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  Reply # 73776 7-Jun-2007 10:50
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what's the difference?

All the new stuff it what will be in a new PC

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  Reply # 73789 7-Jun-2007 11:23
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There is an argument that you should buy computers to do the job in hand and when they are too slow buy another rather than trying to upgrade. That's not the same as adding a DVD writer.

When you look for another motherboard that will take more RAM, your CPU will be looking old compared with dual core models and any video card you've got will be AGP and new motherboards possibly will be PCI-e (and DDR2 so your old RAM becomes obsolete). You don't get any discounts buying piecemeal and end up with a collection of used parts to try and get rid of.



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  Reply # 73796 7-Jun-2007 12:06
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I buy the parts wholesale so much cheaper than buying a new machine. I also have a few other things ie: new monitor, hard drive etc as well so I don't want a whole new system. So you can see why i'm looking at buying the parts to do it bit by bit...

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Reply # 73797 7-Jun-2007 12:13
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Buying a PC doesn't mean buying a brand PC - you can purchase the parts. But at the end a lot needs replacement. You might need a new motherboard, considering the one you have is old. HP Pavilion PCs in general use their own motherboards and standard sizes won't fit in the case, which mean a new case.

Then you need new power supply with that case. And if you are buying a new motherboard, why not use DDR2 RAM instead of the old memory you must fit on your old Pavilion now, which means the memory you buy now won't probably fetch $10 on Trade Me later.

Then you need a new CPU because the modern motherboards won't use the old CPU you have...

You see where we are going? It means that when you want to change you most likely have to change everything. Whatever you do now is just delaying the change.

So take the advice, buy the RAM now, but save for an entire new system 12 months from now - at maximum.









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  Reply # 73799 7-Jun-2007 12:22
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yeah I can see what you are saying now...

You think i'm better off getting 512 or 1 GB (value for money/results for 12 months say)


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