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Hello everybody! I know nothing about computers. A month ago, I couldn't even have told you what processor I had in my computer (I've since learned it was a Pentium 4 @ 2.2GHz). With 768 MB RAM. I had it for the past five years. So you have an idea where I'm coming from.

A little over a month ago, I needed a new computer ASAP. Not knowing what else to do, I checked out the Best Buy listings and found one that seemed like it would meet my needs. FYI, these are the specs:

HP m8330f

It featured the new AMD Phenom 9500. I read a little bit on the internet about it, and it sounded pretty good. I was aware of the TLB issue, but my recollection of what I read is simply that the TLB thing wasn't really likely to affect someone like me. So I got the computer. I have to say, it was/is great. Especially compared to my old one. I mean, I really have no complaint about it. I want to make that perfectly clear, before I start complaining about it

I started reading much more...pretty much every reference on the internet...about this TLB thing with the Phenoms, and and how the real problem wasn't likely to be the TLB issue itself, but the performance-decimating BIOS patch. I disabled that with this free program some guy in the AMD forums made, with no problems so far. And there's a huge difference in performance; even I can notice that just from regular usage. So I guess my performance is now where it should be with a 9500 Phenom, but I feel like I've got the sword of Damocles hanging over my head. The whole situation just really got under my skin. In a way, though, I'm glad it happened, or I never would have started reading about processors and other computer stuff.

So anyway, I was really PO'ed at AMD. How could they release such a dud like this? It's embarrassing. And I also thought it was unreasonable that I would have to do this much research to make a simple purchase from a respectable company without getting burned. I wanted to throw this POS out the window. Then I wanted change all the components, starting with that Phenom processor, to make way for the QX9650 and of course a new motherboard...new video card or two while I'm at it...better memory...upgrade the power supply, too...and so on. Well, I've kind of come to my senses since then, and I don't know how to do any of that stuff anyway. And again, the computer has been really awesome for my needs. I can have a zillion Firefox tabs open, open and close huge folders full of documents, have antivirus and spyware scans going, run SuperPi, WinRAR benchmark, three media players playing three different videos on the screen, etc., and the computer's like "Is that all you got?" Well actually, I guess that is all I have. So yeah, I'd like to run SuperPi and have it fly through a million digits in 10 seconds, but is that capability really going to affect my normal usage of the computer? I think probably not. But still I want to, kind of. So maybe it would be more reasonable to stick with this one for now, read and learn, and then go crazy building the next computer in a year or two? Oh, well maybe I could stand to have a new video card before then...

Blah blah blah, I guess all the specifics are kind of irrelevant, because ultimately I'm just another guy with an interest in computers, like everyone else here. I'm not even sure that I'm interested in overclocking per se, but this seems like a pretty active board with lots of computer talk, and I'm learning a bit here and there. I don't know that I'll have much to add, but nonetheless...here I am. A complete newbie. I will probably be extremely annoying



Thanks,

xpipe
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hey man this is what this place is all about learning about computers and having fun doing it welcome to OCN ...by the way the more advice you listen to the more money you'll spend lol but seriously I don't know much about phenoms I haven't looked into the issue being an Intel guy myself...as for needing a new video card it would probably help but unless you play games or plan to play games or some type of video editing 3d rendering app you should be fine for now
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Hi and Welcome to OCN!!!
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Thank you for the warm welcome. About the video thing...my all-time favorite video games are Tetris and Bubble Shooter.

(I'll pause a moment for you to stop laughing)

The computer has handled those games like a champ! So I guess maybe I'm OK with the current card

When I got this computer, I thought maybe I should try a game that was a little more advanced. I wanted something that had cool graphics and where I could blow stuff up. So I got "World in Conflict." I can play it on the middle settings just fine. It's interesting...as you go up though the settings, you can really see a difference in the image quality. I wonder what the highest settings look like. Maybe you can see all the blades of grass and the soldiers' eyelashes or something? That would be cool. But I've got a bigger problem with that game: I don't know what the heck I'm supposed to be doing. Somehow, I'm advancing though the various objectives. I think the game is just taking pity on me.

I saw that there's a pretty cool looking Star Wars game coming out this summer, but it's not on PC. That's kind of lame. I just assumed that PC was a basic format and everything would be available for it. It's just as well; I probably wouldn't understand how to play that, either. I'd buy it anyway, though, just to make myself crazy
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Welcome man! Enjoy participating in this forum
Edited by yannis7777 - 5/31/08 at 1:35pm
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Welcome to Overclock.net!

ALT + F4 comes into play when you're overwhelm with tabs!

Might want to bookmark them first.

Enjoy your stay.
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Welcome to OCN. I am sure you will find it confortable here.
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Welcome! Fill in your system specs, we're very nosy.
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Welcome to OCN. I am sure you will find it confortable here.
yes welcome and enjoy your stay
    
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Hey there I'm a first timer on the blog scene and I figured I mind as well join in to see what I can help with... Well I have been working/playing with computer since Tandy was popular and a hard drive did not exsist. I can say I do have a lot of knowledge but won't claim to be a proffesional at any one thing. I would actually say I'm a tinkerer...
It is nice to see someone else with the HP m8330f system as well, I have changed out the video card for an x1900 and must say I do like it (despite not having full directX 10).
I was actually wondering if you have a link to the program you were talking about for the bios off the AMD forum? What exactly does this prog do anyways? Unlock bois?? that would be cool.... Just in case you may look into itat a later point yoiu can overclock this system. I will say you can't overclock to much... but it can be done and I'm sure I could even get higher speeds with an unlocked bios....
I currently have this system running at 2.52ghz and it runs VERY stable on stock cooling.
Well nice to meet and hope I can lend a helping hand.
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