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Initial post: Nov 20, 2012 10:20:12 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
Since I can't seem to keep a PC from getting virus, even when I barely use it, can someone recommend a decent CPU for under $500? All I do with it is pay bills online and create some simple spreadsheets now and then. I already have a nice monitor and brand new wireless kb/mouse combo. And please recommend a malware/spyware/antivirus that will actually work. Verizon's internet security suite apparently sucks.

Thx.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:21:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:22:11 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Uh...lol

CPU for under 500? That's pretty much every CPU. What is your purpose for the machine? I don't go to bad sites or view porn on my PC and NEVER have a problem with viruses.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:21:28 AM PST
Solid Sponge says:
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

That should handle anything you throw at it. I don't think a new CPU will protect against viruses though.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:21:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:22:29 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
$500 for a CPU will get you a pretty high end CPU. The quad core i5's 2.90 Ghz are only $225-ish.

Unless you are talking about an entirely new computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:22:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:23:19 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
That's why I asked for recommendations on protection, too, BFB.

I think I mis-typed: I need a new tower CPU.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:23:41 AM PST
Wait... you want a PC or the central processing unit?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:25:39 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
JJ...all I use it for is paying bills online (Chase, Best Buy, etc...) and doing a little Office work. Somehow, my PCs always end up getting hosed up. One had Norton and got ruined and now my laptop is damaged and in need of hundred of $$$s worth of repairs and it had Verizon security on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:26:28 AM PST
Solid Sponge says:
Oooohhhh okay. I only read half of your post and found a link for a decent CPU. For virus protection I'd recommend using Norton. I use Norton, and it's got some cool features like showing you how many people use a certain program, how many people think it's reliable, etc. It's blocked me from quite a few attacks and helped identify malicious websites when I need to twerk the stick.

Link to norton: Norton Internet Security 2013 - 1 User / 3 PC [Old Version] [Download]

I also use this monitor: Dell ST2220L 21.5" Widescreen Flat Panel LED Monitor

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:26:34 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
Capt...I need a tower PC. I guess CPU means just the processor to you more savvy PC dudes :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:27:18 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA880 Desktop (Black/Blue)

That's a pretty good computer for $500, and you could even run games on it. There's only 1 left though, but it's sold by Amazon so no tax or shipping fees.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:27:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:30:53 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
Do I get antivirus....spyware...malware...all the above? Someone told me to get Malwarebytes, but that's expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:28:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:31:41 AM PST
Use Avast and Malwarebytes. Get them here:

http://download.cnet.com/windows/

If you're looking for a desktop PC, you can get one for around 199.99 that you can put together from Tiger Direct. Then you just need a hard drive, windows, and video card. I think that's about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:29:48 AM PST
Correct ;)

If you can use a screw driver you could build your own if you want and learn a lot about it, otherwise you can get a cheap pre-built from Tigerdirect, Newegg, or Amazon just for regular tasks.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:29:53 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
Does Dell use proprietary parts in their desktops? My PC was a Dell that my sister gave me that crapped out.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:30:23 AM PST
Malwarebytes is free. Don't need to get the pro version. Use the cnet link and grab the free one there, then just deal with the ads. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:30:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:31:11 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
If all you are doing is just paying bills and office work - you don't need anything extravagant... You can probably spend <100 on a CPU and be just fine.

Oh you need a Desktop, not a CPU. Gotcha'.

Use Avast and Malwarbytes as Cpt said. Avast is great.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:30:49 AM PST
No, but they often use crappy outdated parts in their older PCs, so you'd be out of luck either way.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:32:11 AM PST
Solid Sponge says:
Sometimes they do. I'm not for sure on exactly which PC's they use proprietary parts in, you'd have to open it up and look. Some of the Alienware computers definitely DO have proprietary parts in them. What kind of computer is it? I could research it for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:34:49 AM PST
If you want, I could remote into your computer some time later this week and try to fix it.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:39:30 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
BFB...I gave it back to my sister, so I'm in replace mode now.

Thanks Capt, whatever I get, I'll use that link to protect it. I think I could put the computer together physically without any issues, but I'm just not a programmer at all and would more than likely screw up installing the OS or something. I would like to get a pre-assembled unit so it's ready out of the box.

So, I guess I need a tower PC for under $500. It does NOT have to play games as I'm a 100% console guy. What brands should I just avoid altogether?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:41:38 AM PST
just be careful with what you decide to buy. To be honest, $500 isn't bad these days for a decent gaming system

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:41:45 AM PST
Solid Sponge says:
If it makes you feel any better, the manufacturers make it so you CAN'T put a part in the wrong place. The building is the easy part, and the OS install should be simple as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:42:38 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
Capt, I had a tech remote into it and he showed me about 14 critical errors and dozens upon dozens of serious errors (this was my laptop I'm talking about here). My PC is probably on the way to electronics recycling because it didn't cost me anything.

I gave my laptop to a friend to look at, but if he can't do anything with it, I may take you up on your offer of remoting into it. It currently just shows 2 .dll error upon start-up, but works otherwise. The tech said there was damage to it, though. It's an HP about a year old.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:44:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 10:44:44 AM PST
Where was the tech from?

I'm no miracle worker, but I've fixed quite a few serious problems in the past few years.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:48:27 AM PST
Stud Lee© says:
I'm trying to remember...it was an online link from Verizon. MyFastPC or something like that. So, I may be looking into another laptop as well...actually, it's my wife's laptop.

Anyway, for the PC, are there just bad manufacturers that I should avoid? Someone said Acer sucked.
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