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RE: [ProgSoc] buying hardware
On Tue, 26 Nov 2002, Nigel Sheridan-Smith wrote:
> > swap a montior for lots of ram, I'd go for it, but I don't think that
> > they're very flexible with their plans.
> Haven't you seen their latest buy-a-pc-like-a-pizza-delivery advert? It
> would tend to suggest that you can mix and match Dell bits.
I haven't seen it, but I'll check their website.
> Best advice is to do the following:
> 1. Set a budget - even a Pentium II or III will do Cable/ADSL so you
> shouldn't need to spend more than $500 if that's what you want. Keep on
> eye out for second-hard stuff as well, but make sure you know what you
> are getting and how it compares price-wise to brand-new gear.
I think I'm aiming not to go above $2000. But I will get a new one, in
case it has to last 7 years as well :)
> 2. Find some online sellers of computer bits and pieces. Choose out what
> bits you want and get an approximate "best" price for each. If you don't
> know what you need (ie. Types of RAM, system board to match, etc) then
> ask someone (like on here!).
Yeah, I have very little knowledge on these sort of things. What would
you go for? Any advice on the spec?
> Just remember to know exactly what you are going to use it for. If you
> cut down on the number of perks then the cost of the system will drop
> very quickly. Since I'm never used to be much of a gamer, I always
> focussed on getting performance over perks - more RAM and a faster hard
> disk drive always helps. Getting more than 512 Mb RAM is probably a bit
> ridiculous right at the moment but in 2 years that will probably have
I was under the impression that 512 was fairly standard, until I started
looking around today, because 256 seems to be the only thing on offer for
mid-range packages. But ram has probably been the most limited factor in
my current computer, so I don't want to scrimp in that department :)
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