I'm wanting to buy a new computer. Can someone suggest to me if it's cheaper to buy online or from a store? I'd like to buy from a large retail establishment, either online or a local chain that offers their own financing.
Does anyone sell computers with Windows XP and Unix already installed?
Will a 60GB hard drive be enough for downloading files if I go into the hosting business and say have 200 customers with an average of 300-500MB, and I only use 10 of the 60 gig for myself?
Also, what type of hard drive should I look for? EIDE? IDE? 7200rpm?
Hard drives= dirt cheap these days, get at least an 80GB IDE 7200. I would suggest that you add a second HD for backups. If you have any choice, the new Western Digital HD's with the 8MB of cache make a big difference over the standard 2MB run of the mill cache. The price is not much higher.
processors= I'm partial to AMD because of the lower price but any AMD XP or Intel P4 will do most of what you want it to do. I wouldn't bother with the Duron or Celeron.
Go for 512MB of DDR ram, prices are very reasonable now. You really don't need any more that that unless you were running a CAD or large graphic apps.
Cooling is very important. Make sure you have proper cooling in your case.- Good Luck.