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Purchase Template: Need Advice for New Home Desktop Please


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#1 Mation

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 01:58 AM

Hello all,
 
Looking at purchasing a new, home desktop computer.  My computer now is 4 yrs old and is running really slow when I'm using multiple applications.  Any advice would help thanks.  
 
Laptop or Desktop?
 
Desktop
 
My budget for the new computer is: 
 
$500
 
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? 
 
Mail, Web Browsing, Music, Movies
 
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
 
Google Chrome, Windows OS, Mozilla Firefox, Spotify, iTunes, Internet Download Manager, Microsoft Office, Burnaware Free, WinRar, Avast Antivirus 
 
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? 
 
No games played
 
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, usually have a lot of programs running at the same time.  
 
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
 
Yes, have a lot of music and video files on the computer.  
 
Will you be overclocking?
 
No
 
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
 
Hawaii
 
How many monitors are you planning to use?
 
1
 
Do you need peripherals? OS?
 
No peripherals needed.  Operating on Windows 7 now, but not sure if still available.  
 
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
 
Computer running slow especially when trying to web browse, use iTunes or spotify while downloading and/or watching video files all at the same time.    
 
My system now:
 
Dell XPS 8300
 
Processor intel core i5-2300 cpu @ 2.80 ghz
 
6 gb installed memory ram
 
64-bit os
 
Windows 7 home premium
 
Sound card:
 
AMD high definition audio device
 
Driver provider - advanced micro devices
 
Driver date 6/4/15
 
Driver version 7.12.0.7722
 
Thanks in advance and appreciate any feedback. 
 
--Mation
 


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#2 Peter Hart

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 02:35 AM

Hi Mation,

 

Is there any reason a format of your computer or factory restore won't bring it back to its former glory? I mean the machine appears to be more than capable and any speed issues are likely just due to the  usual age factors. That said if you feel direly in need of a new machine NewEgg have one that should be more than capable.
 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883798459

Best of all it is an All-In-One which means you will be able to plug in your old monitor and run dual screen if you wish.

 

Hope this helps.

 

-- Peter



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Posted 26 October 2015 - 05:20 AM

Hey Peter,

 

Thanks for the response.  You have a great point there in terms of formatting my computer or a factory restore.  

 

I was thinking that this computer was becoming outdated and couldn't perform up to the standard in which I'm using it.  Good to know that's not the case.  

 

Maybe if I could just work on the speed issues and do some research in buying internal hardware like a SSD drive or graphics card it might be a better budget instead of a new computer?  

 

At least I have options and thanks again for linking to the Lenovo.  Fits right into my price range.    



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Posted 26 October 2015 - 07:20 AM

The strongest improvement for your machine would be an SSD. Keep in mind however if you are going to replace the HDD you will need to make sure that you have OS disks to do your reinstall as the factory image that is usually on the installed HDD will be a no go.

 

Outside of that if your computer has the space possibly an extra 2GB ram depending on if the mainboard is dual or triple channel.

 

A different graphics card would be a bit of a waste as you said you don't use it for gaming unless you are doing extensively heavy graphics design works.

 

Depending on the size of the SSD and the decision on the RAM you may be able to get away with an upgrade for less than $100US(Guess because I live in Australia)

 

Regards,

 

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 09:56 AM

Really appreciate all the advice about the SSD and ram.  Also the forewarning about the HDD and mainboard will be extremely useful.

 

Understand about the graphics card now.  So glad I can step into this a little more prepared.  

 

Thanks again.  All the best Peter!






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