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so should I keep till its dead, or trade it in early?

by rockon1569 / March 25, 2005 4:21 PM PST

Alright I know this might sound like a dumb question but I thought I would ask.

Alright I have a COMPAQ Presario SR1215CL. The specs are:

AMD Sempron 3000+
2.00 GHz, 512MB RAM
120GB Harddrive
Windows XP Home
17inch FLAT CRT Moniter

I got this computer for christmas and I was curious with all the new technology that will probably be coming out in the near future should I trade this in when it comes time that this is a couple of months from being out of date or should I use it till its about dead lol. I mean I paid 650.99 plus tax on this at Christmas of 2004. This computer is really running great. Also, another soultion is just upgrading, the RAM can be upgraded to 2GB I think.

so should I keep till its dead, or trade it in early?

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Keep till it's dead IMO
by John Robie / March 25, 2005 5:29 PM PST

Hey, that is a pretty good computer, especially for the price. The latest tech like 64-bit and hyper this or that does not make your good computer obsolete. If you are a gamer, your computer came with integrated graphics (Via KM 400A), however, you do have an AGP 8x slot and can get 'wild' with a video card.

Checking HP (Compaq) you can only go to a maximum allowed of 1GB on RAM, 2 sticks of 512MB DDR1-333 2700MB SDRAM.

One of my computers is 6 years old and still runs & plays most all games except the latest high tech ones.

My retired sister was given an old computer (233Mhz) that must be 7-8 years old and she is very happy with it surfing the net & playing card games.

Be happy, your's should last that long.

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My opinion.
by Bob__B / March 25, 2005 10:06 PM PST

If you have a NEED (won't run some app) then upgrade.

If you WANT the latest+greatest (bragging rights) then I hope you have a fat wallet, chasing hi-tech is expensive.

This machine is 5+yrs old, for my NEEDS it chugs along just fine.

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Up to you
by Willy / March 26, 2005 7:48 AM PST

You don't have a problem, you need to make a decision, its up to you to what is better. Your system should be humming within reason for a few years. As, you noted, you can add ram other upgrades to be top of form.

enjoy -----Willy Happy

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keep it
by steve66 / March 26, 2005 7:59 AM PST

I agree totally with the advice that as long as it's doing what you need it to do, then it's a great machine. When you do get ready for something new, do what I did this year and donate it. Get the value here

and then take it to salivation army or wherever (they sometimes pick up). Get a receipt and take the full book value as a perfectly legal tax deduction. The benefts are threefold: 1. it's out of your house. I have known several people with closets full of Amigas that they were saving for....I dunno. 2. You gave it to a good cause, presumably. They will sell it and feed the homeless or whatever. 3. You GOT something for it.

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by rockon1569 / March 26, 2005 10:53 AM PST

to everyone who answered my questions. I think after listening to yalls suggestions I will probably keep it, upgrade and see how long it last. I do not do much on the computer, internet, office, i run a few programs like windows blinds, aol instant messenger. so its a basic home computer.

probably christmas I will treat myself to another 512MB to have 1GB memory. Who knows maybe even another 120GB harddrive and a flat screen LCD haha Happy

thanks again

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by rockon1569 / March 26, 2005 11:00 AM PST

i know this might be the wrong place to ask but is anyone interested in a IPOD Mini Silver? Its the first generation MINI so its doesn't have the 18HR Battery Life. MINT condition, beautiful not a scratch on it. My son is a huge EBAYER lol hes made some where like 2100 on some junk I was going to give to goodwill, so it might end up there. Curious if anyone is interested thanks again for all your answers

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your pc
by ogdd223 / March 27, 2005 5:30 AM PST

you just got it and youre already going to get rid of it is it a want to get rid or a really i need to get rid of it add more memory up the hard drive if you have to and your machine should last another 5 years unless you should of gotten a media center or something else to begin with more memory will work faster and ive got 120 hard drive and after 4 years still havent filled it up

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by rockon1569 / March 27, 2005 5:35 AM PST
In reply to: your pc

i wasn't really concerned about the harddrive being it has a 120GB harddrive. I was more concerned with the advancements in memory and what new OSes like Longhorn will need to run it. Thanks for everyone who answered my questions.

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OSes like Longhorn???
by jcrobso / March 29, 2005 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: well

Longhorn will be NEXT year, don't hold your brearth!! And it will have run on allmost all the PCs out here.
I didn't go to XP untill after SP1 was out. MS never gets it right on the first try. John

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keep it
by lap174vc2005 / April 9, 2005 3:46 PM PDT

ill be honest with you I have the same one you do I have only hade it for two day no problems at all and I know its a 2.0ghz but who care you can upgrade the memory to 2gig as long as it needs to do what you want it to do no need to trade thanks luis

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