So that brings it down to the Apple hardware. All Apple computers are pretty similar. When picking a Mac, how much to spend is usually the deciding factor. On the low end is the plan Macbook starting at 9 with a 13″ screen. Then they offer the Macbook Pro starting at 99 for 13″, 99 for a 15″, and 17″ for a staggering 99. Finally, they now offer the Macbook Air, a slim laptop, starting at 9 for an 11″. Prices can vary depending on the specs chosen, like RAM and hard drive size.
Macs also have a better quality rating. They crash less often than most Windows machines, but they still have their issues. The main reason why Macs are more stable than most Windows machines is because of one simple policy Apple has. Only they make the computer hardware so they have complete control. Windows doesn’t make the hardware, so it often has problems with 3rd party hardware drivers that are written poorly or stop working properly when updates are made to the Os.
Processor. I normally pick the fastest processor on the price/performance curve that sits right where cost starts increasing faster than performance gain. You can cheat a little here and hopefully still get 3 years from the hardware. Just don’t count on upgrading the processor later – no matter what any salesman tells you.
The budget might apply to an one person IT staff or a large enterprise wide IT department. Maybe someone requires a new laptop, this might have to be in a budget. This has to be sold or explained to non-IT people who might see the IT department as overhead. That means showing them numbers that make sense and keeping it simple for non-IT folks. The budget planner has to show what was done in the past year and how the money to be allocated for next year will be used.
You can set Restore Points on your computer, but if your Motherboard is fried, then you’ll still lose everything. You can get Motherboard rescue kits, but it’s much simpler to just do a regular back up. To an external hard drive. They’re surprisingly cheap nowadays too.
You should also take note of the speed of the optical drive that you purchase. Faster is better. A 48X CD drive means that is 48 times faster than the first CD drive. The same concept applies to DVD drives. A fast Cd and dvd drive can greatly save you time when you are burning files onto a CD or Dvd.
Now add headers, turbocharger and a cold air intake and you can push that puppy up to 350hp. The Camaro Z28, 350 LT-1 only produced 300Hp stock and the Integra is a fraction of the weight, not too shabby.