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dtjejetyeuk keytketk Sep 19, 2012, 09:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 19, 2012, 09:42am EDT

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Well, six years on from buying this one and it's clearly time for another one.

Among others, it has these problems:

Hard disk trouble, like clicking noises, bad blocks all the time. Not related to the physical hard disk, as it does it with any disks. I've replaced the main disk already with a new one and it still does it. Harddisk controller on motherboard buggered???

Severe malware infection in 2011. Had system professionally wiped, but it's never worked properly since. Very unstable, most programs no longer work.

It's generally a fairly slow computer anyway in my opinion, the speed of it in general desktop use has never matched the Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz I had back in 2006, now that thing was bloody fast. Instant response in everything. In this you have to wait 10 seconds for Microsoft Word to load. I mean WTF? And as for Dual Core, Dual nothing!!! This thing can barely run more than two programs at once without going real slow and being an inconvenience.

So I'm replacing it with a Dell XPS8500, this computer will have an Intel i5 processor, of 3.1GHz and 8GB of fast RAM. Hoping to see a vast improvement in general performance. I'm got a bit out of touch with computer specifications in recent years. Running Windows 7, is this Dell computer going to be very fast with lightning quick loading and response in all programs? In the bleedin 21st century that's the least I would expect. I don't like to be reminded of the times I was using the slow old college computers 10 years ago with Pentium II crap taking 40 minutes to load a PowerPoint slideshow...


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Meats_Of_Evil Sep 19, 2012, 11:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Getting a new computer.
dtjejetyeuk keytketk said:


Hard disk trouble, like clicking noises, bad blocks all the time. Not related to the physical hard disk, as it does it with any disks. I've replaced the main disk already with a new one and it still does it. Harddisk controller on motherboard buggered???


Usually that means the hard drive itself is the cause, did you replace it with the same hard drive? Cause you may have gotten two lemons lol.

Severe malware infection in 2011. Had system professionally wiped, but it's never worked properly since. Very unstable, most programs no longer work.


When this happens I always suggest for you to re-format your PC, I never liked wiping the infections with anti-viruses or Malware removal tools since it never end up the same way as before.

It's generally a fairly slow computer anyway in my opinion, the speed of it in general desktop use has never matched the Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz I had back in 2006, now that thing was bloody fast. Instant response in everything. In this you have to wait 10 seconds for Microsoft Word to load. I mean WTF? And as for Dual Core, Dual nothing!!! This thing can barely run more than two programs at once without going real slow and being an inconvenience.


Have you consider reformating the PC and re-install everything from scratch? Almost all slowdowns are due to software so re-installing will most definitely fix the issue, unless you're still having problems with the hard drive.

So I'm replacing it with a Dell XPS8500, this computer will have an Intel i5 processor, of 3.1GHz and 8GB of fast RAM. Hoping to see a vast improvement in general performance. I'm got a bit out of touch with computer specifications in recent years. Running Windows 7, is this Dell computer going to be very fast with lightning quick loading and response in all programs? In the bleedin 21st century that's the least I would expect. I don't like to be reminded of the times I was using the slow old college computers 10 years ago with Pentium II crap taking 40 minutes to load a PowerPoint slideshow...


Have you considered building your own PC? It is pretty damn easy and you can get quality components and possibly pay less than what you'll end up paying Dell anyway, plus almost all quality hardware brands include lifetime or up to 5 years warranties so you'll be covered.

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dtjejetyeuk keytketk Sep 19, 2012, 12:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Getting a new computer.
Meats_Of_Evil said:
dtjejetyeuk keytketk said:


Hard disk trouble, like clicking noises, bad blocks all the time. Not related to the physical hard disk, as it does it with any disks. I've replaced the main disk already with a new one and it still does it. Harddisk controller on motherboard buggered???


Usually that means the hard drive itself is the cause, did you replace it with the same hard drive? Cause you may have gotten two lemons lol.

Severe malware infection in 2011. Had system professionally wiped, but it's never worked properly since. Very unstable, most programs no longer work.


When this happens I always suggest for you to re-format your PC, I never liked wiping the infections with anti-viruses or Malware removal tools since it never end up the same way as before.

It's generally a fairly slow computer anyway in my opinion, the speed of it in general desktop use has never matched the Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz I had back in 2006, now that thing was bloody fast. Instant response in everything. In this you have to wait 10 seconds for Microsoft Word to load. I mean WTF? And as for Dual Core, Dual nothing!!! This thing can barely run more than two programs at once without going real slow and being an inconvenience.


Have you consider reformating the PC and re-install everything from scratch? Almost all slowdowns are due to software so re-installing will most definitely fix the issue, unless you're still having problems with the hard drive.

So I'm replacing it with a Dell XPS8500, this computer will have an Intel i5 processor, of 3.1GHz and 8GB of fast RAM. Hoping to see a vast improvement in general performance. I'm got a bit out of touch with computer specifications in recent years. Running Windows 7, is this Dell computer going to be very fast with lightning quick loading and response in all programs? In the bleedin 21st century that's the least I would expect. I don't like to be reminded of the times I was using the slow old college computers 10 years ago with Pentium II crap taking 40 minutes to load a PowerPoint slideshow...


Have you considered building your own PC? It is pretty damn easy and you can get quality components and possibly pay less than what you'll end up paying Dell anyway, plus almost all quality hardware brands include lifetime or up to 5 years warranties so you'll be covered.


1) I replaced it with a totally different hard disk type altogether. So I'm sure this has to be something else in the computer and not the hard disks.

2) I probably should re-format again however that will be a lot of trouble as there's loads of software on here I bought online and God knows how long it will take to track down new activation codes for them again or download them again. I mean seriously loads of stuff. I guess it could be done but a long slow process.

3) I use programs like Flight Simulator X which is extremely demanding and requires the fastest technology available and fact is it runs like a slideshow on this computer in fact it always has done. This computer was never fast really when it was new, even with a fresh Windows install it seems slower compared to the Intel Pentium computer I used to have, even though it's better specified.

4) My previous computer (Pentium 4 3GHz) was a custom made PC I built myself. It cost me a lot more to get the components in than it cost me to buy a new one to a higher specification and that was buying stuff online.

The Dell computer will have a i5 3450 CPU, 8GB of RAM, TB hard disk, and ATI 7550 graphics card, and cost about 690. Can I do better than that buying the bits separately? Obviously including the case, PSU, mainboard, Windows software, Microsoft Office (which the Dell comes with), all the drives, etc. in the price. What is the best site to get all this from?

Meats_Of_Evil Sep 19, 2012, 05:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Getting a new computer.
If you send me the link to the computer you want to buy then I'll use it and build another online to see how much you save. I'll have to look for the best prices on a UK website though as I have no idea where to buy from lol. Usually if you're in America you buy from Newegg or Tigerdirect.

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dtjejetyeuk keytketk Sep 19, 2012, 07:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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