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Buying the new PC

Q: Buying the new PC

It is time to get a new PC. My present one is coming on 5 years old and is not worth attempting any sort of upgrade. Still runs OK, Win98 but showing its age.

Thinking of getting the new one here.


Looking to choose between the Affordable AMD or Affordable PIV (Intel) basic package as listed with my changes to upgrade / add to customize for my needs.
Want to stay under ~$600-700 for the system. Use my old monitor.

So something like:

300W Mid Tower

Motherboard ???? (What to choose here ????)

512 Ram (Upgrade)

30 GB Hard Drive (Which manufacturer is best ????)

32x12x40x12 CDRW/DVD Comb (Upgrade)

3.5 Floppy Drive

32 MD 3D Video (Should I consider any upgrade ????)

3D Sound Card

10/100 Network

56K Modem/Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers

Of the listed Motherboards which is best? I don't need blinding speed. Only do your typical surfing. Sometimes play some on line games, cards, etc. Thinking the first two choices under each category.

The 30 GB hard drive should be fine for me. I should have a choice between Western Digital, IBM, Maxtor, Seagate. Which should be preferred? Also thinking of adding another hard drive D using the same drive as C in a mobile rack and getting maybe up to 3 additional drives to swap out. 1 for backup, 1 for general storage and 1 as a spare for C. Plan on keeping this system for my typical 5 years. These racks are new, never used, not hot swappable, but that isn't all that important to me.

I have the mobile racks and this fellow has let me use my own hardware to help build the system in the past. Also have a 100MB Iomega Zip drive to stick in so I can move info around between all my other PC's. Would make this PC compatible with a lot of info I got on a zillion 100MB disk(s) library.

What operating system? WinME or WinXp?

Would an upgrade to the Video make sense at these prices? I plan to use my old 19" monitor.

The vendor should throw it all together and I should get the standard warranty on the new parts. If I brought everything and came prepared it wasn't a problem before. Don't expect it to be this time. The other plus is the guy is local, so any problems that might arise are a lot easier to deal with in future.

What have I missed that might be nice to add? Does this seem like a reasonable yeoman type system for the money?? Should I be looking at another vendor / system. Being super fancy is not important to me. More important is reliability and never being in a position to lose my data or system due to some bug or crash. Plus these systems have some expansion ability and you tend to get a complete set of software and docs. They give you all the software / docs for all parts that make up the system.

Guess I should buy the new system before my old one crashes and gives up the ghost. TIA

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Guys, maybe someone's got an idea, if I'm making the right decision here. I'm about to purchase a used, but refurbished Dell Latitude E6540 from 2014 for roundabout 700 Euros. For that kind of money I could easily afford a brand new budget laptop. Thing is, the Dell is quite a powerhouse, a dated one, but still, it's packed with OK specs (I think, or more precisely, guess - I'm not really that much of a tech freak)

It comes with:
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (4x 2,7 Ghz)
15,6'' FHD Display
512 GB SSD
1. Intel HD Graphics 4400; 2. AMD Radeon 8790MQ (2GB GDDR5)
and a 24 months assurance

I use my laptop mostly for editing and rendering (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and such), slight gaming and research stuff.
Would be great if anyone could help me out with a little hint.

I hope this is the right kind of platform for this sort of questions.

A:Buying a used laptop vs buying a new one

Compared with new, one of the biggest problems I've seen with refurbished laptops is a lousy battery. Another is weight. If you can live with that though, the above looks like it could be a decent buy.

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Hi guys, I'm buying a new rig and i need to ask some questions.

1. Is the power supply compatible with the case.
2. Is the power supply good and does it have enough power.
3. Is the case big enough.
5. What graphics card should I get. Im thinking of the GTX 275.
6. Should i get a SLI compatible motherboard. What type do you recommend.
7. Should i get the DDR3 compatible motherboard. ie the Gigabyte EP45T edition.
8. I have looked at the latest edition of PC power play. What monitor should i get. I thinking of the 22" samsung.
9. WD or Seagate?
10. What do you think? Are there any issues?

My budget is $1500 USD

Here is what i'm thinking...

