I have not build or purchased a computer in a long while and know that many things have changed…processors, SATA, ram speeds, etc…
The last 2 computer I have purchased have been laptops, and have worked fine for me, and my last work laptop was awesome…I will be moving back to the USA and when i return I plan to break my ass and work at home, thinking it will be time to buy a slick new machine that I can leave on, is quiet and reliable. My other cares are the ability to run dual minitors and to login remotely.
The two choices I thought of were go with a bad ass IBM laptop, with a docking station and two external monitors. The upside to this solution is that it would also be portable, the downside is the massive cost involved as well as the lack of power that a desktop can provide.
The second choice was to build a Dell PC and I think this is what I will go with. I am looking at the optiplex GX620 series, with a dual core processor, 2 gig of ram and a PCIe 256MB ATI Radeon X600, Dual Monitor DVI or VGA, full height video card…whooo. Now that stuff is a pretty easy decision but what I am really confused on are the variety of hardrives available.
Dell offers both a 80gb SATA 7200rpm drive and a 80gb SATA 10,000 RPM drive… I have read that the 7200rpm sata drives are consumer grade and have the tendincy to break down…and I hear the the 10,000 rpm drives are the closest thing to a SCSI drive, which is a professional grade work horse. Is there any truth to this? Has anyone tried either? I thought of getting a 80gig 10,000 for the boot drive and an 160gig 7200 for file storage, I have had terrible luck with hard drives and currently back things up to both DVD and to an external 120gb 7200 harddrive that only is used to back up or restore.
Since this is my business machine, I am thinking the dell would be a good choice because they have stanard on site repair, within 24 hrs, which would be pretty nice if the thing breaks, which they always do. Does anyone have any horror stories with dell or any recomendation as to another place to get a quiet, reliable workhorse machine that can support dual monitors and have onsite support?
I can get into the dell with 2 19" lcds for around 2100 taxes included. The IBM laptop would be around 1800 with out monitors….
I would love to hear what you are using, what you paid, where you got it, and any problems or comments you could provide. Cutts if you read this let me know what you ending up getting.