After buying an iPod Nano and finding out that I need Wondows 2000 or XP to run the damn thing I got to thinking about how behind the technology curve I am.
I'm running a PIII 650 and Windows 98 SE. I bought it new about 6 years ago and it's served me quite well considering I only use it for email, Internet, word processing, etc.
What's the new "standard"?
AMD Althon 64 processors and PCI Express motherboards
ETA: For your needs I would look at the AMD Sempron 64 processors.
I'm running and Athlon64 3000 with XP pro.
I'd say the current standard would at least be 2.4-2.8, and Windows 98 sucks - XP is FAR superior.
I'm on a dell Dimension E510.
1 GB ram
160 GB HD
CD and DVD RW drives
19" flat screen.
My work machines are Win 2000
AMD-64 3800+ Processor
Half a TB of storage space
Radeon X700 PCI-Express Vid Card
Lightscribe DVD+/-R, RW burner
9-in-1 digital card reader
All for under a grand
For what you need it for (no games made as an assumption), just buy anything of current production, and don't pay too much. Seriously, and this is coming from a computer guy. Don't over analyze the purchase.
P4 anything, and 384 megs of RAM. The rest is moot, unless you need it for something other than what you've listed. If you need more RAM someday, buy it later. If you need a bigger hard drive someday, buy one later.
DO NOT SOLICIT BRAND "x" VS BRAND "y" OPINIONS. All are anecdotal, and all are bullshit. Buy something you dig, make sure it's of current production, and don't spend too much. Seriously.
Oh, to answer your other question, I run an IBM Thinkpad R51. I could post specs, but if you were really interested you could just look it up on Lenovo's site.
2.4 p4, asus board, 512ram333, Nvidia 6600GT, and I am thinking it is a bit slow.
If you don't play action games at all, then just get a $300-$400-$500 cheapie PC. You only need the expensive setups for games.
Also--there might be a open-source/alternative program out there for putting stuff onto an iPod.
I don't know anything about iPods as I don't got one,,,, but I know there's an unofficial/hacker program for getting songs OFF of iPods, which is one thing the Apple program will not allow.
So check around, you might be able to put off the PC purchase a while longer, or take a while longer to shop around.
athlon 64 2800
MSI neoV motherboard
1024 megs ram
sata 180 gig HD
nvidia gforce 5600, 128meg AGP video
the only reason i even bothered to get that fancy is becaue i get my parts for free.
i do recommend at least 512 megs ram for windows XP. windows 2000 should have atleast 256. they don't really need that much, but windows will run much smoother if you give it lots of ram to play with.
If I was you make sure you get a DVD burner an look at Sam's Club, or Cosco for the $400.00 machine's.
Just finished my upgrading
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Asus A8N SLI motherboard
2GB OCZ Ram
After using it for 2 days, I honestly don't know what I did without a dual core processor, and the 7800GTX.
my setup is the following.
1gig of RDRAM!
280GB of storage
GeForce4 TI-4600 video card128MB
onboard SB PCI128 sound
19inch BenQ 8ms LCD
other than the LCD, hasn't been touched upgrade wise for several years.
Sweet, I pretty much have the exact same setup:
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard
2GB Corsair XMS Ram
GeForce 7800GT PCI Express (2nd card on the way)
Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
19" L90D+ LCD Monitor
700+ Watt 7.1 Speaker System
Pentium II 266 MHZ
128 MB of RAM
eta: video is an ATI Rage, 16 MB I think.
I'm currently running an AMD 2100 CPU, with 768K of memory, MSI KT7N motherboard, a GeForce Ti4200 w/128MB graphics card, a 40GB C-drive & 160GB D drive. The CPU can still play most of the graphics intensive games except for Half-life 2 according to my son.
ETA: I'm running MS Window XP/SP2.
AMD Athlon X2 4800+
ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe motherboard
2GB Corsair 3500LL Pro ram
ASUS nVidia GeForce 7800GTX
Windows XP Pro x64
Dell Dimension 4600
P4 @ 2.4GHz
ATI Radeon 9600SE 128mb vid card
Dell inspirion 7500 laptop
P3 @ 650MHz
Both work fine for the little that I need them to do...
thin and really light for a lappie
AMD athlon 2100+ @ 2500+ speeds
1gb of I cant even remember anymore running extremely tight timings though - pc3200
40gb and 80gb
ATi 9800 Non-Pro software'd to Pro speeds
Audigy 2 sound card
17" Dell crt
logitech mx duo 700
Dude ... it's 2006 .... Windows 98 is from ...er .... 1998 .....
FYI ... I use a Mac ....
