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Prior to attending this class I thought I knew a lot about computers What Ive learned is that all I really knew was buzz words megahertz gigabyte ram megabyte etc I also assumed bigger was better and there may be some truth to that statement However it is equally true that bigger is not always necessary I needed to purchase a computer that would satisfy all the needs and wants of the family I needed a system that could run accounting software my wife needed the ability to run graphic programs and the children needed educational software In addition to having a system with sufficient power to handle these tasks I wanted the ability to expand the system at a later date if necessary Finally I needed a sufficient warranty After listening to the advice of friends and sales people I was no better off than when I started So I decided to go out on faith and buy what I thought was the best deal for my money I researched Compaq Dell Gateway and some no frills machines The no frills systems were immediately ruled out the price was right the warranty was not In some instances the warranty was ok but I was not sure if I would ever see the person who built the system again I purchased a Gateway select 600 for 227300 The system had 600 MHz Athlon chip 128 MB ram 200 GB hard drive CD-RW DVD ZIP 16 MB video 17 Color monitor159 viewable HP scanner and Epson 740 stylus color printerink jet All things considering I dont think I did bad but I now realize that all that hardware was not necessary I could have forgone the ZIP drive my main purpose for it purchase was storage which I now realize that the CD-RW could have done the same job Not to mention that the CD-RW can hold up to 650 MB as opposed
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