Hmmm…I have an interesting dilemma, and I thought I’d ask for some technical wisdom and advice from fellow Dopers!
I have an “extra” PC that I let my sister use. I’m happy to let her use it indefinitely, she’s disabled, legally blind, and the internet really, really has opened up a new world for her. But, in the back of my mind is the realization that the “extra” PC will be a good “back up” PC in case my regular computer is out of commission for a while. So I like the idea that it is there, in case I need it. (Don’t worry, I wouldn’t deprive my poor sister of a computer for too long. Besides, there is a moldy old 486 still lingering about at her house, she could use that if needs be.)
Through a bizarre series of events, I aquired another PC. I don’t need an extra computer, don’t want it. I had to buy it (like I said, bizarre series of events) and I want to sell it. Or do I? I could sell the computer my sister currently uses and let her use the one I just got. So, here are minimal specs on both machines (I’m pretty technically ignorant, sorry.) Which one should I keep?
The first one (the one my sister is using now) is a CTX w/ 233 MMX CPU, 48 megs of RAM, and 2 GB HD. 33.6 modem. It has had it’s motherboard replaced, because the original motherboard was having problems. I don’t know what motherboard it has now, but I think it’s a no-name cheepie. (Not like ASUS, or antything.)
The second one is an IBM Aptiva, 2176. It only has a 133 MHz CPU and a 1 GB HD w/ 16 megs of RAM. However, it has USB and SCSI ports (at least I think that’s a SCSI port) and lots more room for expansion. (Much bigger case compared to the CTX.) 33.6 modem. A MO drive (some sort of removable storage - like a Zip drive) w/ 2 MO cartridges. I think I know where to get more MO cartidges for backup.
I am leaning towards spiffing up the IBM with more RAM and letting my sister use that instead, and selling the CTX. I can get a faster CPU for it eventually. From what I gather, getting a 233 - 300 MHz CPU isn’t very expensive these days. I just like the idea of having the IBM with the USB port, since I have several USB devices that I could use with it, if necessary. I also suspect that the IBM is a more quality-made machine compared to the CTX, especially since the CTX now has a different (probably cheaper) motherboard and case.) Am I right? What say you?