March 22, 2009
Procuring the Ideal Used Computer
Posted in authored by John Gohde tagged CPU Processor Speed, Hard Drives, IBM PCs, IBM Personal Computers, Ideal Used Computer, Operating Systems, Personal Computers, RAM, Service Pack 3 (SP3), SP3, Used Computers, Vista, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XP at 11:36 am by John Gohde
Once upon a time, one would have to throw away their old computers every few years. The hardware was badly designed. Their operating systems were atrocious. Surfing the Internet was simply toxic to your computer. Well, times have changed. We finally have entered into the age of the stable computer.
Back in the old days with Windows 3.01, 4 megabytes of RAM was extremely generous. Those days are long over. Windows 3.01 was dumped by the public in favor of Windows 95, 98, and finally Millennium (ME). During this time period, computer manufacturers were sticking the public with computers that had a measly 40 megabytes of RAM or less. These old computers were doomed to failure on the drawing board because this generation of computers needed at least 128 megabytes of RAM to handle their operating systems.
Which Operating System is Best?
Then add on top of that the fact that Windows 95, Millennium (ME), and finally 98 were fatally flawed operating systems. Windows XP is the first operating system to be truly stable. So when shopping for the ideal used computer, avoid all computers running anything other than Windows XP.
The difference between the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP is not important. You wont be using the firewall provided by Microsoft anyway. What counts is which version of Windows XP a computer is running. There are three different versions or service packs. The ideal used computer is running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). If it is not pointed out on the computer, than that computer is running the first version or SP1 and should be ideally avoided. If you had to chose between Windows 98 and the Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1), then always take Windows XP. Just remember that a lot of software wont work without Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).
Of course, one could always buy a brand new computer. For five or six hundred dollars, you can in fact get a pretty decent computer. The problem with that is that you are going to get stuck with Windows Vista. Vista was a goof in the evolution of Window operating systems, much like Windows ME was. The problem with Vista is that it is constantly getting in your way. Intelligent hardware and software has always been a pain in the butt to use. Windows Vista failed because Microsoft attempted to keep their operating system safe from their users. My advice is to avoid any computer running Vista at all costs. Better to sit it out with Windows XP, until a better operating system comes along.
The Ideal Used Computer
Used Computers – The more RAM the Better
In general, you should always go for more RAM over CPU processor speed.
To rap things up, the first consideration for purchasing the ideal used computer is that it must be running Windows XP. Do NOT accept any other operating system. The second consideration is the amount of RAM that a computer has installed on it. The more RAM you have the better. RAM comes in increments of 128 megabytes. The bare acceptable minimum would be 256 megabytes of RAM. Ideally you would want at least a Gigabyte of RAM. But, generally you will regret getting anything less than 512 megabytes.
Used Computers – Go for Processor Speed over Hard Disk Size
The third consideration is processor speed. The faster your CPU the better. Ideally, you want a fast CPU operating at one gigahertz or better. The fourth and last consideration is the size of your hard drive. Do not take anything smaller than 18 gigabytes. Bigger hard drives should never be the deal breaker, as a absolutely huge second external hard drive can always be added on later very cheaply, thanks to your USB ports.
The Ideal Used Computer is Selling for as low as $150
Currently, if you shop around, purchasing the ideal used computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), with a Gigabyte of RAM, with a one gigahertz CPU, with at least a 18 gigabyte hard drive without any monitor for approximately $150 is entirely possible. Do not settle for less. Shop around, and simply wait for a better deal because this purchase could last you five years.
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