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#1 libraryboy


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Posted 05 February 2006 - 12:48 PM

Hello. I am trying to find the right combinations of ram and hard drive size to buy for my business. The computer will be for business with pos software plus software for photo editing. I do one hour film now and will need a new computer that has media slots also.

1. Should I buy lower ram and then upgrade it myself?

2. How good is the HP lightscribe technology....worth the price?

I am considering the Athlon 64 chip and 160 harddrive with 512 expandable ram, any suggestion?

Thank you.

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 01:07 PM

It all depends on the prices and performance you want.
a Athlon64 chip and 160 gb HDD w/ 512 is a good starting point. If you play any games at all I would suggest to go with 1 GB of RAM though. I wouldn't even consider buying a computer w/o 512mb anymore. Always make sue you can upgrade the system to do some looking around and find a computer you like then check the parts. With and Athlon64 chip you want to ensure you get a 939 chipset (as some shady people are selling 754 chipsets that are now outdated and will soon be unable to upgrade w/o telling you). while also looking at the motherboard you want ot ensure that you can fit at least 2 GB RAM (I perfer 4 GB) and that it uses DDR.
As for HP lightscribe technology I've never delt with it so I dont know there.

I bought my new comp 6 months ago w/ an Athlon64(939), 512mb RAM( max is 4GB) and a 200 GB HDD and I love it. the Processor speed may seem slow (compared to the 3GHz speeds we were seeing) but with this 64 bit technology the true speed would actually be double the rated speed when comparing it to a 32 bit processor. (ie: a 1.8 GHz 64 bit performs like a 3.6 GHz 32 bit processor)

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 01:50 AM

You should discuss the POS requirements with the software manufacturer, and may elect to have several hard drives or at least understand the desirability of partitioning a large one. You will also need to consider disaster recovery for the business side of the computer.
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