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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by tsukihanyou, Apr 14, 2008.

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  1. tsukihanyou

    tsukihanyou Thread Starter

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    Okay. I know pretty much nothing about the specifications of computers. So, I have little to no idea if the computer I'm looking into is good or not. It would be really appreciated if someone could let me know if for the price (a little under $500) this is a good computer. Oh, and I realize Vista sucks, but I can't get anything else, so...
    Anyway...
    Here are the specs:

    Processor Brand
    Intel®
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    Processor
    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
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    Processor Speed
    1.8GHz
    #
    System Bus
    800MHz
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    Cache Memory
    1MB at die Level 2
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    System Memory (RAM)
    1GB
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    System Memory (RAM) Expandable To
    4GB
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    Type of Memory (RAM)
    DDR2 SDRAM
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    Hard Drive Type
    SATA (7200 rpm)
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    Hard Drive Size
    320GB
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    Graphics
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
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    Video Memory
    128MB (dedicated); up to 251MB (allocated by Windows Vista)
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    MPEG
    Yes
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    Audio
    High-definition (6-speaker support)
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    Modem
    56 Kbps*
    *Capable of receiving 56 Kbps downloads. However, current regulations limit download speed to 53 Kbps.
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    Network Card
    Built-in high-speed 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
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    Wireless Networking
    None
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive
    Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive Speeds
    8x DVD+R DL, 8x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 12x DVD-RAM; 40x32x40 CD-ROM
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    Direct-Disc Labeling
    Yes
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    Digital Media Reader or Slots
    No
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    Total Expansion Bays
    External: 1 (3.5"), 2 (5.25"); Internal: 2 (3.5")
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    Available Expansion Bays
    External: 1 (5.25"); Internal: 1 (3.5")
    #
    Total Expansion Slots
    1 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2
    #
    Available Expansion Slots
    2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16
    #
    USB 2.0 Ports
    6 (2 front, 4 rear)
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    IEEE 1394 Ports
    None
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    S-Video Outputs
    None
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    Serial Ports
    None
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    Parallel Ports
    None
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    Game Ports
    None
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    Keyboard Description
    Compaq
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    Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)
    Compaq scroll mouse
    #
    Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
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    Software Included
    HP Photosmart Essential; Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe; Microsoft Works 9.0 and more

    Thanks for the help! Oh, and does anyone know how you get a computer downgraded to XP? Do you just ask the store to do it? Will it cost more?
     
  2. nuaeman

    nuaeman

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    That spec suppose to be good. Its not so hard to get computer downgrade to XP but you need to reformat I think. If you afford to pay it doenst matter to ask store to do it. Normally the cost not so high.
     
  3. ferrija1

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    The processor and RAM are the bottlenecks of that system. Get at least at Core 2 Duo and 2GB of RAM. A video card with 256MB of VRAM would help a lot, too.
     
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