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Windows Tablet Buying Advice £400 Budget

Question: Windows Tablet Buying Advice £400 Budget

I am looking for a Windows tablet within £200 to £400.
I need it for basic Microsoft Office programs and I need to be able to run the python IDE "Idle". What are your recommendations and if you recommend a tablet, can you also recommend a keyboard and case if available. Thanks for any help provided!

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Preferred Solution: Windows Tablet Buying Advice £400 Budget

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Hello all you clever people. I have a little challenge for you all.
My knowledge of computers is pretty basic so please keep that in mind when answering.
So I've been considering buying a gaming pc for such a long time now and I've finally got a little spare money to do it (budget £500-£600). I began researching online to try figure out what was the best I could get for my money but left feeling more unsure than when I started. Therefore I thought I'd ask some people who actually have some experience/knowledge.
What I want: Primarly a gaming pc that can run the lastest titles without any major issues although I also play a lot of less demanding games too. I am prepared to sacrafice a little graphic capability for preformance if nessecary. It would also be a bonus if I could do a little video editing on the machine, although this is less important.
I am prepared to build it from scratch if there is a noticable difference in what my money can buy compared to a prebuilt/build-your-own deal however if there isin't much difference then I'd prefer to have it built for me.
So that's the challenge, the budgets £500-600 but i'm willing to go up slightly above that if it's worth it. Thanks in advance to anyone who offers advise.
Sincerly, Rumham.

Answer:Advise needed for purchase of gaming PC Budget £500-£600

P.S. if you think £500-600 is just not worth investing in a gaming pc just be honest and let me know. :)

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Good evening to you all. I need some advice please. My sister wishes to start an evening course at college, and she's after a decent laptop @ a reasonable price preferably from amazon, or Argos as her first choices. Ideally Windows 7(not 8, as not user friendly for her), ideally intel i5, loads hard memory, hard disk space, webcam, usb drives, hdmi, any other extra is a bonus, she'd like to purchase within next week - 2 weeks. please advice. she's a mature student by the way, and she's reasonable with pcs as she has a netbook

Answer:Best i5 laptop budget is btw £300-£400 for my sisters studing at college

Don't think you'll get an i5 for under 400 pounds
Have a look here

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im looking for a laptop to play games on high spec like rome2 total war and gta5 on just wondering what sort of thing i need and if my budget is to low or if anyone has any advice thanks

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I'm going to buy a PC on monday, this is the build i've come up with:

AMD Phenom II x4 960T
Asrock 970 Extreme4
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
4GB DDR3 1333MHz Patriot ( this is just temporary, to save a couple of bucks, will upgrade to 8gb soon )
Seasonic SS-520GB
Cooler Master Elite 430

I'll reuse an old Hitachi 160GB and a 24x Philips DVD Drive.
I'll use this PC for gaming, so what do you think, how will it run Skyrim, BF3 and WoW cata on a 1680x1050 monitor? And is there anything i should change? Btw. The following PSU brands are not avaiable where i live: Corsair, Antec, OCZ, XFX.

Answer:Buying a budget PC soon, need advice

I had a bad experience with that specific motherboard - ASRock. You may have a different experience. However, I would recommend Asus or MSI over ASSROCK. Some others in this forum may agree with me. Not sure what you're gonna use the old spin drive for with SSD. I'd upgrade the spin to 6gb/s sata to take advantage of mobo. You can get 4gbx2 memory for $45 from crucial. Get 1.35 volts instead of 1.5 volts. Recommend ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $185. If price is a consideration, you should be happy with ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $95

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I'm planning on buying a tablet for 6th form. I have been considering the windows surface. I have a budget of £400 to £600. Should I wait for windows 10 to come out first? If windows surface is good, which one should I get to get the most power for my money?

Answer:Buying Advice for Windows Tablet For 6th Form

No, you don't have to wait. Current hardware is fully compatible with windows 10.
The most powerful version of MS Surface I've found according to your budget: click here

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My 16 year old Nephew is looking to purchase a budget laptop at around the £300 price mark and I wondered if anyone could recommend a particular model? The laptop would be used for his schoolwork but, if possible, for also playing Steam games and he would like Windows 10 pre-installed.
I have found the following four laptops on the Debenhams Plus website and wondered if any of these would be suitable or if anyone could point me in the direction of a good deal;
click here appreciate these are over his budget but I can get a discount which brings them to around £300. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Budget is no more than 350

15" - 16" screen. 1366x768 seems pretty standard for this sort of size. The less reflective the better I guess. Not hugely concerned about picture quality but obviously the best I can afford!

When it comes to laptops I don't really know which brands are most reliable - any of them can potentially break and after 2 or 3 years will probably start overheating anyway! Sony's are expensive so probably out the question, same for Macs. Any model which is known for overheating and making men infertile is a no-go.

Preferably new or ex display model etc

Wanted for mainly everyday use - email, MS office, web browsing, streaming tv. But hopefully capable of handling photoshop, flash etc. reasonably well. Don't need it for gaming, have a good desktop for that anyway. Preferably windows 7, which I can install anyway.

Ideally 3+ hours of battery life minimum. Having looked around this is reasonable i think.

Not too fussy about how "cool" it looks.

Minimum 320gb. 2gb RAM minimum, but more would be good. DVD-RW drive. Bluetooth is a bonus, same with webcam i guess.
I think that covers everything. I've found a few models that might fit the bill. The samsungs look promising, and I have a samsung TV+monitor which have been reliable so far, but haven't made up my mind. I haven't posted enough to post links yet but the ones that have caught my eye a bit are lenovo g555+b550. samsung rv510+r540. and dell ins... Read more

Answer:Need advice buying a laptop please! £350 budget

photoshop- killer ap

most of what you want could be done on a netbook, like a samsung or asus, for not much money.

photoshop requires a lot of processing power, though. that is the deal-killer.

one thing to consider: get whatever laptop, then swap the existing HD for a SSD. you can find modest, decent size ssd from 100 pounds to 200 pounds. some kingstons provide a 'kit' to help you image the existing hard drive over to the ssd. or you can add the ssd drive, and load win7 from the ground-up.

an ssd is a lot faster than a typical laptop hard drive, and will decrease power required, and so increase battery time per charge. it will make an otherwise unimpressive-performing laptop behave like a more expensive laptop.

the ssd will not store much, but you can cheaply get an external drive - this would force you into good back-up habits.

i don't know how well a netbook would work with an ssd and trying to run photoshop. the hard drive speed might balance out the slower processor. and many netbooks max out at 2GB.

an OK laptop with ssd would work really well, if you shop well and fit it all in 350 pounds.

on a laptop, along with hard drive storage, you often have an SD slot, which can be used as storage, and a laptop-specific pci slot - i don't see that on the samsung, but my dell has this. that slot can be used for a lot of things, including simply sticking in a storage thingie. also, usb flash drives can be used for storage.

in laptops, ... Read more

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Is there someone who already bought a x201t and using it? How he/she found it? Responsive touch-screen? Easy to take notes? I am thinking of buying either this or x201s. Any input will be highly appreciated.

Answer:X201 Tablet buying advice

Have a look here: tabletpcreview forums The user "Moosehat" is the 1st forum user to receive their's. His initial impressions are at that link.

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Hi and thanks in advance
I am looking at the following to laptops, which one do people recommend please.....
Lenovo G505 AMD A4 Processor, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb Hard Drive, Wi-Fi, 15.6 inch Laptop
or the slightly more expensive.....
Lenovo G505s AMD A8 Processor, 6Gb RAM, 1Tb Hard Drive, Wi-Fi, 15.6 inch Laptop
Or any others within my price range but am really after thoughts on the above as i can get these on credit.
Many thanks and kind regards Clive.

Answer:What Laptop with budget £400

Comparing the specs side by side, the G505s has slightly better graphics and bluetooth connectivity otherwise they look the same ...alB enter link description here

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I'm looking to buy my first gaming PC. When it comes to specs I know pretty much nothing so I have no clue whats good and what isn't.
I have a budget between £700 - £800 and looking for the PC to come with everything it needs to run (eg. monitor, software, cables etc...).
The games I play tend to be city builders like Simcity & Cities Skyline. Along with games such as Assassins Creed, Modded Minecraft and Battlefield.
Any help would be much appreciated.

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Hi, I've never used a feedback forum before.
I'm looking for a new 2 in 1 thats new and been reduced to the max with good customer service. I don't want to order from a website with no phone contact. I just saw my choice on Tesco but now it's disappeared so I have gone to the price comparison site eybuyers which I've never dealt or heard of and can't see a number for.. I'm not too savvy on these sites and can't afford to lose the little money I have...
Any ideas please? Thanks Debbie

Answer:Looking for à 2 in 1 on sale. Budget max £320

Do you mean at Howden? They are good reliable big company and the phone numbers and address are on their Customer Services, contact ebuyer page.

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I am looking to purchase an HD Camcorder for use on holiday.
I would like one that has good zoom, ideally one that adjusts to the light / darkness (not essential though), and one that stablises images as I have shakey hands.
I'm not really interested in Twin cameras, unless that is just an added-bonus.
I have a Sony Television, and would want to be able to play back any videos on the TV - ideally wirelessly, but I am also happy to connect an HDMI cable. I will only be cutting and cropping scenes within the Camcorder - I do not have a Laptop.
I have just been to Currys where they have the following - would you recommend any, or anything better online?:
Panasonic W580 - £210
Panasonic V380 - £249
Panasonic VX980 - £405. This one is out of budget and looks to be quite a large camera. Ideally I want the camera to fit inti a pocket or a small handbag.
I have also seen the Panasonic HC-V770 for £380. Whilst this is over our £300 budget, would it be worth stretching our budget to this camera?
Many thanks!

