Replacing my ~6 year old laptop with a new Dell desktop, need tips.

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  1. nicklk

    nicklk New Member

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    So I'm a complete n00b when it comes to computers, but my Dell Inspiron 9200 has treated me well over the years, but its on its last leg. I've replaced the video card about two years ago after it took a shit, but half the keys dont work anymore, and lines have been starting to dead pixel on the screen.

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    Its completely wore out lol
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    OLD school specs
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    SO I ordered one of the Vostro 220 deals from Dell on Saturday.

    Vostro 220 Mini-Tower
    Core 2 Duo E7400/2.8GHz,3M 1066FSB
    2GB Non-ECC 800MHz DDR2,2X1GB
    Dell UltraSharp 2208WFP
    256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450
    250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive 7200RPM, 8MB Cache
    Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 32-bit w/ Media Dell Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    16X DVDROM and 16X DVD+/-RW Dual Drive
    Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
    Dell AX510 Flat Panel Display Stereo Sound Bar (UltraSharp) for Dell Vostro DTs and NBs

    My first plan was to get a 1TB or a 1.5TB HDD, and upgrade the memory.

    Any other suggestions for a n00b, software to make things run well, etc?
     
  2. caddymac

    caddymac New Member

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    Going to eBay the old laptop?

    Definitely add more memory with Vista.
     
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    you say that laptop is treating you well and you're going to replace it with a desktop.

    why not buy a docking station and plug in a monitor/keyboard/mouse and use it as a desktop?
     
  4. nicklk

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    Na, going to keep it so I can poker on the couch and have the freedom of the laptop.

    I've pretty much upgraded it as much as I can, its a one piece motherboard so there is only one option for video cards and processor. It just runs very slow. I need something faster for HD video playback (laptop cant even touch HD video), and something to process photos faster (it takes 7-10 minutes to upload a 2gig CF card onto my computer right now), the USB ports dont go to 2.0 as well.
     

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