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hi guys if i want to buy a new computer and still play freel

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Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:24 pm

its there but i dont want to go over board in the price if i want to change stuff i can this is to run my server off of and also to play on so there wont be to much lag. so its a good system i will problably go for it in a couple of weeks thanks guys.

Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:19 pm

Honestly, over 1000.00 is quite steep....very steep. Considering you can
buy a decent XP OS on just about any desktop pc under 900.00.

See here, I'm developing the 20 Years Later mod on my oldest PC which is
about 4 years old now. (antique by PC standards today)
It's an hp pavillion with the P4 running at 2.3 ghz. and an updated
intel graphics chipset. (I had to update the chipset for other applications
other than Freelancer...since Freelancer ran fine with the old version)
I also upgraded the ram to 1 gig, installed a DVD burner, and installed
an additional 40 gig secondary drive that I use for backups. (I haven't even come close to filling that one up anyway)

You don't have to go (forgive the expression) hog wild (and broke) in
the process if you just want to keep playing Freelancer on a newer
system. You just have to make sure the system will support
what's called "backward compatability". If it doesn't, you've wasted a lot of money
on a useless PC and will end up regretting your choice.

I'd do a bit more research and foot work to find better deals. I'm sure you can.

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:17 am

Tawakalnistan Exports Unlimited is always open for business! why pay more for less?

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:22 am

i am paying more for the ram the original set up was 999.00

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:16 am

A D-Hell? XP Home? Intel Graphics? dvd/cd combo? extended warranty? online backup rubbish? Macafee? and they haven't even included a copy of Office!

doesn't look like a good deal to me, comrade Ricardo haven't stumped up any $$$ yet, have you? don't. if it's Dell, you won't get it for weeks and it will be wrong. Go to your local computer shop and give an honest worker your money, don't waste it on Indian call-centres. Dell don't even have mainland US support now, they've closed down their US call centre(s) and now you can only talk to Harbinder in Delhi.

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:38 am

hey have you seen harbenda shes a looker. any the computer i have now is a dell and it working its gotta be 5 or 6 years old but its still cranking . with only one call to support as to if i can put another 512 in my system so i can get a gig. i get macafee for free through comcast.

Edited by - richard s on 10/22/2007 5:38:39 AM

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:05 am

I remember that the only maintenance I had with my hp was when
the cpu fan died. I had to do some legwork, but found a suitable
replacement at an office supply store. Then had to adapt the wiring
a little to match to old configuration.
The old fan was set to run at one speed, but the newer one that matched it
was set up for mulitple speeds. (I thought that was a waste of technology)
So, now the new replacement runs at a constant speed just like the old one...
and all is quiet again.

Really, simply taking care of your pc and upgrading it, is imho the better option.
Xp is going to be around for a while...especially until they get the bugs
worked out of the new Vista.

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:55 pm

let me tell you i have had no problems whatsoever with my dell i just want more ram and all i play is old games . i just want my computer to run faster . circut city is the closest store besides walmart and they got crap so i am sticking with my dell .

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:00 pm

Some time when you get the chance, take a little trip to ciruit city with
one of your ram boards and talk with one of the floor sales reps.
Ram boards are usually pretty easy to get to...
First step is always to power down and unplug your pc...
set it up on a table so when you open the case,
make sure you ground yourself to the frame
to prevent static electricity that can kill that sensitive technology.
The boards are usually just set very snug into their slots,
so one of them should be pretty easy to pull out.
If they have "latches" holding them in place,
those latches should provide the means
to dislodge the boards for removal.
Once it is removed...
Place that in a static free container/wrap.
Once you're at the store...
I'm certain they will probably have a few upgrade rams available for you
and they're not terribly expensive. Cheaper by a far long shot than a new PC.
All they have to do is match the pin set of the ram boards you bring to them.
Once you find the ram you want and purchase it, it's a cinch to install
the new boards.
Follow the instructions provided ensuring that
you observe anti-static protocols when you install them.
Close the case, plug in and power up.
The PC should recognize the new ram as soon as it boots up.
Happy Freelancer gaming.

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:46 pm

Warning though - some motherboard chipsets have a hardcoded upper limit to how much RAM they will "see". VIA's boards in the PC133 days for example could see either 768 meg or 1.5 gig but not more than that.

Post Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:10 pm

No jokes about Typhon Taw, etc! That's right, I'm on to you!

Post Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:43 am

already at my ram limit with the old computer thats why i am buying a new one. with preeinstalled 4 gigs of ram thats straight out the box and im saving seirus against the nomads in my horus pluss i can finally see some real time in your face streaming media wow.

Post Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:46 am

rich, is that running a 32bit OS? IE Windows XP

if it is that 4GB wont all get detected because of your graphics cards onboard memory

Post Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:35 am

Frankly, if *I* were the one spending the thousand bucks, I'd check out an independent shop and pick up something like this, or this.

Given that Canadian prices are still higher than US prices by ~10-20% you can see that that thousand bucks can go pretty far.


Edited by - Hahukum Konn on 10/23/2007 7:37:01 AM

Post Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:46 am

and with that amount of RAM and the cpu you've chosen, you should be using 64-bit Windows, not 32-bit for x86 processors.
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