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#1 jgreg32

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 07:08 PM

I think the time has finally come to upgrade my 1.1ghz amd athlon setup. Its running xp home edition with 256 sd ram. Its recently become super slow and browsing two internet windows at once can be quiet a challange. My options are to upgrade the board, chip set, and ram, or getting a new computer. Doing some quick research, upgrading may not be as cost effective as I once thought, and recently the idea of a laptop has crossed my mind. Therefore, I'm looking up to you guys for some suggestions as the navigation of laptops can be endless btw the chip sets and which are better and such. The comp is going to be used for home use, I'm not a gamer at all (haven't played a pc game in 5 years!) so I won't need a huge graphic capabilities. What i do need is very good multitasking for things such as ie, word, excel, and powerpoint, and quick start up. Any recommendations for specifications, brands and models are highly welcome. Did I mention I'm on a college student budget? The lower the better withouth getting total crap, was looking at something in the range of $500-650. Thanks guys

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 08:23 PM

Take a look at this link: http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer/system...de-200608.ars/2

It was about $800 in August so it should be a bit cheaper now (and it should be able to handle Vista should you choose to upgrade).

Edited by usasma, 19 November 2006 - 08:24 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 10:04 PM

Perhaps something with just a basic processor maybe around 1.6-1.7GHz and like 512mbs of ram running windows xp would probably be enough. Also integrated graphics should be fine if your not playing any games or doing lots of video editing. If you do plan on upgrading to windows vista then, from what I've heard, you should probably get 1 gig of ram.I suggest you look around on newegg.com they usually have good prices and a large selection.
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Posted 20 November 2006 - 03:45 AM

My dad bought a HP last year from Compusa, he's been pretty happy with it. Has 1gig ram, 200gig HD. He paid about $600 for it.
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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:56 PM

Compaq's never faield me. My ancient Pentium 2 (300Mhz) Compaq Deskpro is actually still working great. and I've bought a Presario for about 800$ CDN ( and now it's around 600-700$ at bestbuy ) and it works great, and surprisingly didn't have to many cheap parts, Motherboard was fairly standerd PCI-e board, good DVD drive, decent Seagate drive but a cheap power supply.

If you're a colledge student, perhaps a labtop would be more suitible. Their more convient and are more then capable then handling your needs.
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Posted 21 November 2006 - 10:25 PM

Can't beat some of the deals that I've found at CompUSA (even though it's a hour drive for me!). Found a nice system there about 2 months ago for $179 after all the rebates.
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