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Q: purchasing windows xp oem...

Hey guys.
Im looking to buy an OEM version of Windows XP to install on my system to set up a dual boot with my current os (Vista ultimate)
I've been looking around online and most places seem to be around the ?60 mark, then i stumbled on this site.


Does this seem legit to you?
I mean, this is nearly half the price of most other places and just seems a bit suspect to me.
It might be perfectly fine but i just read too much about online scams etc and would like another opinion on it.

Much appreciated.

Preferred Solution: purchasing windows xp oem...

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: purchasing windows xp oem...

i don't know about that site in particular, but....

i wouldn't mess around when it comes to buying windows xp or anything else microsoft for that matter.

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Hi, My first post and hopefully in the correct place.
I have been using W7 since it's release in the UK and it fulfills all my needs. However, being of quite advanced years I also look upon my computer as a hobby and means of mental exercise.
To this end I want the new mental challenge of learning W8 but have no wish to obtain a Touch Screen. Can anyone please advise the suitability of using W8 with standard keyboard and mouse.
In addition prior to the introduction of W7 there was made available a small tool which one could download and scan one's computer to be advised on compatibility & suitability of both hardware and software; is such a tool available to assess the PC prior to purchasing/installing W8.
Thank you,

A:Considering purchasing Windows 8 upon UK release.

It takes some time getting used to but I'm enjoying it so far. You don't NEED a tablet to use it.

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Well today is the release date for Windows 7, and well I feel kind of embarrassed for not asking this question earlier. Newegg has an OEM version of Windows 7 Ultimate for $179 and a Retail version for $319. Now heres the thing I have multiple PC's in my home 4 of them meet the requirements for Win 7.

Can I buy one Retail copy and install it on all 4 with no activation issues, or will I have to buy 4 OEM copy's?

A:Question about purchasing Windows 7

You can install on one system at a time . . Look for the family pack of 3 for $150

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Hi, I just have a quick simple question: I'm in the process of purchasing Windows Xp home edition to install on my new laptop that currently has a Japanese OS. I've notice when searching online to purchase Windows XP that there's a Windows XP Home Upgrade plu SP2 and a more expensive Windows XP Home Edition. I assume I have to purchase the ladder and not the upgrade. Am I correct?
Thanks for the help

A:purchasing Windows XP upgrade

Are you wanting to switch from Japanese SP to English XP?

If so, yes, you need to get the full version (not the upgrade).

By the way, I'd recommend doing some research first. Many people have had an EXTREMELY hard time finding drivers that'll work for their hardware in an English OS.

Does the company that makes your laptop also sell an identical English version model? If so, then you shouldn't have problems finding the drivers.

To be completely honest, I am not sure WHY it is such a problem (I have never gone through the process myself). Drivers themselves are universal and are not language dependant. It is the INSTALL programs that change, but you theoretically SHOULD be able to point windows (when it asks for the drivers) to the driver files and install them. SHOULD.

But there have been a few otherwise completely literate computer people who say they have not been able to do it. Urban myth perhaps, but thought I'd warn you in advance.

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Over here in Australia, we're getting charged $299 for a full version of Windows home premium, whereas in the United States, it's only $199 (often cheaper).

My question is, will the license key and everything else work as normal if I installed Windows 7 purchased from the United States? Or are there any foreseeable problems?

A:Purchasing Windows 7 from a different country

There should be no problems. I have use US versions in Germany and never had a problem. The cheapest Home Premium in the US is the OEM version which I use for US$105.



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Hello everyone...

I have a home built computer and since my bf left it is up to me to upgrade it etc.. anyway I bought a new hard drive for my son and installed it fine and installed his O/S.

Now I bought myself a new hard drive but need an O/S since I do not have CD's and have no idea how my now ex got an O/S on the old one...

I have been looking on ebay etc at OEM Windows XP Pro.. but I do not understand what to look for. I want legal O/S... and I see some say branded or unbranded. I see one which is cheap price, the guy says it has never been opened nor has product key ever been used.. says he got it from Intel. Does this mean it is branded, and if so is this legal? What is the difference?

Sorry if mundane question.. but want to make sure I buy the correct thing and do not want to make wrong decision because one is cheaper than another.

Thank you in advance- anything information or explanation you can provide would be great! :angel:

A:Purchasing Windows O/S XP Pro- what does branded mean? What do I look for?

To stay legal beyond a doubt, go to the likes of www.newegg.com

If you have an old W98 or ME or W2K lying around, get their retail XP-Home Upgrade for $99.99

If not, get a full OEM version of XP-home for $86.95 (on special till 11/21/05)
Both include SP2.

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I want to upgrade from Windows ME to Windows XP. Where can I find a place that would sell this program at a discount? Can you direct me to a web page that has these for sale?

Thank you.

A:Purchasing Windows XP-Home

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I have been given an iPod as a gift but it is not compatiable with my computer because it uses Windows ME and XP or 2000 is required.

