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#1 Sean Price   CAG Veteran Silenced   220 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

Sean Price

Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:54 AM

Greetings All,

After being PC-less at home for I can't even say how long I unearthed some ill-Gotten goods.. But they is so old and therefore I'm looking to do a bit of a refresh on em..

They are HP SFF computers.. 2 dc7700's and 2 dc7800's, they are all rocking on Windows XP SP3 with 1gb of RAM.
(http://h20565.www2.h...ette.cachetoken)

Specs on the dc7800 are as follows:(copied from BIOS)

Processor Type: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 @2.33GHz
Process Speed: 2333/1333 <-- anyone know what that means?
Memory Size: 1024 MB DDR2/667 MHz/Dual Channel 512MB x2
Harddrive: 80GB

 

 

Now here is my 2 questions..

 

1. Given my CPU, would I be better off with 32 bit O/S or a 64 Bit O/S?

i.e.  32bit win7 or 64bit Win7? (going to 4GB RAM)

 

 

and

 

 

2. Anyone know where else besides Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, Ebay, where I can buy a Graphics card?

 

The card in mind is an HD 6450 2GB, HOWEVER it must be a Low Profile Card..

 

I cannot for the life of me find it..   Sapphire HD 6450

 

 

Anyways,..   Looking for input on some sites to buy Graphics cards as the top ones failed me..

 

 

Let me know!

 

Thank You!

 

oNe

 

P.S. Why do Low Profile brackets seem so hard to find? I figured it would be like a $0.50 item but NOo....



#2 twztid13   Infinite backlog CAGiversary!   7859 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 February 2014 - 11:06 PM

Directron.com is a good place to check. Are you just using this for an internet box, or you plan on gaming on it? No newer games will run well on it, even with the GPU you want, unfortunately. You will need the 64-bit OS (and you will DEFINITELY need more RAM than 1GB. The 64bit OS allows more than the 4GB limit on a 32bit OS. XP uses 1GB, 7 uses 2GB for the OS alone). The 1333 is th front side bus speed. If these have been sitting for a while, you will probably want to invest in a new HDD, as they may have bad sectors from sitting up so long. I ha some DDR2 RAM, but I gave it all away :(. Check the trade forums here for some, as I know I saw CAG's listing older PC parts not long ago. Sorry I don't have more time to help, but I'll check back. Best of luck.

 

BTW, this CAG has Windows 7 Pro (can get 64bit) for ~$39. I bought one and he is legit. Just a thought.

http://www.cheapassg.../#entry11547375



#3 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49880 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

BTW, this CAG has Windows 7 Pro (can get 64bit) for ~$39. I bought one and he is legit. Just a thought.

http://www.cheapassg.../#entry11547375

That CAG is about as legit as a 3-dollar bill.    The license keys may appear to be legit, though he's either selling keys from a Technet account or that he's finding illegally-generated keys on the Internet.   There's no way he could be making any money on those if his initial buy-in wasn't close to zero.

 

Plenty of legit places to get Windows 7 Pro out there, though not for those prices.



#4 twztid13   Infinite backlog CAGiversary!   7859 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 24 February 2014 - 08:14 PM

That CAG is about as legit as a 3-dollar bill.    The license keys may appear to be legit, though he's either selling keys from a Technet account or that he's finding illegally-generated keys on the Internet.   There's no way he could be making any money on those if his initial buy-in wasn't close to zero.

 

Plenty of legit places to get Windows 7 Pro out there, though not for those prices.

When I say legit, I mean you pay for a key, you get a key, the key works for the intended purpose. That's legit. When someone is digging up old rigs to use, they aren't looking to spend $125 on a key. You may have have my words confused & think I meant lawful in the U.S.?