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Q: New PC Purchase Help

Hi there,

I came across the Acer Aspire ZC-700 desktop PC 19.5" with the following specs:

Windows 10 (pre-installed),
Intel Pentium Processor N3700,
Memory - 4 GB,
Hard drive - 1 TB,
Built-in WiFi,
35mm thick,
Ergonomic stand that can be adjusted in height and angle,
Full HD IPS display,

I am able to get this PC for £240.

Any pros and cons for this would be great.


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Preferred Solution: New PC Purchase Help

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Old computer is on it's last leg and am looking for pros/cons as to what I should buy next - tower/laptop. Computer is used personal use and minimal business things. Will be of course purchasing the Office products and am looking to add publisher to that package.

Any good words out there as to what I should purchase.


That's like asking us what you should get for dinner. No one else is going to be able to offer any real insight because none of us are going to be using the system. You know if you need it to be portable or not. You know if you place to upgrade the hardware down the line. You know your budget. Sorry if it comes across as me being unhelpful...it's just that this is an extremely vague question that's purely an opinion...and none of us are qualified to make that choice for you.

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Hello all, i'm planning on purchasing a new computer for christmas from an online store that i feel is fairly reputable. i'm just not sure what type of processor to shoot for though. i currently have a 1.3 ghz Intel Celeron from gateway that i bought off my sister not too long ago. This system is fairly outdated that i know, and i am wondering if I should go with a quad or dual core intel that is 1.8ghz or am i better off with an intel celeron D 3.6ghz. from what i am hearing the dual core is (2) 1.8 ghz cores, so in essence a 2.6 ghz right? on one hand i think that the 3.6ghz would be pretty damn fast, and yet i read articles that would lead me to believe the 1.8 ghz dual core would be faster. i plan on using my computer for normal internet browsing as well as some gaming. i play some mmorpg's like guild wars and plan on getting into playing some half life and gears of war. which of these two processors would be best for a gaming system. These are the two that i am looking at here.

Intel Core 2 Duo 800 / 1066Mhz FSB
Intel Celeron D365 3.6ghz Lga775 533fsb

which is the best for gaming?

A:New Purchase, what to buy

two cores does NOT. i repeat. NOT mean twice the power. it simply splits the load between two processors. it makes it a hell of a lot faster even at a slower gigahertz speed.

i just want to clear that up so there are no misconceptions there. that's a key thing.

if you want game and play something like the half life series or gears of war, you're going to want a fairly hefty processor. not to mention a good graphics card.

the processors you'll want to look at are the Intel E6750 Core 2 duo, and hte Intel Q6600 quad core. you can even look up some benchmarks to show you how they perform as compared to other chips here:

for the rest of the system, make sure you have a quality power supply, at least 2 gigs of RAM from a good manufacturer, and a graphics chip that was very recently introduced.

in terms of power supplies, i suggest the Antec Earthwatts 500watt, the Antec NeoHE 500watt, or an Enermax Liberty power supply. those are very powerful for the price, and are certified to give at least 80% efficiency if not better. so you'll get vast amounts of power, and you'll save on your electricity bill.

for the RAM, get some from Crucial, Mushkin, Corsair, G. Skill, or OCZ technologies. those are the top brands in the business. or at least make sure it comes with it. and get at least 2 gigs worth.

for the graphics chip, i recommend at least an 8800gt or better for gaming. or if you're into ATI, go with th... Read more

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...a hardware firewall for an office network. We have about 15 computers connected through a DSL modem plugged into a switch. I was wondering what exactly "unlimited nodes" stands for on firewalls such as our old sonic wall? Will this firewall protect the amount of computers we have? http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=251800

A:Looking to purchase...

"Unlimited nodes" means exactly that - the firewall will work with any number of hosts behind it. This is opposed to products that will work with only X amount of computers at a time.

As for which device to get.. This depends on what you want that firewall to do and how much traffic it should handle.

I really doubt that you would have functional internet with lots of computers plugged into a DSL modem. Are you sure that this "DSL modem" thing does not already include a router and therefore also a firewall?

