Desktop on last legs. Recommendations??

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by northern_warrior, Jun 18, 2008.

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  1. As the thread title suggests, the old and bold desktop in " Casa Warrior " is about to be taken outside and given the lump hammer treatment!

    Any guru ARRSER's out there recommend a replacement? This one is on its last legs is a few years old. 160gig, 500mb RAM....

    Like I said it's feckin old :D

    Roughly what I am after is a family friendly pooter, that I can also use to do a fair amount of work on at home.

    The machine will be used for the usual t'internet, kids school stuff. Also a lot of work related things for me and her indoors.

    I'm after a fast machine with very good memory capacity. I don't use the PC for much gaming, however, the kids and our lass do.

    Seen this today, in comet!! acer pooter ( I know this is not the comet website! ) Comments? Thoughts?

    Any help appreciated fella's. Not the worlds biggest pooter guru, so don't be banging massive lists of stats up please, if you do an explanation for a mong would be helpful!


    Oh, and P.S. Pointers on transferring the data from me old drives to the new machine?

    This would be helpful especially if the old system was XP and the new one more than likely to be vista ( yes, I know I am a cheeky fooker!! )


    Cheers N_W.
     
  2. If you check Morgan's www.morgancomputers.co.uk you get some good factory reconditioned units that come with XP rather than Vista, though nowhere near the spec of the machine indicated in your link. Misco www.misco.co.uk also do a few brand new machines wwith XP. I have used both companies in the past with no cause for complaint.

    I too am looking to replace a desktop and face the same problem of transferring settings, especially those relating to the BT broadband connection, along with all those passwords forgotten due to being logged in automatically each time...
     
  3. Sorry, me again. My main concern in the transfer of files is my ITUNES library. 1000's and 1000's of tunes + a host of other stuff!!

    All my other files, I think I should be able to just transfer via memory stick???

    (Unless I am being a ultra mong here!!) :D :D :D


    Cheers N_W.
     
  4. msr

    msr LE

  5. You should be able to slave in the old hard drive on the IDE port to transfer all your ITunes over. Once youve got them copied over, disconnect the drive and point the ITunes app to the location of your new music library.
     
  6. In XP, under Start\All Programs\Accessories\System Tools, you will find the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Very useful as a starter but I try and keep an eye on where everything is filed.

    I try and keep all my files and documents in \My Documents in order that I can easily back up everything and that should be easily transferrable via a DVD or USB stick. A reversed network cable would be even faster, if you have a network port on both computers.

    Remember to copy across your cookies and favourites (sic) in order to retain access to your porn sites. :twisted:

    Finally, I take a copy of my old disk and place that on my new hard drive which helps if I suddenly realise that I have missed something.

    Oh, and I run Belarc (www.belarc.com) and note which programs I have installed on the old beast because I might want them on the new beast.

    Buy a large crate of beer and plenty of snacks because it can be a long job!

    Litotes
     
  7. Then re-format the old hard drive and use it as a backup :)
     
  8. Cheers for the responses so far with regards to file transfer.

    Appreciate that reply mate, but as I said above. I am no Bill Gates when it comes to the in's and out's of how computers do their 'thang'!! A simpler explanation for Uncle Nobhead here would be nice :D

    Cheers also Litotes and counterstrike.

    I have all files backed up on an external drive due to a massive drama a few months ago. Which entailed a lot of swearing, stella, smokes and phone calls to a computer savvy relative. Just a case of getting them onto the new system.?!!

    Any pointers on the new PC would be nice as well gents.

    Ta for the replies.


    Cheers N_W.
     
  9. If your 'northern warrior' monicker is accurate I may have a solution to file transfer.

    I have a USB - IDE adaptor, which allows any IDE hard dive to be plugged into a USB socket. The drive can then be opened in Windows Explorer and files dragged and dropped at a decent rate of knots. Ilive in Manc,and would be happy to lend it to you if you are close, I could always send it via the post.
     
  10. Cheers very much 21. You are correct on the monkier front.

    Just up the M6 originally. Lancashire. However, our wonderful employers very rarely post us close to or in our home towns/cities.

    Am very much further north now mate, cheers for the offer.

    Will have a look on the net for a USB IDE Adaptor.

    Thanks for the offer bud.

    Need to crack the new pooter thing first mind.


    Cheers N_W.