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BethLang
01-20-2013, 09:57 PM
Hi everyone!
I have been totally MIA for the past 8 months here, and am now finding time to scrap again since going back to my full time job and other roles in various organizations.

It is time to get a new computer, and I have no idea what to get that will be best to use for scrapping. I had a dell laptop, inspiron 1720. I liked the size of the screen, but the memory is low and the computer is slow.

I have alot of styles, brushes, etc. for digi scrapping, and am currently using 2 ehd drives when I scrap.

Don't want a Mac. Just ready for change is all.

Am currently using windows vista, but hate it.

Would love another lap top.

Any suggestions out there? What do you use, and what do you like/dislike about it???

Colleen
01-20-2013, 10:51 PM
Well - I was going to suggest Mac, but that is on your don't want list... ;) lol

Ricki
01-20-2013, 11:09 PM
I was also going to suggest that, Mac's are perfect for this profession, but then it's not on your list.........hmmmmmm :)
Hope you find one that suits you, which is the most important part.

Jacque
01-20-2013, 11:13 PM
all my laptops r toshiba. great prices and quality and service. but the big thing is just to make sure u get at LEAST 4g ram and a fast cache HD. they all come with the new Windows 8 which is suppose to be pretty awesome for wifi and is compatible with most older software. its Win7 on steroids from what i've been told. vista alone will mess up a computer...welcome back btw

BethLang
01-20-2013, 11:30 PM
ok, tell me about Macs and why they are great for graphics. I see this opinion alot in my research, but am afraid of a huge learning curve. Will there be a learning curve, and are there laptops in mac land? I have no idea....

Jacque
01-20-2013, 11:51 PM
others can give u more info BUT macs were created for graphics!!!! (or graphics were created for the mac...either way same thing) and if u have adobe products u can do an exchange on your software from win to mac (but not sure how that works with older software) mac is a better computer...i use win because i can not afford to replace all my software that is not compatible

other than that if u can afford it...go for it...windows was created from the mac platform but there is a learning curve...although going from vista to win 7 or 8 is a learning curve as well...so if u CAN switch its worth it. bill gates started at mac (after his garage) which is why they r closely the same. (this is a long battle i won't go into LOL)

Jacque
01-20-2013, 11:51 PM
ooops and yes mac has laptops although the desktop with their monitors is my dream computer...disney and pixar use macs if that helps :)

Ricki
01-20-2013, 11:56 PM
Mas are specifically for heavy work, and so they are much faster. There are desktop and laptops Macs.
Forget almost everything you know about pc's because Macs are totally different in many ways. For example the keyboard, the mouse, the way windows show and so forth. It certainly is a different experience and there is a lot to learn.

The other part is that Macs are expensive but from my experience, I have a desktop one, it's so worth it.

I know you'll be getting more ideas here about what the good and the maybe-not-so-good side of Macs are, [not that I have encountered any not-so-good incidents for four years, just my mouse].

My personal conclusion is that for Scrapping, Macs do the job best :)

Ambelleina
01-21-2013, 12:00 AM
Are you strict with wanting a laptop? I only get desktops for graphics-intensive things and serious gaming. Unless you're going high-end laptop, they just can't compete with a desktop.

That being said, I am also on the look for a new computer (mine is about 5 years old and while I take care of my computers and it still works perfectly, I'm ready for an upgrade) and some of my personal requirements include having at least 8 gigs of ram and a 1 TB HD. I have a 1 TB EHD, but I really need the internal to have that much too, so the computer doesn't get bogged down and laggy.

The ram is NECESSARY and I only have 4 gigs of ram right now and Photoshop can be a bit laggy. The memory is an absolute necessity. I am also wanting to upgrade for a quad-core processor.

I generally spend about $500 on a PC tower then I already have all the peripherals including my monitor. You can get so much more with $500 on a desktop versus a laptop.

macs are great machines but they are INSANELY overpriced. i mean, seriously way too expensive. unless you're trying to do professional graphic design or music creation/editing, it's just not worth it. a lot of people get them just for the name and then just check their email, play games and use photoshop. pointless. there is a learning curve and you can get more machine for far less money going pc versus mac.