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i keep gettting pop ups i need driver update   but it has a one time payment i need to do it monthly...

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im looking for a psu thats 350 watt that would work in a HP Pavilion a305w.

idk anything about psu's...just everything else lol

80 dollars is my limit...might be able to go higher...but would proffer it to be around 50 or 60

thanks for your help guys

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Hi, looking for some help/advice.
I recently purchaseda new PC and need to buy a Operating Sysytem. I am looking to buy Widows XP Pro but I am somewhat confused, ethere seesm to be so many to buy.. some with serice pack 1 some with 2 and some complete..

Can someone advice which I need to get my pc up and runnning. are the ones with service packs jsut upgrades and that means I already need to have a OS system insalled on the pC to install ?

All help appreciated

A:New XP Purchase

Where did you buy the pc from? Can you not purchase the OS from them? You need Windows XP Pro SP2

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I am going to get a CD re-writer for back-ups. My computer place stocks Liteon 40x12x48 with Nero Software.

Have never used a burner before and was wondering if this is an OK brand. I looked it up on the Internet and it seems quite popular. I only want it for basic stuff. I don't really want to go elsewhere as this place has looked after the computer very well since I got it.

Just thought I would check out the views of this forum.


A:Purchase of CD-R/RW

The Lite-On is an excellent burner for the money. Lite-On has been good about their firmware updates. The 40X burner you mentioned was released without Mt Rainier support and with P-CAV recording mode. They added both Mt Rainier and true CAV recording through firmware. You don’t have to know what all that means. Just go to their site and get their latest firmware and you will have the fastest 40x burner on the market.

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I hope I'm in the right forum?
I 'm going to buy a new computer, $400 is my limit. "Tigerdirect" has several that looks like they would fit my needs.
Systemax Ascent KMA3500 ($399 + &19.95 shipping)
ADM Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.30GHz
160GB SATA 7200 HD
Memory DDR2 2GB
GeForce 6100 GPU
350 Watt Power Supply
Operating System: "Windows Vista Business"
Startup OS: "Windows XP Pro"
I'm leaning toward this one because most of my software is old and may not play on Vista, and I like XP it has done me no wrong. Besides I'm 84 years old and I don't want to learn any new systems.
WS Office97, Lotus 123, and others. I am not in position to replace my software with the latest editions.

The other is:
Compaq Presario SR5710Y (Refurbished) ($299 + $19.95 Shipping)
ADM Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz
250GB SATA 7200 HD
Memory DDR2 3GB
GeForce 6150SE
250 Watt Power Supply
Operating System: "Windows Home Vista Premium"
The Vista is a drawback, but this looks like a great buy.

Any suggestions , comments or pertinent information on these two machines , or others in my price range?.
Has anyone any info. on machines like the Systemax with 2 OS?

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Ok so I am in need of some new RAM, currently I have 2x2GB of DDR2 800MHz Corsair Gaming Memory totaling 4GB, but one of the RAM sticks is bad and doesn't work. And I don't want to spend $95 on a 2GB RAM stick. So I have $90 left that I had gotten on my birthday, and was wondering what is the best, highest amount of DDR2 RAM I could buy. I want a lot of DDR2 RAM, but not only do I want a lot but I want it to be good quality RAM that will last a long time, and has a fast speed like 800MHz or higher for $90 or less.

A:New RAM Purchase Help

Dont really have an answer to your question, but have some advice. If you are not going to replace all the ram at once, be careful with the purchase. Make sure that all the sticks are identical, especially the frequency. Many, who replace, ram, buy all that will be used at the same time.

BTW a belated happy birthday.

