHz CPU speed, and at least 8GB of memory. Also, get a videocard that is in the £150 range, at the least.

Last thing you want is your wife getting frustrated because the gfx-card can't keep up and you get glitches in the videos

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016, 11:13:41 AM »
Thanks

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 12:25:45 PM »
There are so many free programming tutorials today that I would suggest looking at those - maybe youtube videos if they prefer video to reading.

Python and JavaScript are both good starting languages to learn today - my daughter is in Grade 6 and is learning JS herself.

If you want a free book/website that builds a game as part of the learning, try Eloquent JavaScript.
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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2016, 09:02:55 AM »
Everyone has their own preference.
Personally, I am a mac user now. There isn't anything wrong with Windows systems. For me, I don't really care for Windows 10. I missed the Windows versions between 7 and 10, and for some reason, it's harder to do things on a windows computer in Windows 10.
Mac has a lot of decent software bundled in it. I'm sure windows does too. I like the fact that all my apple devices sync early across each other, so that's my vote, for what it's worth.


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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 09:34:25 AM »
I have never owned a Mac before but I may look at them this time.

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2016, 05:43:41 PM »
Code Academy

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Re: Computer recommendation
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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2016, 10:09:38 AM »
funny question really.
You'd like a high end computer for video editing.
The higher the quality of the video the better the computer you'd need.

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Re: Computer recommendation
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Offline Maegnarval

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2016, 11:43:58 PM »
Alienware X51's start at $1,699.99 here:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-area51-r2/pd?ref=PD_OC

Serif DrawPlus is a decent cheaper Alternative to Photoshop:
http://www.serif.com/drawplus/

They also have Movie Editing software:
http://www.serif.com/movieplus/

There is Roxio Creator as well:
http://qflix.com/enu/products/creator/

If you can handle putting together a computer try this site. You should be able to build something similar to the $1,699.99 Alienware for a cheaper price:
http://pcpartpicker.com/

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2016, 02:24:17 AM »
I'm probably too late, but in case you're slow like me when it comes to buying electronics!

If you are not a die hard Windows user, then I would strongly recommend buying a Mac. It takes 2 minuted to be up and running; you get Apple's office suite for free; along with Photos, iMovie, and GarageBand. Since you are an iPad user, you will be able to link your iMessage account to the computer and they sync automatically. If you have an iPhone, same thing.

And, if you are hooked on MS Office, they have a version for the Mac. And, I would recommend buying a refurbished machine from Apple - they're basically brand new, at a lower price!

If, however, you have been on Windows for a long time, you might want to skip the Mac and just buy the biggest, baddest PC that your budget allows. I buy my PCs from one of the many local shops in town that put together generic computers and I have never had a problem, (YMMV), but I have been doing this since the mid-80s!

Good luck.

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Re: Computer recommendation
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2016, 05:23:35 AM »
I did serious consider a Mac but went with a PC instead. This is what I got.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883798487

Although it looks like the price has gone up some since I got mine.