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Nows the time to UPGRADE !!!

by zainsfx / March 2, 2006 9:19 PM PST

My previous PC was an Intel Pentium4, 1.8 Ghz with 128MB RAM and Windows 98SE OS, bought back in 2001.. which was really efficient, it had a 256KB cache and 52X cd-rom, 40 GB HDD

I didn't go for WinXP, with the thought that the prices would probably come down in a year or so, when Microsoft comes up with a newer operating system, (like we all know took so long to come out !!)

I realised my PC was not as compatible as newer models in 2004, because most (but not all) applications required Win2000/XP, but i hung onto it till i decided the frustration was unbearable, because i didn't want to buy a PC that would phase out in another 2 years...

Finally, the time was right Jan 2006, i had to get a new PC.. and i got the best config i could think of, and am certain it'll be as good as any new PCs that technology will eventually churn out in a few months..

Heres what i got:
3.06 Ghz P4 with HT -dual core processor
Intel 915 GL -seems very cost-effective, even if
theres the '945 chpset
512RaM, 400 MHZ
LG Combo Drive (DVD RoM- CD writer)
2 MB L2 cache
15.4" wide-screen LCD
5.1 Channel Home theater

and the BIG ONE : WinXP MediaCenter Edition 2005

im simply enjoying the experience, my pc's extremely satisfying, and i decided to stay one step back, and not go all in..

>Did't get a DVD writer -because of the BLU-RAY & HD DVD fight-off, can't be sure, my dvd-writer could become obsolete in 2 months !!
Even when they told me that u can write recTV in MediaCenter to DVD format only, i didn't buy that jig, u can convert DVD to VCD quality easily with the freely availbale apps

> Just 80 GB HDD.. i used up almost my entire 40 GB disk space, but who knows SATA may get cheaper, and i could buy 200 GB for the same price as the 80GB in the coming years..

> Theres no Floppy drive in my new PC.. floppys have been phased out now..

> And 512MB will do, even though RAM is down to its lowest its ever been now, when i need it, i'll get it, and i think it'll be soo, considering "Battlefield" withs enormous requirements..

All of it cost me just 1000$, plus i sold my old one for 175 $ which i consider a bargain deal !!

And im sure itll do for me, my nex upgrade would be - a 1gb RAM, 200GB HDD, BLU-RAY/HD DVD compatible DVD writer and what else, if its cheap then, id buy it in a heartbeat ??

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Video Card?
by jrmar07 / March 2, 2006 10:07 PM PST

Good luck playing Battlefield 2 on integrated graphics.

And also the computer is already old technology. Your processor is 32-bit, there are newer processors out with 64-bit and dual-core.

And I believe you can find better for around $1000. For instance,

Here's a Package Deal at Bestbuy

That computer has Media Center, 64-bit cpu, 1gb of RAM, 200GB HD, Dual-layer Multi-format DVD/CD Drive, a PCIe expansion slot, decent integrated graphics, 15in LCD, and a photo printer all for $919.97 before $320 dollars in rebates.

Here's another with an AMD Athlon X2 3800+ dual core cpu with everything the same above except a 250GB HD for $819.99.

Did you research before you bought?

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by strickjh2005 / March 2, 2006 10:54 PM PST

You need floppies.

It is called firmware. It must be updated. So must Bios.

You really do still need a floppy, untill hardware manufactures realize that they could just put a 16MB flash device intergrated onto the mobo that the OS would see as a floppy so that you could boot from it for crap like BIOS and Firmware.

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New Software Experience??
by dangelow / March 2, 2006 10:59 PM PST

>Did't get a DVD writer -because of the BLU-RAY & HD DVD fight-off, can't be sure, my dvd-writer could become obsolete in 2 months !!
Even when they told me that u can write recTV in MediaCenter to DVD format only, i didn't buy that jig, u can convert DVD to VCD quality easily with the freely availbale apps

Would you tell me more about the experience with the SW and burning DVD's?

Just did a similar upgrade with a 3GHz, 512MB and 200HDD unit. I went with a 19'' Monitor and Media Center

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Didn't get DVD Because...
by jcd / March 3, 2006 12:54 AM PST
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