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Old 07-07-2006, 02:28 PM   #1
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PC novice here... that annoying time has come again where I have to buy a bloody PC. A joy to most of you I'm sure but to me it is a major hastle!!

I use my current rig ( first time ive used that word) for:-

word/excel/access/surfing/email/lot of downloading movies&music/ipod

not particulary interested in gaming but would still like the option to run a half decent game for 30 minutes before I get bored
so how about this one????

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2-4200+ Dual Core
with HyperTransport™ Technology
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center
ASUS A8N-SLI nFORCE 4 PCI X Mainboard
1024MB DDR 400 Memory
300GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
256MB nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT Graphics
Dual DVI,HDTV & TV Out PCI Express
19" Viewsonic VA-912 TFT LCD Monitor,
DVI & 8ms response time + Built in Speakers
Sony 16x Dual Layer DVD Writer
7.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech Desktop KB & Optical Mouse
£834 quid

It is from meshcomputers, is it a good deal? Am I skimping on anything?
I set myself a £900 budget with a 19" monitor.

Good advice appreciated! Even a nod will do
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Thats a very good PC right there. Only I dont suggest getting XP Media Center, its useless to me. So if you can, than pick Home or Professional instead of the Media.
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I agree with rance-n-e. That system is NICE! But to get Windows Professional... media center edition is useless.
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That's a nice system

ViewSonic make excellent monitors BTW

My mate got the Media Centre OS and he says for the extra £15 you get a nice front end and a snazzy remote, so you might as well keep it

It all looks great
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Seems like a very nice Rig dude btw
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Um Why Windows media center edition?
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Old 07-07-2006, 03:08 PM   #6
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Why windows media? I don't know! What is it?? What's the difference It just came with it and I overlooked upgrading to xp pro

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Edition[upg £ 25.00]
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition[upg £ 35.00]

there is the upgrade costs, extra £10 for this x64 edition (?????) worth it? No idea! Please advise

I'm very happy there is positive reviews of the system

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The x64 edition is alot of work messing around with drivers. Stick with Windows XP Pro or Home
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Windows Media Center Edition comes with a Microsoft Remote and adds a front end which you can use from across the room to play videos, listen to music and watch TV(if you have a TV card).

The x64 version is for 64-bit processors, and basically is a marketing scam to make you believe you'll get a twice as fast PC. The problem is that while the operating system might be a couple of seconds quicker at loading up, many drivers are only BETA and so are not very good and 99.99% of process are not 64 bit, so you don't get any boost from them at all.



Media Center Edition comes with this added front end:



As well as a remote like this:



So, for the money, you get some pretty neat features

You also get a slightly changed look of Windows
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nah, i never use media center. never never

i have almost the same PC as you, a 4200 and a 7600gt. i have another gig of ram, but you'll vbe really happy with that pc
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Thats a very good PC right there. Only I dont suggest getting XP Media Center, its useless to me. So if you can, than pick Home or Professional instead of the Media.
I would definitely pick Professional over Home Edition. Just more features and security than Home Edition. I have Home Edition and am patiently waiting for Vista to replace it.
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