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upgrade or buy reconditioned

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jhig712419, Sep 21, 2008.

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  1. jhig712419

    jhig712419 Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2008

    hello there my current pc is packard bell with the following specification

    pentium 4
    512 mb ram
    windows xp

    however i have had it 3 years or so now and following a recent virus is running like a pile of junk,

    i have around £200 to spend and am wondering if to upgrade or buy a refurbished pc from pc world that i have seen for £180

    the refurbished one is a acer

    amd athlon
    2 gig memory
    windows vista.

    all i use my current pc for is internet, photos and mainly the football manger series of pc games.

    what should i do do i get a refurbished one or upgrade mine if i upgrade what do you recommend.

  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Why not just reformat the computer and start clean? I would suspect a Packard Bell would have a Recovery option built in or have CD's to recover it back to factory defaults. Just be sure to backup all your data before running it as it will erase it all.
  3. arknorth


    Oct 17, 2007
    And while you're doing that, possibly boost that RAM, seeing that you're running a 3.0GHz P4. You should be able to get it up to 2GBs at least.

  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    I concur with both suggestions from Triple6 and Arknorth. (y)

    A 3-year old computer has plenty of life left in it. Getting rid of 3 years worth of accumulated junk and problems and giving that computer a fresh start will do wonders for it. That's what I did with the 6-year old Gateway that I inherited. ;)

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