Case - Coolermaster RC-690 Mid Tower
RAM - G.Skill-PI 4GB Kit (2x2G) DDR2 1066
Hard Drive - 500Gb 16Mb SATA II Seagate
Optical Drive - Pioneer 216 Dual Layer 20x DVD+-RW Black SATA
Graphics Card - Palit GTX 275 896MB
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66Ghz Quad Core
Monitor - 23? 5ms DVI Acer X233H Full HD HDCP
Operating System - Windows Vista 64 Home Premium
Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts 750W
Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45 UD3P
Headset - Plantronics .Audio 750

Please help me!

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9. WD or Seagate?Click to expand...

Whichever is cheaper. Matter of opinion, but I would go with WD.

CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66Ghz Quad Core
Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts 750W
Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45 UD3PClick to expand...

I would reconsider those three only, the others look good I think.
For gaming, I don't think the expensive Q9400 is the best choice. For an intel platform, I would use an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail and a P45 (SLI or CF only if you think you will later on). I would lean towards an AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail 0 and a 790V/G/X/FX/GX/GFX AM3 board, so DDR3 RAM also.
The powersupply just seems like too much for a GTX 275, again this is slightly dependant on SLI/CF later on. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail is a good choice, it is on sale right now for $5 less than the 550w.

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hi guys and girls hope all is well this is my situation i have a asus m3n ht motherboard a gigabyte gtx 280 a phenom 2 940 running at 3.7 stable on air kept nice and cool in a antec 902 case but i have heard my ram is rubbish the brand is elixer and i have 4 1gb sticks what i would like to know is is it rubbish ram and if so what kind of ram am i looking for to go in this board and in what config ie 2x 2gb sticks or 4x1gb sticks and and also what difference would i see in games if i was to make this upgrade. i am running on vista 32bit thankyou for your time

A:Need help buying new RAM

Your memory specs:
4 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR2 1066/800/667/533 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory Go with Corsair or Crucial memory. Max memory is 8GB or 4 2GB sticks

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I am about to upgrade to a new GFX card and PSU next month due to experiencing temperature and power related issues with my existing GFX card(ASUS EN9600GT 512Mb DDR3) and PSU(Trust 570W Pro Duel Fan PSU). My budget for both PSU and GFX card is £250-£300. I use my PC mainly for gaming and have a duel monitor setup. Can anyone recomend a sutable GFX Card and PSU in or around my price range please? My specs E8500, P5N32E-SLI, 4Gb DDR2.

A:Buying New GFX and PSU

Something like this


Frankly, you're not going to get much better for that budget. 9600gt is in that range of cards. I personally wouldnt even go with the 4850.

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I' m wondering if I should buy this PC:

Athlon XP 1800+
Elitegroup K755A Mainboard (266 FSB)
256 MB Infineon DDR RAM
60 GB IBM HD UDMA-100 7200U
16x40 DVD-Rom
32x12x40 CDRW Burn Proof
NVIDEA Geforce 4 MX 64 MB DDR TV (if I buy the PC I will replace it with a Geforce 3 Ti 500 or a Geforce 4 Ti 4200)

1. I ran 3Dmark 2001 in the shop and it only got 5300 points.
Is this only due to the crummy video card or is there something
wrong with the whole system?

2. Can I use the PC 133 memory of my old PC in the new one?

A:Buying PC?

Originally posted by cooler
I' m wondering if I should buy this PC:

Athlon XP 1800+
Elitegroup K755A Mainboard (266 FSB)
256 MB Infineon DDR RAM
60 GB IBM HD UDMA-100 7200U
16x40 DVD-Rom
32x12x40 CDRW Burn Proof
NVIDEA Geforce 4 MX 64 MB DDR TV (if I buy the PC I will replace it with a Geforce 3 Ti 500 or a Geforce 4 Ti 4200)

1. I ran 3Dmark 2001 in the shop and it only got 5300 points.
Is this only due to the crummy video card or is there something
wrong with the whole system?

2. Can I use the PC 133 memory of my old PC in the new one? Click to expand...

Obviously whether you buy this machine depends on how much you are going to pay for it... The spec looks OK to me although I don't know anything about Elitegroup motherboards.

If you are benchmarking the system, it is a good idea to make sure that all the latest drivers are installed in the machine (I doubt they will be if it's shop built) to make the most of it... although the GFX card might be the limiting factor there (More memory might help too).

If the Motherboard is DDR, you will not be able to use your old pc133 sdram (U can send it to me if you want....) Why would you want to do this anyway? - you have DDR in the new system.

