No it won't explode. If anything fails it'll likely be 99.99 percent within the first couple weeks and you can exchange it. alsi integrated graphigs will work, my buddy games age of conan on his samsung 22".
It will save you $40 over the one you are currently looking at. Also as its not for gaming a triple core should be more than able to support anything he can throw at it http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
That motherboard and processor combo saves you another 90, 10 of which will go towards switching to DDR3 but it will last longer and give more future cheap upgrade options
I have built the computer and everything is running fine! Thank you to everyone who assisted!
But I have now run into a snag... I need an operating system. I had an old Win XP Home edition, but no validation key and there are better versions availible for $99.
The end user of the computer really really prefers Win XP and would ideally want to skip over Vista and go straight to Win 7. But I have seen a free upgrade coupon from Vista to Win 7 and don't want to end up paying extra for an obsolete OS (Win XP)... The thing is I have NO experience in Vista and have only heard negative things, I am afraid it may be a little complex for him to use? Is it really as bad as everyone makes it out to be?
Should I try to tell him to suck it up and go with Vista for a few months until Win 7 comes out? Or ideally I want to find a really cheap Win XP to hold him over for a while.
Where is the best place to purchase OS's???
Thanks in advance!
Any suggestions here on operating systems would be very helpful.
That way they can try windows 7 for a bit and then they only have to pay for windows 7 when it comes out, be aware that you cannot upgrade from the RC to normal windows 7 and will have to do a clean install but you really should anyway.
You can either use the RC for a few months and then do a fresh install when the retail version comes out as suggested by hunter315, or you can get Vista SP1 with a free upgrade coupon to Windows 7. I, personally, would go the Vista to Windows 7 route since you can do an upgrade instead of a fresh install (even though a fresh install is always preferred).
No, Vista is not nearly as bad as the uninformed would have you believe. Most people who have actually used the OS know that it's a very stable OS, especially since SP1. I've never had any stability or compatibility issues at all with Vista on either of my computers, including my old backup computer with a 2.8GHz P4 and 1GB of RAM. Windows 7 RC1 does run a little smoother on that old system, but it was usable with Vista also.
I guess if I partion the drive so they can store their files and do a clean install of Win 7 when it comes out it will not be half bad....
I didn't think that the Win 7 RC would be stable enough to operate as the sole OS on a computer?
Although this may be a question better posed to the software forums... With 4gb of RAM and PII 940 CPU, should I go with 32 bit or 64 bit OS? I have quite a few compatibility issues with programs on my 64 bit Win 7 RC... Will the 32 bit system be better?
Their useage revolves around microsoft office, web browsing, picture editing, and making cds and dvds...
I currently use the Windows 7 RC on two computers and both are completely stable. I haven't experienced any hardware or software compatibility issues with my 64-bit Windows 7 system. 64-bit is the only way to go on a new system with 4GB of RAM IMO. It would be a shame to not be able to use all 4GB or have the option of adding more RAM later if needed/wanted. 32-bit is going the way of 16-bit.
Problem # 1 - I can't stand windows holding my hand and asking me three times if I REALLY REALLY want to let a programs execute a command. So I put the settings at "NEVER ASK"... Has everyone else done this? Will i really be super vunerable to viruses? Windows XP did just fine without holding my hand through everything.
Problem # 2 - The desktop needs to be able to access a wireless network... I purchased an ASUS pci wireless card (wl-138g v2). But there is no driver compatible for Win 7 64... After surfing around the web it looks as though a lot of others have had the same problems with the Vista 64 drivers not working with Win 7. And the only solution is to manually create drivers myself...not it...
Can anyone recommend a wireless solution for a desktop that is compatible with Win 7 64?
I've seen some people reporting online that the wl-138g v2 works with 64-bit Windows 7. Have you tried plugging a cat-5 cable into your computer and seeing if Windows finds a driver? Windows 7 is very good at finding drivers through Windows Update.