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June 13th, 2006
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From:gaal
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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  • Hyundai make *excellent* LCDs panels. This is my most important tip. (There are only a few manufacturers of LCD panels; companies like MAG do OEM jobs and have good and bad monitors. The specs don't always say, so my recommendation is to get a Hyundai monitor, that way you know who made the panel. The only way you could do better is to buy something like Eizo but those are ridiculously expensive.)
  • Some machines come with room for only two SATA devices. Annoying when you decide a year in to get an extra disk.
  • If I bought a machine today, I'd definitely get more than 1GB RAM, but 1.5 might be enough. RAM's still not free!
  • But disk is pretty cheap. Get the sweet spot, which I'm guessing is around 250GB today.
  • Make sure there's a good cooling system. CPUs today run real hot.
  • If you intend to play games on this machine, video cards run a hyperbola over price / performance. For a small investment you get a big kickback over the low end.
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    From:gaal
    Date:June 12th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
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    Oh: when choosing monitor + video adaptor you'll need to decide if to spring for a DVI connector or use plain ol' VGA. It's worth the $50 I paid two or three years ago, and today the difference is probably even less. The catch is that not every LCD model comes with a DVI option.
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