Looking over the desktop computers available, I realized that they are quite cheap. Unfortunately, cheap comes at a price.
HP Desktop Computer DC7600
Examining the HP Compaq DC7600 which costs 199.99 at http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/sm/WF06b/12132708-12132884-12132884-12132884-12221730-12221860-50434785.html which is being sold at XSCargo, it is a computer with an Intel Pentium 4 – 3.0 GHz CPU that was introduced in February of 2005. http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium_4/Intel-Pentium%204%20630%203.0%20GHz%20-%20JM80547PG0802MM%20-%20HH80547PG0802MM%20%28BX80547PG3000F%29.html.
Most people are probably wondering if it will run Windows 7. Based on what I have read, Windows 7 should support older hardware. Therefore, Windows 7 will run on the HP Compaq DC7600 computer.
In any case, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx is the tool used to test if Windows 7 will run on a specific computer system.
Windows 7 requirements:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
The computer’s from XSCargo will be slower than the computers available now running Windows 7, but the price is attractive. Therefore, if one wants to purchase one from them and upgrade some of the hardware to maximize the computer performance, I will give my suggestions and why.
RAM – For the HP Compaq DC 7600, the 2GB of RAM is enough for 32-bit Windows 7. 64-bit Windows 7 maybe a bit slow, and I would recommend getting 4GB of RAM. For the HP Compaq DC 7600, it will support up to 4GB of 6400 DDR2-800MHz RAM. Currently it is using DDR2-4200 RAM which is 533MHz.
Video card – Since the video card is integrated into the motherboard and shares the RAM with the CPU, I recommend purchasing a $30 graphics card with dedicated RAM. The HP Compaq DC 7600 has a spare PCI X16 slot for a video card.
The RAM and the video card are still available for purchase in various computer shops. Therefore, the prices are still reasonable.
HP with a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor
As for the HP with a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor that costs $88.88, it can support up to 3 GB of PC133 RAM which runs at 133 MHz. Furthermore, it can take either an AGP or PCI graphics card.
With the current configuration of the HP with a 1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor, it will not run Windows 7. If it does run Windows 7, it will be very slow.
The problem with the 1.7 GHz HP Desktop Computer is that the RAM and the graphics card are obsolete. Therefore, finding the RAM and/or suitable video card is going to be a challenge and/or expensive.
The best place to look for these parts cheap is a computer recycling depot.
In short, get the more expensive model. When you decide to upgrade in a month or two, the computer parts required should be cheap and plentiful.