Far more than you need:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (2x 1.8GHz processors)
EVGA GeForce 7800GT 256
2x 1GB GeIL ram w/ heat spreaders
Creative Audigy Pro ZS2 Platinum w/ jump box (24-bit)
Seagate Barracuda 300gb HDD
BenQ 16x DVD-ROM drive
Pioneer 40x/16x CD/DVD RW (+ and - for DVDs) drive
Thermaltake Soprano case (black)
Gigabyte K8N-SLI Pro mobo
Windows XP pro
Two machines right now -
1. Gaming machine
Asus A8n32-SLI deluxe motherboard
AMD Athlon64-FX 57, overclocked to 3Ghz, watercooled.
2gb OCZ PC4000
2x GeForce 7800GTX cards in SLI
PC Power & Cooling Power Supply
ViewSonic VX-924 3ms response 19" LCD
Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS sound card
WD 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive
2x Plextor DVD burners
2. LAN Party gaming machine
Asus A8n-SLI Premium motherboard
AMD Athlon64 4000+ San Diego Core
2gb Crucial PC3200
ViewSonic VX-924 LCD monitor
Logitech G15 gaming keyboard
Razer Copperhead 2000dpi mouse
1 WD 10,000 RPM drive
2x250GB SATA drive
2x DVD Burners
Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum sound card
Thermaltake SLI power supply
Thermaltake Armor case
I think I hate you...
I have a Mac Mini, running OSX, A dell Dimension 5150 (courtesy of the VA since I'm going to school), and a Toshiba Satellite laptop for using at school between classes.
I prefer the Mac, but am using the Dell and Toshiba alot, because of school work.
I didnt even mention my Mac G5 I got through work or my beat-up Powerbook G4
First machine ..more than a year old now
Dell XPS Gen 4
Windows xp MCE 05
intel p4 3.4
2 gigs of ram
ATI Radeon X850 XT PE
2 160GB HDs in RAID 0
sound blaster audigie 2 ZS
Windows xp MCE 02
intel p4 3.0
512 mb of ram
ATI all-in-wonder 9000 or some shit
(1)WD 120 7200 RPM SATA
(2)WD 200 7200 RPM SATA
AMD Athlon64 email@example.comGHz
MSI K8N Neo platinum mobo
2x512Mb Corsair XMS pro series pc4000 ram sticks
2x74Gb sata 10,000RPM Western Digital Raptors in RAID0
1x80Gb Western Digital 7200RPM EIDE
128Mb ATI Radeon 9800pro volt modded and bios flashed to 9800XT
480 watt Antec psu
Dangerden RBX cpu water block
Dangerden Maze4 chipset water block
Swiftech MCW50 GPU water block
HW Labs BIX radiator
Danner mag4 water pump
Logitech mx518 & mx1000 mice
Windows XP Pro
19" Viewsonic a90f+ monitor
21" Dell monitor
I finally gave up on my old 733mhz P3/Win 98 and just picked up a barely used Dell XPS 400 from a guy that was in some severe financial trouble. Payoff was $850 and I gave him a 12 guage shotgun I'd won in a lottery a couple yrs ago and never shot.
3.0 Ghz Pentium D
160 gig HD
2.5 gig RAM
19 in FP
Lite On/lightscribe DVD/CD Burner
Win XP Media Ed
POS Radeon X300SE HM vid card but just ordered a Saphire X800GTO2
What amount of RAM do you have on your machine?
If it already has 128 megs, or you can upgrade to 128 megs, then just buy a copy of Windows 2000 Professional. Go to Newegg.com or ZipZoomFly, buy the OEM edition, and buy the RAM upgrade or video card as the "qualifying hardware" so that you can buy the cheap OEM edition.
For what you use it for, you need nothing more. Windows 2000 is rock solid reliable for a Microsoft product.
p.s.--As for what machines I'm running at home, in order of current-ness:
1. AMD Duron 1.8ghz 1gig ram ~300 gig HDD, running XP Pro and Ubuntu 5.10. Homebuilt.
2. Intel VC820/1ghzPIII, 256MB PC800 RDRAM, ~80 gig HDD , running XP Pro. Homebuilt.
3. Tigerbook branded Mitac 5033 AMD K6-2/350, ~12 gig HDD, running Win98SE. Laptop.
4. PII/300 PC Chips MB, 128mb ram, 8 gig HDD, running Debian linux. Built from scraps.
5. Pentium 200, 64MB ram, 4GB HDD, waiting for an OS install. Built from scraps.
Machine #1 is my main scientific workstation. Yes, with a Duron, and it runs quite respectably with ESRI ArcView, Matlab, Maple, etc.
looks like a nippleless boobie on the right side...
