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Withins Avatar
9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
I currently have a Mesh computer.
Processor: AMD Athlon XP1700+ (1.4GHz)
Mainboard: Asust A7A266E
Memory 768MB.

The computer is proving very slow to startup and load programs.
I only use it to surf, word, excel, store & play music and store and edit photos. Not for gaming.
I am 71 yrs old and don't know that much about computers.
I'm happy with my flat screen, mouse and keyboard.
Can anybody out there recommend a new much faster computer? It must have at least 4 USB2's, a cd/dvd player and cd/dvd writer, although I could pinch these from my existing machine easily, but I would need slots to put them in. Regarding sound, do I need a seperate sound card or one integrated in the motherboard?

Any help would be welcome, as I get confused whilst reading the jargon in magazines....

Kind regards

Withins :thinking:
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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#1
* Moved to deal requests forum *

Welcome to HUKD Withins!
#2
Can you give us a budget, (max your willing to spend please).
#3
Do you regularly run "cleaning " utilities on your PC to rid it of the junk that may be slowing it down??..yes it is an old spec but running a few utilities could speed it up..also do you run Norton anti virus cos that'll slow it down...far better off with a freebie like AVG.

So may I suggest that you try running some utilities ..if you haven't already done so....let us know and we can give some links for you to download some free reliable cleaning software.
#4
Just for a tower about £500 quid.....
#5
me thinks there's another case here for the Comet recommendation..what do you think beerman1??
#6
Yes I do clean weekly.
I use Reg. Mechanic, CCleaner,Diskeeper, AVG antivirtus & Antispy.

Thanks for the suggestions....

withins
#7
http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=355232

take a look at this

3.5% Quidco cashback and free delivery for the 5 to 8 day option.

this should meet your needs
#8
just to add it has integrated sound and graphics.
#9
Thanks Curry chops, I forgot to say, I would really like XP Pro installed, or can I get 'Files and settings Transfer Wizard' and 'Save my Office settings Wizard' with the home edition?

I can't really start all over again with the office and window settings, my present system is XP Pro. No real CD, just a re-start from scratch type - don't know what you call these....

Withins
#10
Yeah Curry mate, it looks like the £300 deal again. ;)

What do you mean u can't start again with your office settings and Windows settings?

Can't you just save all of your office data onto disk or usb and transfer it over to the new PC?

As for Windows settings, these would have to be done from scratch anyway, not sure what your on about here though mate.
#11
Withins
Thanks Curry chops, I forgot to say, I would really like XP Pro installed, or can I get 'Files and settings Transfer Wizard' and 'Save my Office settings Wizard' with the home edition?

I can't really start all over again with the office and window settings, my present system is XP Pro. No real CD, just a re-start from scratch type - don't know what you call these....

Withins


Yes but this comes with a free Windows Vista Premium update..which you get direct from acer...you have what's called a "recovery disc" from Mesh.

The Windows Media Center Edition comes with the files and settings transfer wizard..so having set up your system you can then upgrade to Vista..if you wish?
#12
Thank you both, currychops and beerman1 for your advice. I've got all my documents on an external hd. inc. windows settings. So it looks as if there won't be any problem. I'm just a born worrier when it comes to things I don't fully understand.... the great unknown. When I go to PC world everyone else seems to be walking around full of confidence, I just feel amazed at all the new stuff.
Anyway, thanks again for your reco. I'll def. visit Curry's for a look-see. The spec looks good. What do you recon on Vista? MS always seems to make a mess when they bring something new out. I believe MS leave it up to us to sort their problems out, whatever they do there are always bugs....

Regards

Withins
#13
To be honest, I have done a lot of reading and Vista it is as stable as XP, but with a lot better driver support. It has been out in BETA form for a long time and they have ironed out most of the bugs.

Some people are knocking it before it comes as a retail product, but I just think those are the people who would knock it even if it were the best thing anything could have hoped for.
#14
Withins
Thank you both, currychops and beerman1 for your advice. I've got all my documents on an external hd. inc. windows settings. So it looks as if there won't be any problem. I'm just a born worrier when it comes to things I don't fully understand.... the great unknown. When I go to PC world everyone else seems to be walking around full of confidence, I just feel amazed at all the new stuff.
Anyway, thanks again for your reco. I'll def. visit Curry's for a look-see. The spec looks good. What do you recon on Vista? MS always seems to make a mess when they bring something new out. I believe MS leave it up to us to sort their problems out, whatever they do there are always bugs....

Regards

Withins


Just a reminder Withins...the Acer is at Comet....may not be in store but you can order online for instore collect.....remember if you sign up for quidco at [url]www.quidco.com[/url] you can earn cashback...3.5% for comet..all you do is log on to your quidco account and make the purchase using the Comet link from quidco...it's worth over £10 so worth the effort.
#15
back everything up, then do a new install of Windows xp. Machine will speed up immensly. Save yourself loadsamoney.
If you were happy with your pc at the start, you probably will be again.
#16
Withins
Just for a tower about £500 quid.....


What about a look at the Dell outlet? I bought a Dimension 9200 with 1GB memory and a DVD writer for my son for Christmas for £418 + vat & delivery. Cheapest with that spec is currently £440 +vat & del taking it to £517 all in. There are cheaper models that this such as the E520 currently starting at £260 + vat and delivery.

Here's the URLs which I got to by going to http://www.dell.co.uk, selecting desktops for home and then selecting the Dell Outlet link on the left of the page.

Dimension E520
http://outlet.dell.com/Emea_Dfo/EuDispatcher?target=InventoryPage&action=filter&lob=DIM&unique=1169133776369&sessionID=FvQQGXgP!-98869015!1383299314!1169133584407

Dimension 9200
http://outlet.dell.com/Emea_Dfo/EuDispatcher?target=InventoryPage&action=filter&lob=DIM&unique=1169133761870&sessionID=FvQQGXgP!-98869015!1383299314!1169133584407
#17
Hi

dont you have any local pc shops near you ? 500 is a lot to spend on a tower alone. A local computer shop will offer you more help than the people at pc world or comet they are usually too busy building their commision.

Vista i would stay away from there are still far too many bugs, in 12 months it may be ok when theyve added a service pack (i am a beta tester) but untill then its going to be a bit of hit and miss.

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