Upgrade your Current PC, Buy a Vista Capable PC, or buy a new PC when Vista Comes Out?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by genedefcon2000, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Should I upgrade my current PC, buy a Vista Capable PC, or buy a new PC when
    Vista comes out? My current PC has 256 MB of RAM, a 2.6 GHz Intel Celeron
    processor, and only intergrated graphics, and a 17 inch CRT monitor. It
    seems like now is the time to upgrade. What should I do?
     
    genedefcon2000, Oct 5, 2006
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    Will Guest

    A new graphics card and some extra ram should do it for you
    I have vista on one of my older Pc's it has a celeron 2.4 gig cpu and 512Mb
    of ram and a radeon 9200se graphics card
    it doesn't run aero glass because of the older graphics card but other than
    that vista runs very well on it, at least just as good as XP maybe a little
    faster.
     
    Will, Oct 5, 2006
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    Will Guest

    just a note to my last post if your thinking about a graphics card
    the minimum that will run aero glass
    would be a nvidia FX5200
    or a radeon 9250
    I have a nvidia 6200 on one of my pc's and it runs aero glass very well and
    it's a very affordable card
     
    Will, Oct 5, 2006
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Really depends on how much you're willing to spend.

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    Yeovil, UK.
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    Paul Smith, Oct 5, 2006
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    Lang Murphy Guest

    You'd need to break down the difference in cost between upgrading your
    current PC to a minimum of 1GB RAM and a video card to support Vista, the
    cost of Vista itself, which from what I've seen won't be cheap, and the cost
    of buying a new PC.

    I don't know if Vista will significantly raise the cost of new PC's. If it
    doesn't have that big an impact, you might consider buying a new PC that has
    Vista on it. But, ultimately, it's your budget that will decide the best
    option for you. I don't know where you're located, but one can find some
    pretty good deals on new PC's if one is patient and scans the ads each week
    in the local papers. Just my two cents...

    Lang
     
    Lang Murphy, Oct 5, 2006
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    Telstar Guest

    I would buy a new machine, but I would keep the monitor if its of good
    quality.

    What's your budget?
     
    Telstar, Oct 5, 2006
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    Gene Fitz Guest

    It really is all about how much you are willing to spend. I mean, you can
    spend the couple hundred to upgrade your memory and graphics cards, or you
    can do like I am for the distro release, I am just going to best buy, and
    getting a new computer, spending around $700 for a complete system, rocking
    and ready to go.
    But hey, that is all you. either way, you can make it work.
     
    Gene Fitz, Oct 5, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    Will--

    There are so many possibilities considering on what you look at as a new PC,
    what your budget is. I like Lang's 2 cents a lot--. It's very good advice;
    and also remember time wise if you are willing to wait a little until early
    next year the choice of new dual cores whether laptops or desktops is going
    to increase dramatically and because of the introduction of Vista and all of
    the competition your choices will increase dramatically as will the sales
    and your price options, including the battles of the duals and the quads.

    These companies will be going all out to ride the wave of Vista to boost
    their PC sales.

    Even if you don't build your own you can get perspective from articles like
    these:

    Build Your Own Windows Vista System
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2015439,00.asp

    Windows Vista and the Future of Hardware
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2000438,00.asp

    Windows Vista and PC Gamers
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1941403,00.asp

    Read at www.extremetech.com some for some perspective on the new hardware
    and Vista--several articles.

    A number of helpful hdw guides are here as well:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/default.mspx

    Good luck,

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Oct 6, 2006
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