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BitFenix neos ATX Black/Red,
1tb Sea gate Barracua,
24x LiteOn internal dvd rw,
8gb crucial ballistix sport,
AMD FX 8350,
Gigabyte GA 970A ud3p,
Radeon nitro r9 380 dual x 4g,
600w Evga 80+,
TP Link 300mbps,
Would this pc build work and be able to play pc games such as battlefield 4, is there any other ideas for builds that includes this prices for windows and has an Internet connection with a £600 budget that would work better? I also intend to upgrade in the future so is there any other better parts thatd make this easier than having to completely rebuild?

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click here looking to build a budget home PC for around £300. I'm not a gamer, but want something that will (with easy upgrades) keep pace for a few years. I was trying to build something around an Intel z270 board, but it quickly breaks the budget, so have gone with AMD.
Can anyone with experience (this will be my first build) see flaws in this list, or suggest improvements/cost savings?

Answer:Budget desktop build ~£300 - any tweaks?

My personal view is you'll be disappointed with the AMD processor. A £300 budget for a new PC is a bit inadequate imho and you'll struggle to 'keep pace for a few years'. Before you know it you'll be re-doing this exercise. Buy cheap buy twice springs to mind.

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I need help with choosing the right components and how best to install them, btw I am completely new to computers.
Here is what I have now:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Graphics card: XFX Radeon R9 280x
PSU: Corsair CX750M
The game that I play the most is CSGO, but I usually hit an average of 80 FPS and would like to increase this. Originally I wanted to upgrade my CPU to a amd fx 8350 but my current motherboard doesn't seem to support anything close to this.
If there are any other upgrades you could recommend that fit in my budget, that would be appreciated.

Answer:Upgrade CPU/Motherboard for gaming [£400 budget]

If you do want to upgrade that processor, then you will need to replace the motherboard as it is designed for different socket types. See here for a list of AM3+ motherboards, which is the socket that you need. I would also get a 3rd party cpu cooler as the ones they send you usually can't keep it cool during gaming.
I would also say that getting another 8gb of RAM would be good, 16gb is becoming the standard for gaming pc's now. Not necessary just a recommendation.
As for installing it, there are loads of good tutorials on youtube, and many of us on here will be able to help you with any issues.

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Hi, I am going to build my first pc and was hoping for some advice on the specification I have chosen. Is it all compatible or can be overclocking in the future? (as that processor got ability) And any other advice would be must appreciated. Many thanks Lorbas. This is my selection:
Cooler Master RC-130-KKN1 Elite 130 "USB 3.0, Mini Cube Case, Liquid Cooler Support
Cooler Master RL-S12V-24PK-R2 Seidon 120 Ver.2 "System Builder, Closed Loop Liquid Cooler, 1 Silencio Fan, 120mm Radiator"
Cooler Master RS650-AMAAB1-UK GM Series G650M PSU
Intel Core i7 i7-4790K CPU
MSI B85I-GAMING Mini ITX Motherboard
Corsair CML16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengeance Low Profile 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL10
MSI NVIDIA GTX 970 Gaming Twin Frozr HDMI DVI-I DP Graphics Card
Seagate ST1000DX001 3.5 inch 1TB Hybrid Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 2.5-Inch 250 GB 850 EVO Solid State Drive
Samsung SH-224FB/BEBE 24X Internal DVD Writer with SATA
Microsoft Windows 8.1x64

Answer:Building my first gaming pc. With £1000 budget.

I'm not a gamer but if I was to build a gaming rig it would be in an ATX case with an Atx mobo. Ease of installing hardware. I would also buy the mobo with compatible CPU and ram as a bundle . The SSD as C drive is ok but the second drive I would use a 7200RPM 64MB cache drive instead of a hybrid, but I state again I'm not a gamer.
Best of luck to you anyway but you might find a better response from the Games forum.

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Any recommendations on an Intel CPU I5/I7/Xeon that's good for multi-tasking.
Minimum of 4 cores @ 3.5GHz. Budget: £300
Thanks in advance!

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whitch pc eg (dell) or what.thank you.

Answer:I am buying a new pc. i have 1,800 pound to spend

1,800!!!Knock yourself out!!Depending on your area if you could find a small pc business and could get one custom built as you could get yourself a better deal.Try looking around at different sites where u can chose the components of your system and have it built.

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I am looking for the cheapest Windows 8 tablet available. I am getting one to replace my ipad and one for my uncle. The best I can find is a refurbished Dell XPS 10 with winRT for $200ish. I can also get a new Vivotab Smart with atom proc for $400. Ideally I want an atom proc, but the price difference may be a bit much. Are there cheaper atom tablets for less than $400? I don't want to spend that much since its mostly for leisure use.

I am also curious about web browsing performance. The atom will be faster than the ARM one, but by how much? And will the ARM one be faster than my old ipad? The other thing is there is supposedly flash support for both. How good is the performance?

Lastly. Is there any news of Windows 8 getting Words with Friends? It's available on Windows Phone 8, but not regular Windows 8. I am a WWF addict. I also play a lot of Scramble with friends. Other than web surfing, these are the only two must have apps. I have a bunch of friends both real and fictional that play them so substitutes wouldn't work.

Answer:Help me decide on budget Windows 8 tablet

The ARM will have much better battery life than the Atom, but the Atom will be somewhat faster and can run x86 applications (doesn't use RT).

For only $400 i'd go with the Atom, but it has half the battery life of the ARM version.

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I wonder if anyone could give some advice to a friend who is thinking of purchasing this. I have no knowledge of the brand / product or either Android, so I was wondering if you could provide any positive or negative comments so that these can be passed on.
Thanks for your help.
Angry ;-)

Answer:Blue Bud 7" Android Tablet - £69

Don't know what happened to the title upon posting but here is the correct description.
Blue Bud 7" Android Tablet - £69
Angry ;-)

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Hi there people. I have search several websites and forums but haven?t reach a clear conclusion in what windows tablet (up-gradable to 10) should i buy.
I looked for the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 8-inch (Windows) with AnyPen wich has all my needs like for gps full hd screen but i don?t know if it is a good choice, also i would prefer a 10 inch. Can you please advise me, or tell me what is coming so i have to wait or purchase one now. Thanks

Answer:Help on buying a windows tablet

It really depend on what you plan on using for. I have a Surface 3 and for me it is the perfect compromise - great for reading magazines, surfing the web, Netflix, and moderate work on MS Office. I even use Remote Desktop for work and less complex Steam games. If the S3 is of interest feel to ask any questions

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I live in Saudi Arabia + a MS fan, finding Windows tablets and phones stuff is hard if not impossible!
there's no Windows tablets anywhere here, that's why I need your help :)
thank you

Answer:Buying a Windows tablet, any suggestions?

What kind of tablet are you looking for?
Something high grade, high power, high quality? Surface Pro 3.
Something high grade and high quality, but not capable of heavy processing? Surface 3.
A casual tablet? Dell Venue Pro 8.
There's lots of Windows tablets. Many of them are 2-in-1's or hybrids but they're still tablets. Now I'm not certain of availability in your country but choice should still be relatively abundant.

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Hey there. I need some advice on a good graphics card to upgrade to from a GTX 760. My other specs are as follows:
i5 4670k
650w? power supply
I guess the other stuff is unimportant
So yeah I have about £200 and I know an upgrade isn't completely necessary but I want to use my old one for another computer I am making. Cheers.

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Hi guys I'm after abit of advice, I'm looking to buy a new laptop for college and work, I'm a ships engineer doing a foundation degree so I need a laptop for uni work including assignments and web browsing. I'll also need it whilst at sea to watch films etc. Due to the nature of my job I travel a lot so the laptop needs to be slim light and portable. I wont be doing to many demanding applications for the laptop but would like it to be as fast as possible and with a good battery life as my current sony vaio laptop only lasts 2 hours before needing a recharge.Ive been researching the dell xps13 9360 with 8gb ram and 256ssd hard drive this seems to be a front runner whats everyones opinions compared to a MacBook air or pro or any other alternatives. As mentioned I'm after good battery life less weight and able to browse internet, watch films and do college assignments. many thanks Andy

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I've finally come into enough money so that I can buy myself a desktop. No more using moms'! Anyway, the most I can spend is 800$ US money. I don't know a lot about computers ( I'm still learning from reading things) so I was wondering if I could get help from people who knew more about it than I do. Currently I'm looking at this:
I figured that anything budget doesn't have a good graphics card so maybe I can invest in one of those later. I do like play games even if I have to have them run at less than the best options. Basically, I want to be able to multi-task without having to fear a dreaded slow down. The last comp I got was e-machine and it short-changed me on RAM so it had some problems running XP. I don't want to run into that problem again. The sites I've been looking at are Bestbuy and Newegg. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. ^^

Answer:Buying Budget: Need help

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Hi everyone,
I am new to this forum and would like some help picking my christmas PC. Obviously on a low budget I can't be looking for an amazing gaming PC. But I would like something that could run things smoothly such as WarRock, and WoW. I've been scouring Ebay and have found some interesting PC's but cannot differentiate them enough to understand whether or not I am being ripped off. I am 16 and on a budget of about 350 (do not include anything apart from the actual PC no screen keyboard or mouse needed).

