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From: Rick Van Dusen <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT -- advice for buying a new computer
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:38:19 -0800
Before you get into the details that others have mentioned, there are
some basic decisions you should consciously make (because you WILL make
1. What will you do with the computer?
Mentioned already (besides your list) is the issue of what software
you'll be running, and whether you need a powerhouse or a "pretty good"
machine. Basically, there are three categories:
a. Gaming: Requires the absolute fastest available and a little more. <g>
b. Graphics and/or media: Requires near-top-speed, but also huge amounts
of storage (harddrives) and a good monitor (or two or three).
c. Everything else: Middle-range is fine, and less will do fine.
2. How/where will you do what you do?
If you might ever travel, that points to a laptop. If you have
particular needs (e.g. my computer doubles as network file/print server,
plus I have numerous peripherals and internally-installed gadgets), the
only way to do some things is with a desktop.
3. How much might you want to tinker?
There are two extremes, the user who buys parts and assembles his/her
own computer, and the user who buys "turn-key", with OS and applications
already installed. And there's a whole range in between.
Where you are in this range will influence where and what you buy. Also,
one doesn't tinker much with a laptop.
There are really only three choices of operating system: Windows and
Linux run on a "PC"; MacOS runs only on a Mac.
IMO, Linux is by far the very best possible OS; however, it's not
practical yet for anyone other than a geek or a worker in a
medium-to-large business that has adopted Linux as their standard and
provides support. (Biggest hindrance to Linux adoption is lack of
support, from hardware vendors, software vendors, "help-desk" functions.
At present, if you get Linux, you're on your own.)
That leaves you with a practical choice of Mac OS-X or Windows 7-64.
Users of both are here, using TMG.
Bottom line (for the basics):
You'll decide either to keep your current machine or replace it.
You'll decide to go to Win7-64 or to Mac.
You'll decide to get a laptop or a desktop.
THEN, you'll decide what level of performance you'll need, and what
areas of performance (CPU, RAM, HD, monitor[s], ports, peripherals)
you'll need to emphasize.
Joan Lince wrote:
> Hi list,
> Sometime in the New Year I would like to invest in a new computer with the
> power to handle my expanding TMG data plus pictures and other data, for the
> next few (I hope several) years.
> Not urgent -- my 6-yr-old XP still works, if with reduced capability. Would
> someone be willing to get in touch with me OFFLINE? I have a list of needs
> and some ideas of where to go and what to do but would appreciate some
> better informed input.
> Joan Lince
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