Hope this helps, I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong....

p.s. Just noticed that this is my 300th post.....Yippee!!

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I can buy a laptop with a gtx 1060 now or wait until june/august to do the same. I don't really "need" one know but I want one. I am conflicted because I don't want to buy a laptop for $1300 and 2 momths later a much better one for the same price comes out. What do you guys think? Is volta around the corner or should I go and buy that laptop now?

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Hi, i have a little confusion and I really need your help to decide me buying a laptop. I'm confused between Intel and AMD. My main task on the laptop would be running Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise edition and running FL Studio and Pro Tools software for audio editing.
In September, I purchased a HP laptop which has Intel Core i3 6th Gen processor, 2.0 GHz processing speed, 4GB RAM and 1TB Hard Disk. I'm using Windows 10 Pro 64bit OS on it and it runs smoothly without any problems. I installed visual studio 2017 ERP on it and right after that it got slow and windows boot time increased to 10 minutes which is really frustrating. VS 2017 performance is also not satisfactory and it runs slow, to compile a single line of C++, it takes about 12 seconds.
I googled about the issue and found that I'm not the only one with this issue, people with Core i7 and 8GB RAM PC are also facing system and OS slowdown issue after installing visual studio 2017.
I've not used any AMD processor because since the beginning I've always used Intel processors but now I'm thinking to buy a laptop with AMD processor as they are cost effective and as per the reports, they perform same as Intel processors till the mid range PCs.
If You guys do review of laptops and have good practical knowledge then I would like to ask you that which processor would be good for me? Intel or AMD. My budget is not too high.
Could you suggest me any laptop (which you think would be good enough to... Read more

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I have not used VS before but afaik, it's like a rendering program correct?

If that's the case you will likely need a gaming laptop with a dedicated graphics card due to needing a substantial amount of VRAM.

I would definitely stick with an i7 cpu as well.

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Hey guys,

I've always been a CRT guy. Never liked the fuzziness of the LCDs. However, I'm sure they've gotten better over the years, and with my current monitor clunking out on me, I think I'm ready to make the switch over. Just have a few questions...

This is one I've come across that seems like a winner:


With a 2ms response time, will I see any ghosting in games? That is my biggest concern. Secondly, how would the colour/contrast be? LCD always seemed so dull looking to me; how would this one compare to the crispness of a CRT?

Also, I notice there is no DVI cable included. I do appear to have a DVI port on my Radeon 9600, so would want one of those (as long as I could notive a difference). How much do they go for, and what type would I need?

Finally, just so I can make an informed decision, is there a new flat screen technologie emerging? I notice laptops at school that have screens with REALLY clear images. Much brighter than anything I'm used to seeing on a flatscreen. And the picture quality is just as good from all angles, which is another thing that bothered me about LCDs in the past. Is this LCD technologie, or more something like this:


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A:LCD buying help

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hi guys, how do i find out what ram will work in my machine please

A:buying RAM

If it's a known factory-brand computer, you need to advise us what brand name and model name and model number it is.

If it's a custom/home-made computer, you need to advise us the brand name and model number of its motherboard.

At this time, we have no way of knowing what type RAM you need and how much RAM is supported.


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I'm considering buying a new pc - but I'm not gonna put it together myself.
I'm going to buy from Europe, to avoid futher taxation. But i'm not the sharpest person concerning hardware - and i need some help choosing. My budget is at a maximum of 600 euro (inc. operating system), ex. transport.
I'm looking at the following pc at the moment: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-018-OG

I'm going to upgrade the following components;
Graphic Card: AMD Radeon R9, 270X 4gb
HD: To the 1TB HD
And i'm considering upgrading the memory to 16gb from 8gb. (Although I'm not sure I need it)

This pc is going to be used for gaming - and i would like it to support high graphics, without sacrificing speed.
Can this pc support my needs for the time being and should I upgrade my memory?

Best regards, Simon

A:Buying a new pc

If your using the computer for gaming i would recommend upgrading the memory to 16gb. 8gb is fine for most programs but 16gb will make sure your games run properly without causing any slowdowns. I would also recommend upgrading the Graphics Card to a high quality one because pc games have a lot of graphics & not all graphics cards can support it. The rest of the hardware should be fine for your needs.

