Re: Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

Mary Smith <ms0815@...>

Hi James, you bring up an interesting point. While doing my research, I was also looking into all in one machines but I'm not entirely sure I would invest in one at this point. I would prefer to get a pc that would allow me to update components down the road if I felt it was necessary. I've read that upgrading or repairing an all in one is tricky so I'd rather make an informed choice before I buy anything.

On 11/1/2019 1:52 PM, James Bentley wrote:
Hello Mary,

I could not agree with Chris more. An SSD makes a major difference in bootup time, opening programs, and intensive computing like virus scanning and file transfers.

The second drive may not be critical but they are convenient for storing audio, video, photos, etc. If you are on a budget, it is not too difficult to add a second drive to a desktop later when you have the money.


James B


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2019 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

Hi Mary. I recently purchased a dell XPS 8930. It has a sshd as the c drive for the operating system and programs, and a mechanical hard drive for data. I love the sshd, it makes things much faster. You will notice a huge difference regarding start up times, programs opening, etc. I don't think you will be disappointed.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Mary Smith
Sent: November 1, 2019 1:51 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

Hello listers, I'd like some advice regarding specs for a new desktop.
I've been doing a bit of research and I'm noticing that these days, some manufacturers are building systems with two internal hard drives. For example, some of the newer Dell machines use an ssd as the boot drive and a mechanical drive for storage. I'd like some opinions as to whether it would be better to go with this type of machine or to purchase something with just a mechanical hd as the main drive.

All opinions are welcome.


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