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Want to upgrade to XP Home Edition from WIN98SE, I will use complete install and want to know what price I should expect to pay and any pitfalls with buying the CD on the web?

tks all
bill w

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I am considering buying/installing an SSD, probably 240gb. I currently have a very well functioning machine with a 1tb HD and all my OS and software is installed on that HD. I am using Windows 7, with all the latest updates installed. I have never used an SSD or installed one so I have some questions:
1. Is 240gb enough or would 128gb be sufficient? I believe I only want Windows 7 (likely upgrade to Windows 8 when released) on the SSD and leave my current HD alone with all my software as it is currently installed.
2. What/where can I find a step by step for installing the SSD and directing the OS to read everything else from the current HD.
3. I usually use the Hibernate feature and only completely power down every few days. Would that still be acceptable?
4. I assume I would have to purchase a new copy of the OS therefore I may wait until Windows 8 is released before making the change.

A:Considering an SSD purchase

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I am from Bilaspur (C.G.). INDIA I have a HCL PC HCL ezeebee that I purchased about 3 year ago. Now I am planning to purchase a new PC.
What I will do with this PC
... various OS (Linux) Testing in Virtual Machines(MS Virtual PC, Virtual Box etc)
... .NET and Web application development
... Audio Video and Photoshop related work. (Graphic Designing)

I will run mostly Visual Studio 2008, Adobe CS3, SQL Server, Windows Vista Business and Linux. But this list may increase.
I have Pinnacle PCTV Stereo card for watching TV on my existing HCL PC. Will it work in new Motherboard.
I am crazy downloader of Music, Software, Movies, Pictures. I think I need more space on HDD.

I would like to mention that I am a Computer Geek. I spend my whole day on computer. I need Fast and Reliable PC which can work minimum 24hr or more continuously without any problem.

As I mention above I will also work on graphic designing therefore I need a monitor with CRT quality display. I like sharpe images of LCD monitors but I also like color range and image quality of CRT monitor. Is there any LCD monitor available which can produce CRT like colors.


Is there any CRT monitor which do not create strain while reading text on it for long time.

Generally I purchase computer related products from DIGITAL AGE at bilaspur.They are good. But they have no knowledge of computers related words. Once they said to plug LAN cable into Phone port. That's why I need your suggestion.

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I am thinking of purchasing xp. I have built this system of mine and most of it works most of the time but all of it never works all the time. I have a dual boot dual hard drive system. The reason for two os's is because I couldn't get everything to work in win2k pro. Now I am having video difficulties. I have a very full system. I have a modem, network card, sound card,dvd decoder card, scsi card and video card (ati all in wonder 32mb pro), cd rw, dvd,zip drive, usb hub,compact flash, It is my dream to have everything work with one operating system. I would like to be able to watch movies,tv,record cd's at 12x,download network etc. I have been thinking of getting win xp pro in hopes I will be able to use all my hardware and all my software. I don't have any old dos games. I don't even care about games to tell the truth. But I do like music and movies etc. Do you think xp will do the trick or will I just be wasting my money? Also do you know what is involved in becoming a licensed system builder from Microsoft?

A:To purchase or not to purchase

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I need to purchase a new FP Shooter and just can't seem to decide between "Battlefield 1942" and "VietCong". I've read all the reviews and as usual they leave me with no information.

I am concerned that both of these titles will be either too much or too buggy for my PC. Is there anyone out there with any experience with these titles?

My PC as a 32mb GeForce 2 video card. Which was more than enough for 'Unreal Tournament 2003', MOHAA, Red Faction II and "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down".

Since it is still a long time before 'Halo' or 'Half Life2' or 'Doom 3' will be released I need another FPS to tide me over until then. Are there any other FPS's out there that I am overlooking?


A:which to purchase

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Hi Guys,

Im looking to upgrade my RAM to 1600Mhz.

Im wanna get 8Gb again

I've seen: Corsair 8Gb DDR3 1600MHz Vengence Memory

And also Crucial Ballistix 8Gb 1600MHz

My Budget is ?40-50, and was just really after some opinions, or whether anybody as any alternatives which are possibly better?

Also just wondering if i can go to 1866MHz as i can get some which fits in my budget

Crucial Ballistix 8Gb 1866MHz

Thanks for any help in advance

A:Help with new RAM purchase

The only specs for RAM that you want to be careful to match are:
Although I must mention that you should not expect to see a real world noticeable increase in performance by jumping up from 1333 to 1600 (or even 1866). Running faster RAM can be important in overclocking in order to get a stable overclock.
Alternately, you could play with overclocking your current RAM to 1600 and save the money. Some 1333 sticks (but not all) can handle it.

