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Help me configure my new Dell computer. Please! Thanks!

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by gary431, May 5, 2007.

  1. gary431

    gary431 Member

    Jul 31, 2006
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    I will be using the computer for burning backups, encoding, downloading torrents and surfing the internet. No gaming. My budget is around $1,000. I have an external hard drive. I will not be purchasing a monitor, speakers or keyboard. I am planning on 2GB Ram, 250GB Hard Drive, Dual Drive DVD Reader + DVD Burner, 256MB Video Card.
    1- Should I use an AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual core 4000 or an Intel Core 2 Duo E 4300(1.8GHZ, 800 FSB) processor, The Intel is an extra $100. I am interested in longevity and would pay extra for this.
    2- Should I use an XP Pro or Vista Premium OS?
    3- Would I be able to Burn, Download torrents and Surf the internet at the same time?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. ffg7

    ffg7 Regular member

    Apr 20, 2007
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    1. go with the dual core.
    2. go with xp pro til they come out with sp1 for vista if even then. vista has drm in it & xp doesn't.
    3. you can do all 3 but is suggested when burning not to do anything else til burn is down. download & surf you can do that at same time tho depends on your internet speed.

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