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Old 09-30-2009, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright I'm finally going to buy a new computer, and I need your help. My current computer is a Windows ME, Intel Pentium III, 1 GHZ, 100 FSB, 128 MB RAM, 512 MB, 100 MHz, 40GB. It's safe to say its run its course. Alas I'm not sure what to look for in a new computer. Dual-core, quad-core? AMD? Windows 7? I have no clue. Money wise I'm willing to shell out about $400 or less. But I don't really know what I'm looking for. I'm not a gamer and would just use it for internet, CD burning, DVD burning. Hopefully their is something fast with a large hard drive and memory in my range. When I buy a new computer will my internet speed be faster, downloads faster? What else would be different? I already have a cable modem, but I think because of my old computer it's running a lot slower then it normally would. I hope someone actually read this and is willing to help, and if you are thank you.

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Well you can start here if you are familiar with hardware - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! and know how to put it all together.

You could get a barebones systems and then added the extra needed parts.

For $400 if you look hard enough, you can get just want you are asking for. Find a nice but cheapo case and put the $$ in the Processor, Ram, and Power Supply and a decent Hard Drive.

Buying a new computer wont make the internet faster but it may seem like it with a new system. Your ISP speed is the same speed no matter what computer you are one, the same with the downloading.

You could even save some $$ if you reuse say the case on your old system and possibly other parts.

I'm sure someone here can put ya one together on NewEgg when they see this.

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You're long over due for a new computer. You may have been experiencing slower internet surfing speeds due to your old computer; Your computer can barely handle today's apps and programs. But as for download speed (downloading a song for example), it will not change because that relies solely on your ISP.

This could be an oppurtunity for you to experiment building your own PC!!! $400 is not a lot to work with, but you could build something quite decent especially if you can recycle your previous monitor, and various input/output devices.

Here's an example of the main parts you'd need to build your own computer.

Motherboard with integrated graphics - ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Quad core cpu - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

4gb Ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Desktop Memory

Antec Power supply - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Western Digital 640GB Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

These parts are just a guide. These parts total $363.96

Pick out a cheap Case, and you may come just under your budget.
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Looking around, $400 is pretty minimal. You could get this - Acer Aspire AX1300-U1801A Athlon X2 7450(2.4GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Windows Vista Home Premium - Desktop PCs but I'm sure you will want a new monitor and $50 won't cut it. Also this has very limited upgrade potential but since you are still on a P3 I don't think that will bother you too much

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