O.S. - XP Profession 32-bit SP3, came with Vista (but we all know Vista sucks!)
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Ram - 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 350 MHz 5-5-5-18
Mobo - Dell Inc 0UW457 (Socket M2)
Graphics - 512MB Geforce 8400 GS (nVidia)
Hard Drives - 500GB (Master), and 1TB (Slave) (1 TB was on sale and couldn't
pass it up back then)
Network - D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G510 Wireless PCI Adapter(rev.B)
Now my question is what can I upgrade, with my specs as is, that would make my PC better with what's out there that isn't going to break the bank??? I know more than your average user, and work on PC's on the side in my hometown. I would greatly appreciate the help/tips/advice that anyone would be willing to give me.
can't find the brisbane chips through searches, what are some vendors that carry them? ive found some for about 90 bucks but they don't seem to mention whether brisbane or windsor
with windows 7 student discount (professional upgrade version 78 dollars w/disc), will the upgrade disc be enough for me to install on the new hard drive? - i searched and seems answer is Yes
-was planning on sticking with XP, but my disc is cracked and won't load on boot, but i can access it within windows explorer. any way to format the new drive like this?
update: got harddrive, new memory, windows 7 a while ago, installed all, work fine (cannot run 1080p files though, might need the new cpu?)
bought the cpu three weeks ago but tek-micro hasnt sent it. instead they raised the price on it after i bought it, and now are refusing to send it at the price i bought it. have been in contact with customer service, unfortunately they seem to be outsourced to india
If you already accepted their offer at the lower price you have a contract and they cannot legally force you to pay the higher amount.
I suggest that you report their actions to the Better Business Burea, Attorney General's Office in your state, and Nextag (since the advertise they are a 5 star seller there). Also point out the delay in order fullfilment.
Also - do any of your local media have an ombusdsman or shopping helper?
thanks for the help, just filled out a BBB complaint online. after submitting a vociferous rant after their response to my polite inquiry, i finally received an email friday claiming the product had been processed and sent to shipping, and that i'd receive a specific update in 24hr. it's 36hr now and i've gotten no update and order status on the site hasnt changed
no order status update, no info update via email or site message. called them again thursday, got through, one line the guy dropped on the phone, verbatim or almost verbatim: "you don't actually still want us to fulfill the order do you?" i said yes, he said he'd call me back with an update. haven't heard back, of course.
got email from better business bureau earlier in the week saying they had submitted the claim
considering calling cc company and having the charge canceled, but id still rather just receive the product i bought
No, don't give in to their abusive sales practices.
Since you have already laid out the facts in the email to the BBB, copy it and update to latest facts - including a copy of the email from them saying your order had been processed - and put into emails to your state Attorney Generals office, the FTC, and AMD, with copies of all to Tek-Micro.
yesterday, a week after calling the card company to cancel the charge and several weeks after filing the BBB claim (got an email response from BBB saying tek-micro didn't respond to it), i finally received cpu. i was rather surprised (was also surprised that it was shipped from some random dude in massachusetts, zero mention of the company on the package). 7 weeks total since i ordered, i believe, easily the longest i've ever had to wait.
have a question (malmetal), cpu came with a syringe of thermal substance called 'thermal grease' and branded 'www.halnziye.com'. is it advisable or ok to use this syringe, or should i go ahead and by the arctic silver stuff suggested earlier?
everything is good - new cpu occasionally runs a bit loud compared to old one, but definite performance increase in video playback, no choppyness now. almost ripped out a tiny heat sink on my mobo when installing it, didn't realize the cpu heatsink was so big.
i think dvdr drive may have been a false alarm, though it doesn't appear on my branch tree in windows explorer, only on the right side in 'my computer.' maybe a windows 7 thing
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Model Dimension E521
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5800+, 3000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.54 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 6.28 GB
unfortunately i can't register my windows 7 on microsoft's site, a conflict between 'upgrade version' i got and clean install i installed it with. windows xp dvd was cracked, so i couldn't have upgrade-installed if i tried, though i wouldn't have bothered anyway
good to know that activation is an option, but i'd rather not reinstall again as i've already gotten comfortable on this computer the last couple of months. i probably should have said something about it when i installed, but for the first month or so i didn't notice anything wrong, and in fact i had thought i had registered it online. nowadays i have a perpetual 'this copy of windows is pirated' or whatever it says popup window coming up despite it not being pirated