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Q: what to purchase...

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)

Preferred Solution: what to purchase...

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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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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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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, 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 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?

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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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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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...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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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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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 donít 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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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.

Which computer should I b... Read more

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Do I need to buy the software to update it?
Does the $25 version come with lifetime use and can it be installed in all my laptops/computers? I mean, do I need to get license separately for each machine that I have? For the family we have three laptops and a desktop - and I intend to buy one or two more (netbooks perhaps) in about six months.

A:Update and purchase

What software are you referring to? Usually, if you have to pay for a licence, that activation is necessary to receive updates for the product, and a separate licence is required for each machine. It's hard to tell without all the info.

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I was considering getting a Lenova IdeaPad 510-15IKB. It has just the features I was looking for and a couple extra. After checking a full on review of this laptop, I am still convinced it is the one for me but I do have just a wee bit of reservation. The review noted a weakness in the WIFI card provided by Realtek as being "surprisingly slow".  So I wonder, how much trouble would it be to just upgrade the wifi card after buying this laptop. Well the answer turns out to be, it may be difficult or impossible to upgrade the wifi. So here I am looking for some help. Is the wifi card upgradable? If so what cards are compatible and can they be installed after the purchase? And perhaps the most important question, is my concern about this "slow" wifi legitimate?

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Hi, I came here for help on choosing a dvd burner some time back. The help was wonderful, and so I've been shopping around. But I'm still a little perplexed. I already have a internal cd burner, therefore (personal choice) I'd like to get a external dvd burner. I have found one but I don't want to make a purchase that I will later regret. So I hope someone can help. The burner that I'm looking at is a Toshiba. I've added the webpage in the hopes that someone can look it over and let me know whether its worth the dollar and if any negatives to the product.


A:need help in purchase of dvd burner

You could actually get better and cheaper by buying the following:
Pioneer 16x (Black) - $94
Bytecc External Case (Black) - $32

You would just need to put it together yourself.

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I have a new desktop and a new laptop and both have Windows Vista on them. I do not have a copy of the disks for myself as I bought them refurbished and got great deals from a very trusted seller. I like to have back-up disks on hand in case I need them so which copy of VISTA should I purchase? Also do I get a 32bit or a 64bit?

I see so many upgrades and signature editions out there so it makes it hard to tell which one to get. Thanks all!

A:Which VISTA should I purchase?

Well mr.docsven as far as I know the 64-bit system version is a better choice for the reason of running programs at a 64 bit rate, I think it can run programs more efficiently and allows you to do more.

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My laptop is on its last legs at this point; I've had it since summer of 2004 and it's practically unusable by now. I have a desktop computer (what I'm using now) but I still need a laptop, as I travel often and need a portable workspace. So I'm looking to buy a new laptop; the only issue is that I refuse to use Vista. I have it on my work computer and it's awful. I got someone to remove it and install XP over it but the computer is still messed up because of it.
Anyway, I'd like to purchase a new laptop with XP as the operating system. I understand that Vista is the standard now, but when I ordered my current HP desktop computer directly from HP in December 2007, about a year ago today, I specified that I'd like a business PC with XP as the operating system and they sent me one. I did the same thing earlier this month; I spent a long time on the phone with the rep at HP searching for the right laptop and again made it very clear that I wanted a business computer with XP as the operating system. What they sent me was a laptop with Vista on it that they had just uninstalled and put XP on. All the installation disks were for Vista and the laptop had a Vista sticker on it. I tested it out and right out of the box it was having performance issues; I called them back and said that I had wanted a laptop with XP as the original operating system and not Vista with XP written over it, like I had gotten a year ago, and they told me that they no long... Read more

A:Is it possible to purchase a new laptop with XP as the OS?

I believe Dell was. Not sure if they still are. You'll have to check their website to make sure

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I wanted to know what poeople here thought abount online purchasing of hardware. i have done it a few times but never for a mobo or processor. What are good reliable sites not only in CS and delivery but also quality of the producst they ship?

Just to name a few.

A:hardware purchase

I've bought a motherboard and CPU from googlegear.com, they were very good, and I also bought a mobo/CPU from newegg.com, who were also very good. I've bought tons of things off of eBay, RAM, hubs, hard drives, and other random computer parts, and all my experiences have been good with that. I've also bought some fans and LED's from www.svc.com, and from www.xoxide.com, both of which I had no problems with.

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The battery to my laptop is very weak. I want to buy a new battery. How can I do so? The battery specifications are  sfollws: Part Number: 761230-005.Part Description: SPS-BATT 3C 43WHr 2.83AH LI NP03043XL-PR.

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Does anyone know of a good online store to buy a DSL gateway modem?

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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 XP Pro Software

OEM will be the cheapest. Make sure what you are buying is genuine Microsoft product which has the full hologram on its face and an authentic COA and EULA so you can validate it.

To use an update you must have a previous valid version of windows on the system you are updating. A full, clean install is always better.

I bought an OEM version recently and paid $114.00 including shipping and handling. I have recently seen some for a few dollars less - it seems they vary with time. Make sure the one you get has SP2 already on it and make sure the components you buy are compliant with SP 2 requirements.

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I'm looking at gettnig a new PC, probably from a show that comes through town every month (great prices). Anyways, I'm wondering what you guys would suggest I put in it (list below). Keep in mind, I'm not looking to blow a few months pay on this, hehe...but within reason. I'm also lookiing into getting a notebook as well (might purchase that at a store Best buy, etc.) What do you recommend for that. Any advice or info would be great. One thing to keep in mind, both will be primarily for gaming =) Anythingelse is secondary - besides, I got a couple other moderately slower comps I can do "normal" stuff on....heheh..


