what pc

  astii 19:20 22 Feb 2010

Hi my current pc is getting very slow and run down , so i'm looking at getting a new one but its been a few years since i brought one and i'm not sure whats best to get at the moment, all i really do is internet , music , films , play the odd game of c&c and would like to use microsoft office because i have to start doing some portfolios that will need emailing .... my current spec is

windows xp home sp3
pent 4 3.4 ghz
2.8 ghz 2.gb ram
radeon x1650
230gb hd
2 disc drive (both broken)

would this pc be much better

# AMD Phenom X4 9650 Quad-Core processor
# (2.3GHz, 2MB Cache)
# Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium
# 4GB DDR2 memory
# 640GB hard drive
# 512MB ATI Radeon HD4350 graphics
# DVD Rewriter

thanks for any help or links

  GaT7 19:34 22 Feb 2010

Yes, that spec is fine for your usage. You could even do with a lower spec, but I guess going for more will last you longer. How much will you be paying for it?

I would change the graphics to a better one though - like a HD4670. May increase the overall cost by £30. G

  astii 19:39 22 Feb 2010

Thanks for quick reply price will be £375 for just the base unit , is that an ok price ?? , i also dont understand how the new unit has a 2.3ghz cpu , and will be quicker than my 4 year old 3.2ghz ?


  GaT7 20:15 22 Feb 2010

That's not bad for £350 - I'm guessing it's this Advent click here / click here.

The new CPU should be considerably quicker as it's a quad-core - that's 4 cores instead of one in the old CPU. Although you may not find much difference in Windows, you'll find it considerably faster in other tasks that make use of the extra cores.

A few benchmarks at Passmark. Will not tell the true/real-world difference, but I suppose some comparison is better than none!

Intel P4 3.2 / 3.4Ghz click here (519) / click here (544)

AMD Phenom X4 9650 click here (2623)

The HD4350 may be good enough for C&C, so I reckon you can postpone buying a better GPU till after you've had a chance to see how C&C fares with it. G

  astii 21:44 22 Feb 2010

ok thanks i'll do some more reading

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