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November 24, 2013 3:01:44 PM

So Frys had a dell computer for $80 with and i5 3330 and 8gb ram 1tb hdd and windows 8. One of the employees told me that no one was buying that model so they stopped stocking it at that particular store and lowered the price. Now Windows 8 is not terrible in my opinion, but I know windows 7 inside and out, so I want to know is there any way to totally wipe a hdd including the locks on the bios on the motherboard so i can load my mothers copy of windows 7 that she got from Ivy tech.

P.S. how far behind is the 3330 from the 3570 and the 4670 in terms of gaming. and what sub $250 gpu would be good enough for this machine

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November 24, 2013 4:51:00 PM

For Dell Computers its a little bit complicating from switching back from Windows 8 Factory OS to the Windows 7. But i have tweaked my system to run it and it should work for you as well.

Instructions

1) Backup all your files on an external disk or a USB Drive.

2) Restart your computer with the Windows 7 CD and hit F12 to enter BIOS Setup

3) Change your SATA Operation from IDE to ACHI

4) Head over to Boot List Option and change it from "UEFI" to "Legacy"

5) Set you 1st Boot Priority to "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive" and 2nd Boot Priority to "Hard Drive"

6) Your system should restart and you can boot into the Windows 7 Installation

7) Delete all the partitions and Format your Hard Disk.

8) After the installation, head over to
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/th/en/jpdhs1/driver...

9) Key in your Service Tag and Download the Appropriate Drivers like "Sound, Ethernet, WiFi, Intel Graphics etc."

10) Install the drivers and restart. Your system should be running good as new.


*For the Graphic Card, mind letting me know the model of your Dell Computer?
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November 24, 2013 4:55:08 PM

re2vesharmen said:
For Dell Computers its a little bit complicating from switching back from Windows 8 Factory OS to the Windows 7. But i have tweaked my system to run it and it should work for you as well.

Instructions

1) Backup all your files on an external disk or a USB Drive.

2) Restart your computer with the Windows 7 CD and hit F12 to enter BIOS Setup

3) Change your SATA Operation from IDE to ACHI

4) Head over to Boot List Option and change it from "UEFI" to "Legacy"

5) Set you 1st Boot Priority to "CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive" and 2nd Boot Priority to "Hard Drive"

6) Your system should restart and you can boot into the Windows 7 Installation

7) Delete all the partitions and Format your Hard Disk.

8) After the installation, head over to
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/th/en/jpdhs1/driver...

9) Key in your Service Tag and Download the Appropriate Drivers like "Sound, Ethernet, WiFi, Intel Graphics etc."

10) Install the drivers and restart. Your system should be running good as new.


*For the Graphic Card, mind letting me know the model of your Dell Computer?


I haven't bought it yet but I plan too, on Wednesday when I get my paycheck
http://www.frys.com/product/7331444?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Alghough I said $250 dollar gpu, Im thinking about putting a 650 ti boost 2gb or 660, maybe a 660 ti if I find one on sale plus a new psu.
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December 23, 2013 4:52:13 AM

That would be great and your system will be running like a dream. Cheers
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