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Re: st: buying new computer, suggestions?
At 05:03 PM 4/28/2004 -0500, Richard Boylan wrote:
I need to buy a new computer. The only times when speed ends up mattering
is when I use STATA and merge very large datasets, use GLAMM, or use
mfx. I was looking at the Dell Precision Workstation, and I saw a very
large set of options in terms of processors, hard drives, and so on, and I
have no idea what options matter given the tasks that I listed above and
which do not. Does anyone have any advice?
I'm no expert on this, but my suspicion is that for the tasks you describe,
it is more important to have plenty of memory, rather than to have a
super-fast processor. The reverse is true for the hard drive; it may help
to have a hard drive with faster access rather than greater capacity; in my
case, I chose a slightly smaller but faster hard drive. (Both memory and
disk space can be expanded later, anyway.)
I hope this helps.
Institute for Policy Studies
Johns Hopkins University
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