I'm in the market for a second small office business computer to run word processor (WordPerfect7); telephone answering software (Quicklink Message Centre); internet access (AOL by modem), accounting (Quickbooks); scheduling appointments (an Ms Access based software); and a big MS access database. Little or no gaming needs.
I would like the new "Main" machine to be networked to the present "Back Office" computer (Pentium II, 400 MHZ, 128 RAM, 8 GB HD, Win 98) which is 100 feet away. My Multifunction device is not networkable so I will need to run from the "Main" computer.
I'd like to be able to share the MS Access database and internet access from both computers. When I built this office I asked that there be easy future access to the telephone jack plates though the wall from the ceiling for networking connections. In the near future, the database will become quite large with many scanned reports (estimate 400- 800 MB of data), I also intend to upgrade to a networkable multifunction printer. Possible voice recognition needs.
Currently in my price range ($1800CDN) is either:
1. A Dell Pentium III, 1 Ghz, 128mb SDRAM, 20 GB HD, CDRW, modem and 10/100 fast ethernet NIC. or
2. A Future Shop house brand (Cicero SC4210) AMD/Athlon 1.2 Ghz, processor, 256 RAM not sure what kind-is this important?, 20 GB HD, CDRW, modem, and 10/100 network card.
I am leery of an non Intel processor for fears of forward and backward compatibility problems with devices and software. What is your advise on what to buy and how to hook the two machines together cheaply?