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[Off Topic] Workstation Upgrade

It had been about 5 years since I’d bought a new desktop machine for my home, and with my oldest starting school this year, it was time to add another computer to our inventory.  Since my son’s computer needs are relatively minimal at this point, I decided to buy a new computer for the tall people in the house and hand down the current machine to the rugrat.  Our home desktop has always been a multipurpose device; it’s got some of my business information on it, most of our personal finance stuff,DSC05583 our entire music and home video/photo library, and several games that I rarely get to play.  While I had no intention of spending two grand on this box, I wanted to get something that wouldn’t need an upgrade in the next couple of years.

After a couple of disappointing stops at local electronics retailers, I bought an off-the-shelf Dell from, of all places, Wal-Mart.  It’s a 64-bit multicore Athlon with lots of disk space and 8gb of RAM.  Even more striking is the 24” widescreen monitor; I’d gotten used to the poor, neglected 17” CRT we’ve relied on for years, so I felt entitled to splurge a bit on the display.

I’m saving the setup and data transfer for tomorrow, after which I’ll get to be the hero for giving my kiddo his very own PC.  Everybody wins!

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by AlanBarber on 27 September 2009

What's the model of that thing?

Posted by Tim Mitchell on 27 September 2009

Dell Inspiron i546s: www.walmart.com/.../product.do

Posted by Steve Jones on 28 September 2009

Nice deal. I didn't need a monitor, so I went with eCollegePC. Ended up with this: www.sqlservercentral.com/.../taking-the-hyper-v-plunge.aspx

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