I therefore want to upgrade to Windows XP. I could buy an XP Home Upgrade for previous versions of Windows for £75. However, I have also found Windows XP Home OEM for £60. Buying the OEM version seems the clear choice, but I am concerned that it may not have proper support and the manuals I would need. I have a reasonable knowledge of OS's, but my understanding is that OEM products are primarily designed for advanced users and not users with average knowledge like myself.

Which version should I get?

A:Purchasing Windows XP Problem

Go the extra £15 Charlie - you get a proper Product Key with the chance to register and not have to worry about all the other issues.

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As you know, you can purchase additional Windows 8 Pro Upgrade keys (up to five--and today is the last day for the cheaper price) via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant... you just burn an ISO rather than continuing with the install.

But if you're not upgrading to Win8 on the computer that you used to get the keys, you're left with all the system files and stuff that were downloaded by the Upgrade Assistant. Somewhere--I think on this forum--I saw a procedure explaining where to find all the folders/files to delete to clean things up. But I can't find it! I've scanned the tutorials, but I'm overlooking it (or maybe getting too old). Can anyone point me to this procedure?

A:Clean Up After Purchasing Additional Windows 8 Keys

Originally Posted by rchris

As you know, you can purchase additional Windows 8 Pro Upgrade keys (up to five--and today is the last day for the cheaper price) via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant... you just burn an ISO rather than continuing with the install.

But if you're not upgrading to Win8 on the computer that you used to get the keys, you're left with all the system files and stuff that were downloaded by the Upgrade Assistant. Somewhere--I think on this forum--I saw a procedure explaining where to find all the folders/files to delete to clean things up. But I can't find it! I've scanned the tutorials, but I'm overlooking it (or maybe getting too old). Can anyone point me to this procedure?

Check out this thread. You may have (probably have) only one of each of the files, etc., mentioned below. Be sure and check out the "hidden" link. "%UserProfile%" refers to your user folder at C: > Users.

2. Next, delete the hidden%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup and C:\ESD folders to get rid of the downloaded installation files.

3. Next, delete the Install Windows shortcut on your desktop.

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My desktop computer was originally Windows XP and I downloaded an illegite Windows 7 to it. My question now is which Windows 7 should I upgrade to: Home Prem. or just Home Prem Upgrade? C I want to get my computer in good condition by purchasing and downloading a legit Microsoft Windows 7. WIth the windows 7 that is now on my computer, everything is crashing and the DIrect-X is not working. I don't know anything about the inside of computers, just know how to type on them.(Smile). I want my computer up and running like it should once I download the newer version of 7 to it where everything will work. Also do you think since I have an illegite 7 on my computer, is that why it crashes all of the time? Pls help ASAP. I'm tired of searching for the best software to download to upgrade my computer. Thanks Genuine50.

A:Purchasing Windows 7 Home Prem. Upgrade

FWIW: The upgrade version of Win 7 obtainable in family packs...is far cheaper than any other version...provides both the 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs...and results in a clean install of Win 7 from a system with XP installed.



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I just got a new Acer Aspire V3 571 notebook (laptop). What Should I do with it as a start ?
What should i check to make sure that everything is working ok ?

Basic Info:
Product Notebook (Laptop)
Model Name Acer Aspire V3 571-53216G75Makk
Product Series Aspire V3
Processor Type Intel Core i5
Model Number i5-3210M
Processor Generation 3rd gen
Number of cores (cores) 2
Speed ​​(GHz) 2.50
Maximum speed (GHz) 3.1
CPU Cache 3 MB L3
Chipset Mobile Intel HM77 Express
RAM (type) DDR3
RAM (GB) 6
RAM Max. upgrade (GB) 8
RAM - Speed ​​(MHz) 1600
RAM - Ports (Total) 2
RAM - Ports (available) 0
Hard Drive
Drive type (1) SATA
Capacity (GB) hard drive (1) 750
Rotational speed (RPM) hard drive (1) 5400
Audio & Graphics
For the audio Optimized Dolby Advanced Audio v4
Built-in speakers Yes
Built-in subwoofer No
Graphics Memory Shared
Graphics Card Manufacturer (1) Intel
Graphics Model (1) Intel HD Graphics 4000
Shared video memory (RAM) (1) 128 MB
Screen (display)
Size (inches) 6.15
Standard HD
Screen Format 16:9
Maximum resolution 1366 x 768
Integrated webcam Yes
Webcam - resolution images (MP) 1280 x 720
Webcam - resolution video 720p
LAN cards (type) 10/100/1000
Wireless Standard 802.11 a / b / g / n
WiDi No
TV Out No
HDMI, supporting 1080p Yes
HDMI input No
Thunderbolt No
Mini Display Port No
USB 2.0 2
USB 3.0 3
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Port of Memory Yes
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A:What To Do When Purchasing A New PC ???

