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  1. Sanoka

    Sanoka Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone, me again, I think that I will have alot of ?'s in the near future.:D

    Today I would like to know what is the bare minimum system to run winxp pro, office 2007, adobe reader & photoshop. There will also be more software but these are needed.

    All advice/opinions welcome

    Thank you
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Do you have a budget in mind? Do you want to build or buy?
     
  3. headscan69

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    Hi,
    Straight from Microsoft for Win XP Prof:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/upgrading/sysreqs.mspx

    Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Professional
    •PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

    • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

    • 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*

    • Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

    • CD-ROM or DVD drive

    • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

    This would be bare minimum. Most PC bundles (case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc) now a days come with all this and more. With what you described to run, the memory part should be at least 1 GB if not 2 GB, video card should be at least a AGP (8X) card if not a PCI-Express for video quality and cpu should be above 3 GHz.
     
  4. Sanoka

    Sanoka Thread Starter

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    No budget yet, just interested to know what the bare minimum is. I am dealing with the fallout from previous worker and need to some good info. I am taking over the job but my experience is limited. I have a good idea that what has been build is very inferior but really need this confirmed.

    What I have is:
    2 gig processor
    intel 4 mobo
    256 ram
    and onboard video and audio
    300w psu and 1 fan

    Thanks for you help
     
  5. Sanoka

    Sanoka Thread Starter

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    THanks Headscan69. This pretty much confirms that what we received is very inferior and now looking at upgrades....what a mess.
     
  6. brite750

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    this should be fine, i would up the ram to 512, i think you mean 2ghz processor, not 2 gig, intel Pentium 4
     
  7. Sanoka

    Sanoka Thread Starter

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    Thanks Brite 750, that is what I meant.

    These systems are working but are getting "not enough memory" msgs when running multiple apps. This is in an office environment and the systems are 4 mths old.
     
  8. brite750

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    yeah some of my engineers have like 25-30 tabs open then wonder why they run low on mem. 512 is min, 1gig wouldnt hurt.
     
  9. Sanoka

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    Yes, but mine are only running a couple of apps and maybe an IE window or 2. My kids have more on their play pc than these have.
     
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