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Subject:Re: Hanukkah came early this year From:"Jeff Hanvey" <jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 30 Apr 2003 09:17:02 -0400
Get the fastest processor you can get, and the most RAM you can get....
For RAM, I'd say no less than 256K, but you really should get upwards of 512
or more, especially if you're going to have DreamWeaver, which is a resource
The only other suggestion I'd make is to ensure that the video card is *not*
on the motherboard. This will ensure that all your system RAM is used for
system processes, not for rendering video.
Any modern video card will work, and they all have about the same
capabilities. The performance of the card will pretty much be limited by the
monitor, so I wouldn't strive for anything beyond what the monitor can
handle. But do make sure it has it's own RAM (I'd go with at least 64 on the
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From: <DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 9:01 AM
Subject: Hanukkah came early this year
> My boss is offering to buy me a new machine, with the understanding that
we'll save money by not buying the latest and greatest -- which is fine by
> My main question has to do with processor speed and RAM. I work primarily
in Word, often with files over 1 MB -- ranging in size up to 6.5 MB. My
secondary applications are Visio and Excel. I expect in the future to also
get back to Dreamweaver and PaintShop Pro -- in the case of the latter only
on graphics for manuals and Web sites, *not* huge files for brochures and
> My instinct is to say, don't worry about the processor (Dell's cheapest is
a Celeron at 2.0GHz), but I would like a full gig of RAM to keep Word happy.
Any thoughts on this? Also, any thoughts on video cards, upgrade
> I also plan to ask for a CD-RW, which is my preferred method for daily
backup. I am not worried about hard drive size, as 30 GB seems to be the
smallest standard size and that's plenty for me. I am keeping the old Acer
77e 17" monitor, hoping that when it dies I can plead for a flat-panel
> TIA, and apologies to anyone annoyed by cross-posting
> Dan Goldstein
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