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Q: Buying new pc

I am looking at a laptop for sale called a HP probook 6460b and i wanted to know if it would be able to game. By game i mean light games not graphic intense games or anything. These are the only specs listed. Do you think i could buy this laptop for light gaming without alot of lag?

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Instead of starting a new thread, you need to continue on with the other thread you started here:


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

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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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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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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'm about to buy some more RAM to max out my Dell Precision 5500. At the moment I have 48GB loaded and I'm going all the way to 72GB which is what this model tops out at. I think I've identified the right kind of RAM to seal the deal but I just need a final nod from someone who knows better.

The RAM kit I've identified is Kingston Model# KTH-PL313K3/24G. A set of 3x8GB DDR3 Triple channel chips with ECC. My doubt arises from the fact that this RAM seems to be used mostly on servers and not workstations like mine.

Here's a link to the system report I generated using CPU-Z

Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.

A:Need a pro to tell me if I'm buying the right RAM

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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 recently bought a new 64 bit system with vista installed, i then upgraded to w7 when it was released. my old system was running xp and now that i have used wv and w7 i really miss xp so am looking to buy a new copy (my old is 32 bit.) since it's not supported anymore i can't find it at any my regular places (i.e. best buy, microsoft, circuit city, etc...) i see on e-bay where i can by the activation key but something sounds fishy there. my questions... can anyone recommend a good reputable place to purchase xp 64bit? and, is simply buying the key off e-bay legal?

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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'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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Hi all,

I am looking at buying a new PC in around 1 - 1.5 months time and I am looking at a budget of around £1000 - £1200.

I know of quite a few suppliers in UK (overclockers, aria, ebuyer, novatech etc.) but I would be interesting to hear of peoples opinions on any suppliers they have used in the past. It's been many years since I have bought a complete system.

I am more than happy to buy my own component and build myself if that is a more viable option financially, however I am looking at getting a new monitor / LCD aswell so thought a complete package may better suit.

I do a fair bit of gaming but do not buy all the latest titles all the time. I would like a decent upgrade from my current rig (which wouldn't be too hard to be perfectly honest) and want to go to Win7 and 64bit ideally.

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated, I will be doing my own research aswell to see what options I can come up with.

A:Buying a new PC (UK).

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I know some basics about PCs, I have some idea of what I am looking for in terms of CPU speed, memory etc. but when it comes to motherboards, is a network card the same as an ethernet card, chipsets and types of RAM I start to panic. I was wondering if anyone knows of any sites where I could research what's what, in simple terms. What is best and what to be looking out for, I must admit I'm afraid of getting ripped off or stuck with components that don't work properly together.
I've tried a few searches but haven't found anything that really helps.
Here are two examples of what I'm looking at and why I'm confused.

Intel P4-1.6 CPU, 128 MB PC2100 DDR
52X CD_ROM, 1.44 Floppy Drive
32M AGP Video Card (Shared)
32 Bit Sound Card
10/100 Network Card
ATX Mid Tower With P4 Power Supply
AMD XP 1700+ CPU, 256 MB PC 133 SDRAM
ECS K7S5A MB, 30 GB 7200 RPM HDD
LG 8X DVD/ CD-RW Combo
1.44 Floppy
RIVA TNT2 32 MB AGP Video Card
32 Bit Sound Card
10/100 Network Card
ATX Midtower With 300W Power Supply
These two systems are in my budget but because I don't know that much about PCs I'm not sure the price isn't an indication that I'm about to get ripped off. Thanks for the help.

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I have an HP Pavilion 531w desktop computer, 1.3 GHz Intel Celeron Processor, 256MB RAM, 40GB HD, running Windows XP Home, and I'm considering adding more RAM because XP is such a memory hog. One of my PC games, The Sims, hogs a lot of memory as well, and I think it would help to add more RAM. I have 256MB right now, and I believe the maximum I can have is 512MB. I looked at Crucial but they want $77 for 256MB and I'm hoping to find some other place that is a bit cheaper than that. So, where's the best place to buy RAM?