Any help would be seriously appreciated


Links for ebay:

Those are just a few I have found... Any other suggestions appreciated... Also home build could be a possibility if cheaper.

Answer:Buying a low budget PC...

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please could someone help us as we are clueless about computer husband and i want to get our 13 year old a computer for himself he plays world of warcraft on ours at the mo and will go on to do his music on his own one plus surf the net for homework, but we can only go to about 400 pounds (give up now i hear u all say lol). currys have a deal on one with screen,keyboard,media,cd copy and printer i think,price is 400 pounds down from 500 pounds but are these sort of deals any good? if anyone knows of a good deal we would be most grateful.thanks a lotjj

Answer:buying a new pc on a budget

400 will get you a very decent machine these days. There are many places you an go to and you might well be best buying locally if you want the opportunity of taking it back to the store.Otherwise there are places like click here where you can get a very well speified machine in the price bracket you want.If you can post a link to the Currys computer people here will offer advice on the machine.

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Hi, I want to buy my son a computer but can only spend up to 600, I have looked at the Dell and PC world websites, are there any other online stores that I could compare prices and systems with, I believe tiny are no more?.....Thanks

Answer:Buying a budget computer

I have just bought very cheaply from the Dell site. I have found that it is best to go to the business pages rather than Home. Admittedly yoou need to configure it yourself, and you may not get the bundled software, and you will need to select a monitor, but there are considerable savings to be had. I have bought 3 machines for clients in the last week - each of them for less than 250 (including Dell's 60 !!! delivery charge).

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Hello everyone, Im new here, and I just wanted to know If you guys would help me in getting a good gaming pc made from scratch.

First things first, as directed by the thread made by Rage_3K_Moiz, I'll tell you that my budget should be around 1.3 to 1.5k dollars to make a gaming pc from zero, capable of playing some of the most newer games out there with good resolutions (nothing crazy but above average).

My knowledge of the subject isnt what it used to be, back in the days when you only had to worry about P4 and stuff, so forgive me if I end up asking too much questions,

My original idea was to get some quad core processors with 2gb gpu and a few more things, maybe im doint it wrong, but thats why im here asking for your help.

Now, im from mexico, so a few parts may or may not be as easy to get as back in the US, but any and all help wouldbe appreciated, thank you.

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Hi guys, you guys helped me before, so I would like to come back, but on the portable and of computing.

So heres what I need:

-A good video editing/rendering computer (not over the top, just to make decent youtube videos from my xbox 360 with "basic" editing and quick rendering)
-Fastest performance for budget
-Most memory for money
-Good customer support
-Good processor

I was looking at the Dell Inspiron 17 and the Dell Studio 17. Are these good for what I need? Any other suggestions? Thankyou.

Answer:Buying a new laptop! ($800 Budget)

out of the two you have there, i would chose the studio17
but you could also look at the hp dv7t
or something from toshiba's line(here)

although i'm not sure on support for both company's

hope i've helped

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My mom is wanting a new laptop, and has me looking for her. I don't really know all that much about it, so I figured I would ask you guys. All she is going to be doing on it is internet, e-mail, and ebay. She might also do a little photo editing and a tiny bit of gaming. She is wanting to spend about $1000 on it, although she is willing to go a bit over if needed. Any good laptops in that price range?

Answer:Buying Laptop, $1000 budget

If that is all she needs it for than you can find a perfectly good laptop for around 500-600. Get a dell, or if you rather pick one up at the store, maybe an HP or Asus.

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Has anyone had any experience or have any knowledge re the reliability of these items, please? Is the 1 yr warranty that in reality if something goes wrong?
PCs for sale
A friend is needing a replacement PC but very low on funds so these would look to fit the bill. She has monitor, keyboard and mouse that she is happy to continue using.
This one would seem to be what I would choose for her, this one, but would appreciate opinions please, as I feel it is a big responsibility to be buying on behalf of someone else. I'm not confident, nor knowledgeable enough!
Thanks very much. As usual, I appreciate your help

Answer:How reliable this site for buying budget PC, please?

It's Argos using Ebay to sell refurb PCs. A good find I think. I've always used PC World/ Currys for refurbished laptops. Will look again at this site just in case I need a cheap PC.
Warranty seems clear enough and it is Argos.
Thanks. :)

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Hi all
My mind is boggling with all the tablets that are available.
I would like your opinions on which is the best on a low budget.
I have been leaning towards a Gemini joytab.
I need a 10" screen and I will be using it for the Internet and basic things such as email etc.
Thanks in anticipation

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Question: Budget Tablet?

does anyone have knowledge of/experience with the Insignia Tablets? I saw an 11.6" screen model, 32GB, Android 7.0 with a detachable keyboard for $130, which seems fairly reasonable. I only need a tablet for the most basic things: email, surfing the net, etc.

Are there any other tablets in a similar price range? Thank you.

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I'm about to take the plunge into a laptop and am trying to weigh my options.

Let me start off by explaining that I"m looking to spend $300 to $400 tops, before taxes and what-not.

My needs are simply to surf the net, email and watch dvds while away from the home unit.

What are the best choices regarding laptop brand and processor type?

I've read that Athlons normally generate more heat with a laptop, but generally outperform Celerons.


Answer:Buying a new budget laptop. Opinions on processor.

Avoid Celeron and Sempron processors. These are the '3 legged dogs' from Intel and AMD respectively. Centrino and Turion processors (again Intel/AMD respectively) were engineered for laptop use and either would be a good choice for performance and battery longevity. Laptops which use standard desktop processors are likely to run hotter and shorten the time between battery charges, but performance will be increased.

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I want to buy (build) a new pc for mostly office-applications, photo editing (basic), basic video-editing (copy and pasting homevideo), streaming audio, ... no gaming. The pc I have right now (Celeron 1GHz) celebrated its 8th birthday a while ago, and is ready for retirement. I want the new pc to last at least as long. I'm reusing nothing but keyboard, mouse and monitor.
How much is your budget? Since I'm in Europe, I'm thinking in euros ;-) A maximum of around 600-650 euro (some 840-910 USD), shipping included, sounds reasonable. seems to be quite cheap, though I have the impression online shops in the US have better prices, but shipping overseas makes it expensive - any suggestions?
Have you already bought any parts? Nope.
Do you have an Operating System (OS)? I'm planning dual boot Ubuntu and XP pro, both 64bit.
Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? Should I?

Here we go, this is what I have in mind (adding item#)
Case would be the Cooler Master CM 690 (RC-690-KKN1-GP, with power supply Antec EA650 ( -> important! I'm choosing a case with front firewire connector, to connect the DV camera without having to climb behind the pc...
Mainboard Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P ( with cpu AMD Phenom II X4 940 ( Read more

Answer:Buying components for new PC, budget but future-proof

Good luck on your build... "budget but future-proof"... There's no such thing in the World of PC's. You will see big changes in one or 2 years from now

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# AdwCleaner v3.310 - Report created 26/09/2014 at 23:13:02
# Updated 12/09/2014 by Xplode
# Operating System : Windows 8.1 (64 bits)
# Username : rac - DENISE-LAPTOP
# Running from : C:\Users\rac\Desktop\adwcleaner_3.310.exe
# Option : Clean

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Answer:A pound of preventive is worth a pound of curse otherwise known as Update Version: M. Player 9.2

Let's check your PC then:
Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.
Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.


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HiI have been using a mac for a while now but would like to install windows to run via Boot Camp. I have seen OEM versions of vista home premium for sale for around 80. I would like to know:1. Is the Home Premium the version I should go for? I know there are many versions. I am a bit confused by 32 bit or 64 bit and some versions are sold as 3 DVD sets which cost a huge amount more etc etc.I just need it for some photo editing and other general office type tasks at home. I won't need to use if for work or anything.2. Does the OEM product available just to buy on its own? I thought you had to buy something like a hard drive or the like before you could get it? Dabs just seem to be selling it on its own though. Can I be confident of not running into probs with MS if I bought it like this?Thanks in advance for your helpWillie

Answer:Buying windows OEM advice please

1. Probably, unless you want to use the computer in a business network environment. Get the 32bit version.2. You'll have no problems with Microsoft.

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I'm currently trying to purchase WinXP Home Edition to install from scratch on a new HDD for my father's PC, without breaking the bank.I experienced problems with the Certificate of Authenticity when I recently tried purchasing from eBuyer and all they could offer was a refund, at the end of the day. I've asked PC World, and the price they quoted was 160 (100 more than eBuyer), stating that at least I'd get the real deal from them. From my recent experience, I can't argue with that but I'm sure I could get the real deal much cheaper online. The problem is, once bitten.... Following my eBuyer caper, I'm not feeling too confident about other dealers. Novatech looks promising but can anyone on here endorse them?This has been an ongoing saga for one reason or another, and if I could finally get what I really need, it would not only be a huge relief, but it would allow me to close off about three other related threads on here.Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as always.

Answer:Advice on buying Windows XP

The cheapest way to get XP is to get the OEM edition but you have to buy some hardware with it in order to qualify for the reduced price. This isn't a major problem as you can buy a mouse, keyboard, memory or other such item, details are on most of the websites. I was just looking this afternoon at the suppliers I have used for Windows XP Home OEM edition and found that the cheapest were Komplett at 58.00, Novatech was 60.63 and Scan was the cheapest at 55.78. I'll be using either Novatech or Komplett mainly because I'm needing new memory and Scan doesn't have the make I want. The only thing I'll have to check is postage costs as that can make the price increase significantly.

