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Originally Posted by wizardonthejob View Post

If he's running a Phenom X4 with 8 gig of 1600 and a 7200 RPM HDD, there is no reason to upgrade if all he is doing is surfing the web. Lets please get all the facts straight before we start arbitrarily making suggestions.

Upgrade your friend to a new version of windows and you become tech support. Help him pick a new computer and the computer should come with tech support.
     
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It's a Dell. I'll ask but I highly doubt she knows any specs expect roughly when she bought it.

I just remember being able to buy Windows 8 with university accounts for $70-80 but that seems to be gone now.

Ask for the service tag and then search it in the dell support web site.

How to locate Service Tag: http://www.dell.com/support/contents/us/en/19/category/Product-Support/Self-support-Knowledgebase/locate-service-tag
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Ok just talked to her and she'll find out the specs tonight.

I also found out the main reason why she wants to upgrade is because her iTunes can't update because XP isn't supported on the newest iTunes.

Easiest way to find out what she has is to run speccy

https://www.piriform.com/speccy
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Pretty sure you can still buy OEM Windows 7/8, maybe even 10 now for around $120 or less.

If it is really old hardware, not even dual core and 2gb or less ram, then you might look into the refurbished desktops on Newegg or lots of other places. You can get those for under $200 and decent specs with a newer OS (7 or higher).
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It's a Dell.

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post #16 of 18
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Trying to help out a coworker that currently has an XP PC that's pretty old. I'm wondering if they should buy a cheap PC or just buy a Windows upgrade? I've been searching around and found some cheap $200-300 PCs but i'm kind at lost with finding a cheap legit version of Windows

    Without knowing the specs, I'd lean toward upgrading the PC.  If you're in the US, MicroCenter is an excellent place to get inexpensive PCs.  Entry level PCs running Windows 7 or 8 are in the $99-199 rangeIf you want to move up to a good PC (i3 CPU), those start at $199.  These would be really nice PCs that would outperform most PCs <$800 on the market (in most situations) if the HDD is upgraded to a SSD.
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As long as it is a duel-core and has enough ram it should run windows 10.

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Yea a dual core and 4GB of RAM would be doable (unlikely I'm guessing though) but if it's less than that just get a new box for him entirely.
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