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Wife's PC upgrade or build a new one?

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My wife's pc is around 4 years old. HP Pavilion a6244n bought at BB.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...reg_R1002_USEN

I was thinking of building her a new pc. But thought I'd ask for opinions on upgrading current pc.
She mainly uses it to surf the web, play online games(facebook), watch tv shows she missed, she also stores photos taken with digital cam. And runs Office and Student 2007.
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post #2 of 15
Still looks pretty viable for its uses.
    
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post #3 of 15
Is she complaining that it is slow? If you want to do it on the cheap, grab a new motherboard, cooler, do a little overclocking, and put in a SSD, for surfing the net and doing the things that she does, you don't really need anything fancy, the upgrades are mainly to make it feel a little more up to date and give you something to play around with
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Unless you game on it, it should be fine.
(or do other strenuous things).

If it starts to slow down, maybe consider a reinstall of Windows, or trying out Linux?
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Yes she's complaining that it is slow.
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I thought about installing windows 7 on it. Not sure if that would help or not.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by todd trammell View Post
I thought about installing windows 7 on it. Not sure if that would help or not.
Neh don't think that will help too much. Have you maxed out the ram in it? That would be the 1st thing I would do. 2nd I would format and reinstall everything. That will make it fast again.

EDIT: On 2nd thought is it using a 64bit OS or not? If not then putting any more than 3GB of ram in will be useless...
Edited by Timlander - 3/3/11 at 7:48am
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Its 32 bit, Not sure about reinstalling the os hp didn't in include a disk. the hhd has a factory restore on it. But won't I lose all of her files if I restore it to factory?
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WD 640GB Black SH-S223B Windows 7 64bit w1907 
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by todd trammell View Post
Its 32 bit, Not sure about reinstalling the os hp didn't in include a disk. the hhd has a factory restore on it. But won't I lose all of her files if I restore it to factory?
Yea you will, that's why you have to backup all the stuff she wants to save such as pictures and documents to DVD or an eternal hard drive first.
post #10 of 15
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Thanks, I might have to do it. I'll do a search for more info on backup. And see if I can find How to guide..
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X4 920 GA-MA790x-UD4P HD 4830 512MB VIPER DDR2 1066 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black SH-S223B Windows 7 64bit w1907 
PowerCase
EA-500 custom 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X4 920 GA-MA790x-UD4P HD 4830 512MB VIPER DDR2 1066 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black SH-S223B Windows 7 64bit w1907 
PowerCase
EA-500 custom 
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