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Windows 7: Computer Replacement, help me choose.

08 Jan 2010   #11
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I respectfully disagree.

Take a X48 chipset board for example

If you were to take a Biostar,Gigabyte, and DFI, Set them up the exact same, and benchmark them... Same hardware, Same Chipset.
Youd be surprised at the difference between the 3, even at all stock settings, as they will all perform differently.


Non-the-less, a reliable brand is what I meant


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08 Jan 2010   #12
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

The chipset counts - I didn't mention the differences, they make or break a board.
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08 Jan 2010   #13
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm bit confused now, so do you recommend that I go for that machine if they refuse to refund me?
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08 Jan 2010   #14
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

It doesn't work, get a refund and build something suitable.
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08 Jan 2010   #15
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
It doesn't work, get a refund and build something suitable.
What do you mean by it doesn't work? There is a chance of like 0.1% that they will refund me. If they don't then I can't afford to build a new system...
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08 Jan 2010   #16
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

If you are having issues then ask for a refund - you already have some parts. It should be under warranty.
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08 Jan 2010   #17
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Googling yields next to nothing about that board other than Packard Bell documents. It is likely made by one of the big contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, but that tells you little. I doubt if Packard Bell makes anything. You can't tell anything about the build quality from the specs.

It may well be available under other brand names and model numbers. Someone might be able to recognize it by sight alone if they were familiar with a lot of boards. I'm not.

That is likely a Hitachi hard drive.

Best idea was previously mentioned: try to get a name brand board such as Intel, Asus, MSI, Foxconn, or Gigabyte. If we had a model number, we could evaluate it. I know absolutely nothing about PC World--in the USA that is only a magazine. You may well be out of luck if all PC World computers are Packard Bell because Packard Bell may use only mysteriously named boards.
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08 Jan 2010   #18
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Googling yields next to nothing about that board other than Packard Bell documents. It is likely made by one of the big contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, but that tells you little. I doubt if Packard Bell makes anything. You can't tell anything about the build quality from the specs.

It may well be available under other brand names and model numbers. Someone might be able to recognize it by sight alone if they were familiar with a lot of boards. I'm not.

That is likely a Hitachi hard drive.

Best idea was previously mentioned: try to get a name brand board such as Intel, Asus, MSI, Foxconn, or Gigabyte. If we had a model number, we could evaluate it. I know absolutely nothing about PC World--in the USA that is only a magazine. You may well be out of luck if all PC World computers are Packard Bell because Packard Bell may use only mysteriously named boards.
Yes, and it might be proprietary and tied to a particular system rather than a white box system.
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08 Jan 2010   #19
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adt View Post
Hi guys,

I got my computer from PC World last year and it stopped working the other day so I took it back to them and they offered me a replacement. I'm not really a hardware person but if you guys could help me decide if the following PC is going to be good/better than my old one.

My faulty PC Specs are in my profile.

PC specs of offered replacement:
Packard Bell iXtreme I8819uk

full details on the PC ---> Information and Instructions - IXTREME I8819 UK - PT.U300X.010 - iXtreme - platform_ixtreme2009 - Desktop

The thing that's pulling me away from that PC is the motherboard. I've never heard of the make and I don't want my motherboard to fry again. As for the power supply and graphics I already have an 800w PSU and a GTX 285 ready.

I will be using the PC to play the latest games, word processing and surfing the web.

So do you think I should go for the replacement or not? All replies appreciated.
A little Googling suggests that the mainboard is a Foxconn product. You could do a lot worse.

I'm not sure that I'd have gone for the GTX285 at this point in time, as the Radeon HD5870 isn't much more expensive.

I'll try to avoid joining the trend of saying that you've made a hopeless mistake if you haven't acquired the latest Core I7 Extreme CPU, 24GB of RAM, a pair of 256GB SSDs in RAID0, a pair of 2TB Caviar Black drives in RAID 1 for data storage, and two dual-GPU graphics cards to run quad SLI or Crossfire. (I'm amazed at how readily people will spend other people's money, even if they aren't members of Congress.)

Of the uses of the PC that you list, only gaming would be the least bit taxing. Omit that, and you'd probably be delighted with the GT230 and stock PSU.
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08 Jan 2010   #20
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Here is what I would do....

Take the replacement... If,, and only IF, they are offering a free replacement or if you can't get a refund.
If it is not a free replacement or they won't give you a refund.
Take your losses right there and stop doing business with them. End of story.

Ditch the Mobo (yes you will void the warranty)
Research a better board and install that.
You will need to take care you get a board that will support that specific processor.

Take your losses and be careful where you buy from next time.

Here is why I say this....

The new CPU I7-920


Your Old CPU Q8200

Side by Side

Add to that an extra 2G Ram
And I think a larger HDD?

Plus you already have a PSU and Video card?

There is no question what I would do. Gut that sucker and build a Frankenstein.
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