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Has anyone had any luck in purchasing XP from one of these 'bulk online' retailers. I know that the pirated software can be/is bad for a number of reasons, but I'm if anyone legitimately sells the software this cheap. I recently had to reinstall my operating system and my XP cd wouldn't start on bootup, so I had to install another OS first. I was able to download the XP boot files, but there's no floppy on the laptop and I couldn't figure out how to make a bootable installation cd. A legitimate site list the price at $250+, but the other site has it as $60. Also, I have a System Builder XP Preinstall CD that came with my other computer, but I couldn't figure out how to install the system. Any help/suggestions would be great.

A:Purchasing Oem Xp Pro

OEM and/or retail versions of XP can be had from various bona fide sellers:http://www.bizrate.com/operatingsystems/mi...m__sort--6.htmlhttp://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/ca...672|&Sort=4http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....amp;Order=PRICELouis

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Hi there,

I'm currently in the market for a new system. However, I only know the basics, and am not 100% sure whether to go ahead with purchasing this computer or not. Do you think it's worth the money?

* Case: Thermaltake M9 VI4000BWS Case with 750w PSU 4 Bay + Side Audio +
* Dimensions: Length - 495mm, Width - 200mm, Height - 440mm
* Processor: Intel Core I7 920 2.66ghz 4800MT/S 8mb cache SKT1366
Processor Interface : SKT 1366
* CPU Cooler : Intel Retail Boxed
* Memory: Geil 6gb DDR3 Triple Channel Brushed Titanium Aluminium PC3 10660
* Hard Drive: Branded 500gb Sata 7200rpm 16mb Cache HDD
* Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX260 896mb DDR3 Graphics Card Dual DVI HDMI
* Motherboard: Asus P6T SE 1366 6400MT/S Intel X58 ICH10R Chipset SKT1366
* Max Memory Support: 24gb DDR3 2000
* Motherboard Expansion Slots: 2x PCI-E 16x, 1x PCI-E 1x, 2x 32-bit PCI
* Network Card: Realtek 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
* Audio: 8-channel Realtek ALC1200
* Optical Drive: 20x Lightscribe DVD Writer with Buffer Underrun Protection
* Power Supply: Branded 750w 24Pin Power Supply Unit
* Special Features:
o Case gives good air flow to the components.
o We use only quality branded products.
o All systems come with all the driver CD's.
o Unique Chassis design.

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A:Need Help Before Purchasing

Why not state the brand name of the "branded 500GB SATA 7200 16 MB Cache HDD. It appears to be either a Seagate or Western Digital with those specs... that can help us further advise you.
also the brands of the other components you have listed as "branded."
If you live in the USA (which you probably do not since your prices appear to be British) consider getting quotes from www.newegg.com, www.directron.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.cdw.com, www.Frys.com, www.Evertek, www.amazon.com, www.PCMall.com and so many others.

I see nothing about which to quarrel over the lest you have posted, and believe you are on the right track.

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I am willing to purchase another gaming pc. I was checking this deal.
Mega Special IV

It's $1,245. I can afford near $1500. Can someone suggest me some good configuration.


A:[Help] Purchasing new PC

well......The mega special would have been good 2 years ago but for that money ,at this time would get you a great quality rig including the os

If you have never put together your own pc before don't worry you can shop around for the parts you desire purchase them and have a genuine shop put it together for you ..

Also there has been release of newer mobo's cpu's ddr3 ram is super cheap now atleast 8 gigs for 130.00 bucks and higher timmings then the 1333

You will get alot further purchasing putting it together or having someone qaulified you trust to do it and you might even save a few bucks good luck and im sure other posters will feel the same way

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I have discovered the hard way that I can't use the version of XP that came with my Dell on another computer. When I was pricing XP Pro a couple of years ago, it was only about $129 retail... Now with Vista coming out, I assumed that those would hit rock bottom... It is now completely the opposite. I can't find a full version of XP Pro for less than $200 that is a non-upgrade one (and they never tell you what is needed to qualify for an upgrade version)... I wonder why the spike in cost...The development costs were paid off years ago for that O/S...

Anyway, my question is If I shell out the $$ for a full up version of XP, can I use it on my computer and any future/past computer (old computers I buy from friends and use as backup computers, etc)? Or is it like the one bundled with my Dell where the Product Key is computer specific and won't validate on another machine? I ask this because I need an O/S now and don't want to have this unexpected cost every computer I install this O/S on.

Thanks in advance for the help!

A:Purchasing New O/s

If you purchase the full version, you will be able to put it on any computer that is XP compatible, but you will only be able to have it registered with M$ on one computer at a time.

I tried to put XP Pro on a Vista computer that I bought for my ma... and apparently they do not make XP drivers for alot of the newer hardware. I had to wipe the drive and put Vista back on it due to a lack of video drivers.

