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Posted 12/22/2009 12:13:48 AM by Yvette Clavenham - [Show All My Posts]
|When you want a new computer, is it better to buy the components and build your own or buy a brabded computer then the components to upgrade it to what you want?|
Until about a year ago it was better and cheaper to buy the components to build your own. Now it seems its cheaper to buy a branded computer then buy the componants to upgrade it to what you want.
Whichever you do, what OS? XP has served me well for years but I think its time I bought a newer OS as this copy is XP Pro SP1. Why didn't I upgrade it to XP SP2 etc? Because SP2 came with a hidden extra that let Micro$haft decide what you could or couldn't do with your computer.
Vista (the replacement for XP) had its initial teething problems but once they were ironed out it ran well except for the frequent updates when you had to reboot. WGA / Micro$haft controlling what your computer does? Its your computer not Micro$hafts!
But thats now an old OS so maybe windows7? Windows7 seems to have a lot of new features but like when XP was realesed, they only work with other computers running under the same OS and not with those running under older or alternatice OS's.
Your comments por favor....
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Posted at 2:15:49 AM on 12/22/2009 by Crispin Broek
2. Depends what you primarily use it for....surfing the web, gaming, downloading and storing tons of information, etc. If you're just using it to surf around the internet, any cheap machine from Best Buy or Walmart will do.
Posted at 7:22:48 AM on 12/22/2009 by -Blue
3. You would, of course, in that case, have to add the shipping costs to UK!
Posted at 8:11:46 AM on 12/22/2009 by Crispin Broek
4. Not too keen on Linux having tried it on a prevvious computer before this one.
I knew I missed summat from the original post so maybe I should have added that I want something better than this. What is this? When new it was a Packard Bell iMedia1559. Its graphics card has been 'upgraded' three times. It now has an Nvidia Geforce 9400GT with 512Mb ram. System ram has been increased to 4Gb. Its 160Gb SATA drive came with XP Home pre-installed but I reformatted it and added my own XP Pro SP1. It came with a 200W PSU but I changed that to a 400W and think it would be better with a much bigger PSU. I added two case fans (one for air intake and one to extract air from the graphics card. I once ran four Alts concurrently in SL (almost got a fith running) on this computer.
E-Machines are ok for basic things like web surfing and not very expandable without major changes.
Posted at 1:34:05 PM on 12/22/2009 by Yvette Clavenham
5. If you want something "bigger than this", build it yourself! I built one up for much less than it would have cost to buy it from the factory.
Yes, E-machines are fantastic for someone who just wants to surf around the internet.
Posted at 1:47:26 PM on 12/22/2009 by -Blue
6. I found my perfect machine and it is under the philips brand. 1 trig of HD, plenty for my music, then it has Nvidia Geforce GT 9600GT 6gig of Ram and all for under £500.00
Posted at 3:45:57 PM on 12/22/2009 by stevie Koolhoven
7. *hugz XP* Its always severed me well,
I had visa and BOY that was a nightmare-- worked good for awhile, but it crashed on me>_<;;; I hope Windows 7 Works better-- I will find out sooN i guess.
Posted at 5:22:46 PM on 12/22/2009 by Sakura23
8. I found my perfect machine and it is under the philips brand. 1 trig of HD, plenty for my music, then it has Nvidia Geforce GT 9600GT 6gig of Ram and all for under £500.00
Posted at 1:47:14 AM on 12/23/2009 by stevie Koolhoven
9. UPDATE as decision is almost made but due to this lovely weather and a recent letter, purchase(s) has been postponed a month ot more. This time next Tuesday I will be lying in hospital under anesthetic so little point getting a new computer before then and for about 2 weeks after the hospital, I will be unable to see let alone use a computer.
Posted at 11:54:00 AM on 1/11/2010 by Yvette Clavenham
10. UPDATE #2: Decision made. I will get an Alienware base unit then mod it by doubling its system RAm, re[lacing its PSU with a 1,000W custom PSU then replace the graphics card with NVidia's best. Then buy a Dell 22 inch sqaure LCD monitor. Then buy the accessories like a wireless multi-media keyboard, wireless laser mouse, surround-sound speakers, monochrome printer, MFP, externatl 1½ Tb SATA HD all costing approximately 4,000 GBP :)
For those that don't know what an Alienware computer is, its what you might call state-of-the-art gaming computer with a lovely liquid-cooled CPU.
I might even upgrade my internet connection speed but will give that more thought due to the cost although I think the 10Mbps I have will surfice.
Posted at 2:43:00 AM on 1/29/2010 by Yvette Clavenham
11. UPDATE 2: I'm now in possesion of an Alienware Aurora PC, Samsung 24" widescreen monitor, Logitech wireless multimedia keyboard, Logitech LX8 mouse, Lexmark MFP.
Only problem is neither of my large computer desks are deep enough for the PC as its case is 30" deep but that problem will be resolved in the next day or two ☺
Posted at 1:27:38 PM on 2/3/2010 by Yvette Clavenham
12. In a few days my new computer will be online. Just need to customise its setup after finishing reading the doorstop thick user manual that came with it!
Posted at 9:18:32 AM on 2/16/2010 by Yvette Clavenham
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