New Computer

, posted: 14-Dec-2008 21:07

Believe it or not our old desktop has finaly been replaced yesterday.
It was actually an old PC Company Box with an AMD 2000+ Chip in it. This dates it about 8 odd years.!!
It had the MB changed a couple of years ago when it fried.

We well recently we upgraded the Video Camera to  JVC GZ-HD 40 which is reasonably high spec-120 Gb HDD, can capture either in AVCHD or Mpeg 2. HDMI capable output.
As you can imagine this means a lot of data moving around in editing software and the old PC just couldnt cut the mustard.

After some research we looked at boxes in Dell-high end stuff but some over $4000 and the usual retail outlets we settled on an Acer M3201 from DSE at $1599 + a 1 TB Free Agent Pro externall HDD at $349. We had been looking at those several months ago but they have come down in price very nicely.

Specs:
  • Processor: AMD Phenom 9600(Quad) 2.3GHz, 2MB L2 + 2MB L3 Cache
  • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2GB 800MHz)
  • HDD: 500GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
  • Optical: DVD SuperMulti SATA
  • Graphics: Integrated ATi Radeon HD3450 (256MB Discrete) layered on the AMD RS780 with 256MB shared
  • Card Reader: Multi-Card Reader
  • TV Tuner: Single MCE Digital TV Tuner + remote
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Never having used Vista before its not so a big learning curve.
    Getting to grops with the many pop up things that come up.

    Havnt got to do any video editing yet but hope to put through its paces soon.
    The Graphics card is not optimal -probably should be 512 Mb dedicated but we can always upgrade this later.

    We have connected them both on the network and am gradually moving stuff across to how we like everything.
    So we shall see how it works out

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    Comment by TheBartender, on 14-Dec-2008 21:49

    An old PC Company PC eh...yeah I had one of those back in the day, I got a couple years outa it before I sold it, but it had some serious issues with freezing and crashing.


    Good luck with your new PC

    Comment.
    Well our hasnt lasted to bad then -8 years or so.
    It has lasted surprisingly a long time


    Comment by kinsten, on 15-Dec-2008 09:13

    I remember popping into the PC Company to visit a friend, always ended up hearing PC horror stories & occasionally helping out by fixing laptops for customers as the sales staff were not that good.

    Have fun with the video editing.


    Comment by pebbles, on 15-Dec-2008 10:51

    We're in their old building and we still get customers coming in wanting us to do their repairs - the worst ones are the ones who think we'll do it for free!


    Comment by Damager, on 15-Dec-2008 21:18

    The good ol PC Company heh.

    I bought a celeron 466 pc in 1999. The 13 GB HDD was the largest size drive at the time.. woo hoo. just a tad before the demand went through the roof and they were building pcs through the roof and sending out some decent duds! The freezing and crashing was due to faulty ram. They were based here in Hamilton werent they? When theyre demand was at its peak, i recommended a couple of friends and family to get a pc from them. It was embarrasing when their pc's were freezing and crashing and they said.."hey i thought you said they were good"  well.. they used to be good..


    Comment by Jim, on 15-Dec-2008 22:46

    That's a good length of time for a PC to run as the primary computer!



    I have an old Pentium (2 or 3?) 233mhz, 64mb ram, 3gb HDD which works. It was replaced back in 1997-1998 (and several times since), but it was still in regular use up until around 2004. Sitting in the garage now.


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    I am a Psychiatric Nurse Manager in a Mental Health Unit in Hamilton NZ.
    I have always been interested in Electronic wizardry and products.

    At home we have a  wireless network, desktop,  Into Digital Photography 
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    • Processor: AMD Phenom 9550 (Quad) 2.2GHz, 2MB L2 + 2MB L3 Cache
    • RAM: 4GB (2 x 2GB 800MHz)
    • HDD: 500GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
    • Optical: DVD SuperMulti SATA
    • Graphics: Integrated ATi Radeon HD3450 (256MB Discrete) layered on the AMD RS780 with 256MB shared
    • Card Reader: Multi-Card Reader
    • TV Tuner: Single MCE Digital TV Tuner + remote
    • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium



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