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Ok I am to get a new video card soon and I was wondering if you could help me decide which video card to get.


My one friend says its good that the 6600GT has better driver support and technical support and that the drivers are updated alot more often then the 9800PRO

And my other friend says that the reason nvidia updates drivers and stuff more often then ATI is because they update to fix porblems...

I'm not sure whose more right....Could you please help? This is much appreciated!

(BTW I hope this link works)

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I have a laptop that died running Vista.
HP slammed the door on me, for any long since supported recovery option, and told me to go buy a new OS,
with a suggestion it be Win7 64 bit.

Any leads or links to discounted, or competitively priced offers for doing so, would be highly appreciated.

Compaq Presario CQ70-120US Notebook PC
2 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor T3200
3072 MB RAM
250 GB HD

A:Purchasing Win 7

So long as you have the registration key you can install Vista on the new hard drive free of charge.

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Hi guys,

I'm planning on building a new PC in a few weeks with Windows 7 Professional as the OS. The PC I use at the moment has Windows Vista 32-bit edition, since my CPU is 32-bit only.

The new PC is going to have a 64-bit processor, and I wish to have the 64-bit windows 7 run on it.

Right now I'm confused as to what kind of Windows 7 package I need to purchase given my circumstances.

Will I need to purchase the full edition of Windows 7 (non-upgrade)?

Or can I just purchase the upgrade version of Windows 7, install the 32-bit vista version on the new PC and then upgrade from there?

The confusing part is that, from reading the FAQ, I need to do a custom installation if I want to upgrade from 32-bit vista to 64-bit 7 - and at that point, it's no longer an upgrade.

For reference, I'm purchasing from this page:
Windows 7 Student Discount


A:Need help purchasing

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Looking at the price you're paying you may as well go with the full version of Windows 7 Professional.

A clean install on your new computer is the best way to go and far less time-consuming than installing Vista, and then upgrading it.

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Hello all,

I am looking to buy a new PC in the new year and i am usure of what to get. I do a lot of online gaming and surfing and want a PC that is capable of nice crisp gameplay and performance.

I current have an AMD 1800+ Athlon XP CPU, 384 MB RAM, 20 Gig HDD, and 128 MB GeForce FX 5200.

I will keep my graphics card but want something a little quicker......any suggestions

P.S. And reasonably priced



A:Purchasing New PC...help!!!!

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I currently have a radeon hd 6450. Tired of laggy games, im going to go all out and get a titan. Im going to get a 1000w psu. IM just scared of the driver issues. What exactly do you do when and before the installation of a new gpu? Thanks. I heard that you have to uninstall the current drivers, but wouldnt you be left with a black/ blank screen? Please help!

A:Purchasing help.

Quote: Originally Posted by precrime3

I currently have a radeon hd 6450. Tired of laggy games, im going to go all out and get a titan. Im going to get a 1000w psu. IM just scared of the driver issues. What exactly do you do when and before the installation of a new gpu? Thanks. I heard that you have to uninstall the current drivers, but wouldnt you be left with a black/ blank screen? Please help!

Here you go please follow

Graphics Card - Install New Card

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I'm thinking of purchasing more RAM, but am unsure as to what i need to buy, could someone advise me how to check my ram type, so i can ensure i buy the right one e.g DDR2.... regards

Reason for this is to play flight simulator x (this will take me to 2gb) do you think this will improve my game play? current specs are:

Pentium 4 2.8ghz
1GB Ram
250GB Hdd
256mb ATI X1600 card

If you think this wouldnt improve, could you advise me of what will? If you cannot answer all questions, I would be great ful even if you could only answer one of them

Thank you very much.

A:I'm thinking of purchasing more RAM....

Go to www.crucial.com and run their online scanner. It will tell you what memory you have and all the options to upgrade.

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Hello, I need a new laptop and I'm not quite sure where to start because I know nothing about computers. I know that I need something that is very durable because I move my laptop a lot. I do a lot of music downloading, so I guess I need something with plenty of memory, I'm not quite sure. I was reading that it was good to get an external hardrive to add on to the internal hardrive, but I don't know if that's hard to do. I was thinking of going through Dell, but not sure if that is the best bet. If anyone can give me some tips and recommendations, that would be great! Thank You

A:Need Help with Purchasing a Laptop

I would go to dell. Get me one of them XPS lappys lol.

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Ok, I'm looking for a laptop under 2000$ that is powerful (um, something above 2.8ghz that's not a celeron), upgradable (that is in graphics card and up to 2gigs of ram) plus a case that looks cool (kinda like the alienware laptops). I've seen the new AMD 64's for only 1,600$ but they don't have nifty cases. Any ideas my dear friends?

A:I need help purchasing a new laptop.

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Hi all, i am looking to buy a new router and have a few questions.

