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I'm planning to buy a Desktop.Please Suggest me a good configuration.
 
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square, with 4 legs (or 2 it they're large enough to give a stable surface area to work on).
Height such that you can comfortably work on it without having to stretch or bend your arms in an unnatural way while sitting on a chair such that your legs make right angles at the hip and knee and your feet rest loosely on the floor.

Adjustable height legs are best but more expensive.

Make the minimum depth such that you will have at least half a meter between the edge of the desk and the viewable area of your screen and the width such that you have enough room on it yet can easily reach every part of it without having to bend over.
 
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Thanks Jeroen
 
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I'd buy the whole desk if I were you. Not just the top. Joking aside this would be better off in General Computing. Moving...
 
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What is your budget? What are you going to use the PC for? What OS are you going to run on it? This might make it easier to suggest a configuration.
 
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
What is your budget? What are you going to use the PC for? What OS are you going to run on it? This might make it easier to suggest a configuration.



PC is going to be used for personal use.
By personal use i mean, learning, developing some small projects,
playing some games !!.
Planning to install Windows XP. Also planning installing Weblogic.
[ January 03, 2005: Message edited by: srini vasan ]
 
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Another thing to consider is if you want to make it yourself, which costs less. You will often find reasonable documentation and all of the work is easy compared to programming. If well made, they also tend to work slightly faster not only because of overclocking but becasue the programs you install are the ones you need, not AOL 9.0 when you already have DSL.
Otherwise I recommend Dell. They usually have the best prices and excellent support. I bought a 2.6 GHz laptop from them a month ago for 600 dollars, and then it stopped working. The problem was a loose LCD cable (could happen to any laptop), which is a relatively simple problem, albeit a nightmare to fix with just household tools and documentation. I called them, they diagnosed the problem, I sent it in, and the whole thing was done in a week. If I had the problem with an obscure company without support, it would be much harder.
Final thing to note is that for desktops, unless you know nothing about computers, I find that support is generally not needed; nothing usually breaks which even a layman cannot fix.
You probably noted that I didn't even mention any specs besides for my laptop, since you didn't say what you were looking for. The floor for a decent one IMO is really about 300 dollars, though that's just an opinion.
My computer, although a 3 year old 2.4 GHz machine, works great for everything, from cpu intensive games, to emulators, to even web browsing and the simple stuff (Most computers, no matter how well maintained, get slowed down in even things like opening windows over time it seems). However, with a new ('Kinda') graphics card(256 MB NVidia GeForce 5700), and a new hard drive with a fresh installation of Windows, the overall feel is excellent.
Finally, one thing to note is however, that the clock speed is really how fast your java programs will run; my 2.6 GHz laptop runs most things slower than my PC but in java programs it runs way faster.
The last thing (promise) that I have to say is that if you live in India, then you may be better building your own computer in terms of economics is concerned, because I'm guessing the shipping cost for a full desktop from USA to India would be massive.

Just my two cents.

P.S. Wow, it seems like I wrote more than the whole previous part of the post without even getting into specs, but PC building is my favorite pastime that I don't do often.
 
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Originally posted by srini vasan:


PC is going to be used for personal use.
By personal use i mean, learning, developing some small projects,
playing some games !!.
Planning to install Windows XP. Also planning installing Weblogic.

[ January 03, 2005: Message edited by: srini vasan ]



Heh, I didn't see that. Well, its 1:24 AM and I have the first day of school after 2 weeks of break at 7:30, so as much as I would like to answer that post, I'm going to sleep.
 
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This is my configuration..
Is it Good.
P4 2.5GHz
Intel Chipset
80GB HDD
Optical mouse
Samsung Key Board
52x CD Writter...
512 Kbps Modem
17" Monitor
 
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Originally posted by srini vasan:
This is my configuration..
Is it Good.
P4 2.5GHz
Intel Chipset
80GB HDD
Optical mouse
Samsung Key Board
52x CD Writter...
512 Kbps Modem
17" Monitor



Get a P4 with HT technology, it's better
you havent mentioned the RAM, i think 256 MB should be enough, but if ur getting HT, then get RAM as two 128 MB RAM cards
As for CD writer, get DVD writer combo, its quite cheap now and future proof if you know what i mean

And seeing that your from india,dont get any stuff from 'Mercury' company, their stuff works but not to par , Get all original Intel
 
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Originally posted by Arun Nava:


Get a P4 with HT technology, it's better
you havent mentioned the RAM, i think 256 MB should be enough, but if ur getting HT, then get RAM as two 128 MB RAM cards




Yes Arun , I'm from Chennai - India, If the processor is HT then why a 2 128 MB ram is needed , why can't it be a single 256 MB Ram ? Any reason ?
 
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faster memory access.
HT effectively means you have 2 CPUs running so you can have 2 threads of execution at once.
If you have 2 memory sticks you can access them both simultaneously (one from each thread of execution) with as a result more efficient use of your memory bus.
If you have only 1 stick, HT is ineffective as the threads of execution will have to wait on each other for access to that memory, thus effectively making the HT useless.
 
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Wow . Thanks Jeroen Wenting
 
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