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stuck between XP and Win 7 for a new computer


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#1 brian2009

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 05:37 AM

First off, I'm cheap.

My only xp computer is not economically repairable so I have to buy a new one (a notebook).

I have already ordered one (a used xp) but that was because I thought my XP games couldn't be played on a new Win 7 machine.

Now it seems as though the games can indeed be played on Win 7...but I've already ordered the machine (30 day return, 90 day warranty, Dell Latitude D620 Notebook Computer - Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz, 2GB DDR2, 60GB HDD, Combo, 14.1" WXGA, Windows XP Pro 32-bit, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950). The price was $269. (I have a portable Hard Drive so the small HD wasn't a big concern..the RAM was expandable to 4 GB)

My question is: should I stay content with this purchase for now (postponing going to Win 7) or shop around for a new Win 7 notebook? None of my work programs or games require Win 7.

I usually get new low to mid-level machines when they have come down quite a bit in price which made me think I was going to outlay about $400-500 for a new Win 7 notebook.

I am thinking this Dell I bought will suffice for a while but am looking for other opinions.

Thanks

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 06:05 AM

You should stay with the laptop. When you get it your gonna have to maintain it, follow this guide and this one.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 06:19 AM

I think much the same as killerx, the laptop should suffice and XP support continues for some years yet. As well, that model is included in Dell's Windows 7 compatibility listing, so the hardware it uses will work with Windows 7 if you decide to upgrade the OS in the future. A larger hard drive should also not be difficult to implement if you decide to go that way later.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 07:53 AM

You should save up your money for the windows 7 upgrade when windows xp supports end in 2014 and for a larger hard drive.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 05:04 PM

Thanks Guys.

Darn. I was kind of (but not too much) looking forward to a new screen to look at for a change (Win7) vs good old XP.

But yes. This used Dell seemed pretty nifty to me...and it will hopefully run noticeably better and do more than my last XP notebook, a 2135US Compaq.

Intel Celeron Processor - 1.8 GHz, Microprocessor Cache 256 KB (L2),Memory 760~ MB DDR SDRAM (1 x 256 MB) at 266 MHzMemory Max 1024 MB, Video Graphics ATI MOBILITY RADEON 4X AGP 3D architecture, Hard Drive 30 GB enhanced-IDE, DVD+CD-RW Combo.

Maybe now, with the savings, I can finally get a HD TV that I can actually see from across the room.

Do you really think this Dell would Run 7 ok?

Brian

Edited by brian2009, 27 March 2011 - 05:05 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2011 - 07:40 PM

By all indications the laptop should cope with Win7 quite well. I've run 7 satisfactorily on a system with slightly slower CPU (T2400) & 2GB RAM. I think the main limit of the one you're getting will be the GMA950 graphics isn't high performance.

Being on the Dell Windows 7 compatibility listing means either Windows 7 will have its own drivers for all the hardware in the laptop, or drivers can be found - the existing Vista drivers Dell provide for that model may work, or Windows Update may have hardware manufacturer supplied drivers.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:55 PM

Here are some notes about Windows 7, if you are an XP user.

1. Windows 7 uses a lot more mem than XP (double)
2. Windows 7 requires more resources (graphics card to be fully responsive with Aero, more services are required to run than XP)
3. Longer time to configure the OS; Task scheduler is highly used in W7, so you will have to go in and modify some of the scheduled tasks.
4. In W7 Pro x64 disk cleanup consumes a lot of memory to run.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 11:35 PM

Thanks, that's good news about a possible OS upgrade later.

I'm going to stop second guessing myself and just get back to normal computing with a notebook again, tomorrow they say.

This time it seemed like there were an unbelievable number of decisions to make. Netbook, notebook, tablet, OS.

I'm glad its over.

Brian

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 12:02 AM

I am running a similar laptop as you are but my one is a core 2 duo t5900 2.20ghz with DDR2 2GB ram which is coping windows 7 pretty darn well. But as Platypus has mentioned the graphics card is the weak point which isn't really a issue.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:09 PM

I got the Dell yesterday.

Everything seemed to be running fine but after a while I noticed that I shouldn't be seeing the battery meter while its plugged in.

I called the customer service and they thought it was either a bad battery or a wrongly powered charger unit. I seem to recall reading that others were also sent the wrong charger unit. It fit the plug but was the wrong wattage (or amps?).

They are going to send me a new power supply AND a new battery.

I hope it was the wrong power unit and I will have two batteries!

He said I didn't have to return either of them.

One thing I did notice. The wide screen seemingly had VERY SMALL text. I know I can change the display but that doesn't fill the screen. I'll see if I can get used to it or not.

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 12:14 AM

Remember to clean up the junk left by the previous owner.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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