Need help making decision about new computer
Posted on 2006-11-09
I need some advice if I should
1) Buy a new computer OR
2) Simply make do with what I currently have.
Computer 1 (Precision 670) 2.8ghz 64-bit Xeon & 2gb of RAM (only using as VMware machine) and file server for all my software, etc. I have about 15 virtual machines on this VMware server but only 1-2 are running usually and the processor usage is very close to zero since this is only a test server (no production stuff going on)
Computer 2 (Dell Dimension 4100) - 5yr old machine 1ghz Pentium with 512mb RAM
This is my primary machine for every god damn thing. Outlook, browsing, CD burning, P2P apps, etc. I have tons of applications installed on it - no high-end graphics or games though
In today's enviornment, you cannot really survive with 512mb RAM - not with 5-7 apps open at all times since you'll heavily use paged memory which I have been doing with tons of frustration all along. The reason I have no apps installed on the Precision is because I don't want to mess with it. I want to keep it as a clean server only hosting my VMware virtual machines. Does this make sense to you guys or am I being too touchy?
I was considering replacing the Dimension with a new Dimension E520 for about $400 (getting good deals on Duo processor with 1gb of RAM). Alternatively, I can start using the Precision as my primary workstation + VMware and only use the Dimension for CD-writing, P2P apps and maybe a couple of other things
What do you guys think? Should I consider any other factors to help me make a decision? Also, if I make the Precision my primary workstation it does run Windows 2003 64-bit hence I'm afraid that some applications may not support 64-bit processors. I'm seeing more and more apps offered in 64-bit so wondering if this is a non-issue