-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Looking for advice

I have never looked for a computer and not worried too much about the price
till now.  My sister and I live in what used to be my parents house.  She is
financially secure and I start a new job on the 7th. The money will be good
and it's not money that will be earmarked for anything in particular.  I
have income already and my husband has income.  My computer died on me about
a year or so ago and my sisters computer is just causing me to pull my hair
out *not literally though*.
It ticks me off so bad that her computer is so shitty.  We have a computer
guy that we have trusted for about 20 years now to make and design our
computers for whatever we needed at the time.  Her only request for her
computer was to run Sims 3 without hangups of lagging.  You can't play that
game without it stalling out, being choppy or just crashing the computer all
together.

I have been playing games like Super Granny, FishDom and just stupid little
games like that and the computer runs like snail snot.

Here is some of the information that I got about what is on her computer.
AMD Sempron Processor 3000+
1.8 GHz 448 of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 6100
1394 net adapter
NVIDIA nForce network cont
NIVIDIA Network Bus Emulator

Memory
Load 66%
Physical 448 MB
Avail. Phys.  150MB
Total Virtual 1054 MB
Avail Page File Virtual  650 MB

I have no idea what this all means but I know my dead computer doesn't have
what hers has on it and it speeds past hers in a split second.  I have never
had a problem with my system bogging down like hers does.

So when I get my next computer it is going to have the speed, memory, video
card and everything else in it to where I can run my Adobe Photo Elements,
web browser and ITunes if I want without crashing.

It might make a tight budget for a month but my gross will be around $2000
bring home pay.  So we should do fine.

I figure I have been without long enough and I very rarely spend money on
myself with three *grown* kids and three little grandkids it usually goes
for what they want and bills.  But my time has arrived and I am getting
exactly what I want, with your guys input cause I trust you guys.  It will
probably last me another 10 years or so.  *L*  That's how old my dead one
is.

Sad thing is it can run all the programs I want without a problem.

Lisa T.

On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:34 AM, Don101 <don101@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Whew!  After seeing the "sample" computer description Lisa posted I grossly
> underestimated the power (and budget) she had in mind.  :-))  I guess that
> is bound to happen when a person is as budget minded as I am.
>
> I've been eyeballing that same Samsung TV (under $500 at Wal-Mart) but I
> think I want a 26" and that would be stretching my budget.  But if I keep
> my
> old monitor (a 17" digital flat panel with 4:3 aspect ratio) as a second
> monitor I could probably do with the 22" instead.  Hook up your TV to the
> computer, set it to a resolution close to 16:9 or 16:10 (1440x850 for
> example) and let us know what you think.  The VGA cable will work fine but
> an HDMI/DVI cable will do better.
>
> Look at the resolution as well as the response time.  The response time is
> especially important for gamers and other high speed action type uses.
> Gamers would likely want a 2MS response time.  I think a 5MS time would
> likely be very adequate for most other uses.  Looking at the monitors in
> Office Depot I don't see any quality difference between 2MS, 5MS or even
> 8MS
> monitors.  Perhaps because the video is always slow moving like screen
> savers.
>
> An HDTV smaller than about 37" will do fine with a 720p rating.  At 37" and
> definitely at 42" or larger I would suggest 1080p though for most folks
> 720p
> would still be adequate.
>
> The coooling system and power supply are dependent on how the machine is
> going to be used.  I would upgrade the CPU cooling fan at least one notch
> and perhaps two from standard if the price is moderate.  The graphics card
> should have a fan also.  Consider adding 1 or 2 extra case fans and or a
> hard drive cooling fan.  An upgrade to round instead of ribbon cables would
> help with cooling also.  For about $15 add a temp monitor and fan speed
> control unit to help minimize noise.   A large fan running slower moves as
> much air as a small fan running faster and is quieter.
>
> I would upgrade the power supply to at least 450 or 600 watts.  I think I
> read somewhere that a power supply with lots of headroom (capacity over
> average demand) will operate cooler than one with little or no headroom.
>
> Don
>
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "cristy" <poppy0206@xxxxxxx>
> To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 8:56 AM
> Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: Looking for advice
>
>
> > Don,
> >
> > I am following this thread with interest also as I will be soon looking
> > for
> > a new computer that I can edit movies on and edit sound file.  I am not a
> > gamer, but who knows may try it sometime.  But I think with all this type
> > of
> > editing, I need a system similar to this one.
> >
> > How does one  know what a good power supply and cooling sytem would be?
>  I
> > just purchased a 22"Samsung LCD TV which would probably be good for me to
> > use with a new computer?  Do you look at the TV resolution to see if it
> > would be good as a monitor?
> > Lisa, I'd be interested to know what you end up with ;)
> >
> > Christine
>
>
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