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Recommending Hardware Configurations

1. Recommend one of the three hardware configurations described in the following table for each of the scenarios listed. Assume that all of the hardware configurations cost the same. Explain your choices.

Features Computer Configuration
A B C
RAM 512 MB 1 GB 512 MB
External storage
Hard disk 200 GB 120 GB 60 GB
Thumb drive 256MB 512MB 256MB
(USB 2.0)

Speed 1.7GHz 3.06GHz 5GHz
(clock rate)

Printer Laser Ink-jet Laser
1200 DPI 600 DPI 600 DPI
20 PPM 12 PPM 16 PPM

a. The employees of this firm do a lot of graphic design work. Graphics require large programs. Printouts must be high quality.

b. This firm uses the computer mainly for word processing. The biggest application occupies 24 MB.

c. Employees of this firm use scientific programs that run for many hours.

d. It is imperative that employees be able to print reports quickly with reasonable print quality. They almost always print their reports from portable storage devices.

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1. Recommend one of the three hardware configurations described in the following table for each of the scenarios listed. Assume that all of the hardware configurations cost the same. Explain your choices.

Features Computer Configuration
A B C
RAM 512 MB 1 GB 512 MB
External storage
Hard disk 200 GB 120 GB 60 GB
Thumb drive ...

Solution Summary

This solution analyzes the hardware configurations of the computers provided and chooses the best option for each of the four work scenarios.

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