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My new computer

Posted 08-12-2011 at 11:43 AM by guitarist473
Updated 08-12-2011 at 11:52 AM by guitarist473

I ordered my new computer components today from a local pc shop, waiting for the call to comfirm the price and tell me whether i can afford to upgrade or cant afford to do anything than downgrade, here are the current specs and if anything is upgraded, il mention it here:

intel quad 3.0Ghz
Nvidia Midrange card (thats what i asked him to get, up to him to decide whats best )
2GB RAM (upgradable if price allows)
XP os
Standard (non gaming) case

think thats it


Got a price back, 349.99, gonna try n see if i can squeeze a 4GB RAM for 400
You guys think this is a good gaming setup?

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  1. Old Comment
    agentgonzo's Avatar
    "You guys think this is a good gaming setup?". Not really. For orbiter it should be fine. For most new games you'll find it lacks punch (though if you are buying at budget levels you should expect that).

    Why get XP as the OS rather than 7?
    Get 4G RAM.
    What HDD is it? 10krpm or 7k? That'll vastly affect your loading times. 250GB is also quite small these days. You'll find that if you play a lot of games you'll fill this up in no time. What Speed is the RAM?
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 12:31 PM by agentgonzo agentgonzo is offline
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    guitarist473's Avatar
    I prefer XP to 7 or vista.
    I was thinking 4GB but its abit too much.
    HDD im not too sure, and i dont play that many games :/ 250GB will be fine for my memory needs.
    Im not sure on the RAM speed, once i save up enough il buy a RAM upgrade to 4GB.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 01:11 PM by guitarist473 guitarist473 is offline
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    If you plan on upgrading the RAM later on, then you will need to know what the motherboard capability is. Many motherboards have slots for 4 sticks of RAM, but some of the cheaper ones only have slots for two.

    You may find that this PC comes with 2 RAM slots and has 2x1GB RAM sticks in it. When you come to upgrade, there may be nowhere to put any more so you'll have to buy 4G of RAM rather than just an additional two. This is what I would expect.

    You may find it nicer and have 4 slots on the motherboard or have only 1x2GB RAM stick in there (unlikely) when you buy it.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 01:58 PM by agentgonzo agentgonzo is offline
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    i asked, and they said an upgrade to 3GB RAM (Windows XP max) would cost an extra tenner so i asked for that.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 02:09 PM by guitarist473 guitarist473 is offline
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    Oh yeah, XP is only 32bit (64bit XP never really caught on) so you'll be limited to just under 4Gig anyway.
    3Gig should be fine, but you may find it a bit puny in a few years.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 02:30 PM by agentgonzo agentgonzo is offline
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    You might want to consider 2 x 250GB hard drives configured in a RAID1 array. Not only does it increase read performance it'll add redundancy in the case of a hard drive failure. it's not a substitute for a backup but it does offer hardware failure protection.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 04:29 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    in a few years il probably have enough to buy a much better set up.

    250GB was all i could afford.
    Posted 08-12-2011 at 06:28 PM by guitarist473 guitarist473 is offline
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    More Storage

    2 TB external drive for backup and storage can be found for $75 online.:)
    Posted 08-13-2011 at 03:19 AM by jimblah jimblah is offline
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    guitarist473's Avatar
    2TB external harddrive...
    Maybe for xmas, but this is literally teh last money i get off my parents for ever.

    [Prepare for life story]

    Because im turning 16 in 5 months i basicly get spoilt rotten for xmas and b-day but then i have to get job, pay for food, pay rent blah blah blah.

    With me getting a motorbike for my 16 bday...
    (NOT A MOPED, i hate those things, a 50cc MotorBIKE before anyone finds it clever to correct me, like all my friends )

    ...I think the next bit of money i see apart from the motorbike and my new pc will be when im an employee somewhere...
    (not easy in englands current job marketing and economic status)

    But an exteral harddrive that size would suffice rather tham me spending 90 quid on a 500GB internal HDD.

    Thanks for the advices

    Posted 08-13-2011 at 11:17 PM by guitarist473 guitarist473 is offline
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    guitarist473's Avatar
    wait, whats better quad core or I6?
    Posted 08-14-2011 at 06:29 AM by guitarist473 guitarist473 is offline

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