Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson
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Question to you computery types...

I'm thinking about breaking down and getting a new computer with some Christmas Club money, since mine's horribly horribly limping along and various connections are trying to give up the ghost. But since as much as I hate to buy into the whole "death of PC gaming" thing, I'm starting to see it as inevitable, I want something fairly cheap and, if not bare-bones, then at least not totally high-specced.

But since I'm really bad with specs, I'm at least wondering how some of these compare with my current computer (which is going to be dead probably soon anyhow, which may make it a moot point, but... I'd at least like to know.)

Processor:

Current: dual-core Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.8 Gz
New (well, prospective): Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T4200 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache)

Video:

Current: Radeon X1650 Series
New: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD

Also, pretty much any wireless card will just work with a wireless network, right? I mean, it's only about speed, yes? I know, dumb question, just want to check everything because I KNOW I suck at this. The prospective one would be: Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card [Included in Price] ... anything I should know about that?

Also, is there someplace other than Dell y'all would recommend to go for computers of this type? (Apple, hahah, no, just kidding.) Or any particular computers at Dell I should look at given what I've said so far? Any other suggestions? (Believe me, I'm totally okay with unsolicited advice.)

Edit: Also, how would this compare with the stats I posted? Any huge drawbacks (other than the lack of monitor, and I have a newer one of those anyhow)? I'd like to go with a laptop for portability, but might just get a new desktop instead if it's a) good and b) cheap.

Edit2: Bah, forgot the link I was referring to in my first edit.
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