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hi all, new here. im putting together a pc for the purpose of researching diease in animals and humans, aswell as looking into plant life and fossils. there will be a mircoscope attached to the pc to view samples, what i really need is some recommendations as to what OS to install or should i get a mac? really dont want to spend Â£1000 on a mac though im looking at a budget of around Â£500 - Â£600 to build this pc,
must be quad core perfer intel
atleast 4gb of ram
mid ranged graphics card.
x2 1TB hard drives
any help as to what OS is best for the above research would be great, as this could make or break it!!!
Think id wait a cpl of days for i3 release before thinking too much about it, these chips will do the job your after and cheap coupled up with Corsair Vengeance RAM a nice 6850 GFX card and I think you'll be sorted. I will create a better list on 20th when they are released but the reason behind recommending the ATI card is as you want the system for research you may in the future see good reason to have more screens to have different things on each screen and the ATI card's support upto 4 displays. As for OS well I'm not sure but I think I'd stick to windows it just isn't as unreliable as mac users try to say it is (they say it to justify the fact they paid 600 quid more for a lesser overall machine), however which Windows is never easy to decide as while most things work in Windows 7 it will be a long time till it supports as much as Windows XP does, maybe buy XP with a Win 7 upgrade and dual boot.
thanks for the reply, im going with windows 7, i was thinking about linux as that OS has alot to offer. maybe dual boot them. i'll see. as for the graphics card, i dont need nothing to over the top, going for a ATI only need 2 monitors for now, one for viewing data and records the other for images.
as you can see the spec is not really going to be high end if i go dual core, its the monitor that are going to cost the most.
2o2o, is that a sandybridge i3 release you're talking about? If so then I'm looking forward to a new cheap but powerful chip :D
Anyways, back on topic. If a mac is what you need then it is possible to install the mac OS on a PC since apple started putting intels in macs a while back. Google 'Hackintosh', might be something to look at. You can dual boot it with windows as far as I know too. Definitely cheaper than buying the genuine thing.
In defence of apple though, you do pay more for a 'lesser machine' technically but compared to windows, mac OS is really lightweight and can run on very low spec hardware so you don't get a slower machine for what you pay for. With that in mind though for the same price as a top end mac pro you could build a much better PC and then install the mac OS on it ;)