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Recommendation on what to look for in a new system


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#1 debodun

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 05:35 PM

Purchase Template:

Laptop or Desktop? Desktop

My budget for the new computer is: undecided

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Web browsing, photo storage, simple online games

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Open Office, MSE, MalwareBytes, several browsers (Firefox, IE), Adobe Flash Player

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Some games, mostly simple online games like Candy Crush and games at royalgames.com

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? Not too many running at once. My current Task Manager shows around 41-44 things going, but most are probably "essential" things.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Oh, yes!

Will you be overclocking? What's that?

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Would like to purchase at a big box store

How many monitors are you planning to use? one

Do you need peripherals? OS? Probably should get at least a new monitor. Not sure on what OS would be best. I'm so used to Windows 7, but it will probably be obsolete soon.

Any particular reason why you are upgrading? Current system is Windows 7 - 64 bit. It's getting slow.

 

Here is the current system's specs:

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo, 1.8 GHz

RAM - 3.00 Dual Channel, 332 MHz

Motherboard - HP XU1 processor

Graphics - Intel ® express chipset

HD - 977 GB Samsung ATA device

Optical Drives - TSS Tcorp CD/DVDW   ATA device

Audio - High Definition device



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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:18 AM

My budget for the new computer is: undecided


Get back when you have decided.

#3 SEANIA

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 12:56 PM

My budget for the new computer is: undecided

 

Do you not have any idea of how much it'd cost?


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#4 Kilroy

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:20 PM

debodun you might consider adding RAM to your current machine, its cheap and you'd be amazed at how much quicker your machine would be.  I recommend going to 8GB if at all possible.  You can check at Crucial.  RAM is the biggest bang for the buck upgrade you can do for a Windows machine.



#5 daveydoom

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 12:01 AM

Any particular reason why you are upgrading? Current system is Windows 7 - 64 bit. It's getting slow.

 

You may also wish to consider a new hard drive for your current computer along with the RAM upgrade suggested by Kilroy ;)  .   The current drive could be failing and a new drive coupled with more RAM could breath new life into that computer.


Edited by daveydoom, 06 December 2016 - 02:10 PM.

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#6 Kilroy

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:40 PM

daveydoom makes a good point about the hard drive.  Where I used to work we saw a large number of drive failures.  Once we increased the base RAM for new machines from 4GB to 8GB drive failures were no longer a multiple time per week issue.  Solid State Drives (SSD) have dropped in price and that would be another massive speed increase, if you don't need 1TB you.  A 512GB is less than $200 and a 1TB is about $300 on up.  If you do need 1TB you might be able to install both a SSD and your current hard drive in your machine.



#7 vals24

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 07:02 PM

If your main incentive is that your old computer is getting slow, your budget could be pretty low in order to achieve what you want.. probably $400 or $500 



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:35 PM

I would run malwarebytes, it probably has a lot of junk on it.






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