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Operating Systems: Specifications and Upgrades

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One upgrade commonly made on computer systems is the addition of more RAM. This is very beneficial to the system as it makes it able to cope with more tasks, and improves performance substantially. Just adding 512Mb of RAM would make a noticeable difference to performance. When buying a computer, it is normally provided with a sufficient amount of RAM, however, as computer systems progress, they require more memory just to run normally, which is why systems need to be upgraded with RAM if you wish to have a capable computer and have it last a long time. Depending on the things you wish to use your computer for, will effect the amount of RAM you need, for example, a person who uses a computer to game, use the internet, word-processing and use graphic application software will need a substantial amount more RAM than someone who just wishes to use word-processing and browse the internet. For your systems, I would recommend upgrading your system with RAM at least once, and consider it if you notice your system slowing down, perhaps after the addition of multiple software applications. Another upgrade that would be relevant in this case is a CD Drive, I believe this would be beneficial because should the people in Tanzania want to install any software (educational or otherwise) ...read more.

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* Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium * 2GB Memory * 500GB Hard Drive * DVD Writer With LightScribe * 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO Graphics * 15-In-1 Card Reader * 6 No of USB connections * LG Glass Fronted Widescreen TFT Packard Bell iMax 3413 + 19" Widescreen TFT Monitor �469.99 * Pentium Dual-Core E2160 Processor * (1.8Ghz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB Cache) * Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium * 2GB Memory * 360GB Hard Drive * Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer * 895MB nVidia GeForce 8300 GS Graphics * 8-In-1 Card Reader * 6 USB Connections * AOC 19" Widescreen TFT DELL INSPIRON 530/1135 + 19" WIDESCREEN TFT MONITOR �429.99 * Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor * (2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache) * Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium * 2GB Memory * 320GB Hard Drive * Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer * Intel Media Accelerator X3000 Graphics * 6 USB Connections * 2 PCI Slots * 19" Widescreen TFT Monitor All the systems come with a CD/DVD rewrite as standard and internet capabilities, so I will not take them into account when comparing systems. HP Pavillion Packard Bell iMax Dell Inspiron Processor Equal in performance to the Dell. (2.2GHz, 2MB cache) Lowest quality processor, still high overall. ...read more.

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The 2GB of memory should serve the user for whatever tasks they need to do, and for running various applications (such as Fireworks and Dreamweaver) at once, which the Packard Bell might struggle with, given that it only has 1GB. The advantage this has over the HP, with the same capability processor it mainly the graphics, they both have the same amount of RAM, but the Dell machine has a higher performing processor, a very important factor in a machine that needs to run graphics applications. It also has the most amount of USB slots, meaning it won't be a problem to connect peripherals or extract data from external sources. Unlike the Packard Bell, it lacks a card reader, however, should this be needed, they are very cheap and could easily be connected. The 320GB hard drive is the smallest of them all, but is still vast, and can easily be upgraded, much like the card reader. I see little benefit in using a glass fronted monitor, so the fact that the monitors are essentially the same didn't have much effect on my decision. Given the price of the system itself, after the all in one printer and the graphics and web development software, leaves them enough money to purchase up to four of these. If they chose to do this they would have �254.16 left over, to purchase additional software, and even a card reader. ...read more.

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