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New complete PC for about £200

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banned8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Hi guys, my father in law wants a new pc.
His currect PC is very slow despite me formatting it and installing XP fresh and adding 1gb memory to it.
He currenty has a Packard Bell Celeron 2.8ghz
1.25 gb ram.
80 gb ide hard drive and the usual on board rubbish.
He also has a very small 14" tft screen which is hurting his eyes.
Are there any packages out there for about £200 which is better than this?
Thanks guys.
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banned8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
upgrade the processor to a pentium 4 and you will see the improvement that you are looking for.

but try searching the forum first.... http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/169724/hp-dc7100-p4-2-8ghz-pc-system-with-/

this comp has a pentium 4 and so will be a massive improvement...
banned#2
its pretty much what he has already got except a propper intel processor. would it not be cheaper just to buy a p4 2.8 cpu from ebay and put it in?
i priced up a 17" tft, am2 mobo, 3600 x 2 amd am2 processor, 2gb ddr2 memory and a new case and that comes to £194, might see if he wants to use his existing ide hard drive and ide dvd drive. its an option i suppose.
i would prefer him to get a new pc though as i would get to have his as a "spare"
banned#3
if it was me.. i'd get him a new processor, give him my old monitor and get myself a new one.. :thumbsup:
banned#4
i have a brand new 22" syncmaster
banned#5
here are my babies!! 2x22" LGs
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm247/imranmaz/IMG_0732.jpg
#6
i like the 'sorry you were out' royal mail card...why do they always knock when i'm in the bathroom?!?!
banned#7
they are soooo annoying! i think it's my photo bank for when i go travelling! going to pick it up tomorrow...

the worst thing is i'm home all the time at the mo cause i'm doing my dissertation and they still manage to post the dammed thing without me noticing!

I know my hearing is fine cause i did that test posted a couple of days ago!! :-D
#8
I know it may seem slow but for £200 you are probably not going to get much quicker unless u really know a bit bout upgrading.
Some things to speed it up
1. remove the 256mb stick, will probably be causing mis-timings slowing things a bit
2. re-partition the hdd after booting from the cd creating a 2gb partition that is formatted in fat16
3. If using onboard video, install a separate gfx card any cheapcard will boost cpu performance by 20-30%
4. after re-installing windows move the swapfile to the fat16 partition and limit it to 512mb
5 clear out temp folder and defrag regularly
6. after installing all he needs go thru msconfig and stop all the rubbish loading on startup like schedulers etc
#9
See the Del Outlet deal

I bought an Inspiron 531 for £135 delivered (without monitor) for grand-daughter. Turns out its faster than my P4 2.8. So I kept it and gave her the P4 instead
banned#10
maddogb
I know it may seem slow but for £200 you are probably not going to get much quicker unless u really know a bit bout upgrading.
Some things to speed it up
1. remove the 256mb stick, will probably be causing mis-timings slowing things a bit
2. re-partition the hdd after booting from the cd creating a 2gb partition that is formatted in fat16
3. If using onboard video, install a separate gfx card any cheapcard will boost cpu performance by 20-30%
4. after re-installing windows move the swapfile to the fat16 partition and limit it to 512mb
5 clear out temp folder and defrag regularly
6. after installing all he needs go thru msconfig and stop all the rubbish loading on startup like schedulers etc


this is a good list... defragmenting makes a massive difference on small capacity drives.
banned#11
the dandy p
i like the 'sorry you were out' royal mail card...why do they always knock when i'm in the bathroom?!?!


it turned out to be the expensive ink cartridges you get for the canon mp210 deal a week ago... i thought i got the wrong ink in the box so they sent me extra... turns out you need to turn the printer on to put ink in! so got £41 worth of ink for free! and only paid £13.38 for the printer! bargain!
#12
maddogb
I know it may seem slow but for £200 you are probably not going to get much quicker unless u really know a bit bout upgrading.
Some things to speed it up
1. remove the 256mb stick, will probably be causing mis-timings slowing things a bit
2. re-partition the hdd after booting from the cd creating a 2gb partition that is formatted in fat16
3. If using onboard video, install a separate gfx card any cheapcard will boost cpu performance by 20-30%
4. after re-installing windows move the swapfile to the fat16 partition and limit it to 512mb
5 clear out temp folder and defrag regularly
6. after installing all he needs go thru msconfig and stop all the rubbish loading on startup like schedulers etc


Don't forget to poor the moondust into the DVD drive to keep it lubricated!

6. You can get rid of the system builder's software and any free trials but you don't really want to go messing about with the components of windows unless you know the entire extent of what they do, it's more hassle than it's worth.

5. Defragmenting may be worth doing occasionally, cleaning out the temp folder is pretty pointless and you're only making work for yourself.

4. While moving the swapfile to a seperate partition will stop it getting fragmented it also means it's on a different position on the drive so you'll see more hard drive activity, I'd leave it where it is unless you have a second hard drive.

3&1. Do you have any measured numbers for these claims?
#13
EndlessWaves
Don't forget to poor the moondust into the DVD drive to keep it lubricated!

6. You can get rid of the system builder's software and any free trials but you don't really want to go messing about with the components of windows unless you know the entire extent of what they do, it's more hassle than it's worth.

5. Defragmenting may be worth doing occasionally, cleaning out the temp folder is pretty pointless and you're only making work for yourself.

4. While moving the swapfile to a seperate partition will stop it getting fragmented it also means it's on a different position on the drive so you'll see more hard drive activity, I'd leave it where it is unless you have a second hard drive.

3&1. Do you have any measured numbers for these claims?


I have 20yrs of working with pcs, is that enough smartarse?
This is about draining the very last drop of performance out of a system whilst spending little money, quite obviously nothing u can do will turn this into a speed beast but unless you have any better suggestions STFU
#14
I feel that spec is more than enough for a 'nippy' enough system.

Apart from the things maddogb suggested, other things that'll quicken things up & will make things bigger/easier to view. Click on Apply/OK each time you make a change:

[SIZE=4]1.[/SIZE]In System properties > Advanced tab > Performance > Settings > Visual Effects > Custom, untick everything, except:
• Show shadows under mouse pointer
• Smooth edges of screen fonts
• And the last two in the list

[SIZE=4]2.[/SIZE]Turn on ClearType, & configure it accordingly.

[SIZE=4]3.[/SIZE]Right-click Desktop > Properties:

a. Appearance tab
• Under Font size, select Large or Extra Large fonts
• Click 'Effects' button: Tick 'Use the following....screen fonts' & select ClearType. Tick 'Use Large Icons'. Untick everything else
• Click 'Advanced' button: Under 'Item', select each in the drop-down list & increase the size of everything (it allows you to) including fonts, in small increments till you're happy with the results

b. Settings tab
• Click 'Advanced' button > General tab > DPI setting > Custom setting > Increase to 105% normal size (or whatever suits)

[SIZE=4]4.[/SIZE] Control Panel > Mouse > Pointers. Under 'Scheme', select 'Windows Standard (large)...' or 'Windows Standard (extra large)...'

If it wasn't for the above settings, my PC would be a bit slow & it would be harder to view things in 1440x900 res on my 19" TFT.

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