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#1 XML2005

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:34 PM

I have a 6-year-old Dell Dimension desktop with max 4GB ram and 40GB drive, which served me well. But I'm a dinosaur: a mainframe programmer! I'd like to learn to program and engineer up-to-date software. So I need a powerful desktop which can handle Windows 7 and new programming languages and graphics and databases. However, I'm on the road alot, so I need a laptop, too, to network into the desktop.

1) Do I need a new desktop, or is there any way I can expand the one I've got, which works fine with XP?

2) How much laptop do I need if all I'll be doing is connecting to my desktop? All the actual processing will be happening on the desktop. Do I need a network card (not sure what that is)? Do I need mobile broadband? If I'll be working on personal data or finances, what kind of security do I need to set up between the two of them? I've been looking at a 14" Asus because it's lightweight and has a good keyboard, but it's out of my budget and I'm not sure whether all its power truly is necessary for me.

I really appreciate any help you all can provide. Thanks!

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:24 AM

1. Since you mentioned it was 6 years old i doubt it would up upgradeable and it if there is upgrade available, it would be expensive. I am gonna need a budget for the desktop.

2. What do you mean by connecting to my desktop"? I am having trouble on what you want to do.

Edited by killerx525, 25 August 2011 - 01:25 AM.

>Michael 
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:05 PM

If the only purpose of the laptop...is to obtain remote access to the workhorse desktop...it seems to me that any laptop would do, old or new.

<<So I need a powerful desktop which can handle Windows 7 and new programming languages and graphics and databases.>>

Well...that's pretty vague...can we be more specific about what graphics programs, how many...what database managers...etc. There are known prerequisites for such...and beyond a general suggestion for max RAM for O/S used and more-than-adequate HD space...you'd probably get better idea of how such programs work well...by visiting a support forum for each, where users freely discuss what works and what doesn't work for them...with that specific application.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

If it is obtaining emote access then it would be in the networking section.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 01:07 PM

You all are great! Thanks for offering to help. I'll try to be very specific:

To update my skills, I'll be programming using MSSQL Server, C# with .Net, Java, MS Access with VBA, Visual Studio; with lots of multi-tasking. I use Quicken & Quickbooks for my finances, Microsoft Office, a PDF writer, encryption software, etc. I watch some movies online, no gaming.
I spend many hours at a stretch at my PC, so a comfortable keyboard & monitor (up to 22", due to space constraints) are key.

My old Dell Dimension works great with XP, but can't handle Windows 7, which means I can't get the latest versions of IE and of some programming software. I'll need to access my data and programs when I'm away, or just when I'm somewhere else at home; so I need my first laptop or netbook.

I'm a total laptop newbie, so I'm really unclear on this issue: Do I need both a new desktop and a laptop, or just a laptop? If I need both, would I be able to run my apps on the desktop via a netbook, or would I need something bigger and stronger? I don't want something too heavy, as I'll have to lug it around.

My budget is about $1200-$1400, including warranties (with accidental damage protection on the laptop).

I was looking at a Dell Inspiron 560 with Win 7 Home (or Pro, if I decide I need it) and a dual-core E6700 processor, along with some cheap 12-14" laptop.
Alternatively, I was looking at getting just an Asus 14". At home, I'd use it with an external monitor & keyboard, so I wouldn't need a desktop at all. Would that work?
Do you have a better suggestion for my needs?

If you recommend I get just a laptop:

Do I need mobile broadband, or can I network to my desktop from anywhere?
I don't know what a "network card adapter" is, so don't know if I'll need that, too.
Do I need a router?

If you recommend I get both a desktop and laptop:

Do I need mobile broadband? Network card adapter? What kind of security do I need to set up between the two of them?
I know I'll need a good router, because reception is really weak between floors in my home.

I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this very detailed query.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:15 PM

You want a new desktop so you can run windows 7. You can somehow setup a network from which you can access your files when your on the go.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214399
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883147483#SnetMark_21

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:00 PM

There are many ways of accessing a computer...from a different location. You have to decide which one is best for you.

Windows 7 systems have a built-in capability for remote access...and there are 3d-party applications which may be better suited for what you want to do.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-on-remote-desktop-in-windows-vista/

http://windowstipoftheday.blogspot.com/2005/12/remote-desktop-vs-remote-assistance.html

One non-Windows program, http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 04:22 PM

Team Viewer is much easier and i have tried it on the school's computer to access my work from home.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 11:27 PM

Thank you, killerx525 & hamluis. The info on remote access was especially useful and relevant.

I'm still trying to figure out if this can be done via a cheap netbook to a powerful desktop; or whether I'm better off with just one powerful laptop and an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Thanks again.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:53 AM

Well since you travel alot then you might get a powerful laptop and you should still get a external monitor for home use.

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>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:32 AM

my opinion:

you NEED NOT update your pc because even if you upgrade now after few seconds the newest would be newer then old. they would be updated continuosly as breath
you should be satisfied with what you have. i have a pc of

intel pentium 3
128 megabytes of ram
xp pro

which is almost a decade old pretty much older than yours so don't waste that till it broken




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