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well i have some money in hand... and i was wondering in wat to spend it on, this is my current system..

AMD anthlon 64 2x dual core 2.4, 4600
2 x 7600Gt Xpervision gpu/Nvidia
550W psu
M2n-E Sli motherboard
3.5gb of RAM

now i have 3 objects that i am wanting..
the 8800gtx 300mgb...
the new amd anthlong 64 2x dual core 3, 6000
a new computer case with built in watercooling -(was suppose to get the other day but had none in stock)

now i think the case wud b the best as i cud overclock my 7600 and my cpu more as they wudnt overheat and i wudnt have to sell my old case like i wud wif my cpu and gpus... (i wud lose a lot of mony tryin to sell them)

A:what to purchase...

Get the 8800GTS 320mb (I think this was what you're referring to).

This would give you the highest performance boost IMO. Twin 7600GT just wouldn't compete, unless you overclock using LN2, and even that, its debatable.

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Ok so I am looking to purchasing my first NAS and I am having trouble trying to understand what I should purchase based on my needs. Here is what I am looking for:

-HDD indicator for each drive
-Gigabit Ethernet
-Hot swappable
-Compatible with OS X and linux
-Capable of showing up as a Network drive for everyone to access

Most that I have researched involve a web interface to set up and can only be access through there such as QNAP. Any chance that there are any that don't involve the web to constantly access? I plan to have like 8TB in the nas.

Thanks in advance!

A:NAS purchase need help

I think they pretty much all use a browser to access settings, but its jut by local I.P. address, nothing Internet involved unless you're coming at it from the WAN side, then you need a NAS with web-access.

NAS drives are usually tucked out of the way and rarely looked at, better for the NAS to email you periodically about it condition. Gigabit is important but so is the underlying power of the NAS itself. Cheap NAS drives with gigabit ethernet can still be slow--usually the more expensive they are, the faster and even more robust ones have a second gigabit port as a failsafe.

Don't know about hot swappable. Mine are in RAID 1 and they'lll email me if there's a problem (hopefully).
Compatibility, some would have thier own format like RiserFS, and I think all mine are now just good old NTFS so there is no need for translation at all with Windows so I'm not sure about standardization when it comes to sharing with those three main OS flavors.
All NAS drives show up on a network once properly configured, with their own I.P. address and name...that's the N in NAS.

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Hi all. Just finished my new build and am hunting for deals on a GPU. Not looking to spend more than $100-150 (pref. less). Im not a huge gamer but I play. I can play Skyrim on medium settings off the igpu so I would hope the money spent on a gpu would improve from there (not sure how much improvement though) . Im looking for the best bang for the buck.
Asus p8z68v-lx
i5 2500k OC'd to 4.3G
Xigmatek cpu cooler
8gig. Corsair XMS3 1600
OCZ ZS Series 650w psu
Win 7 Pro. 64-bit
single monitor 1280x1024
(I'm loving this build so far)

A:Looking to purchase a new GPU

Try a 6870.
A discreet GPU would definitely be the way to go for gaming.

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I am building a computer for my first time and after choosing a motherboard, have no idea what RAM to buy. I know that I want 8 gigs of RAM, and the motherboard has slots for 4 RAM cards, but I don't know how to figure out how many pins should be on the RAM that I buy. The motherboard that I chose is an MSI ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard 970. I would prefer a RAM card from Corsair, but thats just personal preference, not necessity. Help anyone?

Also, in case you need more info about my motherboard, I got it at this URL: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DDR3-Moth..._n_feature_keywords_two_browse-bin:6159420011

A:What RAM should I purchase?

As described in the motherboard description - Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 32GB.

This means your motherboard takes DDR3 memory. When an OC follows a number it means that in order for you to run 2133 memory you must overclock, I.e. add more voltage to get it to function at this speed. This is something you don't have to concern yourself with.