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I am a tech enthusiast who does not have the money to fund his habit. As such I am not able to update my tech as often as I desire. Also when I do it requires much saving and a painstaking amount of research on what I will ultimately spend my hard saved money on. Now obviously research should always be done especially on such pricey purchases so as to avoided the dreaded buyers remorse that undoubtedly occurs because Technology updates so frequently. So while I mull over slash save toward my next computer purchase which I am hoping will be a fanless Surface device I find myself surrounded by ancient technology by which to check email, browse the web, and use social media at home. While my Lumia Icon is great at this I really want a tablet with a 7 inch and up screen to use at home both for the added screen real estate and so my Lumia is not discharged when I need to venture out of my home. So my question is what is a good budget windows tablet that I could purchase for under $100 while I save toward my ultimate goal? I have heard that the HP Stream 7 and WinBook TW700 might fit this bill and was wondering if anyone could offer their experiences with these devices. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Good Budget tablet.

I use a Linx 8, bought off Amazon UK, haven't had any problems within the past month of having it so far.

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i'm thinking about getting a budget 8" display tablet, i think that on actual windows view is too small but from videos i see on line with windows 10 should be much better, more usable UI on small screen
would windows 8 bing be upgraded as other versions?
i would like a budget tablet but with 2Gb ram
at this moment Eve T1 seems the best
i can wait a couple of weeks if something new is coming

Answer:Best 2Gb Ram 8 display budget tablet

Windows 8.1 with Bung is pretty much Windows 8.1, just with an additional requirement for the OEM. It'll be upgraded to 10.

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My budget is below RM 1000 (around 250USD right now..., max 350USD), I want a tablet that can play 3D games (like Six-Guns, Halo: Spartan Assault, Project Spark, Windows 10 Store games) and was running smoothly.
Specs I HOPE I can get:
64-bit Windows (32-bit acceptable, if possible, please tell me some apps that doesn't support 32-bit)
4GB RAM (2GB minimum)
Thank you.

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Hello and good evening to you all, I currently have a samsung galaxy s2 fone, which I think is absolutely superb, I also have a laptop as well. Now i'm considering getting an andrioid tablet as well, ive ben looking at a few on amazon, etc
Including this one....
I must stress though that i'm on a budget...i'm looking for one thats got a usb port as well, at least one, lol. I'm not after anything too fancy,...
my friend bought this one, and I saw it but i didin't really like it its here...screen response seems a bit slow
My budet is around 100, so pls if i can get some advice links to the ones at a reasonable price, that would be much appreciatiated, as my cosin would like one also, will use to watch vids on youtube, emails, general web surfing....maybe a camera, webcam, and maybe some purchases...i would pruchase the lookout prem for 1 year for eztra security.

Answer:Best Budget Android tablet please for myself and my cousin

The first capacitive touch screen option is streets ahead of the second one, it also comes from Wendy Lou she is probably one of the best known and trusted android tablet sellers on amazon but do read the reviews and also check in the support forum
Cheers HC

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I wasnt sure if this thread was for desktops only or for notebooks as well. Either way i am going to SUNY Geneseo in august, which is 30,000$ a year cheaper than any of the other schools a applyed to. Beacuse of this I am trying to get a relly nice computer with no real spending limit. I would like to aim for something in the 4000$ price range, however i can go higher.

I have looked at The Voodoo Envy, the dell XPS, and comprable Alienware products.

I prefer Windows to Macs only beacuse i am used to Windows. Also i cant really get for the Falcon Northwest Computers only beacuse they take over a month to assemble and be shipped to my house and i leave mid-august.

I would primarily use the computer for games, watching DVD's, the internet, and college busy work. However i would also like it to be used for photo and video editing.

If anybody has any knoweldge on the subject, or even owns any high end laptops with recommendations, i would appreciate it.

And yes i know that it will be stolen within the first 2 weeks of me going to college.

Answer:Buying a High Preformance Laptop for college (Budget $4000)

sorry to the admins for posting it in the wrong area

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I'm looking to buy a cheap laptop for my high school son.Looking on Newegg I see one with XP (Lenovo) but I see a ASUS installed with windows 7
Normally for me I know windows 7 can be a problem.I'm getting a little scared off from reading some of the reviews
Again I have a asus netbook and it is great and would prefer to buy asus with a one year free warranty
Any thoughts on the potential problems with this note book.Should I stick to XP notebook

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I want budget tablet (at max 20000 INR) for reading and some basic editing. My requirements:
1. Good battery life
2. 4 GB RAM
3. Better multiasking (split screen view)
4. Good processor
5. At least 64GB storage
I was searching for Mi Pad 3. It runs Android. And fortunately Microsoft have good office apps on android. But is not yet launched in India.
So I googled for alternatives and for more info.
I realized that Mi Pad 3's MIUI 9 does not yet have split screen view. So it was deal breaker. Also I realized that I wont be having any Android updates. So I was quick to look for Windows tablet.
But then there is simply no budget Windows tablet in India. I wish to have tablet which will Windows update for at least five years. Or may be I will install Latest Windows from USB, so that I can always have latest build on tablet.
I come across fact that Mi Pad 2 ran Windows:
And this awesome multitasking in iOS 11 with iPad:
So I realized if I can have full Windows on tablet, it will be a lot beautiful than both.
I read recently that Windows on snapdragon will have huge battery life. How long we should wait to get such budget Windows tablet? Or is there any such available already?

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Hello everyone, I am looking to buy my very first gaming pc, and i would like it to be easy enough to use due to the fat i am not very tech savvy when it comes to the ins and outs of computers, i would like it to be able to run Day z, project zomboid etc on medium - high settings, without any choppy frame drops, i would like it to be able to connect to my wireless internet for obvious reasons. I think my budget would be £400-£600 nothing more than £600 including upgrading the RAM for example because my friend told me standard is 8, but i should go for 16. I would love to hear your advice everyone. Here are two sites i believe to be trust worthy so if you could pick out the best from either of these or your own preferred sites without confusing me with the many details ( you might need to dum it down aha ) available in the UK it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much, site links below
click here Thanks
Mr Lemon
Edit- also would i need a power surge? if so how do i attach it to my set up?-

Answer:Gaming pc to buy for Day Z, project zomboid between £400-£600

Hello there,
Thanks for the reply! i already have a razer mouse and have a monitor. it would include a keyboard and operating system like windows 8 i guess? and doesn't the RAM hold the memory for stored and installed games?

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My Vivotab Note 8 went kapoot (USB port broke) and I've got the choice to pay $180 to get it fixed, or use that to get something else.
At $180, I get a pretty nice tablet back. That could go toward a new one too. Or I could use that to put an SSD in my laptop.
If I go for another tablet, I'm thinking:
Surface Pro 2
Surface 3
New Dell Venue Pro 8 5000
I've got an iPad mini 2, so a bigger screen would be nice.
Budget is about $400. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

Answer:Advice on a new Windows tablet

Originally Posted by baseballbert My Vivotab Note 8 went kapoot (USB port broke) and I've got the choice to pay $180 to get it fixed, or use that to get something else.
At $180, I get a pretty nice tablet back. That could go toward a new one too. Or I could use that to put an SSD in my laptop.
If I go for another tablet, I'm thinking:
Surface Pro 2
Surface 3
New Dell Venue Pro 8 5000
I've got an iPad mini 2, so a bigger screen would be nice.
Budget is about $400. Any feedback would be much appreciated! Surface 3 is a pretty solid device with good specs. You can go for that

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Hi, I'm looking for a new windows tablet but not sure what one to get. I want either 8" or 10" (7" is too small), for under 150 although I could stretch a bit further if something really good was found. Also, I want a minimum of 32GB storage. Other than what I've just said I don't really mind about anything out. I've looked at the Linx 10 tablet but not sure about it as its not a very well known brand. I would be very grateful if anyone could give me any suggestions on what to buy and if anyone knows of any good deals in the boxing day sales. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Cheap windows tablet advice

I would definitely get the Dell Venue 8 Pro. It's a wonderful 8 inch tablet with good specs, good design, and a quality build. Really can't go wrong with it. I'd check eBay for good deals on one. I just bought an extra one in mint condition off of eBay for $US127.00

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I would appreciate some help deciding on the best purchase of a USB wireless adapter for my Windows 8 computer.

I use a Netgear WNDR3700v4 dual band Router, but sadly have discovered that my Windows 8 computer's network adapter only receives 2.4Ghz. Thanks to our cordless phones - I lose the internet every time the phone is used (only on the Windows 8 computer - 7 hums along just fine).

So - I guess I shell out some more money for a USB wireless adapter with 5Ghz capability. I would prefer a mini dongle, but if that's not a good choice I'll live with the stick poking out.

Anyone care to suggest a brand of USB adapter with 5G that plays well with Windows 8? Does it matter if it's USB 2.0 or 3.0?

Answer:Advice Buying a Windows 8 USB dual band Wireless Adapter?

The WNDA 3700v3 will work great with the router.... comes with a 5 ft. usb cord.

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I want to upgrade to a DX11 card, my current card is in my specs. My budget is up to ?120

I just want to know which is the best card in this range and how much of an improvement to gaming will I get.

I use Overclockers UK for all my pc upgrades.

Answer:Need advice for someone on a budget

Asus GeForce GTX 460 Direct CU TOP 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with HAWX2 PC-Game [] Graphics and Video NVIDIA GTX 460 Series

130 quid.

This is similar to what I am using. Mine has the 1GB chip. I've been using it for 3 months and no problems.
Your monitor resolution is similar to mine so it would suit your system well.
I can run AVP Benchmark with no glitches.