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have 50$ spare and a socket too..!!
so gonna buy a RAM DDR3..
Please guide me to the best ram possible under the price tag...
I have G.skill 4Gb DDR3 already installed...
See my system specs for details...

i have a HP-Dv6 also can i change its RAM ..?? it has 4Gb-DDR3 too..
any suggestions..??!!!?? Suppose a Gaming RAM..

BTW anything else i can spend my cash on!!

A:Buying A RAM

Do you now have 64bit system now?

RAM problem

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What do you guys think, would you change anything?
Intel Quad Core I5 2500K Quad Core 3.3GHZ 1155 6MB + Scythe Mugen 2
Amount: 1

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 for 1155
Amount: 1

Lancool Midi Tower PC-K60B Black
Amount: 1

Power Supply:
Seasonic PSU 620W Active PFC 80+ Retail
Amount: 1

Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333
Amount: 2

Samsung 1TB Sata II 32MB SpinPoint F3
Amount: 2

Graphics Card:
Sparkle GTX460 1024MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Overclocked
Amount: 2

I might OC the cpu.

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Looks like quality parts to me.

Is there a 64 mb cache version of those Samsung drives?? Just a minor point.

I didn't look at the case specs, but you might consider aftermarket case fans as the supplied fans are often noisier than they need to be for the amount of air they move. I'd make sure the case will accept 120 mm fans.

Are you sure the mobo has all the ports you need?? eSATA for instance?

Is that Seasonic modular?? You might consider their X series modular 560 or 650 watt models if it is not modular.

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I'm thinking about buying a 2nd HDD for my computer that one I have can't take it anymore. I’m not sure which one to get I was thinking about getting this one from Fry's http://shop3.outpost.com/product/5080555 but it says Serial ATA/300. Do I need to get one that says Serial ATA/150? If that is the case what else do I need to look for when buying a HDD.

Motherboard description:
Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS P5LP-LE
HP/Compaq name: Limestone-GL8E

Serial ATA;
4 SATA connectors
Each connector supports 1 serial ATA-150 disk drive

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My friend wants to buy a new pc..but he is tight on budget..i have suggested the following config is it good...

Mo bo-Gigabyte GA -880 g-ud 3h...
processor-Amd Athlon II x 4 645...
monitor-dell d1920..
2g ddr3 ram...
450w psu...
no graphics card..

his budget is around 20000(inr)..atmost can go upto 21k...

Is the above config good...if any other at same price range let me know..please..thanks in advance...!

A:Need help in buying new pc...

Please anyone reply its urgent....

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Hey im trying to figure out which pc to buy, specifically for gaming. I basically want the best pc on the market and the price doesnt matter, also whats the best monitor for gaming and does it come with any high end pcs , thank you.

A:Hello need some help buying a pc.

CPU : Athlon64-FX 55 (if not in stock, Athlon64 4000+)
Motherboard : MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
Ram : Crucial Ballistix PC3200 x2
Hard drive : Western Digital 74GB Raptor 10000RPM (you can get 2 if 74GB isn't enough)
Video card : BFG 6800GT / Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 XT PE
Case : Lian-Li PC-V2100B
PSU : Antec 480 watt Neo Power
Sound card : Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Gamer

I think that should just about cover everything.

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Am currently in process to purchase a new Pc , what do you think guys about those two spec.

Intel Core2Duo 3.0Mhz
GigaByte MotherBoard
Ram 4GB DDR2 (2*2)
Westen Digital 250GB Harddisk
GeForce 9600GT 1GB

AMD Phenom ii 940 30Mhz
GigaByte MotherBoard
Ram 4GB DDR2(2*2)
Westen Digital 250GB Harddisk
Ati HD4850 1GB


A:Regarding buying new PC

Quite different machines... what are the differences in price... I like a lot of AMD processors, but no tthe Phenom II... so I would prefer the Core 2 Duo... If the prices are similar, #1 is a better deal... GigaByte motherboards are more trouble free than ASUS and others...

Are you building it, or buying a commercial machine or one already built...

The case and the power supply are at least as important as what you have posted... Some cases do not offer enough room for the CPU cooler... or for upgrades later...

Do not cheat yourself by getting a low priced case..

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My current computer runs XP3. I want to buy a new computer that runs Win 10. What is the best way to do this so that most of my programs remain compatible i.e Should I upgrade my current PC before the swap or buy a new PC that runs Win 7, swap and then upgrade from there? I am particularly worried about my OE6.

