PC Died. New PC Spec. Advice please?

  AngeTheHippy 09:29 18 Nov 2007

Morning Chaps,
Just c-a-n-n-o-t reinstall XP, even tried another XP disk, no joy. So, think I've got to bitethe bullet andd get another. Just created these 2 specs online - what do you think? I don't use PC for gaming, but for music/photo work/browsing etc.


AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium-English
19" Silver Wide Flat Panel (SE198WFP)
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache
128MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro graphics card
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black
Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Dell™ A225 Speakers
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
No Modem
Internal PCI 802.11b/g Wireless Network Card
Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Services & Software
1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
No Accidental Damage Support
No Security/Anti-Virus Protection - English
Also Includes
Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers)
English Documentation with UK/Irish Power Cord
Inspiron Desktop Order Uk
1 Year Base Warranty - Collect & Return
Dell Internet Order.

£509.88 inc carriage


AMD Dual Core X2 4000 AM2 64, 2Gb Corsair Memory DDR 800 (2x1Gb),
400GB SATA Hard Drive,
Black Midi Case 9006-C4, ,
256Mb Nvidia 8400GS graphics card DX10, AM2 - Asus M2N4-SLI Motherboard DDR-1066,
2 x Pioneer DVD +/- Re-writer 112D,
No Floppy Disk Drive,
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1, Trust 2.0 SP-2200 Speaker Set,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Inc SP2,
3 Year Labour Warranty Upgrade,
Free Carriage


Both similar in price, one supplier Dell the other Cougar. Or, if you can recommend a different supplier, help much appreciated.



  Diodorus Siculus 13:41 18 Nov 2007

I don't want to muddy the waters but when you are looking for a Dell, it's worth keeping an eye to

click here

  AngeTheHippy 14:05 18 Nov 2007

thanks - this link looks VERY interesting! Is it Dell (probably a daft question) or a n other SELLING Dell?



  Totally-braindead 14:11 18 Nov 2007

I presume the second one comes with a monitor, if not its very expensive for what it is especially with only a 4000 dual core.
I mean you could something like this with a 4400 dual core and XP Home click here £340 add a cheap 19" monitor click here £116 Total £456. Its only onboard graphics but you can get a cheap 8400 for about £30.

Just noticed on that computer I linked to, it has PCI Express X8 and I have never seen that before, is it a half speed PCIE slot or is it a misprint?

If you did decide to go for something like that a quick phone call to Novatech would clarify.

  cbradley857 14:55 18 Nov 2007

PCI-e 8x would be 8 times as fast as a normal pci-e, i think

  Totally-braindead 16:23 18 Nov 2007

cbradley857 normal PCIE for graphics is rated as 16x. Its either a misprint or something new. It would be only half the bandwidth of a normal PCIE graphics slot.
You do get PCIE x1 but they are not for graphics cards hence my confusion.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:58 18 Nov 2007

Yes, these are from Dell; just a group of people who look through Dell codes and find the best price / spec combination.

  Totally-braindead 22:51 18 Nov 2007

Take it from your other thread that you don't need a new PC as you got your old one going ok?

  AngeTheHippy 10:14 19 Nov 2007

and yes, Totally-braindead, at this precise moment,
(see thread:
click here
I'm not in dire need of a new PC! How long it'll work though I don't know. I think a 5 year-old PC is pretty good going, although hopelessly out of date spec-wise, but hey - I can put up with that for a while longer!

Thanks to you all,


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