I am convinced that work is going to pick up in a couple of months so I am going to speed a little money to upgrade my computer. I picked up three Guvment surplus Dells a while back. Got one running and about to tackle the others. My goal has been to piece two together and looks like I might get 3 of the 4 up and running.
They are Dell office machine with 2.? Gigahertz processors. Plenty fast for what I do. My use is Office type stuff and photo editing. That's my biggest demands on a computer. No gaming or video editing or DVD playing. Lots of web surfiing and design software like sketchup and some Boat design software. Nothing really demanding.
Here is what I am thinking about doing and just thought someone might have an idea for something I overlooked.
- I will replace the on-board video card with one set up for dual monitors. Going with a lower end card. No need for a high end card. $50 +/-
- Add one of my modems. I use answering machine software for my phone system.
- Add a Gig of RAM
- A couple of 250 to 300 Gig drives $150 +/-
- Thinking seriously about adding a RAID card. I have to buy drives anyway since the Guvment pulls those before they are sold. With the proper RAID card ($40 +/-) I could run SATA drives since they are same price as IDE drives.
- I want to buy new flat screens to replace my old dual CRT's. $300+ (That will will also enable me to replace the office furniture I have now with something smaller and better looking)
Anything else I should consider? That is pushing my comfort zone price wise with two new monitors. I can use what I have now but after using a flat screen they are just so much sharper, I really want to do that if I can swing it. Not that is that much money, just my work has slowed dramatically and I am preserving cash so I don't get in trouble. So right now $500 is good bit. But it's a pretty cheap computer considering what it would have in it too.