How do I chose a good budget desktop computer?

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Questions thread
malch
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Re: How do I chose a good budget desktop computer?
In reply to BobSC, Nov 14, 2012

BobSC wrote:

Within the last year or so I have bought two Dell t1600 workstations. One has 64 bit and one has 32. I have found that some of my devices do not have 64 bit drivers.

Yikes. I have a fair bit of legacy hardware and I've found working solutions for all of it.

The only significant challenge was my HP scanner. Another reason I will never buy another scanner from that once fine company.

However, even that was solved (in spite of HP) with Vuescan.

You can always add more HD later, so I don't see a compelling reason to specify a size. My office PC boots off a 250 gb velociraptor and it seems to do just fine, although my secondary drive is now starting to get crowded.

HDD's under 1TB are just poor value today. You'll pay way more per GB for a 500GB drive than you will for 1TB.

Besides, "stuff" just keeps getting bigger. Operating systems, software, caches, images, etc. I'll wager the OP will need a TB within 5 years, even if he starts out using only 100-200GB.

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