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Ordered an old Ebay refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet to replace my too slow Dell ST2.
It has 4GB ram and has been upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I intend to clone the HDD to SSD.

Can anyone here advise on any issues and recommended drivers?
I know it's old school, but just needed an inexpensive browser for the porch.

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Hi Guys

I am planning on buying a new computer.
I am one of those who rarely change my computer, in fact this is going to be my 3rd after XT & P1.
I don't really do any hardwork for my computer, the hardest is maybe converting video from one format to another so maybe the lowest specification available now is enough for me.

Considering that I may use this computer for another around 10 years what I have in mind now is:
- Intel core 2 duo 4500 or it's AMD equivalent (which one is better?)
- Asus P-5GCMX or Gigabyte 945GCMS2-C
- 2G PC 5300 memory
- 160 GB hardrive

I would really appreciate any input from you Guys.
Thank you

Answer:Need advice on new budget computer

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Im planning to buy a PC and i want to hear advise if this setup is good enough at least run new games on low settings? This setup is given to me by a friend but im a little worries about the CPU, you guys think this is good enough? I could go for a i3 2120 but i need to sacrifice the GPU if that happens what GPU would u suggest?

CPU: Intel Pentium G630
RAM: G.Skill Value 4GB DDR3 1333
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA3
PSU: Antec VP450 450W
GPU: PowerColor HD 7750

Thanks in advance

Answer:[Help] I need advice, Low budget Gaming PC

Well your CPU is a Dual core at 2.7Ghz
Your MOB can fit 16GB of Ram if Needed
Your Video Card is Pretty Decent.

I would get MSI After burner for the Video card fan so you could adjust the fan Speed.

Sounds like a good small Gaming computer at lest its up grade able in some spots.

Looks like you can add these Cpu's

But if you want to add more memory make sure you get windows 64bit 32bit only allows 3.5gigs of ram
Supports 2nd Generation Intel Core? i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package

But it looks like a good one to me.

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hello there folks i wonder could you give me some advice on upgrading my current computer. at present its specs are, dont laugh :-)1.8P4 celeron, 512 pc2100, geforce ti4200, 1x 80gb hdd, 1x 40gb hdd and this is the motherboard click hereit has a good stab at almost anything and has served me well. it will even play games but it just doesnt play them very well :-) the motherboard will only support up to a maximum of 2.4 P4(400mhz)cpu and pc2100 ram up to 1gig max. im thinking its not worth really worth trying to upgrade it.i can get a new motherboard click here and an amd sempron 2600+ for under 80 i was thinking i could transfer my current memory and graphics card to it in the time being and then hopfully upgrade the memory and get a better graphics card in a few months time. do you think it would be worth it? i know the semprons are similar to the new celeron d and are not for those looking for maximum performance but would this be much of an improvement over what i have in the meantime? if i get 6 months to a year out of it that would do me. what do you think?ta.

Answer:upgrading on a budget advice please

the semprons are not really that far behind the Athlon XP'syour only problem would be your ram would have to run at 266 fsb while the cpu would be running at 333 fsb - I have seen the ram run faster that the cpu bus but never slower - don't know if this is feasible.Another option you would have is to buy an xp-m 2500+ barton mobile cpu for 70 from cpucity - these are extremely overclockable and will easily go to xp3000 speeds, although again this is run at 266 fsb and you would then still possibly have the same problem with ram speed.

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Hello all i need advice, i need a netbook for an up and coming ski season although i have next to no budget. I only have ?100 all i need it for is changing my music on my iphone, watching movies and general internet browsing . The only problem is i need it to be fast enough to deal with my external hard drive of 1tb and all of the music/ films on there any advice would be great Thank you for your time.

Answer:Low budget netbook advice need

Notebooks can read 1Tb drives, no problems.

netbooks are nomatlly above 200 pounds (300usd). You might want to look into a tablet.

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So I know this is not about games, but it is related to games and it was the only category I felt would fit for me to post. Sorry in advance if I screwed up. I need some advice about building a budget gaming pc; specifically using parts I already have mixed with new to form a pc that has a decent upgrade path in the future.

Here is a list of what I have already:

MSI GTX970 graphics card, virtually new power supply (750 watt i think), 8gb ram and 2tb hard disk drive.

I need a new case and I have decided on the NZXT phantom 410 mid tower, if someone can point me in the direction of a cheaper case that is better or similar in terms of specs (i.e. fans, space for upgrades) then that would be fantastic.

I have 300 pounds at present, which I know will not stretch far. As long as the motherboard for instance will allow me to upgrade to i7 later down the line then that's perfect. The motherboard needs to be good value but leave me enough room to at least buy an intel pentium processor for now to keep me going. No AMD unless it is huge value for the price, in my experience AMD processors etc have pathetic reliability and performance.

Thanks in advance!

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Alright. I decided that I want to build a gaming computer. Something about building one myself will give me more satisfaction than just buying one as I'm sure most of you agree. My question is, whats a good Intel processor that I should consider getting. I'm consider getting a XFX nForce 680i SLI Motherboard along with a XFX GeForce 8800 GTS Extreme Video Card. Haven't decided on the RAM and what not. I can't afford the new Intel Extremes. Looking to spend maybe $200, possibly $300 but thats a last resort. Any suggestions?

Answer:Budget gaming cpu advice

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Hi, I have an X41 tablet and want to install Windows 7. I have put 7 on my flash pen but there are two partitions when I come to install. IBM_PRELOAD and IBM_SERVICE. I believe the SERVICE partition is the recovery partition, is that right? Can I just over right the PRELOAD partition with 7 and then if I don?t like windows 7 still restore from the SERVICE partition? Or if that?s completely wrong or don?t make sense can someone please advise the best steps to enable me to keep the what I call ?recovery? partition to enable me to reinstall XP and all the ThinkPad utilities from the hard drive.  Thanks to anyone who can help.

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Well, i am seeking some of you folks expertise in this area. I've been browsing all over new egg, but man there is so much to look at.

Basic Guidelines:

-I'd like to stay under $150.00-160.00 for the pair.

-If it will need external graphics card, we should include that in the price. It can go a little over but not much in this case.

-Best performance and features for the money is what I am after.

Thanks much!!

Answer:Advice... Best motherboard and processor on a budget??

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Hi, I'm working with a pretty limited budget. I would like to spend around 200 bucks on a motherboard and a processor. What's the best that I can do with that price?

Right now, I'm divided between the Intel E5200 or the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ based on just looking through some reviews on Newegg and asking a few people, but I don't know if those are my best options, based on cost/performance ratio. I would welcome any recommendations.


Answer:Advice needed for a budget build

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I'm gonna help my buddy build a new computer after the summer break when he (and hopefully I)
have earned some money. His budget is around 1340$ or 830. I already know a fair share about computers, but I don't feel confident enough to ensure him that "these parts will do the best job" or that "this is the optimal choice", at least not when it comes to a computer built on such a tight budget. I know for sure that he gets bothered by fans that sound much, I've often had to turn off a few of mine during a LAN.

Here's some more of the required info; We both live in Sweden, he has not bought any parts yet, including the OS, he will not re-use any old parts, and he has keyboard, mice, headset, monitor, and yes I'm gonna install some fairly cheap aftermarket coolers to reduce the noise (rear fan and CPU cooler). He probably wont overclock anything in the near future, he has no interest in it, and does not know how to.

Here are the components; I'm very well aware that the site is in swedish, but this is the cart and you should clearly be able to see what components I've currently picked, if you would like a link to an identical cart on Amazon please tell me, I wont mind making one. Problem is, he's not gonna bother himself to order from a foreign site, luckily almost everything is available on the Swedish online market, and if not, there's usually something of ... Read more

Answer:Advice on new build, budget is roughly $1,340

There's no "S" in advice, at least here on the other side of the Atlantic. What you have picked looks okay, and if you want to go SSD please read up on things like AHCI and SATA 3 before you commit to SSD

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Trying to put together a basic system using either a AMD Duron or AthlonXP CPU using a motherboard with Intergrated Audio & VGA.There are so many Motherboards with built in Audio & VGA I know, but I am near the click here and could do with buying from them.I expect this subject of budget building has been covered time and time again. But with hardware changing the next day/week etc.Anyone built a budget computer recently or recently built a new computer using a M/board with Intergrated built in VGA & Audio ?.I will not moan at anyone if I find any recomendations be a dead dog.What with Nvidia boards, Sis & Via its who's best or reasonable.Notice MSI & Soltek have a mix of these boards.

Answer:Advice on Budget Build - AMD CPU & Motherboard

AquaVibe,The Abit NF7S nFORCE 2 Mobo is one of the best quality available. It has onboard Gforce4 Vga, 5.1 surround sound, usb 2.0, firewire, and everything else you could need.I realize that at just under 100, it's not the cheapest available, but it should keep you in good terms with your P.C. for years to come.P.S. If you want to upgrade the VGA for some seriously heavy gaming, you just need to add one of the top range GFX cards. Here is an in-depth review of the hereAnd micro-direct sell it.

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I am looking for:

Something that can run BF3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Planetside 2, AC3, Black Ops II and Watchdogs at their full glory.
I'll be using a 18.5" 1360x768 max resolution monitor. So, I will not be running anything at 1920x1080. So please suggest a GPU that can run all the above games at full graphics at 1360x768.

I was able to build this. Are all the parts balanced? At the resolution I am running at will the GPU process things very quickly and the processor will find it difficult to cope up with the GPU? Or is this build fine?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Budget Gaming Rig looking for expert advice (Please Help).

