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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:29 am 
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Hey Daniel, have you ever checked out Personal Computer World magazine? I do a hardware column for them in the Hands On section which you might find interesting...

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Yeah, I've read PC World mag a few times, although I tend to buy .net or PCGamer/Zone/Format mostly (depends on who has a review / preview I'm looking for)

I do read loads of hardware stuff on the net, but i'll pick up the mag today if they have it in the shop (got £30 lying about so, meh lol) and indeed i'll have a read :P (I'm hoping they still have this months .net in stock!! i forgot to buy it!)

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Watch out, there is another magazine called PC World, although it's the international version of the UK's PC Advisor. So if you want to see my stuff, look out for Personal Computer World!

I thought you might be a 'Custom PC' kinda guy...


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Slightly off topic but does anyone remember a magazine called GHz? That was an excellent magazine. Gone now, sadly. R.I.P.

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Yeah, I remember that one - it was pretty good...

Back in the days when I was editing PCW in the late 90s there were an enormous number of PC magazines on the UK newstands - it was crazy and unsustainable. Sadly (or perhaps fortuitously for the survivors!), many inevitably closed. Today there seem to be an awful lot of digital camera mags, so I wonder if we'll experience a similar boom and bust in that market...

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Here's hoping. Honestly there's no need for it. It's also false when they suggest this is giving the consumer more choice - generally if Nikon release a new camera it's tested in all the mags the same month and they all rate it the same. What's the point? The same is true in the car magazine market. Sadly I still buy them all anyway. Particularly Evo.

One magazine that really has lost the plot is PC Format. Absolute rubbish these days. I wouldn't mind if the price was reasonable but as it is it's about £6, no doubt down to "all the fantastic goodies on the cover DVD". Leave the DVD, it's all available for free on the internet anyway.

Sorry :oops:

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I am not very up on my PC hardware or software so apologies for the basic questions.

I am thinking of getting a new laptop for home after our PC (5+ years old) died a while back and we have been using work laptop for most things.
I just want to be able to do a few things - edit and store photos, general admin and web stuff that will last a reasonable time. With maybe a little light gaming.

What would you recommend Vista/XP, 1 or 2 GB RAM?

I have been thinking about getting VIsta as this will be the platform for PCs for the coming few years and I was thinking about getting 1 GB RAM as I won't be a very heavy user but reading here it sounds that if I can stretch to it 2 GB might be better.


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Hey (forgot bout this thread!)

Read your columns in the Mag Gorden, can't remmember exactly what it was all about now, since I bought it like that day lol, but I remmember you have a 2-3 page article on Vista, quite interesting I must say.

*Checks to see if he can find the mag just now so he doesn't talk about stuff he can't remmember...Noap he can't find it sorry!*

Yeah, I've mostly been using XP, for compatability, and stability sake, apart from the fact I just play about with the Aero Glass lol, even though I've used it for almost 3 years now, never gets old; So what happens is, I open photoshop to do some web design, and I end up getting nothing done at all. XP on the other hand feels more business like, a place I can get work done in.

I always wanted to write for a PC magazine, thought it would be a great job since I read to excess, all about computer hardware, and other random things like flexable OLED displays, and IBM making 19inch screens with 4xxx X 3xxx pixel displays.

Anyway wayy off-topic. Good times :D

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Thats about it, follow those specs for a laptop you won't go wrong.

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Is anyone out there running 64-bit Vista with 4GB or more of RAM?


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Sorry, 32-bit Vista with 2Gb RAM here.

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Next time we build a Vista x64 system i'll put 4Gb in it to see how it runs.

Although our supplier is now selling...wait for it...

8Gb Quad-Channel DDR2-1066 CL5.0 (4x2Gb) - insane >_<

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I've got 4GB in my main system and due to 32-bit addressing, Vista 32-bit loses about 800MB of it to devices - so you only get to use about 3.2GB. I just installed 64-bit Vista though and it gets to use all 4GB. The extra problem though are 32-bit aps and how much they can use. I'm doing some research and tests for a futue PCW column...


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Vista is a much better OS then XP, the only REAL problem you will have is if you are a HARDCORE gamer....as the drivers and conflicts start with HIGH END gear.

I build PCs for a hobby and I have a VERY HIGH end rig, I have built so many rig and never had one FAILURE.... But I play in online tournaments etc....so I need the latest hardware and I am a gadget FREEK

I have my very own BF2142 Clan if any one would like to join....
Server IP: 85.236.100.3 = 16567 (PORT)

Game name is the same as here:- Wonda-Boy.

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