I am writing on behalf of a colleague who is having a lot of trouble with her computer (she is an Operations Manager so most of her work is on the comptuer). Programs take up to 30 seconds to open, there is a lot of trouble having more than one program open at once, it freezes excessively, etc. Our IT guy said she shouldn't need a new computer but I disagree after looking at the specs. I have included them below and would be grateful for some opinions re: the appropriateness of her current computer as the relate to her daily work tasks (mainly Office Programs & Internet). Also, I believe the computer is at least 5 years old, possibly older.
Dell Dimension 4550 (I *think* it originally came with Windows ME and was updated to XP at a later point but cannot be sure)
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Processor Speed: 2.34 GHz
Memory (RAM): 512 MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Operating System Version: 5.1.2600
Note: Hard drive has around 50-60 GB of storage
One last question...if we end up purchasing a new computer, what (very generally speaking) specs should we aim for? Mainly concerned about processor, RAM, & hard drive size. Budget is a VERY big concern. Also, it would have to be a Dell. Thanks so much!!