Time to change cptr? Advice needed

  newearwax 14:41 16 Jan 2010

Present computer
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP2400+
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz

Here is a basic rundown of what I presently have since 2003!
80.02 Gigabytes Drive, with, after the NTFS partition’s portion, has about 22GB free
CD-RW/DVD-ROM (Combo)drive
DVD RW drive]
1024 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory , 2X512 DDR PC2700
NVIDIA NForce 2(tm) SPP/IGP ATA Controller
Tul Corporation, RADEON 9200SE Display adapter LG L1710B Monitor 17.1.
NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio
NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio Codec Interface
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
CNXT V9x PCI Modem
1394 Net Adapter
NVIDIA nForce MCP Networking Controller
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
HID-compliant mouse
XP Home SP3

ISTM that even though a reinstall was done last year; the computer is not without problems, sluggish, hangs etc. Therefore I wonder if it might be time for its replacement.

I have not so far indulged in games and certainly unlikely to be involved with anything high powered (too old).

My usage will be general, but I shall want to use the new one for some photo editing and slideshow creation ( say 20% of time). When I do the present machine is not good.

I am on a budget maximum around £450, with or without a new monitor.
With my requirements, generally what minimum and sensible maximum specifications should I look for in any system I purchase, incl. 32 or 64 bit suitavilty? Do any particular models come to mind? Would any slim PC be suitable?

  User-1229748 15:28 16 Jan 2010

not much help i'm afraid but one thing to consider is making sure any important software that you have will run in windows 7 whether it be 32 or 64 bit.

  GaT7 15:57 16 Jan 2010

As smackheadz says, would be worth checking if any software / peripherals you use will work trouble-free in Win7 64-bit. To begin checking, here's the official Win7 Compatibility site click here, & PCA list at click here.

Yes, as long as you won't want to upgrade the graphics, a slim PC will be fine. Couple of sites to consider are:

Inspiron: click here & click here
Vostro: click here

eBuyer click here (sorted by ascending prices)

Have a browse & choose a few. Post their links here & we'll take a look for you. If some don't come with a monitor included, it can always be added separately. I think you can get a decent system & a 19-20" TFT monitor for your budget. G

  newearwax 17:03 16 Jan 2010

Thanks for the tip about Win Comp site. :)I have checked. A fair amount of my s/ware predates my current computer, coming from a Win98 system.

As to slim graphics some claim that integrated will slow thet system down too much, as it will steal memory from the main system, devaluing multicore. How much of a practical issue is that?

I will look at your links, but will not be able to reply until later next week.

  newearwax 07:22 01 Feb 2010

Thanks for the links.

I think the Dell links are better for this simp;e soul. :D.


Which of these will give the better performance for the uses I outlined?

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8200s Processor (2.33GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E7500 (2.93GHz,1066MHz FSB,3MB Cache)

and for a Graphics card

ntegrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 Graphics

Nvidia ® GeForce G310 512MB graphics card

Which card can be used with what processor above?

  birdface 09:52 01 Feb 2010

From Aldi this week.Just about your price range including the Monitor.

click here

Unfortunately you have to be at the front of the queue as they go fairly quick.
The free 3 year warranty helps.

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