Computer FAQ
February 5, 2014

This week: What to do with an XP Machine - Part - 3

The last two dealt with what may happen when Microsoft ends support for XP; this week I answer the question, “What do I need in a new PC?” I have always said buy the best PC your budget will allow, but I see no reason to overspend. For most of my clients, the less expensive PC’s will work fine, and those who need a high-end, fast machine for gaming or graphics already know what they want.

But for the rest of us, we get on a PC manufacturer’s web site and look at all the options and prices and become overwhelmed. If your old PC is more than three or four years, any new PC will be more than fast enough to do anything you are accustomed to doing on your current PC. What you want to look for is expandability; i.e., what is the maximum memory the hardware can use; how large is the hard drive, and how many USB ports does it have?

I priced a new Dell PC for $399.99, not including MS Office. This is Dell’s least expensive PC as of today and has an INTEL G2030 dual-core CPU. This is more than enough for most work by the typical home user. There are options for faster CPU’s but again, if you are used to an old machine, the speed of the CPU is not that important. The most important factor, I believe, is MEMORY; this is where the operating system holds data waiting to be processed by the CPU, and the more memory, the better. This PC comes with 4GB, more than enough for the first three to five years of most people’s needs but can be expanded to 16GB. What happens is that as the software makers install updates to their software, especially Microsoft, the programs expand to use more memory. This results in the need for more memory after a few years to keep your PC running quickly. Next is the hard drive size; this PC comes with a 500GB hard drive, giving a user a lot of space, enough for 145,000 photos on this drive-- again, a good starter size. You do not want to get one that is overly larger than you need; first you are wasting space, and second for your backup’s you should have a backup device that will hold three times the data on your PC’s hard drive. This means you need a 1.5TB external hard drive just to have enough space for three backups of your data. The larger the PC hard drive, the larger external hard drive is needed.

I hope this helps in deciding what to do with your PC running XP.
‘til next week

Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell

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February 5, 2014 Windows XPWhat to Do With Machine-Part 3

January 29, 2014 Windows XPWhat to Do With Machine

January 22, 2014 Windows XP to be Discontinued

January 15, 2014 New Year - CLEAN UP Your PC

January 8, 2014 Moving AGAIN
December 18, 2013 Viruses
December 11, 2013 Windows 8.1 - Part 2
December 4, 2013 Windows 8.1 - Part 1
November 27, 2013 Internet Explorer 11
November 20, 2013 How To Remove Virus Part 2
November 13, 2013 How To Remove Virus Part 1
November 6, 2013 Cryto Locker Virus
October 30, 2013 Power Supplies and Power Strips
October 23, 2013 Hacked! My E-mail was HACKED!
October 16, 2013 View Home Page As You Like It Part 2
October 9, 2013 View Home Page As You Like It
October 2, 2013 PUPs Cause Slow Browsing
September 25, 2013 Smart Phones
September 18, 2013 Bits, Bytes, Kilo, Mega and Giga
September 11, 2013 ScamAGAIN - RansomWare and Remote Control
September 4, 2013 ScamAGAIN - Get "Dummy" Credit Card
August 28, 2013 Backing Up Your PC-Part 2
August 21, 2013 Backing Up Your PC-Part 1
August 14, 2013 Troubleshooting Internet Connections
August 7, 2013 Cooling Fans and Temperature
July 31, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 2
July 24, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 1
July 17, 2013 Windows XP Expires April, 2014
July 10, 2013 PC Won't Boot AND Toolbars
July 3, 2013 Helpful Hints - 2nd Users on Your PC
June 26, 2013 PC SCAM - Part 2
June 19, 2013 PC Money SCAM-READ THIS
June 12, 2013 CAUTION New Viruses AND Trojans
June 5, 2013 WIFI vs Cable
May 29, 2013 On-Line Help-BEWARE
May 22, 2013 Faxing With Multi-Function Printers
May 15, 2013 Scanners and Software
May 8, 2013 Battery Replacement May Be Necessary
May 1, 2013 Zombies Search Your Personal Info
April 24, 2013 Java and Adobe Updates NOT to be Ignored
April 17, 2013 Passwords And Email
April 10, 2013 Spring Cleaning-The Inside
April 3, 2013 Spring Cleaning for Your PC
March 27, 2013 Microsoft WORKS Great Substitute for Office
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars
January 2, 2013
Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!