I'm new to the forums and after reading some of the posts, I'm now interested in possibly building a computer. I just went out and bought one from bestbuy a few days ago, but now think I might've made a mistake (after reading the forums). Bestbuy does have a 14 day return policy, so I would like to know if you think I can do better than what I purchased there.
Okay, so here's what I purchased: HP - Pavilion Desktop with AMD Phenom™ X4 9150e Quad-Core Processor - a6700y
Its an HP Pavilion Desktop with AMD Phenom X4 9150e QuadCore. The processor is 1.8 ghz. It has 4gb of RAM and 500 GB HD. It has Nvidia 6150 graphics and has Vista 64 bit edition. I also got the '22 monitor that is HP.
I told the guy at the store that I don't need the most state of the art, modern computer, but that I wanted something that will be around for a while. My old computer is pentium 4 and that is still working fine, and the only reason why I am upgrading is b/c I've maxed out the memory to 1 gb.
I don't really plan on doing more than surfing the net and checking email, and I will be running a program that is called 'tradestation' that I think takes about 1 gb of RAM when running. Also, I think this program requires at least a processor speed of 2.5 ghz or better. Im not really a gamer, but I wouldn't mind having the capability to do so in the future. I think I would like to have 4gb of RAM or better. I'm looking to spend right around $800.00, which is what I spent at BestBuy (w/ the monitor).
The only reason why I'm questioning what I purchased is that it has a 1.8 ghz processor. Can someone explain to me why that is so low? I know its a Phenom Quad, but my old pentium, which is 7 years old has the same speed.
Okay, well any help that you guys can provide would be much appreciated!