Before we move forward why this motherboard? Here are 2 questions that will help you in the process of building a PC:

1. What do you want your system to do?
2. What is your budget?

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I'm looking for some expert opinions... =)

I currently have a BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX-260 OC MaxCore 55 video card and I'm trying to decide if I should purchase a second one for around $70-80 and SLI them... or try to buy an improved replacement card for a similar price and possibly try to sell my current card.

This current card is a:

Memory: 896 MB
GPU Frequency: 655 MHz
ALU Frequency: 1404 MHz
Memory Frequency: 1125 MHz
Memory Bus Width: 448 bits
Number of ALUs: 216
Any suggestions? Advice would be greatly appreciated! =)

A:Purchase another GTX-260 and SLI?

Well if you have an sli motherboard and a decent power suppy its a pretty cheap way to double your framerates in most games.

You will be pretty hard pushed to find a single similar pefrorming directx 11 gpu for that kind of money,

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It seems like nobody does this anymore. First I went to the Dell support website, entered my service tag and went to Parts and accessories. That all made sense and I thought this would be a simple 10 minute process to get the correct chips my laptop needed. There are so many different memory chips available, plus they seem to be changing all the time and not being a computer expert by any means, I was happy to see "Memory" listed as a category filter for my service tag search. Unfortunately all the joy left when it return three solid state drives and nothing to do with any memory chips. Can someone please tell me WHY would Dell not list them anywhere (spent another half hour looking) in Parts and accessories for your service tag???  How can we be sure they are the correct chips? I've joined and login and can search but under RAM memory there are too many different while very similar chips listed that may or may not fit the description under my service tag.
Next I tried a chat session thinking I could get someone to verify before purchase. It said "You are now being connected to an agent..." but a half hour went by and no agent typed one word. After an hour I started asking if they were having lunch and eventually someone came on. I had already moved on and started staining my back deck. Forget about Dell support, and the laptop will stay as it is - a new Inspiron 5559  that is slower than my 9 year old desktop. This used to work so easy in th... Read more

A:How to best purchase RAM upgrade?

It'll take all of 2 minutes - go to www.crucial.com and search by model number.  You'll get guaranteed to work memory and the price will be hard to beat.
If the reason for the memory upgrade is speed, you won't see much improvement in that - there are multiple possible causes:
1. McAfee Antivirus.  If that's installed, getting rid of it will speed things up.
2.  If the system has a conventional hard drive, replace it with a solid state drive.
3.  Run a full diagnostic (F12 at powerup) on the system to check for hardware faults.

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Rght now I have an Acer 27? (Diag) monitor. I am interested in upgrading to a newer and larger 4K curved monitor (prefer 32?), but am not sure if my present HP CPU will support it. Can anyone give me any information as to what I can do before I make a purchase? I would consider this information only, and any suggestions would be understood as such (not to be taken as a brand recommendation, but only for technical advice. I am currently using the HP Pavilion Elite Model: e9270fATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Display adapterIntel® Core ? i7 CPU 860 @ 2.8GHzWindows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.Thank you in advance for this information.

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Both antivirus programs were developed in the Czech Republic and have been long-time competitors.

You can read about it here:



A:Avast To Purchase AVG

Iv used AVG antivirus paid version for years with ZoneAlarm Pro firewall and have had absolutely no problems whatsoever.

Hopefully the acquisition of AVG by Avast will not affect the reliabilty of the product as is the case usually when one firm aquires another. Avast has a brilliant reputation too however when one is comfortable and reliant on a product they usually dont like it to be changed.

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I was wondering if i can purchase the upgrade version of XP, my cpu crashed and windows xp was ruined and I cant find the reboot discs anywhere, but when I start it up and press F8 it gives me a menu with boot options for windows, but nothing happens when you press the instructed keys. Anyways am I goin to have to buy the 200 dollar version or can i just get the upgrade version of windows?

A:I need to purchase windows XP, which one?

To do a full reinstallation you'll need a full version. You can buy them new and legit online for $139.

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I hope I can ask this question here?

