How long will it last... - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Monitors, Printers and Peripherals
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-09-2004, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 900
Default How long will it last...

My girlfriend needs a new computer that she will only use for email checking, word processing, internet use, and photo editing. This is the system I came up with for her, mainly because it's cheap. How long do you think this computer will last before it's a total piece of crap if only used for those operations with no gaming at all ? I'm hoping it will last at least 3-4 years.

CPU- AMD Athlon XP 2500+
RAM- 512 MB Kingston PC 3200
Mobo- Asus A7V8X-MX SE
Hard Drive- Western Digital 80 GB IDE, WD800JB
Video Card- Asus ATI Radeon 7000 64 MB
Optical Drive- Sony CD Burner 52x32x52
Case- Antec 350W

Thanks in advance.
__________________

PizzatheHut06 is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 2,007
Default

that system will last probably a lot longer than 3-4 years if its taken care of (i.e. keeping it from soda spills and major earthquakes, oh and her little brother hahaha). All that you have listed is more than enough for the use you described.
__________________

jaksback is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 5,280
Send a message via AIM to beedubaya
Default

For what she is using it for, it will last for that 3-4 years. For gaming, its already a piece, mainly because thats an extremely outdated gfxcard. But heck, she will not be gaming and probably never will, but you can always update the gfx card later.
beedubaya is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 194
Default

I think it will last 5-10 years before it just dies. Are you sure the video card will be good enough for photo editing? Would hate to see you turn around and buy a different one later.
__________________
Crucial Performance Lab
http://images.crucial.com/images/v8_...ucial_logo.gif
www.crucial.com
The Memory Experts(SM) at Crucial Technology is now on board to give you straight answers to your memory-related questions.
When responding please provide your full system specs; hardware and software, OS, BIOS, drivers Etc. You can e-mailmemory related questions to cpl@micron.com
CrucialLabs is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 900
Default

That's the only thing I was worried about. I figure that if she's ok with her parent's emachine video card, then that video card should work better. If not that one, could you recommend another video card for 50 bucks or under?
__________________
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me". -John 14:6
PizzatheHut06 is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 48
Default

i think you'll be sitting pretty nice with the setup you have. she'll be able to do the things she needs to do on that for at least 3 or 4 years. the graphics card may need to be eventually upgraded, but that's about it!
__________________
\"Countless, unseen details are often the only difference between mediocre and magnificent.\"
blacktop89 is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 900
Default

Would a Geforce FX 5200 be any better? It's only 20 bucks more.
__________________
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me". -John 14:6
PizzatheHut06 is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 11:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 260
Default

Is that 512 MB DDR? You can get a less ram and spend the money on a better video card.
__________________
First Built Computer:
Antec Plus1080(SOHO File Server)+430w
Intel P4-3.0E 1M Cache
Asus P4P800-Dlx i865PE,800FSB Dual DDR400
WD 120G-8MB Buffer
LG 16X DVD
LG GSA4082B DVDRW 8X +/- Black
ATI Rdeon 9600XT 128M
Creative Audigy
512MB DDR PC3200
lavenderAC is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 12:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 5,280
Send a message via AIM to beedubaya
Default

GeForce FX 5200, although its a value card, is much better. It can atleast "run" modern games
beedubaya is offline  
Old 07-09-2004, 02:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 330
Send a message via AIM to dumdum8684
Default

try tigerdirect.com they have a GeForce FX 5600 128 for 49.99 after mail in rebate. Great deal.
__________________

__________________

My Computer:
-UV Reactive Acrylic Mid-Size Case
-Thermaltake 420W
-AMD Athlon XP \"Barton\" 3200+ 400MHz
-Cooler Master Aero7+
-Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Mobo
-nVidia GeForce FX 5700 128MB
-2x Kingston HyperX 512MB PC3200
-2x 200GB WD 7200 8MB SATA
-2x 12\" UV Cold Cathodes
-5x 80MM 4UV LED Blue UV-Reactive Fans


My Laptop:
P3 750MHz, 512MB, CD-RW/DVD Combo, 15.1\" TFT, 20GB HD, 32MB integrated video
dumdum8684 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.