A:Buying out of XP3

With OE6 every time Windows 10 updates you'll have to reestablish it in compatibility mode. Don't bother with Windows 7 as an interim step. It won't help what you're trying to do. Back up your personal data and list all apps you're going to want to reinstall. There are paid programs that can bring everything over, but they're not perfect.

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hi im buying a game of trygames and they are sending me the code what if my computer crashes and i lose it can i make a back up if so how thanks great site


Hi there. I'm getting a new Dell 17" LCD monitor soon that has a resolution of 1280x1240 (or something like that) and a 12ms response time , but it has no DVI port. Does this really matter? and how good is the 12ms response time?

I use the computer mainly for surfing website, development and some graphic design with photoshop and maybe flash soon. I might play games sometime but it's less likley. And i'm probably going to go dual screen soon.

and again , do i need a DVI? and how would the 12ms response time be?
thanks in advance

A:buying a new LCD need a little help

For your use, the 12ms response time will be just fine. I have two 19" monitors on this system, one a 25ms one, and one a 12ms one. I don't see any difference in my development use. You don't need DVI, though I'd be tempted to buy one with a dual interface so that you can run either. Also, many adapters have DVI and VGA, so it makes connecting dual monitors easy, one DVI and one VGA.

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I have been really impressed with AVG free, but I'm wondering if it is
worth it to buy it so i get some more capabilities like rootkit and spyware.
So I don't have to run spybot SD and AVG Free. So is it worth it?

A:Buying AVG?

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I am getting back into digital photography again, i had point and shoot before but got bored.
I am looking at buying another point and shoot but with more features, i have spotted a used Konica Minolta Z10 , i understand there is a wide angle lens attachment for this camera ?
This is a 3.2 MP i know thats not alot but the price is good and it comes with alot of extra's
Does the difference in MP's make that much of a difference.



I wanted to buy a new cpu for my motherboard....

Can my Abit AN52S support Amd Athlon II cpu because I saw at the Daily Tech that AMD say that they AM3 CPU will be backward compatible with Socket AM2 motherboard....

Is this true and can I just try to put the Amd Athlon II and will it works??

A:Need Help In Buying CPU

Sometimes true... but you may find a big anomaly between the X2 and X3. Weird things can happen. Go to the motherboard manufacturer's web site to see if both X3 and X2 are supported. Remember, you have chipset software to worry about as well.

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I'm confused. I'm considering going to Vista for the 64-bit feature. Problems galore aside, how do I know if I'm buying 32-bt or 64-bit? One site I looked at seemed to indicate you buy 32-bit, then send away for the 64-bit. Microsoft's website was no help.

A:Am I buying 64-bit?

I think you're correct there - if you buy Vista from a retail store you will get the 32bit version, unless it's Vista Ultimate. You may have to pay for the shipping of the extra media too...


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I am currently interested in replacing my current GPU which is a multimedia graphics card for a gaming graphics card.

I am in search for something that is just enough for my system hardware (exceptions Power Consumption, Size of GPU, Card Slot, all these are not important right now hahaha). Something that doesnt bottleneck any other component in my system. Please help me since I have no idea about GPU jargon but also post links of tutorials or guides about understanding the GPU because I am also interested to learn.

PS: I like nVidia =D Thanks in advance guys ^_^

A:Need help buying GPU

Well. There's the GTX 690? Very expensive but would bottle neck your other components.
I have the GTX 550 ti but if your going for something like that go for the GTX 560 as the performance has a staggering difference.
So either the eVga GTX 550 ti from nVidia.
Or GTX 560 from nVidia.
Look at my photo for the 550 ti

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My current computer runs XP3. I want to buy a new computer that runs Win 10. What is the best way to do this so that most of my programs remain compatible i.e Should I upgrade my current PC before the swap or buy a new PC that runs Win 7, swap and then upgrade from there? I am particularly worried about my OE6.

A:Buying out of XP3

With OE6 every time Windows 10 updates you'll have to reestablish it in compatibility mode. Don't bother with Windows 7 as an interim step. It won't help what you're trying to do. Back up your personal data and list all apps you're going to want to reinstall. There are paid programs that can bring everything over, but they're not perfect.

