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What is the minimum spec machine you would buy today?   [Edit]

Survey period: 19 Jan 2003 to 26 Jan 2003

New games, new OS's, new .NET. They all mean our kick-ass box of 2 years ago is now obsolete. What CPU/RAM specs are you choosing today?

Q1. CPU speed (in total, adjust for dual proc)

OptionVotes% 
under 1GHz1496.85
>= 1GHz53924.79
>= 2GHz1,10550.83
>= 3GHz23010.58
>= 4 GHz1516.95

Q2. RAM

OptionVotes% 
under 256 Mb642.94
>= 256 Mb50923.41
>= 512 Mb1,15052.90
>= 1 Gb35016.10
>= 2 Gb1014.65

Q3. Any must-have's?

View optional text answers (547 answers)


 
GeneralFast is Better Pin
Renjith Ramachandran23-Jan-03 4:21
Renjith Ramachandran23-Jan-03 4:21 
General400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
Eric Anderton22-Jan-03 8:25
Eric Anderton22-Jan-03 8:25 
GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
Anthony_Yio22-Jan-03 17:28
Anthony_Yio22-Jan-03 17:28 
GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
murjev22-Jan-03 20:32
murjev22-Jan-03 20:32 
GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
Eric Anderton23-Jan-03 5:49
Eric Anderton23-Jan-03 5:49 
GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
michaelhc23-Jan-03 17:36
michaelhc23-Jan-03 17:36 
>>I've made a habit of keeping at least one other box around somewhere to use as kind of testbed for running software in older environments.

That is what VMWare is for. Cool | :cool:

I just went the bigger box direction, installed VMWare, and now testing on W98 or W2000 is a matter of copying a .5GB file to reset to "clean machine" state. This is my current list of VMs and I can reset any of them to "clean" in a matter of seconds:
- Win95
- Win2000
- Win98
- Win98HiResWithMSI
- Win98HiResWithMSIandIE6

When emulating OSs on a single box for developer convenience, there has never been a better reason to buy a bigger box. Also, memory and a fast HD has proven to be way more important than absolute CPU speed.

A super hi-res capable monitor is never a bad thing with VS .NET either. Smile | :)

GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
Eric Anderton24-Jan-03 6:44
Eric Anderton24-Jan-03 6:44 
GeneralRe: 400Mhz can get the job done.. sometimes. Pin
jelaft26-Jan-03 11:11
jelaft26-Jan-03 11:11 
GeneralBad news for the Chip industry Pin
jhwurmbach22-Jan-03 1:40
jhwurmbach22-Jan-03 1:40 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
#realJSOP22-Jan-03 2:22
mva#realJSOP22-Jan-03 2:22 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
jhwurmbach22-Jan-03 2:28
jhwurmbach22-Jan-03 2:28 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Anonymous22-Jan-03 8:09
Anonymous22-Jan-03 8:09 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Anthony_Yio22-Jan-03 17:25
Anthony_Yio22-Jan-03 17:25 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Matt Philmon24-Jan-03 2:56
Matt Philmon24-Jan-03 2:56 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
jhwurmbach24-Jan-03 3:07
jhwurmbach24-Jan-03 3:07 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Matt Philmon24-Jan-03 3:34
Matt Philmon24-Jan-03 3:34 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
jhwurmbach24-Jan-03 3:51
jhwurmbach24-Jan-03 3:51 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Stan Shannon24-Jan-03 3:34
Stan Shannon24-Jan-03 3:34 
GeneralRe: Bad news for the Chip industry Pin
Chris Hansson25-Jan-03 10:14
Chris Hansson25-Jan-03 10:14 
GeneralWhat if..... Pin
Jon Newman21-Jan-03 8:14
Jon Newman21-Jan-03 8:14 
GeneralRe: What if..... Pin
Jim Crafton22-Jan-03 6:51
Jim Crafton22-Jan-03 6:51 
GeneralRe: What if..... Pin
zenboy22-Jan-03 10:44
zenboy22-Jan-03 10:44 
GeneralThe need for speed Pin
nickntg21-Jan-03 5:15
nickntg21-Jan-03 5:15 
Generalredundant??? Pin
Marc Clifton21-Jan-03 1:04
mvaMarc Clifton21-Jan-03 1:04 
GeneralGroup and sort optional answers, please ... Pin
A.Wegierski20-Jan-03 18:44
A.Wegierski20-Jan-03 18:44 

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