Quick comparison request: Old vs "new-ish"
OK I *have* to go out and buy an "interim" system for a new employee today- I don't have the time to order one through the mail and get it set up before her arrival Monday (I'm off Friday). I'm planning on "refreshing" all of the office systems next Spring- in time for the Service Pack One patch for Vista (ha ha!)....
I *don't* want to spend a lot of money (as it is tight here right now) and I *don't* want a super-ultra-fast system that will make everybody with an older system jealous....
What I've found at Staples is a $350 system w/out monitor- (I have a spare) that is AMD Sempron Processor 3200+ (1.8 Ghz), I'll upgrade it to 1GB SDRAM, and Windows Professional, and get a 128 MB video card for about $100 (probably a Nvidia). Pricing the whole thing to about $575.
Does that sound as if it will run comparably to my P4 2.4 Ghz 1GB RAM, GeForce 64 MB card systems?
We just using the systems for browsing, Autocad 2006, Office, and Outlook/email?
Thanks for any advice.