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Hi,
I'm buying new computer for office purpose.
The computer use for typical application such as office
and internet.
What do you thing about the following hardware configuration?
Should i change something?

Motherboard: Abit is7-e
CPU: celeron 2.4
Memory: Twinmos 256 ddram
HD: Western Digital 40GB 8 Mb buffer
Graphic card: GF4 MX440
CD ROM: LG 52X
Screen: LG TF10BH FLATRON

Thanks for helping.
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MeFrom,

  The hardware setup is fine, just add an extra 256MB of memory just in case software requires more than 256MB of RAM. I'm not sure about the TwinMos brand memory because of hearing some trouble with that particular brand. Corsair, Crucial, and Kingston memory are a good choice. The memory might cost slightly more, but very compatible especially with Crucial memory. If you get 2X256MB PC3200 Dual channel memory then you can run in Dual Channel mode for more performance. The Kingston Value PC3200 Memory 2X256MB Dual Channel is about $90 at http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-141-413&depa=1

You can stay with the 256MB of RAM, but it won't be long until you might need more memory since software requirements are getting higher. I just feel safer for you to go ahead with adding more memory when you place the order. Let me know what you think and I'll respond back.

BLack
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MeFrom,

     Personally, just to save more money in the long run, I would try to get an upgrade to a Pentium 4 with at least the same or better clock speed. If you want to save a few bucks go to local Fry's Electronics and buy an AMD Athlon XP machine without a monitor. If anything you have to have a working monitor. Also, that monitor looks kind of bulky and I couldn't even find any reviews on it.

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I would love for you to go P4 CPU, but if it's just for web surfing and MS Apps like Word and Excel, then the celeron would work for you. The board you have can be upgraded later to a faster CPU or P4 later on. My larger concern is the amount of memory you have installed. 256MB does get you by and working, but I find that 512MB is the sweet spot for WinXP/2k including Apps.

The LG monitor you have posted might be alright, but I'm finding it difficult to find this monitor or reviews to make a judgement on what I feel is acceptable. The info about finding this monitor on google is very limited. I would probably avoid this monitor since no reviews are even posted. I usually check reviews of hardware at www.pcworld.com about which monitor is acceptable. PCWorld does a detailed review on products including real world reviews before they grade quality. I'm not sure what size monitor you want, but I wouldn't skip on the price of a monitor since your already spending a fair amount. I would like to add that the choice of a monitor is important because you will be using this monitor 90% of the time. It seems right to spend just a little more for something you will enjoy later on. I feel this way because I've bought cheap products and never felt satisfied until it was replaced. So, most of the parts are good except for two products, but the total to upgrade to greater quality is between $50-$120. The amount might seem large, but if you plan to not upgrade for 3-4years, then you should spend extra $$$.


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by:kansophanith
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Hi,

Hope I can help you...!
For purpose only using application such as Ms office and Internet. It's full enough already but if you have any more applications pls list all the things.

You know my users' PC is running so many applications and now they are using a PC with capacity almost the same you.

CPU: X86 2GHz
RAM: 256Mb
HDD: 40GB

So my idea is no need to change as it's well already. Otherwise save cost is better.

Try first and see whether it is slow or not...

Have a nice day!
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Thanks!
Can i divide the points between few experts (means give each answer points)?
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meFrom,

  you can divide the points between each person, although I did answer the question first. The changes I thought of are very minor, such as memory. If you can't spend $40-$50 more for the extra memory at least spend a little more for a more reliable memory brand. I'm sure TwinMOS is decent memory, but they haven't provided much in reliability. The most reliable memory I've used is Crucial memory. I stress on quality of memory because I've seen the trouble cheap memory can do to a PC.

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