1. First, if i get a new router that is n capable dose that also increase the range of the g
2. What should i get. Can anyone recommend a good router for under 100 dollars. I am looking for long range and the fastest speed at the end of that range. I guess that would be called link quality. I don't really need the n speed just would like to make the g router better because no of my laptops are capable of n unless i get new cards for them. Also with the new routers is it possible to get the full g speed if you get an n router. I currently get about 2.5 mb per second download and upload speed. I guess that it should get like 5 mb per second. Any suggestions?

A:Purchasing A Router

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I am looking for a nice decent stable laptop that i can if possible run Windows and Linux on. I am also considering doing the Mac OS X on there but not sure. Ive never used OS X or rather any mac before but i am after all a Geek and need to know how to use them. Price Range: as low as i can. its not going to be a power pc or anything just something to get me through the day, possibly doing some Wireless Security Checking for clients and general things like typing and such. Any laptops that dont break down so bad over time? For instance: My sister purchased a compaq 2 years ago. so far she has had, A Failure, DVD drive failure, Screen failure, and keyboard failure. Anything anyone can suggest. Pretty much any software issues i can easily take care of myself so i dont really need the tech support i just NEEd FAST hardware repairs if the computer breaks down. Apple i hear makes a nice pc. probably a grand is my max price just doing some browsing. Or i plan on just getting a desktop i build from scratch which will do about 5 times the power as any laptop i can get for the same price, more stability, but no portability. The whole idea of carrying a small laptop around would be nice.

A:Purchasing a laptop

they do make very small factor boxes these days
I have a HP dv5094ea - excellent machine and great value for money given the spec
1GB memory

but it is a HP which meged with compaq 4 years ago...

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Hello all, I have visited before and have gleaned much knowledge from some of the forum posts--thought I had posted here before also---guess not.
Anyway, I'm building my first system [for myself] to get rid of this HP 6630 I have now.
I need a case and processor but need help with the exact things I need. I now own a Memorex dvd dual recorder and a 7200rpm 120 gb hard drive plus a v92 internal modem. I also have a Verto [Vanta] 16mb sdram graphics card.
I am no gamer, but I love working with many graphics, documents and photos. Would also like to be able to connect my Sharp camcorder to the system for creating a movie to burn on cd. Is there any help avaliable for me here at techspot? sure hope so--Keleah
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A:Need help purchasing mb w/ processor

Welcome to Techspot !
Can you give us an idea of your overall budjet?
Cause there is a lot to chose from.
Also what model is the DVD you might be well advised to keep it.

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Have a look at this expensive graphics card.

ASUS ARES/2DIS/4GD5 - Graphics adapter - 2 GPUs - Radeon HD 5870 - PCI Express 2.1 x16 - 4 GB GDDR5 - DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort ( HDCP ): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

A:Is this worth Purchasing???

Not at that price, no. A simpler 5970 would suffice for most gamers.

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I bought an album on itunes the other day and can not put it on my mp3 and it sounded terrible on a cd i burnt, no where in itunes reems of terms did it say it would not work. I have a Philips gogear mp3, the album is AAC protected, anyone have any idea of how, if possible, i can put it onto my mp3 and sony ericsson k800i phone. Thanks

A:Purchasing on itunes

Ok, first go into iTunes preferences under advanced. Under importing make sure mp3 is selected and select your preferred bitrate(128+). Next click on burning and make sure it's set to audio cd. Now burn your protected songs to an cd-r as an audio cd. Then, import the burned cd into your iTunes library. It will now import the songs into your iTunes as mp3 files with the bitrate you specified. The mp3 versions of the songs will work on any mp3 player.

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Do you have a recommendation re: buying a laptop with 4GB ran dual core must have windows XP home???

A:purchasing a laptop

what do you mainly use a laptop for, gaming, school, general usage. It makes a difference.

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Present PC a few years old, hard drive clicking on its last legs. Looking to replace it, preferably w/ a WInXP machine.

Any recommendations on machines to consider and places to purchase?

Uses to include website maintenance, photo editing (large file-size 21 megapixels), ability to support triple monitor setup and multi-task in word, outlook, photoshop and web without degradation in performance.

A:PC purchasing recommendation?

Then you've got a pretty big order to fill. You can probably get a pretty good PC from your mainstream suppliers (this is an example from HP: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...&a1=Category&v1=Performance and entertainment)

But for any decent performance, you would probably be best to build your own computer. Ask around your local computer stores, or you can probably checkout sites like NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/), assuming you are in the US. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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I am purchasing new laptop. I am tired with boot speed & performance of SATA drives & want to go with SSD.

Currently, I am comparing
XPS 17 Laptop - Feel the Thrill with 3D Laptop Screen | Dell
XPS 15z Laptop Details | Dell
Premium Laptop, Professional Audio Laptop | HP Envy

My requirements are

-> Slim & Stylish
-> SSD drives for OS & Sata for data
-> Long battery life
-> Shouldn't more than 7-8 lbs

Remaining things like Processor, RAM etc any thing will work from Core i7 range & 8GB will be good. Not high end gaming cards, just normal will work. I don't want any heating & rebooting issues.

I hope someone will help to choose some good laptop.

BUDGET is not an issue.

Waiting for some responses.


A:[Help] Purchasing new laptop

Well given the three choices I would automatically lean toward the HP. I have a grudge against Dell, they don't stand behind their products and their tech support is hopelessly useless. I've had good luck with the HP machines I've worked with. I currently run an Acer *See my system specs. that has been great. They just released a bunch of second gen iCore powered machines, might be worth a look.

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okay i have a radeon 9600 xt and want to upgrade to a x800 xt or a x800 pro or geforce 6800 ultra i think it's called.
i have alot of questions so bare with me . okay since the pci express has come out i have been confused and it has stopped me from buying a new video card as i have been told that pci express is much faster then agp x8.

1. is question is pci express faster then agp x8 ( how much faster if possible)??
2. if so is it worth buying a new motherboard and a x800 xt or gefroce 6800 ultra ??
3. if yes then what motherboard would you guys recommend (with price if possible) ??
4. if not then witch graphic card do you recommend from the x800 xt and the 6800 ultra and if i can get them even for the agp x8

thx alot in advance

A:Need some help Purchasing 3d card.

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I'm considering buying a DVD burner to replace my old DVD player drive in my Desktop, which I almost never used except as a CD reader. I have separate CD burner unit. I've looked on newegg and am considering the 2 units in the links below. Any recommendations and/or comments much appreciated. Primary use will be data backup. I do not anticipate using it for movies and such, but one never knows what tomorrow may bring.



A couple of questions about DVD burners... Can someone tell me (or provide a link where I can read about) the meaning of the + and - symbols in the various acronyms (DVD+R, DVD-R, etc.) in the unit descriptions. I'm not real up to speed on DVD burners, so I'd appreciate input on this subject and DVD burners in general.

My primary motivation in this is to get a little more efficient in recording Acronis True Image .tib files to external media. I've done it with my old CD burner and it takes forever and way to many CD's to be a reasonable process.

OS is XP Home in a Gateway P4, 256MB RAM and 80GB HDD. I've noticed when looking at system info, my reserve RAM is down to about 60MB when system is idle. The system seems to be running quite good at this level. Max RAM allowed is >2GB (2, 1024 sticks). Would increasing RAM be of any help in transfer of data while burning CD's or DVD's? If so,... Read more

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What is the most durable/best long lasting type of laptop that you can purchase? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks for your time.

A:Purchasing a Laptop???

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I'm guessing this is the right forum to put this in :/

My pc at the moment is reaching the end of its usage and I was really looking to getting a new, top of line gaming pc. Researching however has really confused me :<

I want to try out one of the new quad core cpu's (especially since they dropped in price so dramatically), the new Nvidia board (the nForce 680i SLI board), and as much RAM as possible. I'm also regularly video editting and need the highest performance possible.

Can anyone recommend anything else/better? Its Nvidia's second board released and though there have been some good reviews, I don't know whether it is compatible with quad core processing.


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Well, alot of computer-building threads come here, but they should go into the cooling and modding forum really....


The 680i is one of the best boards out there at the moment, and they're priced so as well, which is why I don't recommend them too often. But if you are going to run SLI, do some overclocking, and willing to pay a considerable premium for the best motherboard out there, the 680i is arguably the best board for you.

However, there are the new P35 boards out there, which may perform equally well. But I'm assuming they're going to be equally priced anyway.

Unless you're going to try to hit the highest overclocks possible, or need something specific available only in the 680i motherboards, I'm going to recommend that you take a look at some of the cheaper motherboards out there. I don't see why you should immediately discount the 650i or the P965 (well, with the P965 I'm not sure how well they support quad core...), and you should definately check out the P35.

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Hello People. I have been looking for a new motherboard for quite some time now: I started out with the following requirements:
Must Provide 64-bit computing
Must support a quad-core processor
Must provide support for 8GB user RAM
Must support nVidia SLi or ATI Crossfire
Must support the new Windows 7

I have looked for some time and came up with the following combination of parts based upon the common oppinion that Asus were the best in the business at making motherboards (Please tell me if I am wrong as i want a second oppinion):
Asus P6T Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920 Processor (2.66GHz)

I started off by looking at the extreme series of Intel motherboards but I soon learned that the latest of them has great trouble with integrating some video/graphics cards and also RAM. It was about that time when i moved to asus. I saw that they had support for Socket 1336 and Socket 775 and I chose the 1336 (P6T) Model as it allowed the use of a Core i7 processor (and these are the best in the world, yes?). Again, please give your oppinion.

I would just also like to confirm that my current graphics card (RADEON X300 Series) is supported on that motherboard.

