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Windows 7: Noobish Question about Hardware Parts

19 Jul 2009   #11

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Gotcha. I don't ever resell my computers. I just take the newest one and make it mine and then upgrade everything else down the line. Usually, the computer that pops out the end becomes scrap or if it's got useful life left, it's donated to a good cause.
Its getting harder to donate. I have 4 P-IV's that I cant give away. I have tried schools, churches, salvation army, and friends and family.

Some ppl still have their original C-64's but I really would like to give these boxes another life.

Ken

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19 Jul 2009   #12

W7 Pro 64
 
 

For i7 you would use the triple-channel, so either 6 GB or 12 GB. HP doesn't even know how to run an i7 :-)
Use the DDR3 1333 RAM. barely more expensive than the 1066 they offered. Of course, I'm talking about building it yourself.
The HP won't really be upgradeable. The Mobo will have all the RAM slots occupied, there won't be BIOS upgrades for future CPUs. No overclocking (this is a shame, since the i7 easily goes to 4 GHz). I think any of the brandname PCs (Dell etc.) is just the way you buy it, if you need more power they want you to buy a new one and castrate it accordingly. From that point it doesn't really matter which platform it is.
And the OS they give you often has all their spy-ware and advertisements built in and you are not eligible for upgrades to W8 or so.
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19 Jul 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
The HP won't really be upgradeable. The Mobo will have all the RAM slots occupied, there won't be BIOS upgrades for future CPUs. No overclocking (this is a shame, since the i7 easily goes to 4 GHz). I think any of the brandname PCs (Dell etc.) is just the way you buy it, if you need more power they want you to buy a new one and castrate it accordingly.
I've owned a number of Dell's in the past and they 1). Have never had all the RAM slots occupied....but I'm sure some prefabs do. 2). Have had BIOS upgrades from the mfg.

With regards to overclocking, they lock down the system because they offer a WARRANTY and cannot afford to cover warranty repairs for people who overclock and kill something or shorten it's life in the process.
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19 Jul 2009   #14

W7 Pro 64
 
 

The Dell that we have at work often even only have one IDE slot and seem to have a non-standard power supply, so replacement is only with Dell. We have 3-year warranty and after 3 years we replace them since repair gets too expensive. Typically each computer loses one HDD or a mobo throughout the 3 years. Which really is annoying with new installation etc.
At home I have always OC'd (typically 25% above standard speed) and never had a single failure. And if I had a failure, I know I have replaceable components that I can find cheap parts for at newegg or so.

not sure who gets to pay the shipping cost when you send back the broken PC. Our IT Fedex them back and after 3 days I get a new one. 3 days without my own PC at work, + shipping cost... I'm sure I could have a huge bin of spare parts for that money lost and just live without a warranty In addition our IT doesn't create images of our HDDs so that I need to install everything new (the data are on the server with backup, but not the C-drive) I always joke that at home I have a more professional computer setup with RAID 1 and weekly image backup than at work where we have 1,500 PCs

I guess since the thread-starter doesn't want to build a PC himself, he probably won't repair it either. So a PC with a full 3-year warranty might be good and if it breaks after that he buys a new one. Not sure if a local dealer gives 3 years warranty (to save shipping expense and time).

I understand that HP and Dell limit the options. But besides limiting BIOS they also use the lowest speed components (s. DDR3 1066 in his quote), cheapest cases and fans with barely any cooling. I guess I'm just a PC builder guy and no argument could convince me to have my own PC bought in one piece. To each his own.
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19 Jul 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
The Dell that we have at work often even only have one IDE slot and seem to have a non-standard power supply, so replacement is only with Dell.
Shoot, my new Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R mobo has only 1 IDE slot on the mobo. As far as non-standard power supplies...I thought Dell got away from that. Do you guys happen to be using small form factor Dell"s??? If so, that explains the proprietary nature.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
In addition our IT doesn't create images of our HDDs so that I need to install everything new (the data are on the server with backup, but not the C-drive) I always joke that at home I have a more professional computer setup with RAID 1 and weekly image backup than at work where we have 1,500 PCs
Wow, with 1500 machines that insanity to not have an image? Do they have any image whatsoever...or just not an image of the applications that you typically run.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
I understand that HP and Dell limit the options. But besides limiting BIOS they also use the lowest speed components (s. DDR3 1066 in his quote), cheapest cases and fans with barely any cooling. I guess I'm just a PC builder guy and no argument could convince me to have my own PC bought in one piece. To each his own.
I've used Dell at work and have had 2 at home. I've never run into problems really with cooling in the cases. Sure, it's not as much as I have with my custom build...but then again the computers lasted for years. Certainly not trying to talk you out of building your own...I still build some of my own. I'm just not typically of the opinion that a prefab computer is always a terrible option. For some people, it's just what they need.
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19 Jul 2009   #16

