Ok, So i bought a Dell Dimension 8200 back in well, a while ago...Probably late '01 maybe '02.
Specs are as follows:
Pentium 3 2.0ghz
256MB RDRAM (ugh!)
nVidia GeForce 128MB
40GB internal HDD
500GB external HDD (Western Digital MyBook)
Samsung 18x external DVDRW
Internal CDRW (48x?)
Never really had any issues until I wanted to start copying and authoring DVD's. I was converting a movie (700MB AVI) to a VOB and on my PC it took OVER 24 hours. On my parents' PC (brand new Dell Dimension) it took a little over an hour. Now, could there really be THAT much of a difference in speed? My parents' PC has 1gb of ram, and a P4 3ghz (i think)...But could that really make up for that much of a difference in speeds? Should I just be looking for a new PC right now? Upgrading RDRAM is a waste of money to me when I can get a new PC for only a few hundred dollars more ya know?
Any ideas on how to improve my PC's performace would be appreciated...Or simply just say (BUY [or build
] A NEW ONE STUPID!) Thanks