Looking for Hardware Advice - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
Looking for Hardware Advice|
| |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.)
|Date:||June 12th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)|| |
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.
|Date:||June 12th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)|| |
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.