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Old 09-18-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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I know this is off-topic, but I need to poll you folks. I'm thinking of upgrading my PC. Going to go with an Intel Core i5 2500K processor, new motherboard (of course), RAM and GeForce GTX 460 1GB video card and power supply. Gonna reuse my case, DVD drive and HD. But I thought I'd just hook my old HD running XP back to the PC. But a buddy of mine said I had to go to Win7. Is that right?
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:58 AM   #2
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In before Apple fanboys. You know who you are :lol:

Windows 7 is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant, MASSIVE MASSIVE upgrade over XP. I cannot be more emphatic!
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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In before Apple fanboys. You know who you are :lol:

Windows 7 is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant, MASSIVE MASSIVE upgrade over XP. I cannot be more emphatic!
No, it's not which one is better, it's whether or not XP will work with the newer hardware. Is there something about the newer processor that makes it incompatible with XP? I don't mind upgrading to Win7 but can I postpone it for a bit until the coffers fill back up after the hardware upgrades?
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You can use xp.
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Yeah, you can use XP, but why would you want to?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:16 AM   #6
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Don't know the answer, but seriously, dig deep and go ahead and upgrade to Windows 7. Now is the time.

I would think you could save so much by accepting a package deal anyway. And old hard drive is not worth much in today's dollars, because storage keeps getting so cheap.
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I know this is off-topic, but I need to poll you folks. I'm thinking of upgrading my PC. Going to go with an Intel Core i5 2500K processor, new motherboard (of course), RAM and GeForce GTX 460 1GB video card and power supply. Gonna reuse my case, DVD drive and HD. But I thought I'd just hook my old HD running XP back to the PC. But a buddy of mine said I had to go to Win7. Is that right?
It might be cheaper and better to buy a new PC as you're only salvaging a case and older HD.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:49 AM   #8
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I concur that windows 7 is fantastic. Hard drives are incredibly cheap and your old one may be a bottleneck from a bandwidth standpoint. No reason not to save it and use it to store files and whatnot, but put a couple of fast SATA drives in Raid 0... or even better a couple of solid state drives.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:51 AM   #9
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Also, don't pay full retail for Windows 7. You can get an OEM version at Tigerdirect for a reasonable price.
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win8 is coming soon, and xp will not be supported much longer. this is probably the perfect time to get win7
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:03 AM   #11
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It might be cheaper and better to buy a new PC as you're only salvaging a case and older HD.
"Cheaper" got my attention. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:05 AM   #12
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Also, don't pay full retail for Windows 7. You can get an OEM version at Tigerdirect for a reasonable price.
Yeah. Found it on NewEgg for $99 + free shipping.


But, fellas, barring a "cheaper" and "better" total system, I can probably get away with what I proposed in my OP, right? Reuse the old HD with XP on it until my budget allows for a new HD with Win7. The total cost of what I have above (CPU, MB, PS, RAM and video card) comes to $700. That's the limit of my budget right now (sort of tops it so I can't go any higher right now for an extra $160 bucks or whatever for Win7 and a new HD).
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:17 AM   #13
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win8 is coming soon, and xp will not be supported much longer. this is probably the perfect time to get win7
are they still supporting xp ? its what 5 years only that they support an OS.

7 is awesome, ive been using it since beta, cant wait till i upgrade the kids computers to get rid of all the xp machines in the house

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"Cheaper" got my attention. Any suggestions?
Cheaper ? you know sometimes i forget that you can actually buy software.

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Old 09-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #14
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Yeah. Found it on NewEgg for $99 + free shipping.


But, fellas, barring a "cheaper" and "better" total system, I can probably get away with what I proposed in my OP, right? Reuse the old HD with XP on it until my budget allows for a new HD with Win7. The total cost of what I have above (CPU, MB, PS, RAM and video card) comes to $700. That's the limit of my budget right now (sort of tops it so I can't go any higher right now for an extra $160 bucks or whatever for Win7 and a new HD).
For only $600 you get this

http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-8300/pd...el_id=xps-8300

I can't read all that gobbledy-gook, but the processor looks much better. Isn't this a better use of your money? They've heavily discounted it twice-- once because it's a package already, and twice because it's on sale.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:28 AM   #15
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go with Windows 7. You might have some driver issues trying to install XP on that motherboard. Also XP is much more prone to viruses and rootkits.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:34 AM   #16
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Get windows 7 64 bit edition, preferably home premium or better. Your setup will still run XP, but you will be cut off from new updates to directX and and XP will be cut off completely from hardware support at some point with windows 8.

Windows 7 is pretty much everything that Vista wasn't, it is a very good operating system.
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I cant imagine using XP anymore. Investing in Windows 7 is completely worth any extra money. IN every possible sense of the word.

XP is like MS DOS compared to Windows 7.
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OS X Lion. First from the fanboys
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Dude, read the OP.

He is upgrading his PC due to money issues. So clearly he cant afford the over-rated-over-priced Macs.
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Dude, read the OP.

He is upgrading his PC due to money issues. So clearly he cant afford the over-rated-over-priced Macs.
Dude it was a joke. No discussion of Windows can be complete without Apple Fanboys. See In Before Apple Fanboys post.

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"Cheaper" got my attention. Any suggestions?
This is a good place to look. Good luck.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?rh=i...sktop+computer
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:36 AM   #22
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I have win 7 and its so much better than XP. Very slick.
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How does this sound:

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system
AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.00GHZ Quad-Core CPU
AMD Radeon HD 6850 with 1GB GDDR5
4GB Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
24X DVDRW Combo drive with Lightscribe Technology
Apex Vortex 2 Mid-tower Gaming Case with 500W Power Supply

$649
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What he said.
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How does this sound:

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system
AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.00GHZ Quad-Core CPU
AMD Radeon HD 6850 with 1GB GDDR5
4GB Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
24X DVDRW Combo drive with Lightscribe Technology
Apex Vortex 2 Mid-tower Gaming Case with 500W Power Supply

$649
That is about right, desktop or laptop?
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