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#1 jsaklas

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 12:05 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $600

My current machine runs XP SP3 on a Pentium 4 CPU 2.66GHz, 2.00GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 80 Gig HD (10 Gig is free)

What are the primary uses for this computer?
Work (at home): Some engineering analyses, financial (Homeowners Assn Treasurer), Teaching Business Writing, email.
Personal: web browsing, email, YouTube, streamed TV programs, some streamed Movies. NO games, no Facebook, etc, (We are over 60).

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Quickbooks, WordPerfect, Presentations, MS Office, Paradox, some FORTRAN engineering analysis software, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Almost none, occasional MS Solitaire, Hearts

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Yes, many times I run several programs simultaneously.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes pictures, very few movies.


Questions:
I have no particular computer in mind. My current machine was a custom machine (built by some High School kid in his basement) and it has been a gem - quality components that keep on working (I did add RAM and upgraded the video and sound cards)

I am concerned that I will need to run some of my old 16bit software. Will I need to load XP and 7? If so, how does one switch from one OS to the other? and must they be on different partitions/drives?

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 12:21 PM

Will you be needing a monitor?

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:14 PM

Windows 7 has Windows XP Mode which means you can run your 16bit programs in it without having to install another OS. Would you like this system to custom built or pre-made?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:15 AM

To: cryptodan

I may or may not get a new monitor. I currently have an ACER 22" monitor, but if I keep my current computer running (maybe for the Mrs.), then I will need a second monitor. If I do buy a second monitor it will not be part of the $600 budget, i.e. it will be in addition to the $600.



To: killerx525

I have a friend that had some problems running the 16 bit software and even some 32 bit software (He discovered that some of his older 32 bit programs had 16 bit modules.) Knowing Gates/Microsoft (Gates being the anti-Christ) it would not surprise me that the XP module in 7 is not 100% compatible. I will have to wait and see. If it is not, i.e. if I have some problems, how do I actually load XP? how would I get the computer to load XP at start-up, or if Start-up loads 7, can one then reload XP on top of 7?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:02 AM

You would run the 16bit programs in the Windows XP Mode which is basically a virtual machine, so those programs should work fine.

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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 03 October 2011 - 10:10 AM

I would recommend this one Dell Studio XPS 7100 with a 22" Monitor

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:29 PM

killerx521 and cryptodan,

Thanks for all the input.

One last question to cryptodan - I see that the recommended Dell has an AMD processor. What are the differences, other than price, between comparable AMD and Intel processors?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:02 PM

There really isn't that much of a difference other then price.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:32 PM

There is a issue with that Dell, it only includes Windows 7 Home Premium, you need Professional and above to use Windows XP Mode which means it cost an extra $130 but there are alternatives to this.

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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 05 October 2011 - 01:09 PM

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Rather than pay Dell an extra $130 for 7 Professional, would it not be as good but cheaper to buy a legit XP SP3 Home or Professional on ebay (current prices for either are $30-$45) and load the XP SP3? If I were to do this, would I need to partition the HD and put 7 on one Drive and the XP on the other?

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 02:08 PM

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Rather than pay Dell an extra $130 for 7 Professional, would it not be as good but cheaper to buy a legit XP SP3 Home or Professional on ebay (current prices for either are $30-$45) and load the XP SP3 as well as the 7 Home Premium? If I were to do this, would I need to partition the HD and put 7 on one Drive and the XP on the other?

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 03:53 PM

I would highly recommend that you stick with what comes on the computer due to driver compatibility issues.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:36 PM

I would strongly not buy any operating system on Ebay because it could be a counterfeit copy on Ebay and that has happen to my friend before. Also the setup you are suggesting is dual booting.

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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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