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computer advice
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(Jan 4, 2014, 15:09)gerainte Wrote: My computer is giving up, very slow. I'm taking RAW photos. Has any one any suggestions as to what to replace my computer with? I don't really want to go over £500. I know nothing about computers.
You must regularly delete temporary files and defrag that is why your computer is running slowly,


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#27
Hello OZMAN,

Welcome to the photography forums! Glad to have you here!
Barbara - Life is what you make of it!
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#28
(Jan 4, 2014, 15:31)gerainte Wrote: Hi Leeds, England. I think so, Windows 7 is what i have now. memory, 2GB ram, 219 hard drive of which 10 is empty.The computer is a Compact which I've had for 4 years. Now I've started taking pictures a bit more seriously and using RAW the machine is struggling.

Hi win7 needs at least 4gig of ram to run properly but if you have win 7 32bit op system it will only recognise 3 gig of ram
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#29
Windows generally, likes at least twice it's size of spare hard drive, 10Gb is not really enough. Ed.
To each his own!
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#30
(Jan 4, 2014, 15:22)EdMak Wrote: What part of the world are you in? Do you need a new operating System, what version are you using at the moment. How much memory do you have, what size hard drive. For £500, you should get a very good system, a Tower only may suffice, if you are happy with your monitor etc. Lack of Memory, can slow up a computer. Ed.

If I might suggest?
Ebay is usually a good site for 2nd hand computers. I presume that your existing is a Compaq, (rather than a compact), It may be that an external Hard Drive MAY provide a solution rather than additional Hard Drives. I would certainly upgrade the memory, (Crucial have a free checker on their site.), I hav 4 Gb and I find that adequate. Certainly I would suggest that 10Mb of unused space is probably inadequate). I agree with your other informant that you probably only need a Tower, if you are satisfied with your existin monitor and printer.

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#31
thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice, bit the bullet and given a large amount of dosh to Apple, my partner has one and I can nag her for help though she tells me I won't need any! Got an external storage too.
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