Hello computer people. I need a new computer. Can you help me spec one up. Actually, can you spec one up for me, without my help.
I mean from computer planet or somewhere like that.
I will use it for:
- Work. - Not much else. A bit of audio sequencing and fun with Reason and Logic, but hardly any. - A fair amount of Lightroom and Photoshop processing, actually, now I think about it. But, y'know, nothing really mental. Just dicking about.
- Big big hard drive - No monitor/keyboard/mouse - No software (I will load XP myself, unless you think I'm in danger of not being able to do that) - Lots and lots of RAM (well, the standard "a lot" amount) - A moderate graphics card (I suppose) - Lots and lots of USB ports - Not bothered about a DVD burner, but hey if they're cheap - I don't know what's good and what's not
If you don't know what you're doing, you're supposed to go for a basic Dell. I can't spec one up for you right now, but have a look at the Inspiron or Studio models under the home section or the more basic Vostro models under the business section. You can still buy these even if you aren't a business. Expect to pay £3-400
I'd recommend 3 or 4GB of RAM (4GB is the most you can install with a 32-bit operating system). Get a dual core processor. Core2Duo is good. Pentium Dual Core is less good. Celeron Dual Core is less good again, but might be okay for what you want to do. Everything will have a DVD writer these days.
Edited to add: I don't think you particularly need a graphics card unless you're going to play 3D games.
keef i've been using a single bay nas for around a year now - a qnap109-ii and i find it useful. it backs up all my photos and mp3s, stays connected to a couple of sharing sites 24/7, has an itunes server which can be picked up by any laptops in the house, and has been serving media to the 360.
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Well kudos to you for not harping on about it all the time. I'm so tired of hearing...
"Have I shown you this app yet?" "S'really cool, no hang on, it just takes a minute to load..." "Yeah, you can't see it properly in the sunlight. Turn around this way, look." "You should really get one, mate!"