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05-07-2010, 01:30 AM
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computer question

hey guys I want to up grade my computer

what can i get for ram processor and hard drive.

I currently have a AMD anthlon processor 1.20 GHZ

and 768 MB ram


what do you recommend

I noticed my browsing to be very slow for the last yr.

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As in you're wanting to know what you can sell those parts for? Or you're wanting to buy newer replacement parts, and want to know what you can get?

If you're trying to sell the parts, I'd check ebay, and see what they're going for. They're definitely old, limited parts, and I wouldn't expect you could get much, but when it comes to computer parts, ebay often proves me very wrong - I'm amazed at how much stuff goes for there.

As for replacing those parts, I'd need to do more research than I have energy for right now.

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I want advice as to what i should upgrade too

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Might be easier to buy a cheap new PC, than to upgrade. It would help to know what your budget is as well.

From the specs, everything sounds like it's AGP/DDR, and both of those are ancient, in computing terms.

Not terrible, just old. I recently went from a AGP/DDR system myself about 2 months ago, and the difference was quite noticeable.

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Might be easier to buy a cheap new PC, than to upgrade. It would help to know what your budget is as well.

From the specs, everything sounds like it's AGP/DDR, and both of those are ancient, in computing terms.

Not terrible, just old. I recently went from a AGP/DDR system myself about 2 months ago, and the difference was quite noticeable.
Agreed. Just buy a new system. It could possibly cost more to upgrade it rather than starting fresh

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Agreed also, you will pay for almost a barely noticeable upgrade if you just get the max out of the current motherboard you have.

Buy a new machine for like 500$ and it'll smoke that computer, even a bare bones HP desktop from bestbuy should nuke that old AMD.

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If you can build one or have a friend do it I would recomend that. I built mine for less that 500 including the case. I just used my old ide hard drive and cd-rom.

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Yeah man, your current PC is a pile. Pretty outdated.

I'm not sure how computer smart you are, but if you plan on building your own computer, start with a barebones system and just get the extra small parts you need.

Whatever you do, don't get a "brand name" PC that has a custom case, those are the worst if you ever have plans of upgrading the PC in the future.

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You might as well get a new computer. Lots of quad core, high ram computers are cheap

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If your system is socket A, you could probably get a 2+GHz processor for 25 to 50 bucks on ebay - if that's what you really want to do, it's doable, but you'd need to make sure your motherboard supports it. I've got an old throw-away system in my basement that I had to overclock to hit less than the rated speed, because the motherboard has a slower FSB than the chip has at stock speeds.

So yeah, you can upgrade that system - if you want moderate improvements for $100 or so, you can do it. If you're willing to invest $500ish, you can come away with a far better computer though.

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woot.com has good desktop deals occasionally

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Woot didn't used to ship to Canada... do they now?

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my computer was top of the line in 1999

It is a old ice computer that was rebuilt in 2003

the company supplied government n computers so i got a good deal via a tech who worked on government computers then they went out of business a few months later

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Ill compile the info and get a friend to build the computer

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What do you want the computer to do? If it's gaming, at what resolution?

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People are asking lots of questions LL only cuz there's a wide range of choices out there and you didn't give people lots of basic info about your needs so a good option can be offered to you.

Offhand, if you kept your PC that long, I'd say you aren't a big PC gamer (new games), and you use your PC mainly for surfing the net and doing regular basic stuff. You don't need an expensive powerful PC for that, but if you want to future-proof yourself a bit because you like to keep your PC for awhile, you also don't want to get a box that is too cheap that will require upgrading soon.

If you have an idea what your budget is, how much your willing to spend to get something half decent, then that would give the boys here a better idea what to suggest to give you a good bang for the buck machine. You could add whether you want to stay with AMD or don't care if it is an Intel or AMD platform.

Right now my biggest suggestion would be to get a decent 24 inch screen when you purchase (if you also want/need a monitor). The extra screen size real estate is really nice and really worth it. I guarantee you won't regret it, ever.

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Suggestion to start

Good Mainstream Intel System ($1,000)

Prices are approximate


Processor: Intel Core i5 750 $200
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro (LGA 1156) $200
RAM: OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold 4GB (2, 2 GB sticks) $120
VideoCard: XFX Radeon HD 5770 $180
HardDrive: Western Digital 640GB SATA2 $75
Optical Drive: LG 24X SATA DVD Writer - Black $30
PowerSupply: Corsair 650W $105
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II $100

Add a Windows Vista 64-bit operating system and a decent 24-inch monitor and you are good to go for many years.

If you want less, the guys here can cut that down a bit, if you want more, they can do that too.

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Quick search on Newegg.ca turned up this

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16883229179

and you can do a lot better than that.

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shopbot.ca

finds the cheapest prices online for canada. I used NCIX.com they price match anything across canada as long as it's in stock.

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Yeah, just buy a new computer.

I'd consider just picking up a Dell or an HP or something. Search online and you can find coupons all over the place.

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I write i don't play games I got over 20 000 post here but most of them came yrs ago b4 I broke my hand and got nerve damage

keep the info coming i'll have a chat with my computer guy

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I write i don't play games I got over 20 000 post here but most of them came yrs ago b4 I broke my hand and got nerve damage

keep the info coming i'll have a chat with my computer guy
what's your budget?

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I write i don't play games I got over 20 000 post here but most of them came yrs ago b4 I broke my hand and got nerve damage

keep the info coming i'll have a chat with my computer guy
Motherboard: ASUS M4N68T-M $60

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor $77

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/2G PC3-10666 2GB $65

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $60

DVD Burner: LG GH24LS50 24X Super Multi SATA DVD Writer $30

Power Supply: Sparkle Power SPI ATX-400PN 400W ATX12V 20/24PIN Power Supply $43

You can reuse your old case if you want to save money. The motherboard also has an IDE port, so you COULD use your current hard drive and DVD drive, but I recommend new ones. Those prices are rounded to the nearest dollar, they are not sale prices, and they are before tax and shipping. You may be able to find some of those things cheaper if you look for sales, but they are decent prices. Hope that helps. If you're just writing and surfing, you do not need much of a computer. Add a video card and this one would even be fine for gaming. Oh, I didn't include an operating system either.

Also, my sympathy on the broken hand. I busted mine a couple of times... typing isn't a problem, but hand writing for more than a few minutes causes a lot of pain.


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budget would be a 1000 or less

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budget would be a 1000 or less
Do you want to spend as little as possible? Or do you want us to suggest something a lot closer to the $1000? Is it just writing and surfing you're doing... maybe some video? If so, what I suggested will do that just fine - but if you want better, it's quite doable - $1000 can make a pretty solid computer.

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