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Old 04-16-2008, 12:11 PM   #11
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Vista is fine on new computers that are built with the proper hardware. Most of the problems that you hear about with Vista are peope who have tried to upgrade older machines. There are many compatibility issues with pretty much any hardware that is not brand new, while some of these issues can be worked out, it often takes more time and expertise than the average user is willing to put into a system. In other words, don't worry about Vista.

As far as the RAM question, while 4 gigs may not be absolutely necessary now, it cannot hurt to have it if you can afford it. As programs get bigger and more resource intense you will be happy about having it.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:20 PM   #12
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Thanks for the help!

BTW... when XP came out a lot of people went back to the earlier version of windows (Windows 98?) because XP looked and felt different and had the usual new software bugs. I expect Vista will be the same so I'll at least give it a try.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:21 PM   #13
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I did buy my computer the week that Vista came out so it was already built into it. As far as RAM, I say get as much as your system can handle. I guess you don't need it if you don't use your computer for much, but I live on mine. I play games and store a TON of files there. You will never regret that you have too much RAM but you may someday wish you had more.
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For anyone wondering, my parents bought a computer shortly after Christmas and got XP on it. It's a Dell laptop. I'm not sure of the specs on it, but I do know that Dell will put XP on it if you are leery of Vista.

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Originally Posted by kellyh57 View Post
For anyone wondering, my parents bought a computer shortly after Christmas and got XP on it. It's a Dell laptop. I'm not sure of the specs on it, but I do know that Dell will put XP on it if you are leery of Vista.

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I did find that they have some computers with XP still, but they were earlier version computers. My computer now is over 5 yrs old and I would like to get as new/updated as I can afford since I like to play some games and do some photo stuff. If all I did was email and basic internet then that would be ideal.

I'm not really leery of Vista, I just wanted to make sure my new computer could run it properly.
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I can't actually order till we get our "economic stimulus" money, but here's what I'm looking at based in part of input from you and others -

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium with Digital Cable Support

MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs

HARD DRIVE 320GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache

OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capabilityMONITORS

No Monitor

VIDEO CARD nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MBSOUND CARD

Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)

KEYBOARD Dell USB Keyboard

MOUSE Dell Optical USB Mouse

FLOPPY & MEDIA READER No Floppy Drive or Media Reader Included

WI-FI AND MODEM No Modem Requested

I chatted with a Dell rep and he said my old monitor was compatible so I'm good to go. Thanks for all your help!
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Glad to see you doing your part to stimulate the economy. I don't think catching up on a gas bill is what they have in mind but that's where mine is going!
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