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    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 13th Oct 18, 9:09 PM
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    Updating desktop
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    • 13th Oct 18, 9:09 PM
    Updating desktop 13th Oct 18 at 9:09 PM
    Is there a website I can use to check my desktop to see what upgrades I could do to make it a decent pc again, or if its just better to get a new one? Its about 5 years old, I've already upgraded the memory.
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    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 13th Oct 18, 9:26 PM
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    Install an ssd if you haven't already done so.

    How much ram have you got at the moment?
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 13th Oct 18, 9:37 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 9:37 PM
    An SSD will certainly make it start faster - but what CPU does the PC have, and what do you use the PC for? Is it Windows 10?
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 13th Oct 18, 10:00 PM
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    I just put in 2 x 512mb ddr, it was what MrMemory suggested about 2 years ago, but I stopped using it about then when I got a laptop, but now I'd like to get it running again.
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 13th Oct 18, 10:19 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 10:19 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 10:19 PM
    I know it needs a new graphics card, how do I( find a compatible one?
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 13th Oct 18, 11:13 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:13 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:13 PM
    How about you tell us what you have now and we can look it up? What is your computer brand and model number?
    • zaax
    • By zaax 13th Oct 18, 11:23 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:23 PM
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    • 13th Oct 18, 11:23 PM
    Windows is the problem, use Ubuntu instead
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    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 14th Oct 18, 9:36 AM
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    • 14th Oct 18, 9:36 AM
    sounds old if the recommended memory upgrade was only 1GB. It might not be worth spending money on.
    download cpu-z from here, on page download (part way down page on left hand side -purple box 'setup english 32 and 64 bit version' )and install this will give you all the information we need to ask about your system.
    • that
    • By that 14th Oct 18, 9:50 AM
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    • 14th Oct 18, 9:50 AM
    try speccy, the free one. it will probably tell you more than you wish to know.

    At 5 years old, the most bang for your buck is SSD. A better graphics card and cpu upgrade could be beneficial, but often not by much.

    Take a roman chariot and strap on a jet engine, the chariot will be faster - if it can hold the weight, but if you want real speed you have to buy a new plane
    Last edited by that; 14-10-2018 at 10:07 AM. Reason: spelling
    • yccheok91
    • By yccheok91 14th Oct 18, 10:50 AM
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    Maybe you need to let us know, what is the usage purpose of your desktop? (Gaming, Internet Surfing, Video watching, Document editing, ...) Then, we can suggest accordingly. As, different usage purpose does have different hardware requirements.
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 14th Oct 18, 11:30 AM
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    Its a dell Dimension 1100
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 14th Oct 18, 11:53 AM
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    I mostly use it for the internet, but there were a couple of things I tried to download that can't work with windows XP, only windows 7 but the windows 7 upgrade says I need a new graphics card.
    But If I get an ssd and switch to Ubuntu that might be enough?
    I'm off to work now, be back around 5. :-)
    • that
    • By that 14th Oct 18, 1:38 PM
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    in a year and 2 months windows 7 will be obsolete - End of life 14, January, 2020. I would not invest time in it.

    Windows 8.1, which is carp, end of life 10, January 2023

    Go to https://distrowatch.com/ and pick a popular linux distro from that, if you are unsure what you want linux wise. A 100000 lemmings can't be wrong

    End of the day, the best os is the one that works for you, and and one you can get along with it. For most this is windows, but does not have to be. Price-wise one is free, and the other is about 5 or less thanks to ebay
    Last edited by that; 14-10-2018 at 1:42 PM.
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 14th Oct 18, 4:50 PM
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    Windows is about 5 on ebay?
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 14th Oct 18, 5:46 PM
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    dell dimension 1100 thats a pentium 4 was it new 5 years ago when you bought it?
    Probably won't run (or badly run) any newer version of windows (2GB max memory). I would download a linux disto and try it without the SSD first you might be surprised how much better it is.
    • hampshirebabe
    • By hampshirebabe 14th Oct 18, 7:26 PM
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    It was new, but thinking about it it was probably a lot longer than 5 years ago. I've just spent an hour reading up on Ubuntu, which sounds doable, is linux disto about the same? Can I try it before I install it completely?

    Ubuntu is a Linux disto, so that would do it?
    Last edited by hampshirebabe; 14-10-2018 at 7:41 PM.
    • that
    • By that 14th Oct 18, 9:37 PM
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    Windows is about 5 on ebay?
    Originally posted by hampshirebabe
    Well you download the software from ms, and get the official key from ebay for 2.97
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WINDOWS-10-PRO-64-BIT-OFFICIAL-PRODUCT-CODE-KEY-GLOBAL-INSTANT-DELIVERY/202470100680?epid=1353442741

    you can buy 32/64 version for 3.77

    The whole windows installation software with key for 5.38, from Australia
    Last edited by that; 14-10-2018 at 9:46 PM.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 15th Oct 18, 6:30 AM
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    Well you download the software from ms, and get the official key from ebay for 2.97
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WINDOWS-10-PRO-64-BIT-OFFICIAL-PRODUCT-CODE-KEY-GLOBAL-INSTANT-DELIVERY/202470100680?epid=1353442741

    you can buy 32/64 version for 3.77

    The whole windows installation software with key for 5.38, from Australia
    Originally posted by that
    a pentium 4 with 1GB memory isn't going to run windows 10 64bit, so this is bad advice.
    • mksysb
    • By mksysb 15th Oct 18, 8:06 AM
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    Ubuntu use Gnome3 which uses lots of memory. You should use Xubuntu which uses xfce as the desktop and will run very nicely on low memory.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 15th Oct 18, 8:50 AM
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    And to answer the other question ... most Linux distros have a Live CD option where you can boot from CD/DVD (or USB pendrive) and run a fully-working "demo" of the distro. You could do this with several different ones to find which one you prefer ... once you've selected it then the Live CD will let you install it on your PC. (Make sure you've backed up all your data beforehand ... and remember that your Windows programmes won't run natively on Linux).
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