Evil you are.
Is there a place to find your computer specs somewhere in the Control Panel on XP?
I run a Dell 4500 built in 02. Its in need of an upgrade but I need to know exactly what I have before I can figure out what I need.
Currently I'm getting warnings abouyt low on virtual memory while playing BF1942.
I know ive got P4 2.0 Gh
Its been so damn long I cant remember all the other specs.
I have a CRAY III in the basement and a small atomic power pile to run it.
Storage from 18 RAID arrays of 15 U160 10k 34GB SCSI for online storage...
It also heats the house...
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Actually my "work" box (at home) is a Dell Precisionn 530 Dual 2.8MHz Xeon system with 2GB ram and a Nvidia Quadro 900 XGA dual DVI feeding 2 17" LCD's ( desktop is 2540 x 1024 )
My Game box is a Athlon XP2600+ with a Nvidia 6600 and 1.5GB
I won't bother listing the LAN servers or other misc boxes ( Working for a major computer corp for 3 yrs (before having my job sent overseas ) and being a pack rat... ) Since at last count there were about 21 systems in my house.
( and yes there ARE several RAIDS in use, most are SCSI, but 2 are SATA150 ) ( I still like SCSI better - my 64bit AHA39160 supports 30 drives... I won't run out of capacity.)
Cobbled together from parts.
GeForce 5500, 128 AGP
Went with a 15" PowerBook in September.
Just upgraded to a 17" model about 2 weeks ago (gave the 15" to my son).
Stock config: www.apple.com/powerbook/index17.html
but upgraded to 2GB on my own. Apple charges at extortion level for RAM .
Will be building a AMD desktop system for a game machine in a couple of months once I get settled into my new house.
to find RAM & Processor:
right click on the "My Computer" icon and click "properites"
that screen should show in the bottom right your specs.
with the video card it is usually easiest to open the case and look at it (though you can use the DOS debugger thing to find some info on most cards).
I am running a badass sgi Octane2. It's old but still does the job, and I prefer it to my PC any day.
2 425 MHZ IP30 Processors
Heart ASIC: Revision F
CPU: MIPS R12000 Processor Chip Revision: 3.5
FPU: MIPS R12010 Floating Point Chip Revision: 0.0
Main memory size: 4096 Mbytes
Xbow ASIC: Revision 1.4
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 2 Mbytes
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 1)
Disk drive: unit 2 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 2)
Disk drive: unit 3 on SCSI controller 0 (unit 3)
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version QL1040B (rev. 2), single ended
CDROM: unit 7 on SCSI controller 1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty1
IOC3/IOC4 serial port: tty2
IOC3 parallel port: plp1
Graphics board: V8
Integral Fast Ethernet: ef0, version 1, pci 2
Iris Audio Processor: version RAD revision 12.0, number 1
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0003) PCI slot 2
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 0
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x1077, device 0x1020) PCI slot 1
PCI Adapter ID (vendor 0x10a9, device 0x0005) PCI slot 3
AMD Athlon XP2800+ / 2.083Ghz
2/ 512 RAM
2/ WD 160 gig IDE HD
Ideq mini case
AMD 64 bit 3000+
512 RAM (I need more)
GeForce 6800XT 128RAM AGP
19" Dell Monitor
Unless I'm in the den watching TV(like right now)
Compaq Armada M700
Wow. I don't feel so geeky now.
/Envies SGI setup
//Closest I get is painting my boxes blue
Windows XP HE SP2
P4 3.0Ghz w/HT
2GB PC3200 DDR RAM
80GB HDD(7,2K rpm) via IDE
Geforce 6600 256MB video card(AGP)
Pioneer 16x16 DVD+/- RW w/dual layer
LG 16x DVD-ROM
80GB external HDD(7,2K rpm) via USB2
Its a couple years old now but it has been plenty fast for anything I have needed to do so far. I plan on getting a new system within a year so I can take advantage of PCIe(Nvidia 7800) and higher bus speeds for the RAM(I plan to bump it up to 4GB) and CPU. Probably get SATA2 HDD as well. Probably use XP Pro.
Dual Opteron 242 (1.6Ghz)
MSI K8T Master2-FAR
1GB Kingston ECC
Enermax 550 Watt power supply
Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo III 7.1 sound card
2X 36GB SATA on RAID 0
External 120GB USB 2.0
Yep, time for an upgrade.
nice watercooling setup. here's mine.
reservoir busted, so I quit running it.
Power Mac Dual 2.5gHz G5, faster Superdrive, Viewsonic 20" LCD.
OS X 10.4.4
ATI 9700 128