I want a new computer!
If you're a computer hobbyist, avid computer gamer, or
heavy business app user, you have been eyeing your current paltry computer
system and are lusting for a 2+ GHz "monster".
Of course, you have probably said to yourself like I
have, that you really don't need a new computer, as your current system
is more than "adequate" to run your current software. (Doesn't
that description of "adequate" make you squirm just a little?)
Wouldn't it just make more sense to keep the "old
workhorse" ? (My old workhorse is a 1.2 GHz Athlon, with its 256
MB of 2100 DDR memory, 40 GB ATA 100 hard drive, Elsa Gladiac GeForce
2 GTS, and Windows XP Professional.)
Maybe it would be cheaper to upgrade your old workhorse
system, but if you need to upgrade several parts, it's probably best
to buy a new system.
What is a "perfect PC"
Some people with scads of money can buy the fastest system
available and not worry about reliability or price. If something breaks,
buy a new one. If a faster video card comes out, throw out the old one.
Most of us however can't spend 80% of the family budget
on a PC and can't afford to throw away a video card that they just plunked
down $200-$400 for 6 months earlier. So we have to build or buy the
best computer we can afford.
Because of my budget restrictions, this is really and
article about shopping wisely for the perfect PC, and making choices,
rather than an article on building the fastest "dream system".
So my definition of the "perfect PC" is getting
the fastest, most reliable computer that you can afford.
What I really want is...
I had some definite goals in mind when I started shopping
for my perfect PC:
1. 2+ GHz processor
2. Faster motherboard with a good chipset
3. Faster RAM and more of it
4. Faster Video Card
I was also trying to spend about $1,000 for the system.
As I already had a decent 19 inch CRT monitor, my budget didn't include
the price of a new monitor.
Choosing and Finding
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