If you have any other suggestions for either the motherboard or the processor, then please tell me. I have heard many reviews say that this motherboard has a problem with temperature, even when extreme cooling systems are involved.

I have also had people reccommend to me that I buy the socket 775 processor the Q9550. Ca... Read more

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I've been on the look-out for the last couple of weeks for a new computer, as my current one is just on its way down. I've basically looked everywhere on the UK Online Stores for the best offers in my price range, and i think I've found a pretty good one for the price.

Before i post a link to the computer itself, I've basically been looking for something that's below ?300, has plenty of RAM, a decent processor/clock speed etc etc. My main requirement is it has to be good for editing in Photoshop/Sony Vegas, as i like to edit quite a bit.

Here's the model I'm thinking about purchasing:
Buy ACER X1420 | DESKTOP PC - Computer Base Units | Comet

It comes pre-installed with 4GB of RAM, however i plan on upgrading to about 6GB in the future to boost the performance as it can take 8GB max. It has a decent clock-speed/processor and comes with 1TB in disk space. I know it's only a dual-core processor, but taking all it's features into consideration, it really is the best one out there for the price.

My only problem is, in the "Technical specifications" column underneath the product, if you hover over the "Shared Graphics" text, it says it isn't powerful enough for digital photography, video editing and gaming. Sorry but surely that's wrong, my current PC only has 512MB of RAM and that handles Sony Vegas/Photoshop pretty well, yet there telling me this model isn't powerful enough to edit with possibly 8GB of RAM installed, if i upgraded.

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What versions of Vegas and Photoshop are you running, and on what OS? When XP first came out, I could run most audio and video editors fine on 512MB, but after SP3 XP by *itself* stopped running 'reasonably well' on only 512MB. I wouldn't even dream of trying to run Vista or 7 with less than 2 GB of system RAM.

You can run video editing off of integrated graphics OK, but if you're doing heavy transitioning and lots of rendering, especially 3D, your life will be so much better with dedicated graphic memory. Gaming pretty much REQUIRES a dedicated GPU and graphic memory.

A big problem with prebuilt computers is PSU. They are often underpowered and/or of questionable manufacturing origin, and therefore prone to fail (and ruin other parts of the computer with it). You should look over the building threads and see if there's a way to fit it into your budget to build your machine. Quality parts are worth the time and effort.


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I'm in the market for a new 15.6 laptop. Iíve been testing one of the new Acer models and it appears to be the best bang for the buck. It comes with a multitude of features including at least 4G Ram, 350G HD, Four (4) USB ports, HDMI, Modem, Card reader, Video, audio, microphone inputs, 8 X DVD, Web Cam, Windows 7, Intel Processor, etc, etc., for about $650 at Costco. The only downside I see is the terrible Acer support. Doesn't seem they have much interest in supporting their products. Their English is very difficult to understand and they are quick to hang up. Costco is the big plus. Two year warranty support and 90 days full refund if you are not satisfied. I'm not familiar with Acer at all and need some opinions. Does anyone have an opinion about Acer and please let me know what other brands you would recommend that can match up with these features and price?

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I'm not sure if I'm on the right board or not, but I'm giving this a go.

I have a superb desktop but recently a need has arose for a laptop. I need something rather cheap, my expenses are up right now and I can't really go over $500, (I know, not many good ones that cheap)

My only requirements (other than the standard stuff) is the ability to smoothly run all Adobe CS2 applications (not simultaneously), would you say any of these computers could handle it?


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Looking to purchase an lcd monitor at a budget of £200-250

has to be widescreen, with a fast response time(2ms) with a high contrast ratio

The monitor will stand on a high shelf, so i will need to be able to tilt the monitor down.

I have picked one out.. tell me what you think? maybe you have found better, cheaper ones somewhere else.


is this the same one exactly, only style different, 10' more viewing angle?


tell me what you think, interested to know.. ?

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I need to replace my 24" TN panel (1920x1080) Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM and could use some help. Running Windows 10 with an i7-3770K 3.50GHz CPU and GeForce GTX 970 video card. Between my age (retired) and the fact that I use the system more for research and typing than gaming (primarily Diablo III), screen clarity is becoming more and more important.

Although I want to purchase a better quality and slightly larger 27" monitor, I'm also familiar with the Windows 10 blurry font issue. So I'm trying to figure out two things...

(1) I was thinking of buying a monitor with an IPS panel but have no experience with them, although it seems light bleeding is a common issue. I've also seen references to VA, PLS, etc. etc. etc. but no idea how they compare. A friend has the same display I'm using now and he said his other two TN displays are clearer. So maybe I should stick with a TN display.

(2) I was also thinking a 27" 4K display would require me to use 150% for my display settings, which would steer me clear of using 125% which isn't as optimized as 150% and above. But how would I know ahead of time if 150% will give me the correct size.

Hope the above made sense. Thanks for reading and any advice would be appreciated.