W7 Pro 64
 
 

I meant our Dells only have IDE, no SATA at all (at least 2 years ago). Obviulsy nowadays one IDE is standard. but at that time 2 IDE was standard since 1 IDE only supports 2 drives... I didn't look into one more recent one, but I'm sure they didn't get much more upgradeable.

Same for power supply, didn't lookinto a very new one, just 2 years ago.

All the data files are on the network and (hopefully) backed up. The C-drives only have windows and the installed software. It is quite a pain to install it new since by default I only get Office (like everybody else). All other software I either have on DVD to install (autoCAD etc.) or from IT per request (MS project, Visio etc). when the time comes and a HDD dies I kind of forget what I originally had and whne I need it i need to call them again to install it. Of course they keep the installation files somewhere out of my reach. I had requested to get images of my c-drive, but denied. they also locked the "restore" function. PCs dying is a common occurrence in our office.
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19 Jul 2009   #17
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
For i7 you would use the triple-channel, so either 6 GB or 12 GB. ... Use the DDR3 1333 RAM. barely more expensive than the 1066 they offered.
+1!

Newegg loves me . They have some nice combo deals I took advantage of when I got my system: mobo + matched 12GB OCZ 1600 Gold memory, and Core i7 920 + big-a$$ air cooler ...
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20 Jul 2009   #18

Windows 7 RC build 7100x64 // 7260x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yaco78 View Post
Total: $979.99
What currency is this in?

I built my system now (specs) for

$754 (AUD Australian money)
$603.88 (USD United States money)

You may find its cheaper to built your rig
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20 Jul 2009   #19

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Hi Guys,
Sorry to hijack the thread (only slightly!)

I'm in a similar position to the OP, in that I'm interested in building my own gaming/multipurpose PC but have never done it before - I find it difficult to know where to start.

I don't want to needlessly spend silly money but also I'd like to be future proof regarding adding extra RAM, HDD's, graphics cards as future upgrades.

Can anyone recommend a couple of good websites as a starting point, that help with the choosing of suitable components, planning and maybe carrying out the build?

Cheers.
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20 Jul 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sope View Post
Hi Guys,
Sorry to hijack the thread (only slightly!)
I think it's close enough to being on track. Plus, other newbies can come here and read what's being posted, so I'm sure it will help them out.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sope View Post
I'm in a similar position to the OP, in that I'm interested in building my own gaming/multipurpose PC but have never done it before - I find it difficult to know where to start.
Best starting place in my opinion is budget. How much do you have and are your willing to spend on the budget? Second place is how much stuff do you need? (for example, do you have a usable keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sope View Post
I don't want to needlessly spend silly money but also I'd like to be future proof regarding adding extra RAM, HDD's, graphics cards as future upgrades.
My thought here is that future-proof is a terrible word and doesn't really apply to computers. The thing with upgrades is this...when you are ready to do an upgrade...by this point the CPU socket has changed which involves not only the purchase of a new CPU, but a new motherboard and most likely new RAM. So, I don't really recommend building something now with the intention of upgrading the CPU down the road. Adding memory or a hard drive is easy. And video cards generally are as well.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sope View Post
Can anyone recommend a couple of good websites as a starting point, that help with the choosing of suitable components, planning and maybe carrying out the build?
I see that you are in the UK and I'm not familiar with retailers there, but you can always use Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! as a good reference example to find parts.

Ok, with this said...here are some general rule-of-thumb principals for assembling your own computer
1). Don't skimp on either the case or the power supply. You want a solid case that's easy to work with and you want a solid power supply which won't end up dying down the road and taking a bunch of other parts with it.
2). Set a budget and stick with it...unless for some reason you severely underestimate a need.
3). Don't go cheap on the motherboard. This is a crucial point to any build and a bad foundation here can lead to potential headaches with everything else down the road.

Let us know what specific questions you have and what you budget is...there are lots of helpful people here who will throw out ideas for you.
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