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I posted this in the general area, but realized its more of a hardware question. Here it is:

Ok, for those of you from our last discusssion, I've decided to go the Dell route. I get a discount through U of T, so that's an added bonus. Here is the system I've come up with:

Dimension 2400 Series P4: Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.40GHz with 533MHz front side bus BP245A [221-3129]
Memory: 128MB Shared DDR SDRAM at 333MHz 128M3 [311-2074]
Keyboard: Dell™ Quietkey® Keyboard QK [310-1582]
Monitor: 17 in (16.0 in v.i.s., .27dp) E773 Monitor E773 [320-4600]
Video Card: Integrated Intel® 3D Extreme Graphics IV [430-3900]
Hard Drive: 40GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive 40 [340-9481]
Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices: 3.5 in Floppy Drive FD [340-9334]
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition¹² WHXP [420-1921][313-7222][412-0409]
Mouse: Dell Optical USB Mouse OM [310-4037]
Network Interface: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet IN [430-0441]
Modem: 56K PCI Data/Fax Modem DFAX [313-1313]
CD or DVD Drive: 48x Max CD ROM Drive CD48 [313-1476]
Sound Card: Integrated Audio IS [313-0847]
Speakers: Altec Lansing® ADA215 Speakers ADA215 [313-1874]
Bundled Software: WordPerfect® Productivity Pack with Quicken New User Edition CCOREL [412-0397][412-0396][412-0174][412-0245][412-0395]
Security Software: Dell Security Center by McAfee, 90 Day introductory offer (412-0326) MCAFE90 [412-0326]
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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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Hey guys sorry if this needs to be moved but im posting this in the windows xp pages because the pc i want had xp in it lol. i need u to tell me if i can upgrade things in it please help me so much im giving links to what you guys think. im getting it in a week my old pc broke i got m money back for it. The day i get it im installing my virus stuff then posting a hjt log right away ok here it is http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...CategoryId=pcmcat60700050018&id=1152227796440 . Now look here please and tell me if i can upgrade my graphics card because here is the card i want to put in it. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...t&productCategoryId=cat01151&id=1130987444322 , but it says this graphics card uses pci expressx16 but i need a pci express x16 slot but my pc has one but somehow it is being used, and am wondering what is using it is a other graphics card using it and is the graphics integrated into it because i really want 512 mb graphics im a big gamer and want a cool gaming pc please look at specs tell me what you think i have to spend money at bestbuy cause i only have store credit for my other pc that broke guys please help me and tell me if this is a cool monitor to buy for it i can uby monitors elsewhere i want a good lcd monitor with low ms time http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...t&productCategoryId=cat01010&id=1149205183890

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hey i want to buy a genuine copy of windows xp professional. i think i found it for pretty cheap but i wanted to get some confirmation that i will be able to register this version and be legit. i only want to put it on this one computer.

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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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I have a Toshiba L505 64bit with windows 7 and 8gb of Ram .

I was thinking of getting an SSD , maybe a samsung 830 .(256gb)

I have approximately 84% free space . I do not store videos or photos , just run my web site and make daily changes .

Any thoughts would be appreciated !!

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If you can afford to get a 120 GB SSD you will not be sorry. You can put Win 7 and your programs on it. It will give you a big boost in the speed of opening the programs.

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Hello, i am planning to upgrade my RAM as follows:

I currently have 2gb ram, a ddr2 stick.
I want a 4gb one but using a dual channel.
The problem is i don't know if my motherboard supports DDR3 memory, i hear DDR3 is less power hungry and more efficient. Is there a way to find if its compatible with my motherboard?
Else ill just get two identical DDR2 2gb ram sticks.

A:I need help on buying RAM.

not to advertise but you could try Crucial

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Q: Buying

Good Afternoon I live in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and VAT is Zero Rated. I f I purchase any products would you knock off VAT or would I have to claim the VAT back.

