I am looking to buy a relatively cheap PC to put beside the PC based CNC Machining Center to act as a server to it and to occasionally run Solidworks and CAM programming software. (I currently use a M60 laptop for both)
I want to spend under $NZ 600 and two options I am looking at currently are:
Option 1: $NZ 450 Second Hand (ex-lease) Dell Precision 340 Workstation Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz Processor1024MB RAMBUS 800MHz RAM 40GB Maxtor D7-40X-6L Hard Drive nVidia Quadro2 Pro (64MB) Graphics Card Creative Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Card CD-ROM Drive Floppy Drive ZIP Drive LAN Port 4x USB Ports 2 back 2 front / 1 Serial / 1 Parallel Firewire card with 2 Firewire ports Modem Dynalink 1456VQH-T4 56K comes with cord and CD's
Option 2: $NZ 568 New PC
-CPU: AMD Sempron 64bits 2800+ 1.6GHz Socket 754 Processor
-Mem: 512MB DDR400 Memory
-HD: Seagate Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2 Hard Disk Drive
-Graphics: Integrated graphics controller Supports up to 64MB shared system memory with 1 AGP slot
-Optical drive: Black 16X Double layer Dvdrw Drive.
-Lan: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Controller
-Audio: Integrated High Defination 5.1 Channel Audio
-USB: 8x USB2.0
-MB: Winfast 760GXK8MC-RS Motherboard
-Case: Foxconn Silver and Black deluxe Case with super quiet powersupply and Case rear cooling fan.
These seem to be the two highest spec'd options I can find within my "peanuts" budget and would highly appreciate some feedback on which (if either) might prove better value for my pupose and why.