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Posted on 2016.03.09 at 12:35
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Not much you can do with a low-end desktop. Mom's hard drive experienced an unrecoverable error and Dad brought it to me the last time he visited. I left the CPU untouched in this one (its unlikely he'll require L3 cache) but did replace the drive with one at 7200rpm, put in a matched set of max RAM, offboard the video and installed Windows 10.

Should give them a few more years out of this box.


jobu121 at 2016-03-16 04:52 (UTC) (Link)
I need to upgrade my video card soon...

ehowton at 2016-03-21 17:09 (UTC) (Link)
Amazon has a slew of inexpensive ones. I think the one I picked up for $30 was the same $80 card I got each of my kids a couple of years back.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2016-03-20 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
I don't understand the argument of "it's unlikely he'll require L3 cache", mainly because I view the question from the standpoint of starting from the opposite point of view: why would he not need L3 cache?

I get not wanting to spend money. And perhaps this is a case of "all he ever does is check Facebook." In the broad scheme of things, I suppose it doesn't matter, especially when you're saddling I/O with a 7200RPM drive instead of installing an SSD.

Me personally, I can't stand not having top-of-the-line on my desk. Do I ever really need all the computational power in the machine on my desk? (A 5K Retina iMac, 4.0Ghz i7 with 8MB L3 cache, 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD.) Well, not these days (that's for a blog post which I've put off writing for nearly a year.) But when I do have a computationally intensive task, I'm very grateful for all the power and efficiency I can wring out of that configuration.

(NOTE: I've corrected your grammar; you need the contraction no the possessive form of "its" here.)
ehowton at 2016-03-21 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
You're correct on every count. I popped a beefy proc and SSD into the low-end desktop I used for myself, but his will be mostly for flash games and very little, if any, web use. The real bottleneck will be the one between the chair and the keyboard :P
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