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12-21-2001, 07:13 PM
I'm looking for advice as I have to buy a new computer. I don't need brand or program information but am very interested in what those of you who use this site think is necessary in terms of megaherz, ram, etc. I am not a huge computer user, believe me. I don't need the Cadillac (Mercedes?) of anything. I want to be able to use my scanner to send photos here and to friends and hope some day to get a digital camera. I'm worried about not having enough power or memory, but I also don't want to pay for more than I need. So, do you think this is enough?
256 K ram
20 GB drive
Appreciate any input. Cheers and a happy holiday season to everyone.
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12-21-2001 10:51 PM
12-21-2001, 08:16 PM
That should do nicely. I wish I had one like that. I'm doing well with about half of all of those ratings.
128 mb RAM
13 gig hard drive storage total. (2)
A scanner and printer are also very desireable. The best you can afford.
12-21-2001, 10:31 PM
that machine will do nicely for just about any thing one might do at home
Originally posted by Katherine J
[B.... and hope some day to get a digital camera. I'm worried about not having enough power or memory, but I also don't want to pay for more than I need. So, do you think this is enough?
256 K ram
20 GB drive ....
With 500mhz of computing power, and 20gb hard drive, you should be able to do quite a lot of graphics for any purpose at home. I'm sure you meant 256 MB of ram, not K....
If you are planning to get a digital camera, check to see if you have the proper port on your machine. Most consumer grade cameras have a USB connection cable. See if your computer has a USB port.
You already have a scanner, I understand from your message. If it is connected to your computer via a USB cable, then you will either have to have two USB ports, or unplug your scanner and plug in your digital camera when needed.
I'm wondering why you feel you need to get a new computer if your current one is running ok.
12-24-2001, 08:57 PM
Thanks for your input (and others). Believe me, I would not buy a new computer if I didn't desperately need one. I've suffered with this one for 4 years and enough is enough! It was secondhand to start. It has never been right since it was sent 3,000 miles across the country instead of 50 miles to my home after repairs! In addition, it was dropped on that trip. There are many other foibles about this machine I could elaborate on much to your boredom!
As for the scanner, WE have one - my partner and I. Currently it's hooked up to his machine. Eventually we'll be networked.
Thanks for comment on the port needed for camera.
I'm looking forward to placing my order for the machine by week's end.
12-30-2001, 07:34 PM
If you haven't already bought a new computer, take a look at the new Dell. Just got one with approximately the same specs you are looking for for $800. It keeps going up and down by $100. Don't know what it will do after the 1st. It's wonderful and I'm really enjoying it. Probably will never use all the things it can do - but what I am using - I'm loving. I know three other people that just got it recently and they all love it.
03-11-2002, 12:57 PM
Sounds like a good computer.
Remember a computer doesn't know its name. the parts are assembled by companys and the name is only an indication of
a good warranty.
500 mhz is good
look for extra pci slots for future expansion
if you do a lot of art work, a zip drive would be a nice storage alternative. Ram is very important in multitasking, the more you
have the better your p.c. will respond to things like downloading four items at one time, while your browsing the internet and have corel draw running all at the same time.
Two usb ports are good. and if you can get a hyper pen to draw fine lines with that is good too. I run a scanner/zip/cordless keypad/mouse/camera all off this, have 512 in ram and pent 3 processor.dividing your hard drive into partitions can help too. you can alocate a seperate place to store your art work for example.
hope I confused you enough...lol
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