I build new computers and I'm trying to find the cheapest place to purchase Microsoft windows vista and 7 and 8 product key code license stickers?

A:Where to purchase win vista, 7 and 8

Have you checked the volume licensing Microsoft Volume Licensing Home Page

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hi guys,

putting together a good system for myself...been so long since i bought a nice computer for myself

got the guts of the machine sorted...just need a VGA card

i dont want to spend much money (under 100 euro)
and have been looking at this

PNY GeForce GT 640 900MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI (comes in round 80 euro)

im not asking is the card good...im just asking is there any card in the same price range which is superior...
now i know you all going to say why not ATI...i dont know too much about ATI cards...

but im open to suggestions...any help appreciated


A:I want to purchase a VGA card

This is a pretty good hierarchy chart for GPU's http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
This is a good site to check performance http://www.hwcompare.com/
ATI and nVidia are both good cards, it's really a matter of preference.

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I have HPZ400 Workstation Xeon 2.66GHz Processor and 4 GB of RAM( I think Its ECC because it has 9 chips)

I want to purchase more RAM. I asked to my dealer but he doesn't have information about its price. Yes he knows the price of ordinary ram. but for ECC ram he doesn't know. He asked to some one else and he has kept his request pending.

Can I purchase RAM for HPZ400 directly from HP. Is this possible? How?

A:I want to purchase HPZ400 RAM. Please help

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I want to buy a Dell laptop with the following minimum specs:
1. CPU clock speed: 2 Ghz;
2.RAM: 4GB (optionally expandable)
Kindly advise

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Anyone have any suggestions where to purchase Win 8 at decent prices? I found a specific site, but am too sceptic seeing their prices to just go and purchase?

A:[SOLVED] Purchase Win 8

If you're a student or faculty member it's only $70.00 (U.S.) directly from Microsoft.

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Hello, my Surface Book was stolen yesterday and need to get a new computer for work (CAD and Sketching for Industrial Design). I would like to know: 1. How does the P40 GPU compare to the performance of the dGPU from the Surface Book? 2. I'm based in Austria and on Lenovo's webshop they offer a keyboard layout "English European". How is this different from the US international layout? (I don't want the QWERTZ or the English UK layout). If someone from Lenovo sees this, please try to improve the info on the webshop... it is really poor. Thanks!

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I currently have:
-[MOTHERBOARD] Asus P5N73-AM Motherboard - NVIDIA GeForce 7050, Socket 775, µATX, Audio, Video, PCI Express, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, RAID
-[PROCESSOR] Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Processor BX80571E7400 - 2.80GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Wolfdale-3M, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775
-[RAM] Centon Dual Channel 4096MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory (2x2048MB)
-[GRAPHICS CARD] EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi;


I'm thinking of upgrading to:
-[MOTHERBOARD] G452-7976 ::GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H Motherboard - ATX, Intel H77 Express Chipset, DDR3, USB 3.0, RJ-45, HDMI, DVI-D, SATA 6Gb/s, AMD CrossFireX, RAID
-[PROCESSOR] I69-3570K ::Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.40GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
-[RAM] P33-6301 :: Patriot Viper 3 Extreme Performance Black Mamba PV38G160C9K 8GB Memory Module Kit - DDR3, 1600MHz, 240 Pin, XMP 1.3, RoHS Compliant
-[GRAPHICS CARD] E145-0667 ::EVGA GeForce GTX 660 02G-P4-2662-KR Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready, Superclocked, Dual-Slot

The upgrade will cost $587.96. Is the price decent for the improvements?

A:Worth the purchase?

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Hi all,

I'm trying to purchase Windows XP Pro SP2 OEM version. Now this oem one is about $187, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...ab=11&NoMapp=0

The retail one is like 300+, I don't really need any stuff other than the XP cd + cdkey, but the price difference is so big, is there any difference between OEM and normal retail version (the one comes with the box)?


A:Windoes XP (oem) purchase

Your answers are here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...uld-i-buy.html (Sections H, I & J)

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need help to start using this computer

A:purchase use computer from e-bay

What operating system does it have?

