Computer System Report/ Recommendation

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The customer for this report, and recommendation for the purchase of a computer system, is a dedicated first-year computer science student at a technologically specialized institution. He is currently working on a degree that involves several courses in word processing, computer assisted design, and graphics technology. This student is also an avid gamer and has a particular interest in the latest audio and video production technology.

Requirements:

The computing system and peripheral devices purchased by this user must be the latest technology in order for him to be successful in his current classes and the courses that he will require in the future. The ideal computer and software package for this person would include a fast processor with new word processing and desktop publishing software, advanced audio and video editing capabilities, and an impressive audio/ visual display with one of the latest video cards available. Also, it is required that the system is fast, efficient, easy to work with, and cost effective.

Overall Recommendation/ Recommended System: Custom Built AthlonXP 1900

Hardware

Processor

·The computer processor is the brain of the system. Our client requires a heavy punch, multi tasking brain. Due to his low income and student status, he does not have a large budget to put towards his computer. The AMD AthlonXP 1900 was chosen because of it's low cost and it's higher performance rating than that of the higher priced equivalent Pentium 4. The AMD AthlonXP 1900's speed is 1.6GHz. This means 1600Hz, which is a very fast processor. Amazingly, the clock speed of this processor is faster, albeit barely, than the Pentium 4 2.0GHz processor, and is much cheaper as well. This is important, as, for less cash, our student can afford a better processor.

Motherboard

·Choosing which motherboard to use is important. It also is closely related to what processor is chosen. Because of cost saving factors, the AMD Athlon processor is the best choice. Therefore we can only provide a motherboard compatible with the AMD AthlonXP 1900. For our client, we decided on the motherboard Aopen K77-333. This motherboard is an excellent choice for our client because:

1.This motherboard has Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0. This gives the advantage of high-speed transfer between external sources such as video cameras, digital cameras, scanners, audio recorders, and any other possible external components. USB 2.0 is faster than fire wire, which is currently the most widely used transfer hardware. Also, this motherboard possesses eight USB ports. This means that there is lots of room for expansion of additional components that can be used with the computer.

2.This motherboard has built in 5.1 channel audio technology. The motherboard uses the AC97 CODEC realtek ALC650 chip. This is very beneficial to our client, as it means that no additional sound card is required, saving him much needed money. Also, this built-in soundcard is of very high quality. This onboard soundcard contains a complete audio recording and playback system.

3.The Aopen K77-333 motherboard supports double data rate (DDR) SDRAM. The motherboard has three slots which RAM chips can be inserted into, and allows for an upgrade of up to three gigabytes. The DDR SDRAM comes standard with this particular model, and is a much better deal than regular SDRAM because it is much faster.

4.As our client becomes more advanced, he may wish to over clock his CPU (Central Processing Unit). This would allow the computer to run faster and more efficiently, but there is a risk of system failure. To counteract this possible risk the motherboard includes the Watchdog Timer function, which can automatically reset the system in 4.8 seconds when the system fails due to over clocking.

5.Also, there is an Aopen hardware monitoring utility. This allows for easy monitoring and control of the CPU's temperature, voltage, and the system fan status. This...
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