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..im gonna need another hdd, just want someone to update me of the latest hdd specs so i wont be confused at the store, im gonna get a 500GB disk, its gonna be for storage only, but maybe later ill be using it for other purposes, like be my main hdd, so ill be playing games, storing mp3's, video files...etc

A:Buying a new HDD..!!!

I see your using SATA2 .. Correct ??
I have 4 of these .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

They seem to run cooler than others I've tried
Some of them are in these Enclosures ...

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okay, i have bought dvd+r and dvd-r and both of them said 4.7 gb.
but my computer says they only have 4.01 gb. whats going on here. how can i fix this? do i have to buy dual layer discs just for that extra .3gbs? :\

A:help buying the right dvd

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Hi im not sure were to place this topic thought this was best, i need help finding out what ram is for my pc and will run best on it, ive downloaded a program (everest) which is giving me all the info, another problem is i dont know all info you need to know but know some, im also told that my rams speed should be the same as my cpu for best performance here is the info from the prog, thanks for any help.

CPU Properties:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2666 MHz (20 x 133)
CPU Alias Northwood, A80532
CPU Stepping C1
Instruction Set x86, MMX, SSE, SSE2
Original Clock 2667 MHz
Min / Max CPU Multiplier 20x / 20x
Engineering Sample No
L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions
L1 Data Cache 8 KB
L2 Cache 512 KB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed)

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 09/11/2002-SiS-648-6A7I0M4BC-00
Motherboard Name MSI MS-6701 (Medion OEM)

Front Side Bus Properties:
Bus Type Intel NetBurst
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 133 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 533 MHz
Bandwidth 4266 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties:
Bus Width 64-bit
DRAM:FSB Ratio 5:4
Real Clock 167 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 333 MHz
Bandwidth 2667 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties:
Bus Type SiS MuTIOL
Bus Width 16-bit

Motherboard Physical Info:
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 AGP
RAM Slots 2 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, LAN
Form Factor Micro ATX
Motherboard Chipset SiS648

Motherboard Manufacturer:
Company Name Micro-Star International
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I am contemplating a fresh install of XP. I do not currently have the disk that came with my PC, so will need to buy. I do currently have a valid, working (for the most part) copy of XP Home edition on PC. WhicH copy do I need to buy?

Windows XP Home Edition SP2 - $224.95


Windows XP Professional Upgrade SP2 - $89.95

Sorry if this is a moronic question. I'm hoping the cheaper purchase would work. Please keep in mind that the whole purpose of my doing this is to start with a fresh clean copy of XP. So if the upgrade will work but not give me a clean install, it would be worthless to me.

Thanks much.

A:Buying XP

Actually, you don't need to buy either. If XP came with your system, there is a Windows sticker somewhere on it that has your Product Key. That's really what you're buying. You can borrow a Windows XP installation CD from anyone and use it. Just make sure the version of the CD matches the type of product key you have (XP Home)

-- Andy

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I would like to get a second pc for our home. We are on cable modem.Do I have to get a second cable modem for the new one??

A:Buying a second pc help please!!

No, you just need a router if you do not already have one. The cable modem will connect to the router and the router will share the internet to the two or more computers.

You can get either a wired or wired/wireless router like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127079

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i am thinking about purchasing a new dvd rom drive, because i only have a cd rom. i am fairly helpless when it comes to computers, but i want to know if it is difficult to install the dvd rom drive myself or if i should pay for someone to do it for me. also any recommendations on what dvd rom to buy? help would be greatly appreciated.

A:im buying a dvd rom...

DVD roms are very inexpencive.. This Sony http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=172460 is only $26. I might suggest going ahead and getting a DVD-RW drive if you are going to upgrade. You can get a Sony for under $50 through ZipZoomFly or NewEgg. Something like http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=172472 for $39.99. It may come in handy someday if you ever want to back up some pictures/music/files.

As for installation, you just need to plug it in just like your old CD-Rom was. Its pretty easy to see once you crack open your case. The pins only fit one way on the device, so its hard to mess that up.. and Windows should recognize the new device and load the drivers for you.

Good luck!

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First let me say sorry for a kind of double post, I had a post asking for any good deals on external hard drives but then it turned into a post about that and cpu but i think that thread has pretty much died!

Below is the specs of my motherboard, can any body reccommend a good, cheap cpu that is better then the one i am using at the moment? I do not mind if the cpu is used as long as working so ebay is a good place but having never bought a cpu before i do not know what i need to search for or which cpu is better then others.

Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 10/15/2002-i845GE-W83627-6A69VPAQC-00
Motherboard Name Epox EP-4GEA(+)

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type Intel NetBurst
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 101 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 404 MHz
Bandwidth 3230 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 135 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 269 MHz
Bandwidth 2154 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties
Bus Type Intel Hub Interface
Bus Width 8-bit
Real Clock 67 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 269 MHz
Bandwidth 269 MB/s

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 5 PCI, 1 AGP
RAM Slots 3 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, Video
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset i845GE

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name EPoX Computer Company
Product Information http://web.epox.com/html/products.asp?lang=1
BIOS Download http://web.epox.com/html/support.asp?lang=1

My current CPU
CPU Properties
CPU Type Intel Celeron 4A, 2019 MHz (... Read more

A:Help buying a cpu

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Hello ppl

I really need help deciding on how much and which ram to buy. My setting right now is :
Asus P5B
C2D E6400
ATI x1900 XTX
2GB RAM PC2 - 5300 - OCZ Value - which are kinda cheap

Anyways i wan to buy another 2GB, the thing is i read somewhere that Win xp 32 bit wont recognize more the 3gb, Is that true?

Also my memory right now is sort of slow, it runs at 333MHz. So i want to buy something faster im just really a n00b when it comes down to RAM so if anyone can kinda point me in the right direction that would be great. I dont even know what memory will work on my MOBO, i know it need DDR2 and will accept up to 8 GB but nothig more than that.

So can any one help me out here? And maybe let me know what would be a good RAM to buy because there is just so many!


A:Please help with buying RAM

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Well i had this computer for about 3-4 years... somewhere around there where 256 MB of Ram is what i currently have for this desktop. Pretty crappy compare to today's technology which im still amazed at how quickly it grew. Anyways i was hoping to buy some more RAM and install it myself but i don't know how and what the average price cost is. Looking for 1-2 GB of RAM hopefully 2 GB.

A:Buying RAM?

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I Understand installing a cpu well enough. Never force it in and make sure the gel is touching the heatsink, etc but what do I need to know about wether it will work with my computer?
I am not sure what motherboard I have and I have downloaded "Cpuz" and "Aida" and neither can tell me.
My CPU I have currently is intel pentium e2140
Code name Conroe
package socket 775 lga.

That is according to CPUZ.
If you need to know anything else let me know.

I am just wondering if there is anything specific other than an amd won't work with my motherboard when buying a CPU.

Thanks a Bunch

A:What do I need to know when buying a cpu?

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Not sure if this is in the right forum, please move if it is.

Looking for a pc for £500 or thereabouts.
Three that seem decent i have listed below;

HP Refurb

Just been looking on Ebay under sellers or power sellers what ever it is, and there is a staggering number of amazing spec machines.. the hard drives are much lower.. but some include two graphics cards and 8GB of RAM for £500. The best example i believe being below;

Ebay one

Not sure if they are worth it though? Ive been thinking about ungradability.. and want a board that can support 8GB of Ram really.
Any ideas guys?
I dont need an OS.

A:Buying a New pc

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According to this thread a Dell Inspiron 1501 can support upto 4GB of RAM (possibly 8GB)

On Dell's official website it says the maximum it can support is 2GB but I believe it can support more, they may not have tested for more.

I currently have W7 64 bit installed on my Dell Inspiron 1501 with 2GB of RAM.

I'm from the UK so could anyone suggest links to where I can buy 4GB of RAM and 8GB of RAM from?

A:Need help buying RAM

I found these:
Cheap Laptops, Tablet PC, and Cheap LED TVs | Ebuyer.com

PC Components, Desktop PCs, Laptops, LCD TVs & Computer Hardware

Aria PC - Computer Hardware, Components, Monitors.. at lowest prices

Laptops, Computers, PC Components, MP3 players, Software, Digital Cameras and more - dabs.com

Overclockers UK - Computer components, hardware & gaming PC

Computer Hardware - Scan.co.uk

I'd also suggest Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More! although I think it's international.
Also, some RAM-Building websites like Corsair's have functions which allow you to choose your country and show you stores of where you can buy(link).
You could just visit any computer hardware store.

