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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Need to do a computer upgrade

It looks like my comp has gone about as far is it is going to go. I built it 6 years ago and it is driving me nuts being so slow. So here is my dilemma and decision I have to make. Should I rebuild this pc or just go buy one?

The comp would basically need an updated video card, motherboard, cpu and memory. I would get a mb with an onboard network interface card. Hell it has been so long since I have done this, that is probably standard. I don't really care about the sound card right now, I will just use what I have. Same goes for the harddrives. Of course, I would have to buy the newest version of windows and probably Microsoft Office.

So all that being said, is it worth rebuilding, or just buying a new pc??

I am open to buying and also rebuilding this one, or is it just cheaper to buy two pc's.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 11:21 PM
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Get a cheap but new PC for $3-400 - use it for a couple years and buy another one.
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I looked at one of those magazines they mail out. They had some descent comps I guess. I have always just built my own. I am really just wondering if money wise it is worth putting one together myself.
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I suggested prebuilt as it's been so long since your rig is so old.

I built mine, but when I upgrade, I'll take 80% of the stuff I have now and move it over. You are at 100%, so money wise you are looking at least a grand for a fairly decent rig.
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What is the budget? There was a great deal on a refurb gateway a couple days ago...guess this one is pretty good:

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buy a dell, you can't build one for cheaper I assure you.
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Thanks guys. The budget is 400-500. I have been thinking about it. Basically to rebuild I just need a mb, memory and cpu. I can still use everything else. I think what gets me is the MS software.

Can I just replace those parts with my current version of Windows XP SP3 Professional? I think TX Redneck could answer that question but I never got him the version of windows I had on my pc.

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You can reuse your OS(reinstall not use what's currently on your HDD's) so long as it is NOT being used on another machine. ie: said machine is take out of service. You'll likely have to call M$ and get a new activation code or key when you get to the point of entering your current key. This is assuming your key is not a volume/corporate license.





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You can reuse your OS(reinstall not use what's currently on your HDD's) so long as it is NOT being used on another machine. ie: said machine is take out of service. You'll likely have to call M$ and get a new activation code or key when you get to the point of entering your current key. This is assuming your key is not a volume/corporate license.
Or OEM.
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You can reuse your OS(reinstall not use what's currently on your HDD's) so long as it is NOT being used on another machine. ie: said machine is take out of service. You'll likely have to call M$ and get a new activation code or key when you get to the point of entering your current key. This is assuming your key is not a volume/corporate license.
Thanks, I am pretty sure it is a volume/corporate license.

Looks like I am going to a Dell for now, and maybe reinstall XP on this machine. Seems the easiest and cheapest way.
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Or OEM.
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Thanks, I am pretty sure it is a volume/corporate license.

Looks like I am going to a Dell for now, and maybe reinstall XP on this machine. Seems the easiest and cheapest way.
Enjoy, just remember though, should you have a failure of a proprietary component, it will likely be costly to replace.





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Enjoy, just remember though, should you have a failure of a proprietary component, it will likely be costly to replace.
See that is what bothers me. I don't remember, but lets say the motherboard goes out, you can't just go and buy the "same" mb at Fry's because it is a Dell computer. Is my thinking right on that?

Found this at Costco. Is it a descent unit for the price?

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...t56671&topnav=

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See that is what bothers me. I don't remember, but lets say the motherboard goes out, you can't just go and buy the "same" mb at Fry's because it is a Dell computer. Is my thinking right on that?

Found this at Costco. Is it a descent unit for the price?

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...t56671&topnav=
Chances are, that would be the situation. Most OEM's use proprietary hardware to get the geedus when it breaks, provided it's outta warranty. I'd call Costco or the manu(ZT Sys) and ask of it uses ans standard ATX/micro ATX board before I hauled off and bought it. Other wise, it will surf the web, do e-mail, word processing....just fine. Your issue will be graphics as it uses an on board GPU.
It has a PCI-e slot so you could put and aftermarket GPU in it provided the PSU is powerful enough/GPU isn't a pig.





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Chances are, that would be the situation. Most OEM's use proprietary hardware to get the geedus when it breaks, provided it's outta warranty. I'd call Costco or the manu(ZT Sys) and ask of it uses ans standard ATX/micro ATX board before I hauled off and bought it. Other wise, it will surf the web, do e-mail, word processing....just fine. Your issue will be graphics as it uses an on board GPU.
It has a PCI-e slot so you could put and aftermarket GPU in it provided the PSU is powerful enough/GPU isn't a pig.
Yea I saw the onboard video. That is an easy fix with a pci video card. Only issue with that is voiding a warranty, which is another reason I like to build my own stuff.
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What do you currently have for a case and PSU?





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I am not sure the brand of the case, I picked it up at Fry's and it has been so long ago. Trying to find a name on the case itself, but no luck. The PSU is a 400w.
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Is it a full,mid or mini tower?

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...Computer-Cases <---- for reference

Would you please go to http://pcpitstop.com/betapit/ using IE, register an acct, take the Over Drive test and post the link in your reply. This will help me get a better idea of what you have to work w/ and if any hardware is really necessary.

Also, what do you do MOST w/ your PC?





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Another pretty good deal

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Fq59dyG0x1lOcg

then you can get bing cash back (rebate basically) and get it down to $340

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I wouldn't wish a Gateway on my worst enemy, especially a refurb.





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