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Buy new computer or upgrade old one?

My computer is apprx 7 years old. Windows xp with a 40 gig hard drive. I am not computer savy, but feel confident I can install a hard drive. Or would it be wiser to just buy a new one? What would you suggest? New or rebuild? Pro's / Cons?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-31-2008, 12:01 PM
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I would say time to rebuild its very easy

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A 6 year old computer is like a 30 year old car.
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I would just go buy a bare bones PC. It comes with new MB, processor, memory and power supply. Video, sound, network will all be on the MB. Then you can just put your hard drive and cd drive in and you're good. You will have to run "repair" from the XP disc to configure it for the new hardware, but that's about it.

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X2 on the barebones, but not computer wise......there are some great deals on plug and play computers.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-31-2008, 07:27 PM
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just go buy the cheapest one you can find that is reasonably fast
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A 6 year old computer is like a 30 year old car.

You telling me it's gaining value?

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It's an HP with the Celeron 2.7 Ghz, 768 mb ram, 40 gig hard drive. I was thinking on adding another hard drive and maxing out the Ram. I haven't had any problems with it. Speed is fine. I really can't spend 500.00 on a new system plus I hate IE7, and and I am just not up for Vista right now.

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It's an HP with the Celeron 2.7 Ghz, 768 mb ram, 40 gig hard drive. I was thinking on adding another hard drive and maxing out the Ram. I haven't had any problems with it. Speed is fine. I really can't spend 500.00 on a new system plus I hate IE7, and and I am just not up for Vista right now.


I wouldn't go vista anyways. You can build a very cheap computer for under 500 that kills your certain stuff. Like 2.4 duo core 1 gig memory, 250gig drive etc.

or you can get a dell, http://www.gotapex.com/

I got a very slick one, for 550 with a 100gc + 24in monitor. sold the monitor and kept the 5500+ with 2 gigs of memory, etc.

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You telling me it's gaining value?
haha...I was going to throw that caveat out there when I saw that post.

You're better off buying a new PC IMO. A low end PC will outperform your current PC and it won't cost much more then a new drive if you shop around. Well....300-600 dollars should do ya.

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I wouldn't go vista anyways. You can build a very cheap computer for under 500 that kills your certain stuff. Like 2.4 duo core 1 gig memory, 250gig drive etc.

or you can get a dell, http://www.gotapex.com/

"Kills my certain stuff?"

I got a very slick one, for 550 with a 100gc + 24in monitor. sold the monitor and kept the 5500+ with 2 gigs of memory, etc.
I actually get a small discount with Dell through my company. I just don't know if I would like a lap top for home. I don't like how the keyboard heats up. But then I guess I could run an external keyboard like I do at work.

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I think I will just buy me an external and dump alot of crap like pics and stuff on to free up space to get me through the next 2 years. Thanks for everyone's input.

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You telling me it's gaining value?
Sure!..No I meant technology wise .
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 04:17 PM
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For surfing the internet and doing basic stuff I dont know why you would really need much more processor than you currently have. Celeron 2.7ghz is a pretty decent speed for most normal things. Bump your ram up to 1gb, pick up a cheap hard-drive on craigslist (you can get 250gb drives for 50 bucks or less)...and I would say thats a pretty decent computer.

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I would just go buy a bare bones PC. It comes with new MB, processor, memory and power supply. Video, sound, network will all be on the MB. Then you can just put your hard drive and cd drive in and you're good. You will have to run "repair" from the XP disc to configure it for the new hardware, but that's about it.
Doubt it, have you tried finding a motherboard that supports PATA (IDE) lately? Everything is SATA and I really doubt his 7 year old DIMMS will work now that everything uses DDR2 at the minimum.

Figure buying a new hard drive, CD rom and some sticks of RAM on top of that bare bones PC and you'll be cheaper to buy a complete Dell with a warranty and OS license.
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