Spec Watch

Hardware obsolescence has become so much a
part of the IS managers daily routine that no one talks of it again! In fact many
companies resort to quarterly purchases not only to smoothen out fund flows, but also to
try and keep up with technological change.

Adding more confusion is the myriad
offerings from various vendors. While one offers a machine with a monitor and another does
not, a third one gives the price of a slower CPU and a fourth gives you DOS as the
operating system!

What specs should you look for if you are
ordering your machines today?

Here are our recommended minimum specs for
various types of applications.

Entry level Business PC High end Business PC Workstation Class PC Entry level Home PC Full featured Home PC
Usage Word
processing, presentations, Email, medium sized spreadsheets
Databases,
large spreadsheets, big presentations, entry level graphics, DTP
Heavy
graphics, animation, CAD / CAM
Multimedia,
Games, TV/ Video CD
Multimedia,
Games, TV/ Video CD
CPU P 200
MMX or equivalent
P II
266 / 333
Dual
PII 333
P 200
MMX or equivalent
PII
333
Cache 256
KB
512
KB
512
KB
512
KB
512
KB
RAM 32 MB 64 MB 256
MB
32 MB 64 MB
Hard
Disk
1.2GB 2 GB
+
SCSI
4 GB +
2 GB
+
4 GB
+
Monitor 15
” SVGA Color
15
” SVGA Color
17
” SVGA Color
15
” SVGA Color
15
” SVGA Color
Display
card
2 D
Accelerator
2D
Accelerator
2D /
Professional 3D Accelerator
2 D
Accelerator
3D
Accelerator

for gaming

V
RAM
2 MB 4 MB 4 MB 2 MB 4 MB
Network
card
10 /
100 Mbps
10 /
100 Mbps
100
Mbps
CD-
ROM Drive
Optional 24 X
/ DVD ROM drive
24 X
/ DVD ROM drive
24 X
/ DVD ROM drive
DVD
ROM drive
Sound
card
Optional AWE
64
Sound
Blaster Pro compatible
Sound
Blaster AWE 64
Pointing
device
Mouse Mouse
/ track pad
Mouse
/ tablet
Mouse
/ Joystick
Mouse
& Joystick
Modem 33.6
Kbps
33.6
Kbps
Operating
System
Windows
95
Windows
95 / Windows NT 4
Windows
NT / UNIX
Windows
95
Windows
95
Others SCSI
card
AGP
video card

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