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B.Sc. (Hons) Computing Information Systems

Computer Systems Written Assignment

Task 1

Matthew Bartlett

Lecturer: Bev Holland

Year: 1

Due date: 15th December 2006


Executive Summary


Terms Of Reference










Final Specifications




References and Acknowledgements 12

Executive Summary

In this report I have found that often some of the new technology and especially the high spec items are being pushed by companies in order to dazzle and confuse the common buyer.

When listing things such as processor specs they list things like its FSB and Cache size; this kind of computer jargon will obviously not make a connection with the average customer who blindly goes along and pays more; unaware that a smaller less powerful unit will comfortably suit their needs.

Sometimes the best P.C is a trade off between Performance and Price, with a mixture of New and Old technology.

Terms of Reference

On the 5th of November 2006 I was tasked with writing a report on the hardware and software of modern Microcomputers with an aim to suggesting a specification suitable for a general purpose computer, such as one to be placed in a College library to be used for a wide range of different subjects.

This report must be completed by the 15th of December 2006 and must comprise of no less than 2000 words.


To learn what the current market trends are, and what products they are selling or suggesting would be ideal to fill my specification; I researched several ‘pre-built’ P.C designs from the computer company Dell.

In the report I will be comparing the system that Dell is offering to a specification already known to do the job in question, albeit a few years out of date. This will not only allow a comparison of new and old technology, but will allow us to see if any new technology is being ‘pushed’ by companies, regardless whether or not this is needed as standard.

On each component there will be a brief over view of what its main function is. Also both (old and new) components will be compared and the technical specs briefly explained.

Below are the specifications that will be discussed and evaluated on their suitability for use in the final specification.



Dell DimensionTM 9200 Own P.C

Operating System • Genuine Windows® XP Professional • Genuine Windows® XP Professional

Processor • Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB)

• AMD Sempron 2600+ (1.6 GHz, 128kb L2 cache, 333MHz FSB

Memory • 4096MB (4x1024) Dual Channel DDR2 677MHz Memory • 1536 MB (3x512) DDR1 333MHz Memory

Hard Drive • 1 TB Serial ATA RAID 0 Stripe [2x500GB 7200rpm drives with DataBurst™ cache. 540GB Total.

• 2x WD Caviar IDE 250 GB, 100 MB/s, 2 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

• 1x WD Caviar IDE 40 GB, 300 MB/s, 2 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

Graphics Card • 256MB nVidia® GeForce® 7900GS • NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE (64 MB)


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