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Mar 09, 2014 22:26 |  #1

After so many years on XP and my ancient Athalon 64x2, I decided to take the plunge but on a budget so I could upgrade software as well.

Today I bought a Dell on sale at Office Depot (instead of building my own again) for 479.00
I saw it in the paper and thought it may be a misprint as it has a I-5 4th gen 4400 and 8 gig ram with card reader etc. The one caveat was that it came with windows 8.1.

Upon receiving the system I went home and ran the setup which was quick and painless, then came the real fun.

I upgraded to PS CS6 and Lightroom 5 finally!

I then installed a small program to bring back my traditional start button.
So far the system is rock solid and very quiet and I am so overwhelmed with the speed.

Over all it's been a good day!


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Mar 09, 2014 23:10 |  #2

I hope to do the same.....some day. I'm also using an ancient, 10-year-old XP. I'm still using CS2 and not planning on buying/updating to CS6 when the time comes to retire the old machine.

Congrats though!


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Mar 10, 2014 15:47 |  #3

Yikes, that's quite an upgrade! Enjoy it!!! :)


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Mar 10, 2014 17:47 |  #4

Have fun.
That thing should run your software without any issues.




  
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Mar 11, 2014 07:54 as a reply to  @ Merlin_AZ's post |  #5

The only negative thing so far is that usually in the morning I would turn on my pc and go get coffee while it loaded.... 6 seconds to desktop now so I gotta get my coffee first lol.


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Mar 11, 2014 13:25 |  #6

Looks like you gotthis (external link). A lot of computer for the money. Well done. Love that it has 4 USB 3 ports.


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Mar 11, 2014 18:14 |  #7

hotled wrote in post #16746933 (external link)
ancient Athalon 64x2,

Whao.... I use one of those in a pfsense router for my network and have been itching to upgrade it.... Nice upgrade you will enjoy the speed increase.




  
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Mar 12, 2014 18:33 |  #8

So how the transition to Windows 8 going for your?


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Mar 13, 2014 07:42 |  #9

TsPhotoSpot wrote in post #16754101 (external link)
So how the transition to Windows 8 going for your?

Not to bad after I downloaded a program that brings back the start button and I don't boot to the tiles, I go straight to the desktop.
It's really not that bad of a system that I can see so far. Creating a bootable restore to disk was extremely easy and the bloatware was minimal from Dell besides MacAfee which I uninstalled immediately.


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Mar 13, 2014 07:46 |  #10

I hate 8.1! what was the program you used for to bring back the start
bar?


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Mar 13, 2014 07:55 as a reply to  @ grayline's post |  #11

I used this freeware.

http://download.cnet.c​om …3010-2072_4-75553853.html (external link)


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Mar 13, 2014 11:15 |  #12

hotled wrote in post #16755128 (external link)
Not to bad after I downloaded a program that brings back the start button and I don't boot to the tiles, I go straight to the desktop.
It's really not that bad of a system that I can see so far. Creating a bootable restore to disk was extremely easy and the bloatware was minimal from Dell besides MacAfee which I uninstalled immediately.

If it's a Dell, you should be able to get a free (or minimal fee to cover shipping) Windows 8 OS setup CD/DVD. It's not a recovery CD/DVD, it's OS only without any bloatware.




  
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Mar 13, 2014 23:21 |  #13

morph2_7 wrote in post #16755611 (external link)
If it's a Dell, you should be able to get a free (or minimal fee to cover shipping) Windows 8 OS setup CD/DVD. It's not a recovery CD/DVD, it's OS only without any bloatware.

That's not a genuine M$ Windows install CD though, is it? One where you can change hardware, and not have issues.


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Mar 13, 2014 23:53 |  #14

No, of course not. The setup media is good for Dell computers only.




  
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Mar 18, 2014 23:25 |  #15

grayline wrote in post #16755139 (external link)
I hate 8.1! what was the program you used for to bring back the start
bar?

$5 -- http://www.stardock.co​m/products/start8/ (external link)

Free -- http://www.iobit.com/i​obitstartmenu8.php (external link)




  
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