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Get Informed! - Buying The Right Computer
Buying the right computer can be complicating. Because of this many
people are detoured from using or purchasing a very beneficial machine. Some
people have questions about memory, Windows95, and choosing the best system to
purchase. Hopefully, I can clear up some of this terms and inform you on what
hardware is available.
How much memory do you really need? As much as you can get. Due to
todays sloppy programmers, you can't have too much memory. Today's software is
about 50 percent wasted code. That means that there is a bunch of memory being
used by your computer to do absolutely nothing. It's not like in the past when
a programmer had to get a program to run under 512K. Programmers think you have
unlimited memory. As a result, the programmers don't worry about how much
memory they use. When writing a program, programmers use compilers like Visual
C++. When they use prewritten routines from compilers, it adds a lot of useless
data. Instead of removing this useless data, the lazy programmer leaves it.
Not only does this effect you memory, it also effects how much hard drive space
you need. The bigger the program, the more space it takes to save physically.
I wouldn't suggest buying anything under a 2 geg hard drive. Why? Because by
the time you load you system (Windows95, DOS) and other software; your hard
drive is already filled up. How are you going to save your document you wrote
in WordPerfect when your hard drive is full? It's usually cheaper in the long
run to buy the biggest hard drive available. Plus, you always want to have room
for your games. After all, who wants to spend their whole life working?
As far as processors, I suggest the Cryrix 6x686 166+. It's the best
processor for the buck. It's one of the fastest. The processor costs about
$300 cheaper then the Pentium version. Its got plenty of processing power to
play those high graphic 3D games and make your Internet browser fly. It's also
a necessity for programs like Auto Cad 3D and Adobe Photoshop.
For video, I suggest at least a 2 meg, Mpeg3 compatible video card. The
best all around video card I think is the Maxtor Millennium 3D. It comes in
2meg, 4meg, and 8meg cards. The 4me...
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