Personally, I think you should be fine. My son plays BF3, Planetside and Skyrim on high settings at that sort of resolution. He has a GTX560SE, which I think is about comparable with the graphics card you have. The SSD may be overkill for a gaming rig. My only query would be whether dual core is enough to get the data to the GPU fast enough. My son upgraded from a 3-core AMD to a 4-core AMD FX at the same he upgraded the graphics card. He's seeing really good performance which he attributes in significant part to the higher bandwidth of the processor. That said, the i3 is a good part. You'll need to add W7 to that config, of course.

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This is my first build from scratch my gaming orientation leans on rpgs, mmos, action-adventure and rts for the most part and less so for fps and racing games.

Approximate Purchase Date:
By this september
Under $3k
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Extensive gaming and production/rendering in autodesk and other 3D/CG art software
Parts Not Required:
Not planning on getting a custom liquid cooling system just yet
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg Canada
TigerDirect Canada
Canada Computers
Parts Preferences:
Nvidia, visuals for the most part not a keyboard or audio enthusiast
SLI or Crossfire:
Possibly SLI
Monitor Resolution:
1920 x 1080 ? may go larger

I will not be using any reused parts
I need a keyboard, mouse headset and drawing tablet among peripherals
I haven't purchased any parts yet
I don't have a spare OS

Additional Comments:
my newegg wishlist

Really looking for longevity and durability

the rig would be placed in the basement which is usually around 20C, during the humid summer it should be closer to 30C room temp but we almost always AC then. the only thing about the basement I am worried about is if airflow wouldn't be good enough for the rig

would a heatsink fan suffice for now? if I ever choose to SLI would liquid cooling be needed then?

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Answer:Advice & suggestions on first build under $3k budget

direct quote from member lehpron from the EVGA forums, sorry its huge but this sums up why I chose the type of mobo, GPU and CPU. but of course still subject to change

"Most modern games are threaded for between 2-4 cores, and it has been a slow progress adoption since quads have been around for six years, duals for eight years. meaning, a 6-core won't make a difference today. New games take 2-3 years to make from the ground up, so in that time, it will make a quad that much more important. Only get the 6-core for your professional work, not for gaming.

3770K is a 22nm quad and half the die area (thus half the actual power and thermals if set at the same frequency) as 32nm i7-3900's 6-cores; mathematically, they should overclock better, but Intel differed from tradition of soddering the CPU die to the IHS (integrated heat spreader) by using a thermal grease with Ivy Bridge which tends to artificially raise temperaturess. This prevents anyone from really being able to push it except for those using cryogenics; so in the end, all Sandy and Ivy processors reach a max of approx 5GHz regardless of number of cores.

So it all comes down to the board really; X79 can support up to 4-way SLI (in quad x8, or a pair of full x16) configs while Z77 is limited to just dual x8's. If you're serious about longitivity in terms of having the room for future graphics cards and not change the board (which definitely need more bandwidth than current), then X79 is the ... Read more

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Hello, I will soon be purchasing a new PC and could use some advice regarding a few options that I don't understand.

My basic criteria: a. I want to be able to play World of Warcraft WotLK (with 2-3 add ons, and - perhaps - Firefox open) with minimal lag issues. Rich graphics and sound would be nice, but I'm much more concerned with quick response time. b. I am on a pretty tight budget, and would like to spend less than $500.

The Dell online store allows me to build an Inspiron 530, beginning at $279. I've gone through several configurations that have landed me at around $500 (I'd love to come in under that mark, if you think that most of the available upgrades are superfluous) but I don't have the knowledge to weigh one upgrade option against another. Examples:

1. The "free" processor with this system is an Intel Celeron 450. At 2.2 GHz, this puts me well above the required 1.3GHz for the game. Still, I suspect that this is one category where an upgrade would be worth the investment, since (correct me if I'm wrong) memory and a graphics card are easier to upgrade than a processor, should I want to improve this system a year from now. But I don't understand the choices: "Dual-core" processors E2200 and E2220, for 1MB L2, and 2.2/2.4 GHz, for +$60/+$80, respectively. Or "Core2 Duo" and "Core2 Quad" for 3MB/8MB, and +$140/+$190, respectively.
I did a bit of research through Google and was able to fi... Read more

Answer:Solved: Need Advice on specs for a budget PC

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I am looking for:
Something that can run BF3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Planetside 2, AC3, Black Ops II and Watchdogs at their full glory.

I'll be using a 18.5" 1360x768 max resolution monitor. So, I will not be running anything at 1920x1080. So please suggest a GPU that can run all the above games at full graphics at 1360x768.

I was able to build this. Are all the parts balanced? At the resolution I am running at will the GPU process things very quickly and the processor will find it difficult to cope up with the GPU? Or is this Or is this build fine?
Thanks in advance!
I had posted this thread in Beginners tech help forum by mistake...

Answer:Budget Gaming Rig looking for expert advice (Please Help).

Some junk txt in the first post. Here is what i wanted to say.
I am looking for:
Something that can run BF3, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Planetside 2, AC3, Black Ops II and Watchdogs at their full glory.

I'll be using a 18.5" 1360x768 max resolution monitor. So, I will not be running anything at 1920x1080. So please suggest a GPU that can run all the above games at full graphics at 1360x768.

I was able to build this. Are all the parts balanced? At the resolution I am running at will the GPU process things very quickly and the processor will find it difficult to cope up with the GPU? Or is this build fine?
Thanks in advance!

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I need a laptop for
* streaming video (NetFlix, Sky Go, Amazon video ) via HDMI cable to my 22 inch 1080p LCD TV
* LogMeIn to my work desktop
* general web browsing
I have a budget of around 400 - 500.
Would a 6th Generation Core i3 with 8GB RAM be good enough or do I need Core i5 or 7th Generation?
Thanks for your help and advice

Answer:Advice on budget laptop config

Also, no gaming, but will use Skype video.
We have a fast broadband internet connection

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I apologize if I am treading long-trodden territory here, but I figured that I would seek some input before I gather up components for my first PC build. I am trying to limit myself to $600-$650 due to budgetary constraints. Here is what I have so far:

CPU- Athlon64 3000+ Venice Core (socket 939)
Motherboard- Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4
HD- Seagate Barracuda 80GB/8MB SATA
CD/DVD- LiteOn dual-layer DVDRW
RAM- Crucial 512MB PC3200 x 2
Video- ABIT RX600PRO-128 PCIE Radeon X600PRO 128MB DDR

The above is about $525 total on Newegg and I believe it includes all I need (I already have the monitor, a 120GB Seagate ATA for storage, and a copy of XP), minus the case/PSU. What is something good and reasonably (<=$85) priced with a good 24-pin PSU and front USB? Are there any changes to the above components that you would recommend? I am a bit iffy on the motherboard (though it's gotten generally positive reviews everywhere I've checked) and on the vid card. I'm not a heavy gamer and don't care whether or not I can get 90fps at 1280x1040 in Doom 3, but I want something that performs acceptably and has a stable set of drivers.

Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated... This whole process feels greatly intimidating to me and I am nervous about choosing crappy components and running into trouble. Thanks!

Answer:Building a new (budget) Athlon64 PC- Advice?

That's a pretty good setup.

I'd consider the vnf4ultra motherboard(it's nforce 4 ultra and cheap), I have it and will recommend it.

I don't know how much you are paying for the ram, but corsair vs ram (cas 2.5) is only about $80 on newegg now.

You probably won't find a decent case with a 24 pin psu of any quality for your price. You can get a cheap psu (that's still decent) and a cheap case, and maybe have what you want.

Example: cheap case

Cheap, but ok 24pin psus

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Hi all,

I'm quite stuck on getting a PC case which will help with cooling. I'm looking for the best case at cooling in the 70 range. The case has to be big enough for graphic card upgrades (I currently have 5850 XFX Black Editions in crossfire). Examples of cases I've looked at are the Carbide 300R, HAF 912 Plus and Fractal Design R4. Please can anyone advise of the best case (in this class?) in the UK. I'm happy to add additional case fans to get better cooling!

Answer:PC Case advice for better cooling (budget @£60-£80)

Well since im going to assume air cooling I have a couple of options that I personally like for those types of systems:

NZXT Phantom Mid Tower

Corsair 400R or the 300R are both great options

There are many more but those are a few near your price point I recommend. I like the NZXT Phantom cases the most because of their room, expandability, and overall sleek look.

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I'm building this rig strictly for gaming and don't need to spend anymore than whats allready put into it. Does it all look compatible ? The case is also very cheap but IMO looks decent and comes with a 480 PSU which is a nice plus. The RAM is "Value" which is ok for me b/c I don't intend on overclocking it and plan to buy a 2nd GB of RAM for it late Feburary. Am I missing anything ? I have keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and software allready. Thanks for comments and advice in advance !!

Computer Parts List

-Video Card - EVGA nVidia GeForce 6800 GT 256MB Retail $399.00 $5.00 SHP -

- Processor - AMD64 3500+ Socket 939 Newcastle Core Retail $265.00 Free SHP -

- Motherboard - MSI K8T NEO2-FIR VIA K8T800 Socket 939 Retail $117.50 $4.99 SHP -

- Memory 1 GB Corsair Value Select 2x512MB DDR PC-3200 OEM $152.00 Free SHP -

- Hard Drive - Western Digital SE 120GB 7,200 RPM 8MB Buffer $78.00 $4.69 SHP -

- Case - Logisys Black/Silver Skyrise ATX Case with 480 PSU $35.00 $15.99 SHP -

- Optical Drive - Lite-On 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive OEM Bulk Pack $38.99 $5.00 SHP - Read more

Answer:Need Advice and Opinions on My Budget Gaming Rig !