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I am planning to buy 4gb additional ram. My motherboard is Gigabyte M68MT-S2. Does following rams are compatible with this motherboard.
1.Transcend DDR3-1333 DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (JM1333KLN-4G)Transcend DDR3-1333 DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (JM1333KLN-4G): Flipkart.com
2.Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (KVR1333D3N9/4G)Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (KVR1333D3N9/4G): Flipkart.com

If compatible, which ram would better buy.
Kindly help! thank you

A:Help with buying ram.

Either should be compatible with the motherboard. Both are 1.5V DDR3, with similar timings.

One warning: there can be compatibility issues due to mixing RAM from different makers. It's safest to avoid that. (Costs more, of course.) As it's a desktop motherboard, you may be able to solve compatibility issues by manually setting the RAM timings.

The better buy would be the least expensive. I've not bought any RAM from Transcend, but as far as I know, they're as good as any. I've had good luck with Corsair and Gskill.

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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?

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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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Hey guys, i decided to buy a SSD...
My requirements:
120gb(no more i install only windows + apps like browser,office,personal apps(10GB) vlc,winrar etc..)

But here is problem : Price - ?? Something to 50 ?

I found Sandisk SSD Plus 120GB for 44? on Amazon.

But second problem is : It must be delivered to Slovakia.


A:Buying SSD

Is there no Amazon in Slowakia.

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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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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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Hello Everyone.

My wife needs a new computer. The problem is that she is looking to me for answers. Which 5 years ago i could have done just that.

But everything has changed, and i have been out of the loop so I don't know what is considered good or old.

I have 2 Questions......1. Should she go for a laptop? this way she can be mobile or setup with a keyboard and mouse and be just like a desktop. Problem is I know laptops cost more for the same things you will get in a desktop.

2.We are willing to pay $500, because she is not a gamer or graphic artist. She will just be surfing the net and watching movies.

3. I'm hesitant on getting windows 8, which is on almost every new computer. I would rather it have windows7. Am I wrong?

Thanks in advance for any info you can give me. Oh and one more thing WHERE is the best place to get a good deal. Most are saying BestBuy.

again thank you

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3063 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580, 1535 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1430696 MB, Free - 655789 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P7P55D LE
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated and Enabled

I've never bought RAM before, but I'm looking to upgrade. I'm going to get a 64 bit OS and at LEAST 8 gigs of ram. I have a budget of $200.

What do I need to know when purchasing RAM? I know I need DDR3, but is there anything else that's important to know before buying it? Also, is anything more than 8 gigs over kill? Would it be beneficial to get 16? I play a lot of games. What brands would you guys recommend?

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4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

brands to buy incl' crucial,corsair,Gskill, these have lifetime warranty....... 8 gigs is good 16 is a bit overkill.........your board supports 1600 i would get that..........a 8gig kit (2 x 4 sticks)

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I'm ready to go and buy a big amount of CD-RW

Any brand names or speed in particular you guys recomend it?


A:Buying CDs

The only thing you have to decide is what quality you want to get, and obviously the higher quality the less risk for errors on the recording. As for speed, in my opinion you can buy the slowest speed disks out there and record them at any speed because that really doesn't matter and you don't need to spend all that money on epensive 24x cdr... because they all record at the same speed.

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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 ... Read more

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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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Does anyone have a good site, link etc for quality yet cheap RAM....i need a 15-20 pc100 128mb cards and i never realized how expensive old technology is still....what a rip off

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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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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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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A:Need help buying new ram

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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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Hi. First of all I have no idea if im allowed to post this and am almost certain this is the wrong forum. I am no way a PC geek but I understand the basics of computing (i.e. RAM and hard drive) I am purchasing a new PC and heard dell where quite good so I found this

