Upgrade or purchase new PC - advice needed!

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  1. copels

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    Hi there, I bought a Dell 9150 a few years ago and never got round to transferring all the file off my home PC! Instead I used both machines and in reality have hardly used the Dell.

    My home PC has finally given up and I'm now faced with the dilema of spending a few days transferring all my data to the Dell or buying a new PC.

    The info I get from start -> help -> computer information is:

    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.20GHz
    Processor Speed 3.12 GHz
    Memory (RAM) 1024 MB
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Operating System Version 5.1.2600

    I plan on using this mainly for email/internet/office but I would also like to edit in HD with my new Sony HD20.

    Any help much appreciated!

    Steve
     
  2. Badger0-0

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    It'll be fine for your everyday stuff, but I reckon it'll be on the verge of struggling with HD stuff.
    Even if it's ok now, it'll be pretty much old hat in 18 months time, imo.

    If the money isn't a problem, I'd look to get a new one, with Vista.
    Even better, put it off until about November and buy a system with windows 7, to futureproof yourself a bit more.
    So that would mean transferring over to the Dell and again later, but you could just pull the HDD out and use it as a second drive in the new computer.

    My opinions are based on me having a Dell 5000, which is just a bit behind your spec.
     
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    Thanks for your advice.

    The Dell has started to exhibit "Blue Screen of Death" so I think I'll get myself a new one.

    Any advice on where to buy a nice powerful machine for about £400? No monitor needed.

    Steve
     
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    I really couldn't say, as I don't bother to keep an eye on computers anymore and things move so fast.

    When it comes to my turn to upgrade, I'll be sticking with Dell.
    Whilst they're never at the top of the tree, I've found them to be incredibly reliable over the last 15 years or so :smashin:

    If you are considering building your own, you might want to search the forum for a "spec me a computer" type post and if you can't find one, post your own question.

    Unfortunately, Dells are useless for upgrades, the board is BTX, the case would have to go etc, but I suspect if you were to start from scratch, 400 sovs would get you a nice machine :smashin:
     
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    Seems ok, but I really wouldn't know.

    Note an OS comes seperate.
     
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    It's not a brilliant computer, but then again, it'll manage well for what you want it to do - as long as you never want to do any gaming on it (despite it saying it's a gaming computer) then it should be fine.

    As Badger pointed out, it doesn't come with an O/S so i suggest you download the Windows 7 RC from Microsoft (note that it'll only last a year, so you'll need to get the retail Windows 7 by then), or use a Windows XP / Vista disk if you have one (as long as it's not OEM, a retail disk can be used up to 3 times).
     
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    Thanks Shokz

    I've also found this one- Mega Sales IV

    Looks pretty good but is it worth the extra £500?

    Really appreciate your help/suggestions.

    Steve
     
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    Hi Steve

    That looks very good - lots of power, lots of RAM, water cooled, good GPU, good PSU.... and a good price, well worth it!

    Well spotted. :)

    Alan
     
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    thats ebay Quad looks pretty good, i'm in need of a new pc me thinks
     

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