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So I want an ultrabook because it seemed like it'd be the best for my needs:

- Easily portable and fits good enough on those clownishly small college desks.
- I think an i5 processor would be best (hopefully it'll stay cooler than an i7?)
- Fast with SSDs and capable processors
- Can use most programs (HD video streaming, music streaming, word processing, web browsing, programming, and statistical analysis software)
- Gaming is definitely not a priority. I have a desktop for that.
- Has a good resolution. (I'd prefer over the standard 1366x768 since the screen will be small)​- Good battery life of course (over 7 hrs would be fantastic)​ ​The only thing is that I'm having a really hard time figuring out which one I should get. I think there are 2nd generation ultrabooks with the ivy bridge processors coming out soon but I don't know when or if I should even wait. I of course want it to be future proof, but I also want it to be under $1200 or so. Right now I have seen great reviews for the Portege Z835 and Asus Zenbook UX31. The Asus seems to be a solid choice except it looks like its trackpad sucks (which is a major problem). The Portege seems alright, but its screen isn't that great. I also definitely don't want an Apple product, they just don't work well for me and are usually too overpriced for their hardware. So I guess:​ ​1.) Are my needs listed above reasonable expectations for an ultrabook?​2.... Read more

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If your budget can up to $1200, why not choose the latest Zenbook UX31A, it's the 2nd zenbook, and the price is under around 1100$.

Zenbook UX31A has improve their trackpad issue, I just find Samsung Series 9 also is a great choice, you can see the comparison, it has a similar specs with UX31A. but more thinner and little expensive.

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Here's the situation.

I'm going to start selling parts to people......

I need to know some good modems.......

I have tried a few brands and have come up with following results:

56k Creative Modem Blaster ....... connects at 33kbs

Anything Lucent / Agere Chipset ......... connects at 48~53kbs

I need to find out what brands of modems to buy. I was thinking about getting a bunch of modems from here: (probably USR $20)

http://www.micropro.com/list.htm?product=Modems&sub=Internal Modems&order=brand

but I'm not sure what to get.

I want to keep cost as low as possible but still get good quality stuff.

What brands should I get? USR?
What price range should I stay in to keep low cost but yet have good quality?

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Just my opinion, stay away from the phoebe, I had a couple of them a few years back and was never satisfied. Another thing to remember when judging different brands, the connect speed is not the actual spped. Once a modem connects, it is constantly changing the speed of the transmissions depending on line noise etc... This is not reflected in the initial connect speed.


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Hi everyone,

I am new to the forum and I have very limited computer knowledge concerning hardware and specs (things have moved on quite a bit since I last invested in a PC in 2001...). Any help and information would be greatly appreciated!

I previously only used my PC to play WoW, however I am considering purchasing the new Bioware MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

However, even though any GPU and CPU names mean nothing to me nowadays, I am mighty sure my meager little Dell Vostro 200 will not run this game.

My question is, would I be able to cheaply upgrade my current PC to run this game? If so what additional GPU, RAM or CPU would people recommend? Or if even with certain upgrades my current PC would not be able to run this game, what cheapish PC would people recommend? All I would require from the computer is to run the new MMO on fairly high settings with a very stable frame rate.

My current computer specs are:

Dell Vostro 200
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz Processor
2 GB of RAM
232 GB Hard Drive
Nvidia Geforce 8300GS

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Me and my brother (We both have near identical setups, our MOBO's and RAM are the same down in my biography). We are both wanting to upgrade from 8 to 16gb, and am wondering what the best way would be to do it. Here is what i'm thinking.

A. We buy 2x8gb, and we each get a stick.

B. We buy 2x8gb. Someone gets both the 8gb sticks, and gives the other one the 2x4 sticks.

C. We buy 4x4gs, and we each get 2 sticks.

A few questions, i know that we can't interchange ddr3/ddr4, so we would just be buying ddr3 (Unless we go with B), But is having a 4gb/4gb/8gb ram configuration ok? Or does it need to be "Symmetrical".


Are the 2 i am considering, are they compatible with my MOBO? And which one would be best?

A:Few questions about purchasing new ram.

If you don't want to have trouble with RAM, don't mix new and old.
If the memory on both computers are exactly the same brand, model and timings, the Answer is B: one gets 4x4 G and the other gets 2x8 G

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Hi there,

I have a Dell 600m laptop and the port for the charger broke. I went to see what it would take to get this fixed and they told me that I needed to call Dell to order a new motherboard. Dell wants to charge me a ridiculous amount, and I see on ebay that I can buy a motherboard for a lot less (and have someone local intstall it). Is there anyway someone could let me know how I know if I'm making a legitimate purchase, or is this just not worth it? Thanks so much!

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If nothing else is wrong on the PC motherboard you can get the power plug port fixed for about 100$.


FYI if you want to find those places that do this repair just google - Laptop power jack repair

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