Sarah
01-21-2013, 12:49 AM
I've been looking at laptops too. My current one is DYING [I get notifications that one of my processors is failing, and well, when you only have two, that can be bad hehe]. This (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+15.6%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+6GB+Memory+-+750GB+Hard+Drive+-+Moon+Silver/6973801.p?id=1218817707775&skuId=6973801) is one I've been looking at, which is a DELL, and a dang good price [similar to what I paid 5 years ago, but for WAY less specs hehe]

Product Features

3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor

Features a 3MB cache and 2.5GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz.

Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.

6GB DDR3 memory

For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support

Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.

15.6" WLED high-definition display

With TrueLife technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

750GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)

Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.

Intel® HD Graphics 4000

For lush images and vivid detail. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.

Built-in 1.0MP HD webcam with digital microphone

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.

8-in-1 media reader

Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, High Speed Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card formats.

4 USB 3.0 ports

Including 1 USB 3.0 port with PowerShare for fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.

Built-in Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230 LAN (802.11b/g/n)

Connect to the Internet without wires.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface

Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.

Built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN

For quick and easy wired Web connection.

Weighs 6.1 lbs. and measures just 1.2" – 1.3" thin

For portable power.

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit operating system preinstalled

Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.


I've been looking at other brands, and honestly, Dell is giving better specs for the buck than any other maker out there.

BethLang
01-21-2013, 01:12 AM
Gosh there are lots of choices out there. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject. I like the macbook pro 15 inch, but it's just not affordable. And I fear losing alot of my files, scrapping, actions, styles, brushes, other software, etc. in making a total switch to mac. I may stay pc for now, as I won't have time to dedicate to learning a new system untiil summer. But this discussion is SO useful, thank you, GingerScraps ladies!

familyhistoryscrapper
01-21-2013, 01:13 AM
I just ordered myself a new HP Pavilion that I customized on their website to have a larger hard-drive and other great features (with the help of my computer guru brother). The main I went with the pavilion is my husband just got Windows 8 on a new computer and I, personally, don't like it, so I opted to get myself a new computer that still had windows 7 and the Pavilion was one that did.

If you're worried about a learning curve, Windows 8 has a big one. I'm currently a Vista user and I find Windows 8 a lot more difficult, so if the learning curve is your biggest concern for choices, then keep in mind Windows 8 seems to have a big learning curve

BethLang
01-21-2013, 01:28 AM
Amy, thanks for letting me know that about windows 8. I have vista, and am pretty used to that, and where things for photoshop go, etc. I was wondering that about windows 8. Also, I was just crusing around the HP site and wondered if they customized for customers. Good to know! Thanks!

BethLang
01-21-2013, 01:32 AM
Amy, is the keyboard back lit on that HP pavillion?

familyhistoryscrapper
01-21-2013, 01:56 AM
Amy, is the keyboard back lit on that HP pavillion?

You can get it backlit if you customize. I got mine with a backlit keyboard but it did cost a bit more

Colleen
01-21-2013, 02:58 AM
I switched from PC to Mac (less then one year ago), and everything of mine transferred just fine. I absolutely love all the features a Mac has for navigating and whatnot. I will never ever ever go back to PC. lol lol lol
Gosh there are lots of choices out there. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject. I like the macbook pro 15 inch, but it's just not affordable. And I fear losing alot of my files, scrapping, actions, styles, brushes, other software, etc. in making a total switch to mac. I may stay pc for now, as I won't have time to dedicate to learning a new system untiil summer. But this discussion is SO useful, thank you, GingerScraps ladies!

daisysmiles4you
01-21-2013, 03:28 AM
Okay, I totally cannot access the second page of this thread (I get a 403 forbidden and a 404 not found - 2 errors for the price of one!) but I plan on getting a new laptop in the next year or so. I cannot afford Macs so once again it will be pc. For me, I want 8 GB ram and other wise I'm not too sure at this point. I may drool over macs, but I don't learn well on my own so trying to figure it probably would not be best. I know I want Ram, a good (fast) processor and other than that I haven't looked into stuff. I also go to pcmag and look up reviews. Although I'm not looking forward to learning Windows 8, I'm hoping there will be improvements in speed and ease of use. Good luck!

chigirl
01-21-2013, 01:23 PM
i'm a loyal DELL scrapper and use a laptop with 8mgs of ram and 500 gs hard drive, but I also have 3 EHDs, 1T, 500GS, and one back up drive.