PROCESSOR Intel® Pentium® D 805 Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 533MHz fsb, 2x1MB cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (Does not include Operating System Re-installation CD) edit
SUPPORT SERVICES Collect & Return, 1 Year Service only edit
MEMORY 1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz [2x512] Memory edit
HARD DRIVE 160GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst? cache edit
OPTICAL DRIVE(S) 16X DVD+/-RW Drive edit
GRAPHICS CARD 256MB nVidia GeForce 7300 Turbocache graphics card edit
MONITOR Dell? 19" Value Flat Panel (E196FP) edit
SOUND CARDS Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability edit
SPEAKERS No Speakers edit
KEYBOARD Dell? Black Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Ire (QWERTY) edit
MOUSE Dell USB 2 Button Wheel Mouse - Black edit
FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES No Floppy Drive edit
MODEMS No Modem edit

SECURITY SOFTWARE No Security/Anti-Virus Protection edit
MICROSOFT SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 8 - English edit

PRICE: £450 (No idea what in dollars)

sorry that is straight off the dell website so it may be slightly unreadable. This is my 2nd Pc for my 14 year old son and he will be buying it with his own money so I don... Read more

A:Help! Buying a PC and really need help

Since it sounds like you may not be comfortable building your own, this Dell may not be to bad of an idea. I'm not a huge fan of pre-built computers (like Dell, HP, etc...) myself and mostly build my own.
2 things I would change in the setup you posted. The first would be the Geforce 7300. This relies on something called 'Turbo Cache' which is a fancy way of saying that is uses some of your ram as its own, much like an itegrated motherboard vid card does. If the site lists other options, post them here and we can help you choose. The second thing I would change is the system ram. Get 2Gb if you can. Both of theses things I mentioned will allows games to be played much, much better.

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What would be the most cost efficient CPU to NOT bottleneck that card at all, dont suggest anything i dont need like a core 2 extreme lol. The best CPU i would be willing to buy would be a E6300, but if i can get by with less please tell me so. I can go single or dual core, dosnt matter to me.

A:CPU Buying, Help.

I would say either the e6300 or an amd x2. I think you will be very happy with a conroe though

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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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I am buying ram for my new computer, and I'm trying to figure this all out. Its been about 5 years since I last built a computer so I'm a bit out of the loop on how things work.

Basically, I'm looking at a motherboard that has a max RAM capacity of 8GB, it has 4 slots (the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 mobo) and whats got me confused is how the RAM works. I'm not familiar at all with dual channel RAM. Basically, will 4 sticks of dual channel ram be able to be installed in it? I want to order RAM that says its a "Dual-Channel Kit" so that makes me wonder, can I buy 2 of these "kits" and put both sets in my single mobo?

I hope my question was clear enough. Also, the motherboard has 4 RAM slots, but I wasn't sure if I needed to buy the "Quad-Channel kit" or if that was just fancy for 4 ram sticks.

Thank you for any help!

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Hey im gonna buy a new computer and i dont know wich Amd Cpu is good for gaming and speed, i want to run aim, bfme, iexplorer , stuff like that and not excperience any lag or slowniess or anything. so um yes help please. and i also need help on which video card. thank you again

A:i need help with buying a cpu

Throw out a price range.

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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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Im planning to buy a cheap second hand PC (around $150-$200) but want to make sure that all the hardware is working, can anyone recomend some diagnostic utilities tocheck RAM, HDD etc for errors/fault damage. Also I will open up the case to see in it - is there anything I should look out for?

Is there anything else I can check other than RAM and HDD?

Any help would be appreciated,



A:Buying second PC - Need help

Do you actually have the time to run these? All those tests and benchmarks can run for hours.

You can find all the utilities for HD/RAM/CPU testing on the UBCD: www.ultimatebootcd.com

In Windows, you can run something like 3DMark to test the graphics card (if it is a 3D one) and gaming performance. Business Winstone to see if the machine can handle hours of intensive office work.

When looking inside the machine, check all the capacitors - if you see any that are bulged or corroded, then you will have to get aquainted with a soldering iron very soon Noisy fans are not good either

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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

A:Help buying a 2nd HDD

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