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I am considering purchasing a laptop that, unfortunately, is only available w/Vista. I want to replace Vista and therefore will need to purchase XP Home. Does anyone know of a low cost, reliable (legal) source for an OEM version of XP Home?



A:Need to Purchase XP Home

Hi and welcome to TSG. Before you go and do that You had better make sure you have all the drivers you will need for Windows XP and that laptop.

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I am considering purchasing a laptop that, unfortunately, is only available w/Vista. I want to replace Vista and therefore will need to purchase XP Home. Does anyone know of a low cost, reliable (legal) source for an OEM version of XP Home?



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I am thinking of making a possible return to Kaspersky. In my country, I am getting it for dirt cheap price, and therefore, it's very difficult to resist the temptation. However, even if I go on to buy it, I ain't so sure if I really need the extra features of KIS -- as I don't use the following modules:

-Parental Control
-Software Updater
-Anti Spam
-Anti Banner
-Webcam Protection
-Safe Money
-Wi-Fi related Protection

However, the only module which interests me is the "Firewall."

So, what do you guys think? Based on my above preferences, am I better off choosing KAV this time around? Or, is KIS still the better choice with its superior Firewall?

A:KAV/KIS purchase dilemma

But KIS has the "Application Control" (HIPS) which is intimate related to Kaspersky FireWall, and We could say is one of its best modules also with System Watcher... It's up to You, of course, the decision

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Hello, I'm researching the P50 but find the Lenovo configurator confusing. Basically I want 32 GB of RAM and that is no problem for the P50. I also want 1 TB of SSD storage, which Lenovo doesn't seem to offer? In the spec it reads: Up to 3 drives (two M.2 SSD and one HDD)Some:M.2 SSD / SATA 6.0Gb/s or PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4, 32Gb/sSome:HDD / SATA 6.0Gb/s, 2.5" wide, 7mm high, APS Does that mean that all P50 comes with one PCIe M.2 slot and one SATA 6.0GB/s slot?Or does that mean that some come with 2 PCIe slots and some others come with 2 SATA 6.0 GB/s slots? Basically I don't want to miss out on the M.2 PCIe slot.

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A:P50 questions before purchase

The P50 has two storage bays. The right storage bay may only be used for a 2.5" 7 mm HDD/SSD (SATA III). The left slot can either be used for one 2.5" 7 mm HDD/SSD (SATA III), or two 2280 M.2 SSDs (SATA III or PCIe NVMe). For the HDDs there are two cables required to connect them with the mainboard, for the M.2 SSDs there are special trays. If you want to upgrade later, you can buy them here:http://shop.lenovo.com/se/sv/itemdetails/4XB0K59917/460/7EF7D50A5A7047049A355BF42AAF3C5Chttp://shop.lenovo.com/se/sv/itemdetails/4XB0L63274/460/7EF7D50A5A7047049A355BF42AAF3C5C If you order from Lenovo directly, there is a way to get 1 TB of SSD storage: Just order two M.2 512 GB NVMe SSDs.  For this you have to select "None" for the first Hard disk drive, then for the first SSD the 512 GB NVMe and for the second SSD also the 512 GB NVMe. The SSDs Lenovo sells are all M.2

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I bought this hp from a stupid person and it was messed up with garbage - I have cleaned it to an acceptable level but is there info on how far to go? Also, how do I get rid of the previous owner's name (ex) so I don't get reminded all the time?

Thanks in advance...w

A:Used Computer Purchase

Would help to know what operating system [WinXP, WinME, Win98SE] you are talking about !!

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If an older laptop is purchased from ebay is there a way to get a set of new quick restore cd's for the laptop?  (the laptop does not have the os) it is a 7720 with no operating system what so ever--
the laptop I believe originally had the windows 7 operating system installed? 
Does a new operating system have to be purchased through dell or can the quick restore cd's be purchased through dell to bring the computer back to original defaults?

