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The Computer Buzz August 13th, 2009


Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth - owners - The Computer Fact
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Wait For 64-bit Win 7

The facts, figures and comparative statistics concerning the performance of Microsoft’s three current operating systems are available and there are some real surprises. We will review them in next week’s column.

Revelations concerning the performance of Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system have reinforced our recommendation to new PC buyers and XP users. We recommend avoiding Win 7 until the 64-bit version is fully supported, probably toward the end of 2010. The fact that Win 7 is only 5% to 8% faster than Vista (30% to 40% slower than XP) forced us to reverse our upgrade recommendation for Vista users. The miniscule improvement in Win 7 performance over Vista doesn’t justify suffering the “teething pains” of a new OS. Vista users should also wait for the fully supported 64 bit versions of Win 7.

If you really must buy a new PC within the next 12 to 18 months we strongly recommend staying with the XP operating system. Microsoft will probably make it difficult and costly although not impossible to buy major brand PCs with the Win XP OS. We will continue to build PCs with XP as long as there is a demand. Since Vista arrived we have built and sold nearly 1000 desktop and notebook PCs, all but one with XP Home or Pro.

Every day we talk to users who think they need to buy a new PC because there old one is running slow or malfunctioning. For most business and home users, a 5 or 6-year-old PC with Windows XP, a clean OS, plenty of space on the hard drive and at least 1.0 Gb of memory will perform as well as a brand new PC. The idea that it is more cost effective to buy a new PC than to upgrade or repair an old one may be true if you’re dealing with “The Geek Squad” at Best Buy, but here at the Computer Factory we enjoy saving money for our customers.

To clean up a PC and add memory typically costs less than $150. If a customer chooses to buy a new computer instead of upgrading the old one there are several options. We may accept the old PC in trade on a new one. The customer may choose to use some components from the old PC in the new PC thus saving some bucks. Often we “slave” the old hard drive in a new PC at no cost to our customer so that they retain access to their old documents, pictures and music.

Minor hardware failures often needlessly send perfectly good PCs to the recycler. A 450-Watt power supply replacement costs about $75 in parts and labor. A new 320Gb hard drive installs for under $100. Memory replacements range from $20 to $50 per gigabyte. Even entire motherboard replacements are often more cost effective than buying a new PC.

Before you make a PC related decision for your home or business, stop in or give us a call. It will likely be worth your effort.

 

 

 

 


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