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Windows 7: Looking to buy a new computer

28 Jan 2015   #21
dakota37

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Okay, I have another way to go too. This was built for my wife a few years ago and with your help maybe I can upgrade it enough to run win7 with no problems. I don't know what the boards and stuff is but it is an AMD Dual System. It has only 2gig memory, a MSI Mainboard K8N6GM, only an 80gig HDD and a 1gig video card. What should I replace all this stuff with that won't cost me a fortune? As I said I am on a fixed income.


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28 Jan 2015   #22
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

If you want to speed your PC up a lot. Get a SSD. They are basically the same as a HD as far as installing and will speed up your machine a tremendous amount. You can get a 120 GB for about $60 on special deals. Search Newegg or TigerDirect and you can find some good deals.
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28 Jan 2015   #23
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
If you want to speed your PC up a lot. Get a SSD. They are basically the same as a HD as far as installing and will speed up your machine a tremendous amount. You can get a 120 GB for about $60 on special deals. Search Newegg or TigerDirect and you can find some good deals.
New Egg is solid. I picked up my Samsung 850 Pro and 8 GB of GSkill DDR3 ram for my laptop for a very nice deal (can't recall off hand, but it wasn't that expensive) There are plenty of great SSD's out there for a great price.
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29 Jan 2015   #24
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dakota37 View Post
Okay, I have another way to go too. This was built for my wife a few years ago and with your help maybe I can upgrade it enough to run win7 with no problems. I don't know what the boards and stuff is but it is an AMD Dual System. It has only 2gig memory, a MSI Mainboard K8N6GM, only an 80gig HDD and a 1gig video card. What should I replace all this stuff with that won't cost me a fortune? As I said I am on a fixed income.
The first thing I'd do is try to confirm you have an ordinary ATX case of some type. It's possible you have some kind of non-standard cuckoo case that must be replaced due to incompatibilities with a standard power supply.

If you don't need a new case, you could replace other parts for roughly these prices:

Motherboard: 80 to 100
CPU: 65 on up (Intel Pentium G3240 or above)
RAM: 4 GB of DDR3: 40
Power supply, 300 to 400 watts, decent brand: 50
No video card; use graphics integrated on CPU
Hard drive, 500 GB to 1 TB: 50
Operating system, Win 7 or Win 8: 100

That's 385 minimum, excluding tax and shipping. A new cheaper case would be roughly 50 if you needed one.

Call it 400. It's very tough to beat Dell/HP/Lenovo at these low price levels because of the operating system price. The only advantage to you would be that you can choose exactly the parts you want and would have a clean Windows installation.

I don't know if you can afford 400. If you can't, you're likely better off with a pre-built system.

The farther above 400 you can spend, the more advantageous it is to you to build it yourself, assuming you have the time, talent, and inclination.
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