A:Ebay Purchase

Hello!  You have several options with their own unique problems.  First of all you can follow the information found here to download or order recovery media.  Dell is transitioning to an ISO download format so you may be able to download the complete ISO restore media on your own.  There is also a form you can fill out to possibly acquire dvd's that have the restore programs on them.  
A problem with both those solutions is you need to transfer the ownership information and put it in your name.  You can follow the information to transfer the ownership here.
Lastly you may have to acquire a copy of Windows 7.  If you can find an OEM version of Windows 7, there should be a COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop or behind the battery that has your code needed to activate it.  Then you can go to dell's support page and download the drivers on your own and install them fresh that way.  

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Hi Folks.

Thanks for all the previous help.

Will purchase a new External HD, and per your advice will get a WD.
Need 1 TB, or perhaps 1.5 TB.

Read all the reviews for their various models, and one can really go nuts trying to figure out
which would be the most reliable.

I don't need portability, slimness, super-small size, super speed, etc.
My sole concern, after losing what was on a Seagate, is reliability.
Am also quite happy to live with a wall wart.
Must be USB 2.0 compatible.

Reading the reviews of a bunch of their models, it seems, for all of them, that
20 -25 % of users have had problems.
Thousands that don't, but a goodly number, for all I looked at, did after a short time or right out of the box. Luck of the draw, perhaps.

So, might anyone recommend a WD model or two that they feel is a cut above the rest re reliability ?

And, please:

Should I seriously also consider Hitachi ?
Do they actually make their own, or are they repackaged WD or Seagate's ?

BTW: Are the ones with wall warts more reliable than the USB powered ones ?

Much thanks, as always,

A:Which WD External HD To Purchase ?

Western Digital bought Hitachi's hard drive business 3 or 4 years ago, but both brand names are still in use. I don't know if Hitachi is possibly semi-independent within WD and has hard drive designs that are noticeably different from WD. That's possible, but I don't know how to confirm it.

If you don't need portability, you might consider an internal rather than an external. You'd gain speed since your data would not have to negotiate the USB interface at all, you'd avoid issues related to the enclosure, and you wouldn't have any worries about a wall wart.

I have a second internal that is purely for backup purposes. I've never even owned an external. I additionally make occasional backups to a third internal in an external dock, but the second internal is my workhorse backup drive. Completely backs up about 95,000 files and rarely takes more than 70 seconds to do so.

You're never going to avoid the issue of being sickened by the number of negative reviews you see for whatever drive strikes your fancy. Try to avert your eyes. Otherwise, take into consideration that some of that is user error and that those who have a poor experience with a particular brand/model are much more likely to make a review than those who were satisfied.

I chased my tail on this issue for several months last year when I was shopping for a new second internal drive. All of it pointless although I was emotionally incapable of doing otherwise. Eventually, you have to hold your nose and take the plu... Read more

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Just wondering if anyone know a place to by a legit copy of WinXP Home. There has to be a cheaper place than the MS website ($199) to purchase a copy.
Thanks in advance.

A:Purchase Windows XP

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Hello, I'm new to building computers and recently purchased an MSI 785GM-P45 Motherboard and would like to know if it would be compatible with this RAM http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6395813&sku=U12-40751

Any other information about RAM would be helpful as I am a newb thanks.

A:Solved: What ram to purchase?

Your motherboard supports:
DDR3 Memory 800/1066/1333/1600*(OC)

The memory you showed is Ultra 4GB PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz Desktop Memory

So they are compatible

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I have looked at sites selling Windows XP Pro and XP Pro 64 bit and I
am confused. I eventually want to use the 64 bit version but I am
afraid I will not be able to use my printer or scanner for an
undetermined period of time because of the lack of drivers for 64 bit.
I have noticed a wide range of prices for the Pro but I am afraid of
some of them. I wonder if anyone knows what you should have to pay for
a legitimate version? Low but legal. (Full, OEM and Upgrade: what versions are
required to upgrade from.) I need to know as soon as possible if you
read this and can give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks In Advance

Jim Allen

PS I am in the process of ordering parts to build a computer so will be able to use OEM if that is what I decide on.

A:Purchase of Windows XP Pro

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Hello, I want purchase sli graphic but I can't find it. 

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