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November 20, 2010 6:46:14 AM

cpu: intel dual core 2160

mother board : gigabyte GA-P31-S3G
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...


memory : Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz



should i buy new pc or can this be overclocked and be stable for accounting software and language learning software. also large excel files.

any advice welcome.....just want to save an old pc


willing to buy cm hyper 212 plus or any other cpu fan

help this run fast and smooth please...i have an ssd waiting to pop in it if it can be done :) 

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November 20, 2010 6:59:27 AM

wats ur GPU?
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November 20, 2010 7:06:06 AM

ati hd5450
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November 20, 2010 5:11:13 PM

If the 212 cooler will physically fit, get it, and you should be good. Even if you find you want more speed than an OC can give you, you can use it in a later build. Just keep whatever brackets, etc it comes with.
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November 21, 2010 3:01:09 AM

Yep, I agree
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November 21, 2010 3:24:00 AM

The PC should be fine for the tasks you listed. If your having stability issues or its running slow I suspect you have a virus or scumware problem. Either clean them out, or just reload windows. You shouldn't need to overclock a dual core to run Excel. (and you have 4GBs of ram so you're good there as well.)
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November 21, 2010 4:18:14 AM

^Agreed, should be a fine PC for office use, just seems like the OS needs a little TLC and cleaning up/maintenance, I am not saying you have a virus or spyware though.

[EDIT/UPDATE] Ok, I see that Excell as well as importing/exporting files, can be an intensive program/process when working with large files, Sorry if I made any inaccurate assumptions, as I dont not have much expierence working with Excel at all. :??: 

Seems like a OC would be your first step twards your goal, +1 for the Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
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November 21, 2010 6:07:30 PM

^*Large* excell files, as well as importing/exporting between different file types can stress just about any CPU. I've waited half an hour when moving large database files into excell from comma delimited files on a much faster processor.
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November 22, 2010 2:49:37 AM

Depends on how "large" we are talking about. He didn't even mentioned using DBs so I'm not convinced we are dealing with large files. Even "accounting software" might need some beefy hardware if your running some reports out of SAP. My experience from this forum says that if you talk in such general terms, your needs aren't that big. If they were, he would have mentioned being tired of waiting 30min while his file loads into excel.
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November 22, 2010 3:02:22 PM

etk said:
^*Large* excell files, as well as importing/exporting between different file types can stress just about any CPU. I've waited half an hour when moving large database files into excell from comma delimited files on a much faster processor.


I know that feeling; I desiged a massive excell spreadsheet once that had to update 30+ pages for every change made on the "base" page. Ran like a dog too, especially on our Pentium 4's at work (2 hours in some cases!)

Like most Microsoft software, beyond a certain size, it gets REALLY slow. You'd benifit from at least a quad core, big time.
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November 22, 2010 6:56:55 PM

if it is for crucial work, i wouldnt be overclocking it. Juist replace the cpu with someting faster.
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November 22, 2010 7:30:15 PM

I would second the opinion about overclocking. Don't play around when your livelihood is involved, as I would say.

I never understood why some people would use Excel as a database when there are free solutions out there that do a much better job. Sure some of them have a bit of a learning curve, but packages like Firebird, PostgreSQL, MySQL or even (gasp) Microsoft Sequel Express work ever so much faster and better than Excel. And SQL is a very easy language to pick up for simple queries, though it can take a few months to really master it.

Seriously, for simple sheets, you can probably stay with Excel, but if it is taking you a half hour or more to update all your linked worksheets, move up to a real database. It really isn't that hard.
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November 22, 2010 7:35:20 PM

Open office?

This is why I never use "large" excel sheets. If I find I'm need to make a "large" sheet, I simply move over to Base and go from there. Not worried about SQL, I took classes on that in college and fell in love debugging insert/create scripts.
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