Just What PC Features Should I Have?

"Dusty" Huxford, David C.
August 1997
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug1997, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p106
Academic Journal
This article offers advice to financial planners regarding personal computer (PC) features as of August 1997. The demands placed on the personal computer today are substantially higher than the ones of just a year or so ago. Software is bloated and requires faster CPU and more memory to run adequately. Generally speaking, Microsoft and Intel rule the industry. Arguably, The WinTel (Windows and Intel) solution is typically the best way to implement technology in the office. To support WinTel and other software, most hardware needs to be upgraded. The choice of PC complicates the situation more. First things first. Do not upgrade the 486! It may cost less money initially, but it will not satisfy long-term needs. Planners are only postponing the inevitable: the fact is, they must have a full-blown Pentium-level machine, at the least. Keep the 486 and use it as the Web surfer or print server, since these functions do not require high-end CPU power. The classic Pentium is cheap in today's market and is good for those who are extremely budget minded. However, today's technology has progressed beyond the classic Pentium. It is strongly suggested that serious consideration should be given to purchasing a PC with a higher-end CPU.


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