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    Taylor810's Avatar
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    Xmas 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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor810 View Post

    Do I want the Quad or 8 core?
    Depends on what the computer is being used for. Quad core is more than enough for the average user. If there are a lot of cpu intensive tasks being done, the 8 core will be twice as fast. DVD burning will go faster, as well as ripping movies / cd's, etc.
    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?
    RAID is for your hard drives. There is RAID 0, 1 or 5. RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia check out the wiki link to learn more about it.
    add a hard drive bay?
    Hard drive bays are where you can install another hard drive at a later date. So you can have 2 500GB HD's set in RAID 0 with a SSD for boot, for example (3 hard drive bays)
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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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