Just got this pc,tell me the goods and the bad about it...

By stayzzhard · 5 replies
Apr 12, 2008
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  1. Field Value
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name PERFECTO
    User Name Administrator

    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 2400 MHz (18 x 133)
    Motherboard Name Dell OptiPlex GX260
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale-G i845G
    System Memory 253 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Phoenix (04/28/03)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (64 MB)
    3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics
    Monitor HP D8904 [17" CRT] (110810830906)

    Audio Adapter Intel 82801DB ICH4 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-1]

    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive Maxtor 6E020L0 (20 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
    Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148C (48x CD-ROM)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 19869 MB (15410 MB free)

    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse

    Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Network Connection (
    Modem Standard Modem

    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB ICH4 - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB ICH4 - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB1 Controller Intel 82801DB ICH4 - USB Controller [A-1]
    USB2 Controller Intel 82801DB ICH4 - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-1]
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    It's "obsolete" and I hope you didn't shell out much for it. If you're going to use it for basic web browsing and word processing it should be more than fine, however, you might want to invest in a bit more RAM or you'll be visiting anger management classes.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,966   +2,524

    It's obsolete, but quite servicable for many uses. Don't expect to be running "Crysis" on it anytime soon.

    Welcome to the forum.

    I would mention that it's a bit much to ask, "tell me everything there is to know about this computer", especially on a first post.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,966   +2,524

    To the Point......

    Yeah stayzzhard it'll probably go soft waiting to get anything done with 264MB of RAM onboard. Ya, like that RAM thing, great metaphor, yes?

    Now that's funny! LOL
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    The CPU in your computer came out sometime mid-2002 to 2003 so you can figure your computer is 4 - 6 years old. That doesn’t mean it can’t still be a good work horse but don’t expect it to achieve the same performance / response times or be able to support the same range of applications (e.g. 3D gaming) the way a newer computer can. (That means it can't support Windows Vista either.... but many would say at least that's a good thing!)

    You can, however, boost its performance by investing in more RAM (though you probably don’t want to invest too much $$ into it vs. saving up to buy a newer computer when you can).

    You can go to memory dealer’s site, like crucial.com, and allow them to scan your computer to see just what you have now and what options you have in adding more memory. Based on your specs, your computer has two memory slots. You either have 2 x 128MB RAM chips (one in each slot) or 1 x 256MB RAM chip (in one slot while the other slot if empty). You can add 1 x 512 MB chip for about $26 or 1 GB for $50 (plus shipping and taxes). You should see noticeable performance improvement for that $25 - $50 investment.

    It’s not hard to change the memory yourself but its important you first read carefully how to do it as the only “difficulty” is knowing what to do so as not to damage the memory chip by static electricity shock, touching its metal edges (vs gripping it by its plastic edges) and making sure the chip is firmly inserted into its memory slot so as to make good electrical contact but knowing you should never need to force it into a memory slot.
  6. stayzzhard

    stayzzhard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "Thank you to" all that provided their insight,And yes "captaincranky",it probably was to much to ask on my first post,lol..But it's my first pc,And basically,not much aware of specs and so forth,but i'll study hard..

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