List of what I am concnetrating on:
CPU (brand/Speed) - AMD (want somethin fast, have 2.0 now)
Video (brand) - Probably stick with ATI, but open to otehr suggestions
HDD - No preference, atleast a 60G drive
Memory - No pref, atleast 512
CD/DVD - No pref.
Monitor - got 17" to use, but may look at a flat panel ($?)

A:Looking to purchase nwe PC....any recommendations?

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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 want to purchase this product, please show me how.Thanks

A:Purchase of Laptops

Hello  There are multiple models in this 15 Series  Go to the below link : http://www.hpshopping.in/laptops Choose the model that you are looking for or call 1-(800)-180-1810 or 1-(800)-108-4747  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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Dell purchase ID 2005743o64021   order  Number    
<Order number removed>
The wrong address is on the order. 

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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 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'm looking to purchase a Dell Studio laptop for personal and school use. I have never owned a laptop, but tried the Studio in a store recently and really liked it. I currently share a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer with my family, which I built last summer on the Dell website. I chose XP as the OS, since we have had XP on our family desktop computers since about 2003.

I have heard not-so-great things about Vista, and I guess I'm just used to XP, so I am very skeptical about choosing Vista to be installed on my new laptop. I spoke to a Dell sales rep who told me that XP "is not the smart choice" and that in 5 days, Microsoft will no longer be supporting XP. I wanted to post on here to seek some advice on Vista vs. XP. Has Vista improved/removed all of the bugs? Or is XP still the way to go?

Since I am so used to XP, there is a way to change Vista's display so that it looks and operates like XP, correct? Just like you can change XP's settings to look like Classic Windows?

Also, does anyone know anything about Dell's system colors? I am looking for solid black, and the Dell Studio 15 has an XP option, but a "Black Chainlink" color option. I believe this color has a chainlink design on it, though the rep insisted it is solid black. The Studio 17 is available in "Jet Black," which I know is solid, but is only available in Vista. Thus, my dilemma. I know color may be a ridiculous thing to care about, but I don't wa... Read more

A:Which OS should I purchase? XP or Vista?

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My current Thinkpad T61 is 6 years old & without going into details, it's telegraphing it's time to replace.

Having gone through this drill many times I've fairly well learned what to look for and pay for in a new machine (I will be staying with the Thinkpad--since the machine largely stays home weight is not an issue). However, there are several particulars that I would like to run by the experts.

1. I will order an SSD primary drive (and the optional drive for the DVD bay). Do you need to be particular about manufacturer and spec with an SSD as you might with a traditional drive?

2. Is there a significant performance increase with a 4 core vs. 2 core processor and if so, can laptops generally handle a 4 core?

3. Since I keep my computers for 5+ years and I've yet to buy one where I haven't had to upgrade memory later on (for example, this machine had 2GB at purchase and now has 4) and given the low current cost of memory and that I'd 'normally' now order a machine with 8GB...I'm thinking that 16GB makes sense (assuming the laptops can normally hold that amount with a 64 bit OS)?

4. Lastly and probably most important--I do not need to buy a machine right this minute. 'If' Intel will be introducing a significantly better (performance + battery duration) laptop chipset within the next 6 months or so, I'd hold off?

Comments appreciated--


A:A few purchase parameters

Just my opinion on question #3. The average individual is usually fine with 4GBs; however, 8GBs would be great but I think 16GBs is really overkill but if money is no object and/or you perceive the need, then go for it. Good luck.

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My stepbrother burned a 64-bit and 32-bit W7 DVD's for me.

What am I supposed to do with them?

Whatever the source was, it was legit - he has a VERY HIGH networking guru position/income to protect. I couldn't demonstrate my ignorance, so I'm bringin' it here

A:Purchase license from MS?

Ask him for the keys. Have you looked to see if he burned a file to the disk containing the key?

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I recently purchased the windows 7 installation files for 32 and 64 bit from a very reputable person on ebay. I unzipped the files using his program and they checked out using crc and comparing them with the files on his download site. I saved them on my portable hard drive which is a verbatim 160gig usb. When I tried to burn the program onto a disc there were about 3 megabites missing after the burn. attempts at installation onto the new computer gave me the message: NTLDR is missing. That told me that not all the necessary stuff got to the disc thru the burning process.
My question is: how do you ensure that what you are burning all gets burned?
I would appreciate comments from anyone who has resolved this situation, or those who know, thanks.

A:purchase of iso win 7 and installation

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got this bsod on new pc within 2 hrs of purchase, please help.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 18441

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: a
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000001
BCP4: FFFFF80002A91275
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

A:bsod within 2 hrs of purchase

Hi -

BSODs occurring on a 2 hour old system. . . I would advise that you return the system immediately to the place of purchase.

Regards. . .



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I am currently about to upgrade my mesh pc which came with an xp recovery disk.If I upgrade the motherboard or hard drive or both ,will i have to buy "xp home" again or can i use a friends copy with my product key or is there a way to make an installation cd from my recovery cd.

Any help much appreciated.

A:upgrading pc.Will i have to re-purchase xp

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I'm experiencing this error while im trying to install any app from the store. Earlier i had installed few applications and something changed i believe. I have not been able to install apps from quite a while now.

The only error i see is this
"Purchase error This app isn't available right now. Please try again later."Any help is greatly appreciated.


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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 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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