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Offline Doctor Z

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #585 on: June 21, 2009, 02:17:20 pm »
Alright, Pat? I've basically given up on this thing. It's nearly 5 years old anyway, so yeah, I don't really care much beyond getting the stuff I want off the hard drive.

I talked to me mum about it, and I got the impression that she's willing to swing the 600ish bucks that getting a 500 dollar rig, + OS, would cost.

Seeing as how I don't care for Vista, I'm probably just gonna get this OS. How does it look, guis? :3

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #586 on: June 21, 2009, 03:44:43 pm »
Agh!

Please read the first post of this topic and do everything it says.

Why do you hate AVG? It's better then paying for Norton or Mcafee every year to slow down your computer.

According to the lifehacker community AVG is the best free scanner.

I'm not trying to flame you, I've just never herd of anyone not liking AVG. Some facts/links would be nice.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #587 on: June 21, 2009, 05:02:10 pm »
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If your Mom is willing to go to 600 then there's no reason why you can't do the Crysis rig. That will satisfy your conditions. 500 for the hardware, 100 for the software.

Fink, I dislike AVG because of my own experiences with it. It deleted several of my executable files (various games, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, et cetera) without warning and forced me to go through a lot more hassle than I needed to in order to get everything up and running again. Those are my problems. I did a little research for you and came up with this; beyond it, there's a myriad of technical support forums filled with questions.

Hey, maybe it works for you, that's cool. StarForce works just fine for some people too. I'm just putting my own two cents in. And since very few people wanted to help me with the computer help topic when I asked, much of it is based on my own opinion. You're more than welcome to present a counter-argument in the help topic, people have done it before and found success. Make it good though. ;)
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #588 on: June 21, 2009, 05:06:12 pm »
Pfft. Don't listen to this guy. He thinks House is the only good show on TV. Who KNOWS what wacky things he thinks about computers??
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #589 on: June 21, 2009, 05:22:37 pm »
Well, the problem of deleting things you don't want to is a problem with all anti virus products.
They compare code with known viruses to detect them, and sometimes it gets it wrong. Until someone finds a better way, all anti viruses will have a risk of doing that.

I see why you don't use it, I was just wondering as to why.
If that happened to me I wouldn't use it too.

I'll try and post more in the computer help thread, ya know, to keep ya honest  :P

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #590 on: June 21, 2009, 05:24:39 pm »
Unless they ask for confirmation before deleting your stuff.


Like every virus scanner ever does.
Not a winner anymore.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #591 on: June 21, 2009, 06:03:28 pm »
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If your Mom is willing to go to 600 then there's no reason why you can't do the Crysis rig. That will satisfy your conditions. 500 for the hardware, 100 for the software.
Hey, Pat! Thanks, man! :D And, hey! Cool! It comes with instructions! That's always nice! :3

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #592 on: June 21, 2009, 06:16:00 pm »
If you do that, I want a full status report on it. I've been itching to see that rig in action for a while now. :D

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #593 on: June 21, 2009, 06:42:10 pm »
Alright, just... like give me a form to fill out. This IS my first build, so I don't know what you're looking for! :3

Also, what about Internet and Sound? I didn't see anything mentioned about that! And hard drive space. >_>

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #594 on: June 21, 2009, 06:55:55 pm »
Internet and sound is all integrated into the motherboard. That's about standard for all desktop computers nowadays.

The instructions list a hard drive (it's 320 gigs) but you can get something more potent if you want. Hard drives aren't too difficult.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #595 on: June 21, 2009, 06:56:55 pm »
Holy****, 320?

I don't even need half of that!

Nice to have, though. :3

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #596 on: June 21, 2009, 07:37:39 pm »
So Pat (or anyone who wants to chime in), I need some advice.

When you have the choice in storage do you go with: speed or storage space?
Ether option will be faster then my current setup, but which do you go with?

Right now, I'm leaning toward speed since I can get more storage from an external source (flash drive, external hard drive, my server, etc)

But I want your opinion before I post with more info about my dilemma.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #597 on: June 21, 2009, 07:43:48 pm »
Get enough space that you would reasonably use in the computer's lifetime, and if you have extra budget put it into speed.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #598 on: June 21, 2009, 08:04:18 pm »
Get enough space that you would reasonably use in the computer's lifetime, and if you have extra budget put it into speed.

Ok, I'll just explain.

Right now I have 4 gigs of space in my netbook.

"4Gigs!?!?!" you say, but the thing is that it's a SSD. I wanted one with a SSD because it's shock proof, no moving parts.

The reasons I want to upgrade the SSD in the 1st place (other then more space) is because of the ridiculously low read/write speeds. It's like 30/4 MB/s
So, here are my two choices:

16 Gig SSD: 150r/100w MB/s (Freaking fast)

or

32 Gig SSD: 90r/55w MB/s (Not as fast, but still faster)

Keep in mind that this is a netbook. Meant for surfing and taking notes.
So what do you guys think?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #599 on: June 21, 2009, 08:32:13 pm »
Taking notes? In class?

I'd go with the faster speed. You can use a flash drive if it gets filled, but you probably need the more speed. >_>