The only thing that would hold me back from getting a new computer right now is Window8, have not heard too many positive things about it yet, anyone have any more info on Windows8?

I'd like to up to a MAC but it's a big step and $$$$, maybe someday.

Good luck and have fun with your new computer whatever you decide on, it's always fun to get a new "toy"

BethLang
01-21-2013, 01:24 PM
Okay, I totally cannot access the second page of this thread (I get a 403 forbidden and a 404 not found - 2 errors for the price of one!) but I plan on getting a new laptop in the next year or so. I cannot afford Macs so once again it will be pc. For me, I want 8 GB ram and other wise I'm not too sure at this point. I may drool over macs, but I don't learn well on my own so trying to figure it probably would not be best. I know I want Ram, a good (fast) processor and other than that I haven't looked into stuff. I also go to pcmag and look up reviews. Although I'm not looking forward to learning Windows 8, I'm hoping there will be improvements in speed and ease of use. Good luck!


Krissy, I am in the same boat! It looks like cost is going to keep me in PC land, and i do want at least 8 GB ram, too. Thanks for recommending pcmag for reviews. I had not heard of that. Thanks for sharing!

StarWarsFans
01-21-2013, 02:59 PM
This is good information! My laptop was working fine for me as a scrapper, but now that I am designing, it is simply not fast enough. Somedays I just want to throw it out a window!

Sarah
01-21-2013, 09:36 PM
I fixed the post. Ellipses cause issues ;)

daisysmiles4you
01-22-2013, 06:17 AM
I don't know if Windows 8 is a bad so much as it is different. People tend to hate change, especially if they don't really understand it. Just look at FB, for example. Every time they make a change, people make petitions wanting to go back to the way it was, then they learn how to use it get used to it, FB brings out another change and the whole process starts again with people wanting to keep the last change that they wanted to not have so badly not that long ago. (And if you followed that run on sentence, I'm very impressed!) The review I read on pcmag many moons ago said that it had it's good points, it's bad points, but once you figured things out it was good. I remember that it both started up faster and shut down faster than snow leopard (or whatever Mac's latest OS is) mainly because it really surprised the reviewer. *shrug* I have my momentary qualms about changing, but the older the OS is the less efficient it is and the worse it will work with newer programs. They're designed for the newer OS's so that's what they work best with. Not to mention being designed to work with the minimum system specs the newer OS's have as well! It sucks (and I still don't know where everything in windows 7 is) to learn a new way of doing things, but sometimes it helps. I remember how much better...um, I think it was vista was than xp. (now I'm dating myself!) More stable and all that. I'll reserve judgement and see how it handles and most likely end up getting it next year when i get a new laptop (or if this one dies). I don't know of that helps, but I tried as well as I could considering I haven't used Windows 8. *shrug*

Three cheers for Sarah, fixing the thread!

And I so want to through my laptop sometimes, though not for the same reasons!

sladd79054
01-22-2013, 11:32 AM
I am using an Acer laptop (http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-AS5755-6699-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B005J2JJ4C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1358857787&sr=8-3&keywords=acer+aspire+5755-6482) which I know is a cheapie but it has worked fine for me. These are the specs:

6 GB DDR3 Memory

750 GB HDD

Intel Core 13-2330M (2.2 GHz, 3MB L3 cache) whatever that is

Intel HD graphics 3000 up to 1760 MB Dynamic video memory

Intel wireless display

It was less than 500.00 at Best Buy. It was a couple of years ago but still using it and works great.

sparkysgirl
01-27-2013, 04:07 PM
I have both a desktop and a laptop. The laptop is new ... a pre-Christmas gift from DH. Laptop specs:

ASUS with a 1T HD; Processor: Intel Core i7-6310QM 2.30 GHz; RAM: 8 GB

I love my desktop PC - its fairly new, too, and I really thought that I wouldn't use the laptop that much. I have been proven totally wrong! I love the laptop. It really handles PS (CS5) really well. I don't carry it out of the house much ... and, it's a good thing, because it is heavy. That's the only drawback to it. However, it was never my intention to carry it around other than to take it along when we go on trips. It does allow me to scrapbook wherever my DH is in the house, and that is what he intended when he gave it to me. I've only had it since November, but so far it is working great! Good luck finding something!