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    How good are these specs?

    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
    • 2048MB RAM
    • 120GB HDD
    • TFT15.4 Screen
    • DVDRW


    Are they good or bad for running vista ultimate?

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fmjc001 View Post
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
    • 2048MB RAM
    • 120GB HDD
    • TFT15.4 Screen
    • DVDRW


    Are they good or bad for running vista ultimate?

    Thanks
    -Fearghal
    Go for 4Gb of ram for Ultimate

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    Quote Originally Posted by acdcfan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fmjc001 View Post
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz
    • 2048MB RAM
    • 120GB HDD
    • TFT15.4 Screen
    • DVDRW

    Are they good or bad for running vista ultimate?

    Thanks
    -Fearghal
    Go for 4Gb of ram for Ultimate
    Ok, but is the processor ok?

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    I started off with those kind of specs and mine run fine, the only difference was that I had a Core 2 Duo 2.13Ghz, Nvidia 8600GT 512Mb Graphics Card, memory 2Gb @ 667mhz and a DVD burner. So I say Go For It!

    As for memory its very cheap now and that's no obstacle unless you want to play games like Crysis and stuff like that.

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    You do NOT need 4GB ram to run Ultimate but it helps if your into benchmarking, gaming, photo editing and video editing.

    I ran Ultimate for 7 months on 2GB ram and all games worked fine however my problem stemmed from using Photoshop which pushed me to upgrade to 4GB.

    The CPU is good but you might want to invest in a good heatsink and OC it just so you get more bang for your buck.

    Hard drive is good and so is the screen. Because the CPU isn't overly expensive you could get a bigger screen but i dont know your budget.

    You might know but my Ultimate uses about 25GB on my disc so is 92ish usable GB's enough for you? (92GB instead of 95GB's taking into account the 10 bits to a byte thing HDD makers use)

    As for the heatsink i use a Tuniq Tower 120 and i can get my e6750 to go at 3.8GHz at just above stock voltage but im not sure you can still buy it...

    Suggestions on a good heatsink anyone?

    Read this article which talks about entry level CPUs, overclocking and cooling them

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    Hi Fmjc001, You could run Vista Ultimate quite happily on that system although as the guys mentioned a bit more memory would help.

    Microsoft says for Home Premium / Business / Ultimate
    • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
    • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:

      • WDDM Driver
      • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
      • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
      • 32 bits per pixel
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • Audio Output
    • Internet access (fees may apply)

    Additional requirements

    Actual requirements and product functionality may vary based on your system configuration. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features and edition of Windows Vista will run on your computer.
    While all editions of Windows Vista can support multiple core CPUs, only Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise can support dual processors.


    You don't mention graphics, but with on-board there just isn't enough grunt for the Aero eye-candy. Also DirectX 10 is very hard on the GPU. You probably won't get any blistering speeds. Depends on your useage.

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    If I remember correctly thtere is a 365mb graphics card in there.

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    Without knowing a little more about the card, and I'm guessing it's not your computer, all I could say is that the owner won't be playing Crysis anytime soon, but I'd be pretty certain there isn't much else they wouldn't be able to do. Those specs aren't real bad. Not everybody has a high end computor and a 2ghz Core 2 Duo is not a bad little processor. As for overclocking, you can, but there is a monetary and equipment cost. You have to weigh up if it is worth it. Unless the person is a high end gamer there is no real benefit for slight gain in performance you would get. For the cost of the cooling gear you could probably get a bigger processor. An extra gigabyte of memory would improve performance though and memory is pretty cheap/

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    This laptop will not be playing any games at all. Its for work, it will be running MS Office 2007 possibly 2008 if its worth it. Have maybe a movie or two and thats it.

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    Re: How good are these specs?

    No problems then. You might have to load your movies onto the hardrive to play them if thay are AVI. DVD's seem to work ok though in the Disk Drive. My daughter has a system with similar specs and apart from being slow to load and a bit sluggish compared to a higher end system it does all her work ok. She uses Office 2007 and Adobe Photoshop CS3 primarily. Adobe can put a strain on a system and although she has no trouble she can't open too many photo's at once. Best not to use all the pretty graphic stuff that's all.

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