Advantages Top Spec Machine for a Reasonable Price
Disadvantages Purchase made by cheque/bankers draft/paypal - no credit cards.
I had owned my trusty HP Pavilion 1GHZ desktop computer since the turn of the century - (1999 to be exact, but turn of the century sound good doesn't it?) But, it was time to upgrade. I was quite happy with the machine taking the best part of whole morning to render my home videos ready to burn to DVD, but when I read in a Digital Photography magazine that effectively to edit and burn videos a processor of at least 2 GHZ (3+ recommended) and memory of at least 512 MB (1 GB recommended), I thought it was time to upgrade. Off to the local shops, but what a shock I had when I realised that it wasn't just a case of a couple of hundred pounds to get the "powerhouse" of my dreams but more like £1000 plus! So I gave up the idea and decided to look in Micro Mart, (one of the more reasonably priced computer magazines that can be bought for under £2).Thumbing through it and being quite mechanically minded, I thought I would buy a motherboard and processor and upgrade my present machine, but then, I read in the help pages of what problems one can come across. One poor chap had forked out hundreds for a mother-board and fast processor only to discover it wouldn't work. Apparently, the local dealer he had bought it from, told him he must have broke it whilst fitting it and refused to give him exchange or refund. No, there was no way that I was going to let that happen. What if I did make a mistake and break the processor or motherboard? No, I would have to wait and buy at least a bare bones system and add my hard drives and DVD burner to it myself. I was well familiar with that process. But my wait was not to be as long as anticipated. I came across a full page display ad that said, "Build Your Own Masterpiece with PC Specialist" and it claimed that their computers were probably the cheapest computer's available in the UK today. They had a website, so I thought it would check it out.
On the home page there were links to the "ready made" towersHigh Spec Gaming Machines from £600 - £1000.
Whilst I have learned a fair amount about computers, having stripped mine down on a couple occasions, adding firewire ports, USB 2 ports, extra memory and hard drive etc., I am still no expert on computer terminology. The gaming machine for instance, (which needs to be powerful for graphics) had an athlon 64 bit 3800 CPU (processor). Because I understood more about Pentium 1, 2, 3 and 4 processors I decided I would prefer to go for a Pentium 4 (3GHZ) machine which I felt would have 3 times the power of my current HP machine. There was a link on the home page that said, "Click Here to build your own computer" - so I clicked.I was taken to a page that had two boxes on it side by side.
One labelled Intel Systems choose from Pentium 4 or celeron® technology.The other box labelled AMD system choose AMD or Athlon.
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