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Old 09-13-09, 06:35 AM   #1
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I have to buy a new pc.... I am considering buying a stationary and a small mini notebook, or a laptop. I don't know what I can afford yet, though..
I have to use some heavy calculating programs, and some software for editing pictures. Any recommodation on what processor, ram and harddrive space I should set as a minimum? I have no idea about what is best at the moment.. lol. My previous pc is 5 years old, so I don't really think buying a new harddrive and more memory is worth it?? It is a pentium 4 processor, 512Mb ram, and I think I can get a max of 160Gb harddrive and another 512Mb ram.. Any suggestions, or links to good sites where you can read up on what to choose?

Oh, and I am considering installing both ubuntu and windows xp (or 7). Is that a good idea?
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double booting windows and linux ubuntu is easy and very safe, so its a good idea if you want to ;D

MULTICOM / Velkommen is a great internet shop for laptops, if you're buying here in Norway (you're norwegian,right)

Komplett.no - Nettbutikk for datautstyr, PC, bærbar PC, TV, foto, video og spill. is a very great site for buying stationaries.

both sites has computers in every size and prizes
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Thanks Dizzy, I'll check those out.
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If your PC is 5 years old, then pretty much anything you can buy these days, desktop or laptop, will be waaay more powerful and should be able to do everything you need it to. I'd avoid a netbook myself, unless you know you're only going to be using it for an hour or so or you really really need to have a computer with you everywhere you go.

Modern PC's will happily run another OS as a virtual PC, download VirtualBox and an Ubuntu ISO and you'll be able to experiment with it without the hassle of dual booting.
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I just built one on the weekend. Specs:

Intel i5
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I dual boot OS X with Windows 7 on my MacBook. I had my doubts but it really does feel faster and more stable than XP in all respects, with a clean interface and almost no compatibility issues. I recommend it, especially the 64-bit version if you plan on getting lots of memory.
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I like a desktop, but laptops are good for carrying places I'd really rather have one right now... But then again, it'd prolly get stolen if I left it in my car, so, desktop for now, laptop later lol
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A notebook or a netbook? Don't get a netbook, it's a stupid idea.

You should go for the highest processer you can afford. The memory - unless you are editing videos or playing real complicated games, you shouldn't need to max out. 160 GB will also probably be sufficient for your needs (and you can always buy an external drive).

Personally, I am never going back to stationary computers after buying a laptop. Being able to lie in bed and surf the net is far too comfortable (especially now I've gotten used to the keyboard).
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ahh, the thought of that gets me high lol
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A notebook or a netbook? Don't get a netbook, it's a stupid idea.

You should go for the highest processer you can afford. The memory - unless you are editing videos or playing real complicated games, you shouldn't need to max out. 160 GB will also probably be sufficient for your needs (and you can always buy an external drive).

Personally, I am never going back to stationary computers after buying a laptop. Being able to lie in bed and surf the net is far too comfortable (especially now I've gotten used to the keyboard).
It depends on what you use it for. If you like to use it on the run at wifi hotspots, a netbook is fine since they are smaller and lighter.
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