Custom sound card, just buy it. Other than that, nice rig!

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"I guess I'm just looking for expert advice on the best I can do.."

I'm going to have 400$ to spend after holidays, and decided I mine as well upgrade as I've been wanting to do for awhile now. All I'm going to need is a case (ATX I assume), motherboard and processor.

Currently have:
Antec 480-W 12V PSU
WD Caviar 300GB HD
Radeon 9800 PRO 128 MB (Does fine for now, thank you
DVD-RW Drive
M-Audio 9268 Sound Card

Currently need:

So - I'm thinking of a mobo with AGP and PCI-E, which I did find the ASROCK for 70$, which features that, 1000mhz FB, and up to 4Gig of 3200 Ram. I'm liking that. Also leaning towards AMD 3500, found that for about 200$.

I guess I'm just looking for expert advice on the best I can do, any help is truely appreciated.


Answer:ADVICE: 400$ Budget for Mobo, CPU and Case

The aspire X-Navigator is a really good case. There are two versions, an aluminum one, and a steel one. Steel is $99 and Aluminum is $150. The Steel one is better. It doesn't have a good psu though you said you didn't need one. The athlon 64 3700 is a really good cpu. And the Asus A8N-SLI is the best motherboard out there. Here are links to all items.




Total, these will cost $450, but you will have a really upgradable path. The CPU has more built on Ram then the 3500. Good Luck.

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Ok so this is going to be the first PC that I have built, Im trying to build a budget gaming PC and after reading loads of articles i've come up with a list of hardware but I need some advice on PSU , Case and heatsink / cooling

So my budget is about 500 and am buying form or
Here is the list of components soo far

Processor = AMD Phenom II X2 Black edition @ 3.2GHz
Mobo = Asus M4A79XTD Evo AMD 790X
GPU = MSI HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 (Going to Crossfire in future when more Gfx needed)
HDD = Standard 500GB Sata hard drive
CD/DVD = Standard 24x CD/DVD RW sata connector

So as for RAM, I know that I want DDR3 and probably 1333 Mhz as it is in my budget range, what I dont understand is whether I want "unbuffered" ram or "1.5v" ? What does this mean?

As for PSU, I have looked and looked and am still lost in the woods. Any recommendations for a Good value PSU that will power this system

CPU heat sink - Is it necessary to Buy a custom heat sink or will the stock heat sink do ?

Finally I am in need of a cheap gaming case that will keep my system cool but I don't want to spend much on it! Any Recommendations?

Thanks in advance

Answer:First time budget build, need advice

How much are your abobve components adding up to? Based on that we could recommend the remaining stuff.

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What I have:

Dell Dimension 3000
Motherboard without AGP or PCI-E slots
256mb PCI Radeon 9250 video card
2.8ghz Pentium 4 processor
512mb DDR RAM

What I want:

New motherboard that is cheap but upgradable
New case to fit said motherboard
New video card so I can play games like Battlefield 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2
Probably a second RAM chip so I can upgrade to a gig.

What I am asking:

What kind of motherboard and case can I get for cheap? Obviously the main feature I am looking for is just PCI-E slots and that the motherboard fits in the case, and 4 or more RAM slots. I can't figure out how to tell if my current processor and power supply will fit the new motherboard.

Is 1 gig of RAM enough these days? 512 has been doing me just fine with games like Half Life 2, Call of Duty 2, FEAR, etc....

What video card do I need? I'm looking for the cheapest one that will work with games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Battlefield 2, and similarly demanding games. The main problem I seem to be having with my current graphics card is that it is not compatible with Pixel Shaders 2.0. And that not only is it an older card but PCI is also less efficient.

Answer:Advice on upgrading my Dell on a budget

That's not an upgrade.. That's replacing the whole system

If you are looking for an upgradable mobo with a future, then your current RAM will probably be useless and your current processor too. So basically you are looking for a new computer here.

What is your budget? We need to know that in order to give any useful advice.

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Hello all, I have a budget of $641/350 ... ok the extra $1 I guess doesn't matter...anyway I already have an Audigy ZS Platinum Pro 2, and a Radeon 9700 Pro, CDRW and DVDRW, Case etc... but I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard, RAM, Hard Drive and Procesor ...I'm currently at 1024 cheap ddr memory, p4 2.4ghz and a 7200rpm 160 gig HD....but I will discard does anyone have any recommendations on this budget for hardware to buy? I could stretch the budget to a new case if anyone has any particular OC advice...also I'm interested in venturing into Ahtlon64 territory and S-ATA ...but only if the benefit would be apparent enough...

I play games, into sequencing and music creation as a hobby (so its not paramount), listen to music, and do the general PC useage... I guess the main area to focus on would be games peformance...thanks very much for reading, any and all advice from the hardware Guru's is muchly appreciated!


Answer:$641/£350 Budget: Mobo/Ram/HD/CPU Advice Wanted

AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - Retail ( fan included ) - $223
MSI nForce3 250 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8N Neo Platinum" (MS-7030) -RETAIL - $145
Kingston HyperX 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - $140
Seagate 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST3120026AS, OEM - $97

Total -> $605

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Hello, TSG!

I am currently working on a budget, 1080p, some-what high settings gaming tower.

Here is what I have come up with:
(I'll be including Newegg part numbers for more info on the hardware than I can't put here)

AMD FX-6350 Vishera 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-1GD Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB <-- Will eventually be partnered with an OS on an SSD. Just not now.

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333

A few notes:

-I really wasn't sure about going with the 7850 or the 7790, I decided on the 7850 only due to it performing 73% better at higher resolutions. I'm gaming hopefully on High @ 1080p.
-Went with that PSU due to wattage, red LED, and modular. Anything more efficient I'd be open for.
-WD Black is just a 5yr warranty version of the Blue, and 500GB is plenty for a bunch of games.
-I also went back and forth from the 6350 and the 8320. The difference in price is the only reason besides similar performance that I went with the 6350; and that they're both Vishera.

Any advice on what be better either for price or performance? Much appreciated!

Answer:Budget Build HW List Advice

You may need to start over, that motherboard appears to no longer be available at newegg.

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I've recently become interested in building my own pc. I'd like for it to be compatible with Windows and a couple distros of Linux. I do have a decent amount of money, but I'd prefer if it were a budget pc. I really wouldn't need a processor over 2.4GHz, and I'm not looking for top of the line parts either. I was just wondering if there were any sites you could recommend that had cheap parts. I would also be grateful for any recommendations on parts to go with. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

Answer:Budget advice on building XP/Linux compatible box

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As far as my knowledge can take me, I'm still a noob compared to the collective knowledge of my fellow tech spot members, who, after a year of membership and advice, I call my friends.

Te help I request is as you may have guessed, I am look thinking of building a gaming PC, with a low budget.

My budget is :
Currently : 160 - 160
(-40 for holiday) - 120
+40 August pocket money - 160
+ (250-300) Results Day - 410-460
+40 September pocket money - 450-500
+40 October 490-540
+40 November 530-580
+40 December 570-620
(-120 for GF Christmas+Birthday) 450-500
(+100-150) Christmas 550-650

Sorry, had to do the math and thought I'd share it with you!

So I could potentially have anywhere between 550 and 650

Now for my minimal specs :
Any Graphics Card above 1000 (
At least a quad core
Water cooled
Sound card not too important

If anyone finds a setup that fits this then thank you so much for your time and effort!

Answer:Requesting advice for building a budget gaming PC

I vote for the graphics adapter as being the single most important factor in a gaming PC.

Out of your choices the monitor would be the second most important. However without adequate power to the graphics card it would be rendered useless, so I believe the Power Supply would be the second most important factor in gaming.

With CPU gaining in performance and becoming less of a factor in gaming, I would give the CPU the third most important position.

If you had included the Power Supply and CPU in your pole above, I would have made the monitor fourth most important factor. After all what good is being able to view a good picture if you can't produce the picture with better quality parts listed in the top three I mentioned above.

In my opinion RAM and Sound Cards would have very little importance as RAM is not all that expensive to purchase and on-board sound is usually sufficient.

I noticed you are looking for a gaming card and referenced to the Passmark benchmarks of 1000 as a recommended score. You might should consider looking at cards that will score at least 2000.

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Ok guys, I was considering this build for a budget Water Cooled System, but didnt know if I should go with Intel or AMD for the Processor. Take a look at this build for me and let me know which config, in your opinion, whould you go with.

I used for this build, becuase I know they are great with quality and speed. Keep in mind that I know there are many better components out there, but I'm trying to keep it around $1,000. Thanks

~~~Intel Build~~~

Titan Water case TWC-A88 Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $219.49
Rosewill RD450-2-DB ATX V2.2 450W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, FCC - Retail $36.99
ASUS P5NSLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $98.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail $313.00
EVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950GT KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $249.99 ($234.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory - Retail $83.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120811AS 120GB ... Read more

Answer:Advice on Budget Water Cooled Gamer

comments? please?

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Hello friends,

Below is a list of parts for a low budget PC that grandpa and grandson hope to build. Could you please take a look and see if the parts are suitable for a low end PC for general duties around the house?
Light video games, internet browsing, MS Flight/Train simulator.
NO on line gaming, movie downloads, SLI/XF, etc.
We raided our piggy banks and have about $700 to spend.
We thank you for any help and assistance.

Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120MM Fan 34A 80+ Black

Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM

ASUS Radeon HD 6670 810MHZ 1GB 4GHZ DDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort DirectX 11 PCI-E Video Card

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3 HDMI DVI VGA Motherboard

Intel Pentium Dual Core G850 Processor LGA1155 2.9GHZ 3MB Retail Box

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM


Answer:Grandpa/grandson low budget PC project advice

I built this PC for myself 2 weeks ago and I LOVE IT!!! It will easily last me the next 3-5 years before I would have to do any MAJOR upgrade.

Antec 300 case $35
Intel i5 2500k cpu
Asus p8z68-v lx motherboard (bundled with cpu for $250)
OCZ ZX series 650w power supply $80
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB ($145 after rebate from newegg)
SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive ($125)
8GB Corsair XMS 1600 RAM ($45)
Samsung DVD-R OEM ($20)
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Please note that HDD prices are triple what they should be due to the mass flooding in Taiwan. If you buy your listed HDD now you will pay the same as a 1 Terabyte HDD in a few months. The SSD drive will be MUCH MUCH faster and will get you through the price increase. and you can add a mechanical drive in the future. SSD will easily hold Win OS, most frequently used software and games.

Any reason for a Micro-ATX board?
..... we are here to help Grandpa!!

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Question: Buying a tablet PC

Hi. I'm thinking of buying a tablet PC to help me take notes, as I'm going to start part-time study next year. I'm hoping it will save me time in typing up my handwritten notes after class. However, I recently read that tablet PCs can't convert handwriting to Word - is this true? If not, then can anyone recommend a good one? I've heard some potential problems can be calibration of the stylus and 'phantom mouse' problems i.e. if you touch the screen by accident, then the cursor ends up somewhere you don't want it. I'd be grateful for any advice, as I need to get a new laptop before the end of next month. Thanks.

Answer:Buying a tablet PC

is to buy a laptop, rather than a tablet PC.

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I want to buy a tablet+pen also some image editing software (like photoshop) except i have no clue want make, brand wahtever to get!

I've heard that Wacom is a good brand but if someone can suggest some software compatible with a tablet+pen, and also suggest a fairly decent tablet+pen.

Tablet+Pen = Max Price : 200/$390
Software = Max Price : 120/$230

If possible try and suggest a slightly cheaper product than the max price, i just would appreciate some suggestions of a tablet+pen and some image editing software.


Answer:Help buying Tablet+Pen and Software.

I have used a Wacom tablet in that price range as well as a few other brands. Personally I think for the money they are not worth it at all. I do a fair amount of drawing and trying to draw on one of those was very frustrating. I have played with a really more expensive one that was very smooth. I loved it, but it was around $2400. IF you plan on using the Wacom, see if you can by chance test it out first. Also the pen was very odd to use to me. I would highly recommend PhotoShop as well, I use it a lot. But for the price range for software you list, this program is not in the ball park.

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Hello, I have been learning about how to build my own pc recently. I am very new so I don't know what I should do yet.
Is AMD 64 the best way to go? I'd like to build a machine as cheaply as possible while getting the most bang for my buck.

I am upgrading from a 2001 eMachine so it won't take a lot to blow me away. The main thing I guess is being able to play the newest games at decent graphics settings while maintaining good frames per secs.

I've been told that AMD 64 is much better and it doesn't seem a lot more expensive. I see the front side bus and memory used for AMD 64 mobos are better. And if I want to go PCI Express I think that's the only way. On the other hand I've read that very few programs are 64 bit and I wonder how many games are utilizing the 64 bit technology at the present? Or how much that effects speeds.

If I get a 64 bit system, I won't be able to afford anything other than Win XP Home. I'm not sure what that will mean. I'm hoping I can find one for around 60 bucks.
I'm going to be on a very limited budget for the foreseeable future. Though, I don't want to make a decision that I will regret later on either.
Of course it would be good not to have to upgrade in a year.

I've been trying to learn about AMD 64 technology and just how much better it is than 32.
The AMD 64 3000 is listed at 1.8 Ghz freq:

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Answer:Gaming Machine/first build----AMD 32 or 64?? Fairly limited budget...Advice?

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Hello,I plan to buy a X61 tablet from this ebay IBMfactoryoutlet store: advertise it as Authorized Business Parter and most of the system are listed with 3-year warranty and seal box.   How do I verify the warrantee and part number before buying?  Also, are they refurbish or brand new system The model/part listed as 7764CTO.Thanks for your help & advice!

Answer:buying X61 tablet from ebay ibmfactoryoutlet

You would probably have to get the model and serial number for the machine you want to purchase, and you can check Lenovo's website for warranty status/info.  7764CTO is the same model I have...I believe the "CTO" means it was customized and 7764 probably refers to the screen/processor combination chosen.

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I'm a swimming coach wanting to buy a tablet for two main purposes:

Be able to download videos from youtube for my swimmers to watch at a later time whilst the tablet will be offline
A camera for the recording of diving, etc for the swimmers to look at their techniques and pick out issues.

I only have a Kindle at the minute for reading and find the apps etc very restrictive. I have no idea about tablets so would really appreciate any advice you could throw my way!
Many thanks in advance :)

Answer:Buying a tablet ... No idea where to start!!

At the top of this page to the right of PC ADVISOR there is link 'Tablets' where you will find lots of articles full of info to have a browse through. Most tablets will be suitable, but the better the rear camera (more pixels) the better the resolution. Also to take into account is the amount of storage available and if you are wanting to show the vids you record on a tv or monitor then a HDMI port is best, also look for those that have a usb port as well, so that it's easy to connect to your pc to transfer files.

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With 2018 here! and no new Tablets on the horizon from any of the big names Dell, HP, Samsung ect.which new old stock or used or refurb Tablet are you planning on buying if any!I own a surface 3 and still use it all the time as a Tablet and very rarely do I use the keyboard, that's my Fav go to Device. I own a Toshiba Encore 2 I bought in 2014 I just reinstalled Win 10m on it it still runs great with a Intel Atom Processor 1.44GHZ w/1GB of ram, I use it to test the insider Builds on the Fast Ring.Besides using my Phone, (Alcatel Idol 4S or my Galaxy S8) both active on AT&T, I love a Tablet I can't stand Lap tops any more after having a tablet, u can't carry a Lappy in Ur hand while using it way to awkward to use. A Tablet is way more easier tp use in the hand. if I replace the Toshiba Tablet I found this which the rat6ings aren't to bad on it for what I use it for.Price wise $72.95 it's cheap good way to test the builds and have my surface 3 on Public Builds with no issues.
Here is what I've found on Amazon for a tablet With an 8" Full HD IPS touchscreen (1920 x 1200), 10-finger multi-touch support; Cameras: 2MP front, 5MP rear Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core Processor 1.33 GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz; Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory 2GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz Memory, 32GB eMMC SSD storage. No Optical Drive 1xMicro SD, 802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth, 1 Micro USB (also used for power, cannot be used while charging), 1x Micro HDMI, 1x H... Read more

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Hello,I am considering buying a ThinkPad X Series Tablet however I am not sure how well it will work with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4. I normally use a drawing tablet with Corel for both vectored artwork and photo editing however I feel it would be nice to be able to use the pen right on the screen instead of drawing or editing on a tablet off to the side which means watching both the screen and tablet at once. Anyone have any experience with Thinkpad X tablet with Corel draw? Thank youKimberly

Answer:Before Buying Question - Corel Draw with ThinkPad X Series Tablet

if corel supports tablet input from a wacom drawing tablet (ie: intuos3, bamboo, etc.) then it will also work with an X-series tablet.   you might need to install wacom tablet drivers to gain pressure sensitivity and tilt functionality though. i used photoshop with my former X61T using wacom drivers and it worked great.

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Question: T60 Buying Advice

Hello Everyone, My old IBM A30 is on the verge of dying and I was thinking/planning on buying a T60. I am planning on having a 15 inch, 1.66-2.00GHZ processor, 1GB RAM, 128mb graphics card, and a 60-100GB Hard Drive, probably with XP Pro. Are there any problems that I should be aware of with this series/configuration? Anything at all that I should know? Any comments and advice would be much appreciated. I was also wondering if Windows 7 is a good idea?  Thanks

Answer:T60 Buying Advice

The T60 is actually very robust, the T60p has problem of overheating when you get the T7xxx CPU. What you want is the T60 with the X1400 GPU. As far as i know, the ATI on the T60 doesn't support the Aero feature of the Win 7. If you want the 64 bit OS and Virtulisation, you would need the T5xxx and T7xxx CPU series.

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I have been looking at a pc and I wanted to know how well it would run with some certain games. The pc is: click here . I wanted to know whether it would run games like Arma III, Rust, Space Engineers or Garry's Mod. Would it run well?

Answer:I need advice on buying a pc.

Your first job is to Google those games and "system requirements". That'll take you to pages like this which will tell you the minimum and recommended hardware. Generally, I'm guessing you'll find that it's the relatively cheap graphics card in the configuration you're talking about that lets you down. In the case of Arma II, for example, your proposed system meets the minimum spec for the game (which would give you a barely adequate gameplay experience) but falls well short of the graphics card noted as 'recommended'. The processor and memory in the system you have in mind are good; I'd have questions about the power supply (it's adequate wattage, but doesn't specify the manufacturer and it's an area you don't want to skimp); but the graphics card isn't a very good one.

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