As I explained in my email earlier today, I'm upgrading my home infrastructure to create a safer place for my digital memories. My first step has been to rebuild my home desktop PC.
I was using an HP Pavillion before and I also had a Dell Dimension 8300. There are a number of reasons I chose the Dell to take forward even though the processor is a bit slower than the HP's. The main reason is that the Dell Dimension really has a beautiful spacious case. It is so easy to add/remove hardware components from this box that folds open like a book. I'll never buy a small cases system for my home again.
So I scavenged the HP and put all the memory and the hard disk into the desktop giving me these hardware specifications:
- Intel Pentium 4 - 2.4Ghz
- 2GB RAM
- Primary HD: 120Gb - 7200RPM
- Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics card
At the time it was a very decent configuration. But even though I work at Microsoft, I was still a bit nervous installing Vista Ultimate on the machine. Would the performance be OK?
Now I have it up and running, I can say it works beautifully! Here's the performance Index:
As you can see, the 3.5 score is due to the processor speed. All else is way above that and provides a nice and snappy experience.
I'm glad the Dell had the nice graphics card in it. That makes a big difference. In fact this card supports dual monitors so I have now have one connected via DVI and one via VGA.
Here are some of the special things I experienced while upgrading, configuring and using my Vista at home.
As I said before, the system works fine now and I get really good performance on hardware that's a couple of years old. I'm positively surprised. Now I can start thinking about my strategy regarding storing pictures safely...
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