I have a 10 year old system that has held up very well due to having it custom built with all quality parts:
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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fz
System: Host: mint Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine: Mobo: Intel model: D845PESV version: AAA97669-107
Bios: Intel version: SV84510A.86A.0008.P04.0210201732 date: 10/20/2002
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 2533.242 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA NV18 [GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x] X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: vesa Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 0x300) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.2
Audio: Card: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 driver: snd_emu10k1 Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24
Network: Card: Linksys Gigabit Network Adapter driver: r8169
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 40.0GB (9.8% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC_WD400BB 40.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 754M used: 211M (28%) fs: overlayfs ID: swap-1 size: 1.61GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors: Error: You do not have the sensors app installed.
Info: Processes: 145 Uptime: 1:16 Memory: 402.3/1506.8MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33
mint@mint ~ $
I recently picked up a new computer an office was getting rid of for $25.00:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP Compaq dc5800 Small Form Factor
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, 2800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 786F2 v01.53, 8/27/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 1.97 GB
Available Physical Memory 812 MB
Total Virtual Memory 3.95 GB
Available Virtual Memory 2.63 GB
Page File Space 1.97 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
I was thinking of putting Mint 14 on it as a dual boot with Windows ( and making an image of the hard drive to restore windows in case it becomes corrupted ).
I am wondering if it will be worth the trouble?
Will the newer computer be noticeably faster in performance? With more RAM? Do I need more RAM for it?