I'am looking for a new pc to use for personal use and gaming! I'am looking for some recommendations, I'am looking into this computer
• AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+
• ATI Radeon® Xpress 200
• Double-layer DVD+/-RW • Separate CD-ROM drive
• 160GB hard drive
• 8-in-1 media card reader
Do you think its worth buying? Its at $629.99 -$50 (mail in rebate), price comes to $579.99 after rebates.
Here are some of the featuers and specs this computer comes / has!
Superior gaming performance: With the AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+ 2.0GHz processor and super-fast 2000MHz system bus, you're ready to take on the next generation of ultra-realistic 64-bit gaming software.
Powerful graphics: The PCI-Express® ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 graphics card supports DirectX® 9 and Open GL technologies so you can enjoy the latest interactive 3D games. The 128MB of DDR shared video memory will keep the imaging smooth and sharp.
Compelling sound: Two amplified stereo speakers are ready to bring your music and games to life. If you want to upgrade to a serious surround system, this desktop features Dolby 5.1 (6-channel) support for high-definition audio.
Dual optical drives: Use the DVD+/-RW drive to store and record double the data. This drive uses special double-layer DVD media to record up to 8.5GB of information on one disc. When the DVD drive is busy, you can listen to music playing on the separate CD-ROM drive.
Connect everything: One FireWire® and seven USB 2.0 ports let you add a wide assortment of peripherals.
Keep everything: The expansive 7200RPM 160GB hard drive lets you archive everything from small memos to large multimedia files.
8-in-1 media card reader: This versatile card reader is compatible with Secure Digital (SD™), Smart Media, MicroDrive, Memory Stick®/Pro™, Compact Flash™, MultiMediaCard and USB 2.0. Transferring digital media has never been easier.
Processor brand AMD
Processor type Athlon™ 64
Processor speed 2.0GHz
Level 2 cache 512KB
RAM 512MB DDR
RAM expandable to: 4GB
Hard drive size 160GB 7200RPM
Drive bays available Two 3.5"
Parallel port 1
Network Interface Card (NIC) Yes
Video memory 128MB DDR (shared)
Pointing device 2-button wheel mouse
Do you think this is worth buying? Overall its an Amd 64 3200 rigth? Do you think this would be good for using as a gaming / personal pc, for the games I plan to run on it is, cod:uo and all moh versions!
Another recommnedation is this, what's a good anti virus I should use to delet viruses? I have AVG now and it does not work so good as far as I can see, whats the best anti virus system out their that does the job to clean?
Has anyone used Spycop? It is suppose to detect spyware that the big three don't.
Recently on a radio show Kevin Melnick mentioned that most spyware detection programs will not detect spyware programs that are commercial (i.e. keyloggers, etc.). Spycop is suppose to detect even those commercial programs.
Has anyone used to discover spyware that wasn't detected by the other spyware detection software?
I have tried Bullguard, but I was not sattisfied. Thats why am I left off AVG. Do not waste your time. AVG and F-Prot are antiviruses with good detection rate, but both are weak in cleaning/desinfection.
With Norton (two years ago my Norton license expired) I was safe, as well as with those mentioned above. Panda Antivirus is ok as well, but Panda did not recognized many Trojan.Downloaders and Backdoors "obtained" from some underground sites (but if you won't visit those sites - with porn, warez, cracks, and similar stuff, trere is nothing to be worried about. Especially if you browsing the Net with Mozilla Firefox, because Internet Explorer could be easily "hijacked".).
Great anti-spyware program is SpyBot Search&Destroy, and it is FREE! But there is more spy detection software such as Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (beta, but it is still free and efficient), Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE and Emsisoft A-Squared.
For those "stuff", like trojans, downloaders, backdoors, spyware and other malware, Kaspersky Antivirus is a real master.
Trust me. McAfee uses a lot of resources (RAM memory), Norton too.
But this is neither a place nor a time for antivirus review, isn't it?
Originally posted by Joseph_M Personally I'd wait for Windows XP x64 to have been pushed a little harder before you go 64-bit.
Well this amd 64 is a one in all deal! Someone has offered to me and its not up for lasting, so I think I will go with the AMD 64-bit, Windows XP x64 will probley be around $1,000 which is out of my price range so I dont think I would want to wait for something more expenseive and just a little bit better than the amd.
This AMD is a one time thing and Im up grabs on it, it would be a total waste if i wated for this windows xp thing, and then it costed around $3K which i dont have, and then the amd would be sold out know what I mean? Thanks for the option though but I choose to go with the AMD
I have found Norton Antivirus to be mostly good. The only compatibility problem I have seen is that it identifies Microsoft's fax program as a worm. It has successfully quarantined some incoming email viruses, and I don't know of any that have been missed. Live update subscriptions have been increasing in price. Live update periodically updates the redirector. I think this may be a strategy to make you buy new software if at some time you have to reformat and reinstall Windows, in which case the redirector of the original may be too obsolete to access Live update.
StanSQL, what problem did you have with AVG? Did it miss an incoming virus? Is there a compatibility problem? I found AVG to be incompatible for scanning outgoing email in Eudora 4.2. Grisoft was good about giving me a refund for my registered copy.
AVG version 6 is no longer supported and should be upgraded to AVG 7.
I had problems in the past with McAfee. It's possible they may have improved the product, but the company had behavior issues, too.
Right now there is probably no immediate advantage to AMD 64. It's possible that an update to Microsoft's next OS will make it worth having.
Last edited by Disgruntled; 05-04-2005 at 04:40 PM.
I have NAV 2002 in my desktop and NAV 2005 in my laptop. NAV 2005 is supposed to look for more malicious programs than typical viruses. That is the one that told me it found a worm when I opened up the fax program bundled with Windows XP Home. I don't know if that would affect function, as I only opened it to see if it was in there. I normally use WinFax anyway. Other than that I have had no installation or compatibility problems with NAV 2005.
Originally posted by Disgruntled I have NAV 2002 in my desktop and NAV 2005 in my laptop. NAV 2005 is supposed to look for more malicious programs than typical viruses. That is the one that told me it found a worm when I opened up the fax program bundled with Windows XP Home. I don't know if that would affect function, as I only opened it to see if it was in there. I normally use WinFax anyway. Other than that I have had no installation or compatibility problems with NAV 2005.
Another approach is to not download email onto your hard drive. After being hit with a worm that required a reformatting of the hard drive, I no longer download email or use outlook. Now I use gmail and leave the email on their system.
The absolute best anti virus I have found is NOD32 (which I personally use and takes up VERY little resources and scans amazingly fast) or Kaspersky. I would not wish Norton on my worst enemy. There are much better alternatives out there.