PS: I've made some research about what your Inspiron can run, people say it supports 4GB of RAM (2*2), however Dell says it does not, many others are running 8 GB, I think you should try and if it does not work there are money refunds.

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I've decided to upgrade my home desktop's CPU, as I only recently discovered that a Celeron D doesn't cut it, even if the listed speed is 3.33GHz. The trouble is, I don't know what my mobo is or what chips it supports. I also don't seem to be able to locate any non-dual core processors (I don't think my mobo can use multi-core CPUs). I'm just looking for a Pentium 4 that my system can use. If you can help me out, it'd be great.

Here's my current CPU (I couldn't find any information on what mobo I have):

Intel® Celeron® D Processor 356
(3.33GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache)

This is a eMachines desktop, but I've been adding on to it for awhile now. Let me know if you need more specs.

A:Need Help Buying New CPU

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I really don't feel like opening up my system taking out ram to check it,is there any programs that i can download that tells me what ram type etc i have in my system so i can just search the net for it cause i want to max out my ram to 4 gigs only have 3 gigs right now.

A:Buying ram Please help.

You could try the free Everest programme. It`s quite useful for other stuff too.

Regards Howard

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i'm shopping for a new ram, what type of ram do i have to buy for my system:
1.7 processor Intel Pentinum 4
Current ram 256

A:Buying a new ram

What MOTHERBOARD do you have? (That determines your RAM) - not your processor.
Be sure to read: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic47210.html

go to www.crucial.com with your computer.... they have a ram detector, but it isn't 100% accurate.
Hope this helps.

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I'm looking to buy a new AMD based PC.
In particular, I like the new AM3 system however, the benchmarks indicate that the Phenom II 810 is quite **** so I better stick with the tri-core Phenom II 720. Is this a good gaming PC? I rarely upgrade so I guess I'm stuck with this PC for about 3-4 years. I just can't wait for the Phenom II 945 to be available. Also if there is a Phenom II 925, I would consider buying it.

BTW, my budget is around $750. I don't know much aside from the processor so a list about the other components would be really helpful.

Help me make this an epic build TSG! I want to play PC games again.
The last time I bought a computer was 7 years ago!

A:Need help! Buying a new PC

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I need peoples help. Ill be making a new pc and I would like some help from you guys. I wanna make a gaming PC wich can play all games smoothly. But the price of the PC Isnt too Pricey.

A:Help Wid Buying

What's your exact budget? "Not too pricey" to some can mean 600-700$ and to others it can mean 1500-2000$.

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Hi again,
A friend of mine asked me to update his incredibly sluggish computer, and it's obvious for me that he needs significantly more RAM than he has right now.
The said computer has two slots, being one occupied with a 1GB stick.

My question is, should I buy a 2x1GB stick or a 2GB stick (same speeds, but different brand) in order to get optimal performance and stability?
(I still ponder getting 2x2GB, but I don't believe he's willing to pay ?39 for it).

Best regards,

A:Buying some RAM

If his motherboard supports it, I would get two sticks and run them in dual channel. When using ram always match sticks of the same to avoid issues.

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I am thinking about getting the 840 EVO for later use when the new computer I will be getting needs a clean iinstall. Sadly, my budget has decreased and I will not have enough money for buying neither a PC from a boutique builder or build it myself. I may just go with the XPS 8700 which is at the edge of my budget. (Now $750 so it is kind of over budget) Since it comes with a HDD, I may buy the 840 EVO before I move to Korea because it is cheaper here even though Samsung is a Korean company for use when either the HDD dies or I have to reinstall Windows. (Or use it as a external drive if none of the above happens before a new SSD comes out and makes the 840 EVO obsolete) Will the chips in the SSD start rotting after time passes? I have heard that this happens to flash drives and since SSD have similar chips, I am worried that the SSD will rot without use. Is it even worth it to buy the SSD this early?

A:Buying a SSD for later use

I'd just buy now when you need one, prices may have even come down by then.

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Ok, so this is my motherboard

Currently, I have AMD Athlon x2 6400. Is a 65 nm chip. The problem I am having is that it overheats when I game on it. Even with Zalman cooler.

I am thinking of buying this processor: (AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition)

It's a 45 nm chip, Will it work with my current motherboard?

A:Buying new CPU, need help.

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