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CDRW Drives

by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 1:22 AM PDT

I am thinking of updating my computer with more memory and an updated burner drive. What I would appreciate is any suggestions in regards to the type of drive to burn. I currently have 52x24x52 LiteOn CDRW drive and was contemplating either a DVD/CD drive or should I consider BD/DVD/CD burner? I have the following computer constructed at a local computer business:
Intel Pentium P4 Socket 478 2600 System
Asus P4B533 mother board - Intel 845E chipset
nVidia GeForce FX5200 8X AGP 128MB DDR dual VGA/TV.DVIvideo card
80 G 7200 8M cache Western Digital Ultra ATA.100 hard drive
O-board 6 channel audio controller
ACER ATX mid-tower case w/300 watt quiet power supply
Windows XP Pro
512 megs PC 2700 333 Mhz DDR

I was also considering increasing my memory 2gb or 3gb?

For the record I am a novice so appreciate any suggestions one may have.

Thank you

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DO NOT UPGRADE!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 19, 2008 1:30 AM PDT
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The Intel 845E is a slug on memory access times and from 512MB to 2.0GB or more you will not be happy as flies just about as fast as before you added the RAM. I have a few of those Intel 845 based systems and we are letting them stand still until dead.

HOWEVER, replacing the old slow hard disk can give your machine a big boost for few bucks.

Just installed an under 20 buck DVDRW drive. Why not go get one of those? Spotted at newegg.com and geeks.com
Bob

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DO NOT UPGRADE!
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:11 AM PDT
In reply to: DO NOT UPGRADE!

Thank you for your quick reply. My system is used mainly for Microsoft Office programs, Photo's which I have many and would like to burn on DVD's (Blu-ray is out at that price!) so I can send to my relatives to play on their t.v.'s. Thanks for the DVDRW drive suggestion.

Pardon my ignorance but by replacing the old slow hard disk which on my list is the hard disk the Western Digital Ultra ATA/100 hard drive?

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"Pardon my ignorance but by replacing the old slow hard disk
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 19, 2008 2:16 AM PDT
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"Pardon my ignorance but by replacing the old slow hard disk which on my list is the hard disk the Western Digital Ultra ATA/100 hard drive?"

Yes. But if you are doing this yourself you may want to move slowly. Try the DVDRW first and then think over what next.
Bob

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Pardon my ignorace
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:20 AM PDT

No, I am not going to do this by myself as I am not qualified! I was going to take it to the small computer shop that I bought it but wanted to be sure of what I wanted them to do first. Thanks for your help.
Margie

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Any "newer" drive that is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 19, 2008 2:38 AM PDT
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7200 RPM with the same interface will likely give the machine benefits such as faster boot times, speedier application launching. The problem here is if you don't do this yourself the costs can be that of a new machine and why you may want to be very careful about what you upgrade.
Bob

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Any "newer" drive
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:55 AM PDT

Thanks Bob, wish I knew more about computers. I understand. I would like to upgrade my computer with more memory which I thought would make it go a little faster, but I can certainly understand now what you mean regarding going slow (duh - finally got it!) about the hard drive. I guess I am concerned about so many pictures and files stored on here as I haven't had the time to put them a on zip disk or USB Flash Drive. Another reason is that individual's say that a computer is obsolete after 5 years yet I would prefer not to spend a lot of money on a new computer as I bought a MACbook last year which I love but is obviously much different than a PC therefore, I have to teach myself all over which I don't have a lot of time to do, plus I find it easier using my Desktop which I love.
Margie

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DO NOT UPGRADE
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:35 AM PDT
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What would you suggest replacing the Western Digital Ultra ATA/100 hard drive with?

Thanks,
Margie

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Well
by Jimmy Greystone / August 19, 2008 1:31 AM PDT
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Well, blu-ray burners still run around $300 or more last I saw, and a single blu-ray disc costs around $40, assuming you can find one anywhere.

As for the RAM, I suspect that motherboard won't be able to handle 3GB of RAM, though 2GB may not be out of the question. In the end I guess it depends on what you use the system for. Based on the specs, I'm guessing you're not much of a gamer, and in that case, there's probably little benefit to going beyond 1GB of RAM. Unless you also plan to upgrade to Vista, then maxing out your system's RAM would be very useful.

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Well
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:17 AM PDT
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Thank you for your reply. I guess I will upgrade to 1GB of RAM then as I do not plan on upgrading to VISTA until I read better reviews on it as even those I speak to don't speak high of the upgrade. I was thinking up upgrading my RAM and another individual suggested in response that I upgrade my hard drive. So I guess I should consider that also. I have been thinking of doing something as my computer is now 5 years old, running fine most of the time but I thought with so many photo's saved along with files I should consider doing something.

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Don't buy just because it's there.
by ahtoi / August 19, 2008 2:16 AM PDT
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Definitely forget about the bru-ray burner; your computer seems under-powered.
Just in case you still want to; here is something to think about first.

Bru-ray video need a BIG screen to be appreciated.

Is the computer hookup to the tv and is it hi-def?

If the computer is not connected to the tv then do you have a BD player?

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Don't buy
by margiefulcher / August 19, 2008 2:28 AM PDT

Thanks for your help. You've certainly convinced me No Blu-ray. No I don't have a big screen t.v. I was thinking of the future but I am certainly satisfied with DVD.
Thanks again,
Margie

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