Well, I’m on the cusp of a decision about new hardware for this coming year. I have decided that there are three ways to go, but haven’t/can’t make up my mind about things. Right now I have a first generation TiBook which came with a 500Mhz processor, an underpowered graphics card, a 30Gb hard drive, and 512 Mb of RAM. I also have a Sony Vaio laptop which has a 650Mhz P3, a 20Gb hard drive, 512 Mb of RAM, and an underpowered graphics card. I can’t afford to replace both of these machines this year, and the TiBook is slightly older than the Vaio, so I’m leaning that way. The Area 51, however, looks real nice and the benchmarks on it are sick. On the other hand, a 17 inch screen seems like a good thing to have. So it’s either replace one of these two machines, or make some incremental upgrades to one or both of them. There aren’t any processor upgrades or video chipset upgrades available for the TiBook or the Vaio though. So I could add more RAM, and upgrade the hard drive, but I’m stuck with the internals. Decisions, Decisions.
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