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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2011, 10:57:58 AM »
Well if we're boasting.....twin 2.66 dual cores, 4 X 1TB + 2 X 2TB installed and 11 GB of Ram.  Not too bad for a 5 year old machine.

It's showing its age a little now (mainly the graphics card is outdated) - 12 cores should be cheapish by the time I upgrade.
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2011, 03:44:22 PM »
I`ve got a Dell something or other  ;) - don`t know what`s under the bonnet but it works my NX2 and Lightroom as fast as I need

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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2011, 04:48:55 PM »
 All this macho talk of RAM and GIGABITES...I don't know...you men!
 We all know your just sitting in the spare room typing!
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #48 on: July 28, 2011, 09:34:32 PM »
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #49 on: July 28, 2011, 09:39:37 PM »
I`ve got a Dell something or other  ;) - don`t know what`s under the bonnet but it works my NX2 and Lightroom as fast as I need
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #50 on: July 28, 2011, 09:41:25 PM »
All this macho talk of RAM and GIGABITES...I don't know...you men!
 We all know your just sitting in the spare room typing!
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #51 on: July 29, 2011, 10:29:53 PM »
Its all set up, looks good. Recovery discs burnt, antivirus installed. Just got to upgrade myself from xp to windows 7.
Couple of questions, any recommendations for an email program? (preferably free) as i don't intend to buy office 10 and it doesn't seem to have works. Is windows firewall OK or should i get another?

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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #52 on: July 30, 2011, 07:49:01 AM »
I just use Opera for everything - the built in mail client is excellent as it enables me to see all the family email activity in one panel and I don't have to start a separate mail client or open a new browser window to manage emails.

Some of my friends use Thunderbird which now looks very much like the Opera client (it used only show one email address at a time).

I have windows 7 on my laptop and it's brilliant (I loathed XP, flakey, unstable, slow, even Vista was much better). Boots up in less than a minute and wake up is about 3 seconds. Hasn't ever crashed.

I do have an AV and firewall package, and don't know if the standard one is up to par, but I suspect it's going to be pretty good.
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #53 on: July 30, 2011, 08:30:19 AM »
Couple of questions, any recommendations for an email program? (preferably free) as i don't intend to buy office 10 and it doesn't seem to have works. Is windows firewall OK or should i get another?

Email: Thunderbird is excellent. I use it for half a dozen email addresses across different email providers - both downloading to local and webmail

Firewall: M$ is pretty good under W7 though I use Outpost ($) and recommend Comodo (free)

As an aside, I'll also mention that I use Opera but only as a browser, along with FF, Chrome (easily the fastest) and Maxthon (in four flavours - the first tabbed browser and still great!)

My system is 4 x 2.6MHz but still only 4GB (way too much that still won't run on 64bit!), 6TB local disk, 5TB external disk, 1.5TB cloud, dual monitor on Radeon HD4800. XP's still a great O/S but W7 is that much better (Vista was absolutely dreadful and avoided for all my clients!)

I used to build myself but the choice and quality can be excellent on complete systems, so now buy in barebones upwards and build from there (it's very rare that someone wants something that can't be delivered off the shelf - and cheaper). Similarly, I used to overclock in the days when OC'ing gave a good performance boost but the advantages nowadays are fairly minimal (lots more noise and cost for tiny gains!), so don't bother
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #54 on: July 30, 2011, 05:26:48 PM »
If memory serves, Win 7 doesn't come with a mail client, but there is one that can be downloaded as part of the Windows add ons.
It's similar to Outlook Express and does a reasonable job as i remember. s'pose i should fire up the Win 7 laptop to find out - it's just using M$. I'm become a fruity comp user nowadays   :dance:

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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #55 on: July 30, 2011, 06:34:48 PM »
Its all set up, looks good. Recovery discs burnt, antivirus installed. Just got to upgrade myself from xp to windows 7.
Couple of questions, any recommendations for an email program? (preferably free) as i don't intend to buy office 10 and it doesn't seem to have works. Is windows firewall OK or should i get another?

Thanks
Simon

Simon, I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all my windows based PC's (wife's lappy, daughter's tower etc.) it works great and it's FREE. It monitors the Firewall, has AV and Anti Malware. I used to run AVG then Avast but removed them and haven't had any issues with security. Did I mention it was FREE? :D
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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #56 on: September 08, 2011, 07:57:55 PM »
Latest update - Sent it back after a week. Computer kept freezing so i ended up resetting it to factory but did not solve the problem, called Dixons on a saturday and had a surprizingly easy experience, told the guy what i had done & he said no problem we will have it picked up & send another one out, no quibbles, no messing about trying this and that setting. So as frustrated as i was full marks to Dixons customer service for not causing any more stress.

Using Thunderbird Email thats doing the job fine, Avast AV and windows firewall. Just had a problem with internet explorer (wouldnt open any links) so ive just downloaded Firefox which on first impressions seems to do the job fine & slightly faster.

Thanks for your advice & input.

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Re: New PC - is this one any good
« Reply #57 on: September 08, 2011, 10:50:09 PM »
Open Office is a free office type package - and reads M$ Office files. Just doesn't support Visual basic. One I recommend :)
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