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Would like to replace my GX620 with better.


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#1 kenmtb

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:31 PM

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I currently have a Dell GX620 2.4GHz 4MB 80GBHDD used for surfing and old games. Nothing fancy. It is becoming unreliable so I would like something a little faster (3ghz+). Would a faster dell be the right approach or should I look into another brand? Dell's smallish models use weird sized expensive parts and they have capacitor issues.



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 04:15 PM

Hi, is there a specific budget you have in mind and is the uses will be still the same?


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 04:33 PM

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Im looking for used around $100. Something around 3Gspeed 80G HDD Win7 hopefully I can use my DDR2 ram. I watch tv/movies online surf the web. The main thing I am trying to avoid are quirky machines with gotchas. That seems to be the case with the dells I have had. Mainly due to the small size.

 

Im wondering if it is best to go with namebrands or maybe find a bare bone no name system.

 

One interesting dell:http://www.ebay.com/itm/REFURBISHED-DELL-OPTIPLEX-3-0-GHZ-TOWER-DESKTOP-COMPUTER-PC-2GB-RAM-80GB-WIN-7-/331201822702?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item4d1d2abfee

 

 


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:54 AM

That Dell is much slower as it uses a Pentium 4,  a far older architecture but also remember that the clock speed of a processor does not always necessarily dictate the performance of a CPU. 


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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 15 July 2014 - 01:17 AM

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My Current machine is 2.4 GHZ and it seems to run fine. It can keep up with youtube and online movies and even some old games. I do not need the latest and greatest. Right now something inexpensive and reliable would be nice.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 01:56 AM

That Dell is much slower as it uses a Pentium 4,  a far older architecture but also remember that the clock speed of a processor does not always necessarily dictate the performance of a CPU. 

 

Yeah, I found that out about 2 years ago. Have a Dell Dimension 2400 that shipped with Celeron 2,4GHz CPU. Found a better 2.8GHz P4 for around $10, a decent improvement. But a month later, found the largest one that the PC would hold, a P4 3.06GHz H/T CPU (Northwood), said to be the ultimate Dell Dimension 2400 upgrade, for $15. 

 

May as well had stayed with the 2.8GHz one, as not only did the 3.06 H/T one not only wasn't that much more powerful, it threw off the heat. Had to find an Intel CPU cooler, that was more than the CPU itself, another $18 (though brand new). And the H/T didn't really benefit that much. Still in the cooler months, I could drop the thermostat, close the door & my computer room would be warmer than the rest of the house. 

 

Seems that it was all crippled with too small of a cache (512KB). 

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/27499/Intel-Pentium-4-Processor-supporting-HT-Technology-3_06-GHz-512K-Cache-533-MHz-FSB

 

The CPU in my newer desktop uses less power, yet has 16 times the cache. And I the air that blows out is barely lukewarm. 

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/75122/Intel-Core-i7-4770-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz

 

Further specs are in my sig. 

 

 

 

Im looking for used around $100. Something around 3Gspeed 80G HDD Win7 hopefully I can use my DDR2 ram.

 

You may want to check the Goodwill stores in your area. You're going to have a hard time finding a decently running Windows 7 PC for $100 on eBay or similar sites. That's my suggestion, many has found good computers for super low prices there. Go to the ones in the nicest areas of nearby cities, like the upper middle to rich class areas. Many of the ones who donates there has better used stuff than the common person's new equipment. 

 

Seriously. I'm going there myself next week to look for a couple of things. 

 

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Edited by cat1092, 15 July 2014 - 02:04 AM.

Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:59 AM

 

That Dell is much slower as it uses a Pentium 4,  a far older architecture but also remember that the clock speed of a processor does not always necessarily dictate the performance of a CPU. 

 

Yeah, I found that out about 2 years ago. Have a Dell Dimension 2400 that shipped with Celeron 2,4GHz CPU. Found a better 2.8GHz P4 for around $10, a decent improvement. But a month later, found the largest one that the PC would hold, a P4 3.06GHz H/T CPU (Northwood), said to be the ultimate Dell Dimension 2400 upgrade, for $15. 

 

May as well had stayed with the 2.8GHz one, as not only did the 3.06 H/T one not only wasn't that much more powerful, it threw off the heat. Had to find an Intel CPU cooler, that was more than the CPU itself, another $18 (though brand new). And the H/T didn't really benefit that much. Still in the cooler months, I could drop the thermostat, close the door & my computer room would be warmer than the rest of the house. 

 

Seems that it was all crippled with too small of a cache (512KB). 

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/27499/Intel-Pentium-4-Processor-supporting-HT-Technology-3_06-GHz-512K-Cache-533-MHz-FSB

 

The CPU in my newer desktop uses less power, yet has 16 times the cache. And I the air that blows out is barely lukewarm. 

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/75122/Intel-Core-i7-4770-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz

 

Further specs are in my sig. 

Yep, i had the Prescott P4 3.2GHZ and the heat during summer was crazy even though i had a aftermarket cooler on it with a high spinning fan. In the end, i had to strap on a second fan on top it using cable ties (pretty ghetto eh) just to keep it cool but you'd be surprise that the TDP is only 82W.


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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 15 July 2014 - 05:20 AM

Hmm I guess I should stay away from dell? My current pc did ok until it destroyed it's own caps a year ago. I replaced them then took the cover off for good. I was hoping to get a refurbished unit from an office liquidation



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 11:58 AM

If you're looking for a $100 computer, read on. Computer ships with Windows 7 Home Premium, the OS is worth the cost of the PC alone. Plus a dual core Intel CPU, has 2GB of DDR2 RAM that can be upgraded to 8GB* (per customer review). 

 

*Note that the OS being 32 bit Windows 7, 4GB is the max RAM it can use. 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5961PU9594&nm_mc=EMC-GD071414&cm_mmc=EMC-GD071414-_-index-_-Item-_-9SIA5961PU9594

 

For $100, I can't see you doing much better, especially for a Windows 7 computer. Deal expires today. 

 

Plus 1 Year warranty & Free Shipping available!

 

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Edited by cat1092, 15 July 2014 - 12:04 PM.

Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 





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