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New computer question (Dell XPS 8300)

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Sente, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    I ordered a Dell XPS 8300 after spending 5 years on a Mac.

    I got a better video and sound card plus a better screen. BUT I got Windows 7 Home Premium and 8GB memory.

    Is this version of Win 7 okay or should I upgrade?

    And is 8gb okay? It's an i7. My Mac just has 3gb memory so I'm lost comparing Apples to oranges (LOL so to speak).

    Thanks.
     
  2. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    Get a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate and it will be perfect... If not, make sure you delete ALL of the bloatware (the only minus I see with PCs) or do a fresh install of windows. It will work much better. Also, make sure its 64-bit to take advantage of all your memory. I have 8gbs on my laptop and its plenty! The most I use is about 5-6gbs (running a VM or two etc) and it runs VERY smooth with a i3-370 (2.4ghz) cpu.
     
  3. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    It's a 64bit OS so it's all ok, don't worry, great choice :)
     
  4. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    It really is.. He won't have to upgrade for years...
    I have a 2007 HP 5700 at work as my workstation with only 2gbs of ram and dual core processor and its still working great! As long as you keep it clean.. you don't need that much power to run most software and now even feel a drag.
     
  5. wowhaxor

    wowhaxor Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Agreed, my XP machine has 2gbs of ram, is prolly like 05 or 06 and I still use it more than my Win 7 machines :)

    Mostly because I'm too lazy to download/move apps.
     
  6. Sente

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    Thanks guys! I'm a converting convert! I was with Windows for years and left before Vista for Mac. But son of a bitch, nothing runs on mac (in the BH world) so i had to use VMware. But VMware on a mac with 3GB memory is excruciatingly slow! Like a 1998 PC! LOL

    So I got a good deal on the Dell because of some coupons and a sale.

    So now I am re-converting back to PC. "Hello, I am Sente and I'm a PC. No, a Mac. Aw crap, a PC."
     
  7. davids355

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    Sounds like a wicked machine!
    I think 7home premium is fine.

    All the editions are is microsoft's idea of adding value.

    Yes you do get alot of crap with new builds, but as you've come from macs I'd say leave stuff alone or you'll end up deleting something you didn't mean to. Also if your new to pcs you'll probably have some fun with all the crap!! :)

    Also win7 is highly superior to it's predecessors and it runs very well in terms of speed - I have an i3 with 2gb ram and it runs very well.
     
  8. pyronaut

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    I have the same computer I believe. Just judging by the color of the side panels.

    I uninstalled some of the crud that dell puts on it, but other than that it is a dream right out the box. I stuck with Home Premium, and you have more than enough ram. If it is a home PC, you will RARELY get up to 8GB of ram usage, infact I highly doubt it. The only reason I would even get close is because I use multiple instances of Visual Studio which at times can hog memory.