Thread: Xmas help
11-25-2010, 12:25 PM #1Xmas help
I'm trying to buy a gift. I want it to be a surprise so I can't ask questions. I know how to use a computer but don't understand how they work. This replacement is for a dell that is old and super slow and LOUD. I keep trying to research and match up what he has now but keep getting more and more confused. Don't know if it's important but will be running windows also. I went to Baltec so I could find out what hardware is installed. This is what it's telling me
3.00 gigahertz Pentium 4
16 kilobyte memory
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
1160.23 gig usable hard drive capacity
824 gig hard drive free space
2 separate drives
1024 meg usable installed memory
Do I want the Quad or 8 core?
If I get the Quad I was thinking of adding the 3.33 6-core westmere option.
Raid card- don't know what this is. Do I want it?
add a hard drive bay?
11-25-2010, 12:49 PM #2
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11-26-2010, 07:39 AM #3
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From the specs you posted, pretty much ANY Mac will be a huge step up. Pentium 4s are ANCIENT.
The fact that he has a 1TB drive and has 824GB of it free tells me he's a light-duty user.
Unless you're made of money and are dead-set on getting a Mac Pro, it seems to me from what little you've posted that it would be WAAAAAAAY more machine than he needs. Maybe a little info about what he does on his current machine would help us, but honestly -- so far I think an iMac would be more than enough. And you simply will not BELIEVE how quiet they are. Deafeningly quiet.
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