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#846309 - 29th Dec 2013 9:50am Pc spec any good
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I have been offered a pc with the following spec for £90

Windows 7
Intel Dual Core E6420 2.13GHz
4GB RAM
500GB HDD
Graphics card: GeForce 7300 LE

Compared to mine
Mine comes with all recovery discs, his does not.
Dell 530
Windows Vista
Intel Core2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz 2200 MHz
3GB RAM
500GB HDD
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5450

My graphics card has HDMI port, the pc am offered does not, however i can keep my own and he takes the nvidia one out of his and knocks £10 of price.

If you had the choice of either of these which one would you take.

When it comes to pc cpu specs and graphics cards am lost.
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#846332 - 29th Dec 2013 11:43am Re: Pc spec any good [Re: Willo_]
BlueLou Offline
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Your PC seems better than the one you're interested in. It has a better graphics card and faster processor.

It comes down to if you want to pay £90 for a newer version of Windows and 1GB more of RAM. Personally, I wouldn't.

If your PC is being slow and that's the reason you're looking to buy a new one, download and install programmes such as 'lavasoft ad aware', 'spybot search and destroy' or 'hijackthis'. They'll speed the PC up.

http://www.lavasoft.com/ - Ad Aware
http://www.safer-networking.org/dl/ - Search and Destroy
http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/ - Hijackthis


Edited by BlueLou (29th Dec 2013 11:44am)

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#846333 - 29th Dec 2013 11:51am Re: Pc spec any good [Re: Willo_]
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#846336 - 29th Dec 2013 12:11pm Re: Pc spec any good [Re: Willo_]
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I agree with BlueLou. You could get a second hand graphics card and extra memory and copy of Windows 7 far cheaper.

I'd probably just start with replacing Vista for Windows 7 or 8 (with Classic Shell of course) and you'll see an instant performance boost.

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#846340 - 29th Dec 2013 12:19pm Re: Pc spec any good [Re: Willo_]
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Preliminarily on the specs you have given

There is not much difference between the CPU's, the 6420 is slightly better on paper, but only a small bit, certainly not enough to warrant a swap.

CPU Comparison:
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core2-Duo-E6420-vs-Intel-Core2-Duo-E4500

Your 5450 Gfx card is far better than the 7300.
GFX Comparison:
http://gfxbench.com/compare.jsp?D1=NVidia+GeForce+7300+LE&D2=ATI+Radeon+HD+5450&cols=2

The only extra to what you have is the extra ram and Windows 7 (depending on which version)

Personally I would not bother, but it depends on what you want the swap for.

BlueLou is right though, the amount of garbage installed can make a huge difference to your speeds.

I would also recommend CCleaner, Autoruns and a decent browser with an ad blocker.

If you need any help let me know smile


Edited by rhoobarb2002 (29th Dec 2013 12:22pm)

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