Need A New Computer / Help With Your Current PC? - MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos
Technology Discuss your computer, operating system, hardware, software, etc. All the latest Technology including digital cameras, iPods, Blackberry, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-21-2006, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In your mom's box
Posts: 663
                   
Need A New Computer / Help With Your Current PC?

Let me know. I build computers, so I can help if you're having issues or would like that badass gaming rig you always wanted.
Pr0d1gy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 05:36 PM
Banned
 
AtomDanger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NOwhere
Posts: 2,317
   
This offer still on the table?
AtomDanger is offline  
post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-24-2006, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In your mom's box
Posts: 663
                   
Sure, what ya need?
Pr0d1gy is offline  
post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-24-2006, 05:53 PM
Super Heavyweight
 
cabby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,806
                     
Couple questions. If I reformat my hardrive will I lose all my saved things? And if so is there a way I could keep them? And another, if i add more RAM to my computer will it automatically get faster?
cabby is offline  
post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-24-2006, 06:21 PM
Lightweight
 
attention's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,977
Blog Entries: 3
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by cabby
Couple questions. If I reformat my hardrive will I lose all my saved things? And if so is there a way I could keep them? And another, if i add more RAM to my computer will it automatically get faster?
A reformat can happen in 2 ways... quick-reformat will just lose the main dictionary to the data entries (all the data is still there, just not easily referenced) ... full-reformat will zero out every bit and surface check the platters...

If you quickformat your drive you can still get stuff back, but not easily...
If you full format, forget it... best you leave that kind of recovery to the experts...

Im wondering if you are trying "optimize" your PC?

If so, a format may not be required... unless you have some really messed up system and you wanna start clean (then use Norton Ghost to get back to a particular state should you install something messy again) ...

You need to "backup" all your valuable stuff to some external media...
This is a good habit *in general* to get into... Most HDD will last a good 5 years... but you never know when it will fail... best to get those jpg, mp3, avi, mpgs, docs and games onto some DVD media

"Faster" is a relative thing

More Ram will keep the CPU from creating "page memory" on the HDD... this is a good thing, but it has diminishing returns... eventually it wont have any effect...

In my case I have a p4-3Ghz with HT, I threw in half a GB Ram for winXP... ran perfectly fine... RAM prices dropped, thru another half a GB in... 1 GB total... turned off virtual memory... Much snappier performance when switching between multiple applications...
RAM prices dropped again... got another full GB... making 2 GB total...
no real improvement.

Say you want better game performance... then you dont want RAM, you want a better video card

So in the end... it depends
attention is offline  
post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-25-2006, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In your mom's box
Posts: 663
                   
That is all 100% correct with the exception of the RAM for games comment. In fact you will need more RAM to properly run most newer games, with 2gb being pretty much standard for MMORPG's and BF2 (although I could play BF2 with 1gb, it works better with 2). Nice job attention.
Pr0d1gy is offline  
post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-25-2006, 10:53 AM
Administrator
 
adminmma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,947
Blog Entries: 1
                     
If you’re buying a machine today, minimum system should be 2ghz, 1 gig of ram and if you’re into gaming, a decent gaming card (even older Nvidia 6600 GTs will do )

If you just want to back up your documents, burn a cd or dvd. If you dont have a cd burner, pick one up. They’re cheap, install at a shop is usually $25 (Canadian) and likely, they will back up your files for you (most of the smaller shops have great customer support)!

Then you can even go through the format process.

Will ram speed up your machine, yes. *RAM - random access memory.
Accessing virtual memory will slow your machine down, hence why people prefer ram (of the silicone chip type). Virtual Memory is simply the operating system using some amount of disk space as if it were real memory.

As I said, hard disks are slower than ram. So if the operating system is doing a lot of swapping between the two, it's going to slow your computer down.
If that's happening frequently, or if your computer seems to be "thrashing" or constantly swapping in and out from disk, it might be time to add some memory to your machine. It can be one of the most cost effective ways to increase your system's speed.
adminmma is offline  
post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 04:46 AM
Banned
 
AtomDanger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NOwhere
Posts: 2,317
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by AtomDanger
This offer still on the table?

Umm, I don't know lol...
I want to be able to burn music / movies
So i want a dvd r
I dont do any gaming, so i guess something simple with good speed and burning
AtomDanger is offline  
post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 09:14 AM
Super Heavyweight
 
cabby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 4,806
                     
So If I pick up some RAM my computer will speed up and I can play some better games on my pc? I don't know shit about gaming cards or whatever, does every computer have one? My computer is old but runs farely well. ONLY PENTIUM 3!!??hahahah But it is very zippy and I have 3meg internet.

This is what I want to do.
1. Get more RAM
2. Get another hard drive, preferiblly an external drive that uses USB
3. Get some info on the gaming card stuff from you guys. Can you be more specific as to what they look like or where they are found in a PC(I know theyre not all the same but i need help haha)
cabby is offline  
post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-26-2006, 02:44 PM
Amatuer
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 103
 
I'm afraid your comp will never be able to play any of the newer titles. A Pentium 3 and the pc100 ram it has is too slow. You will have a hard time even finding memory for it. And you video card slot is probably AGP 2x, the last card to fit in there was a geforce 3.
Squeetard is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome