Ok guys, here's my dilemma. IT won't upgrade my work PC without proper reason. My boss won't give me the recommendation to them I need unless I can provide a write up outlining the benefits. SO. Let me lay out what I do on a daily basis, the programs, the workflow, etc.
Most importantly, system specs:
Time of this report: 5/28/2009, 13:43:23
Machine name: F3X5461
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.080814-1233)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
System Model: OptiPlex GX270
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 696MB used, 1764MB available
So I do a lot of reporting, across all manners of departments. The programs I have open at any one time are:
- Lotus Notes (our email client...bleh)
- Access 2007
- Excel 2007
- Internet Explorer (client for program we use)
- Seagate Crystal
I work with tables that have over 100k records, so I end up dealing with a lot of waiting - for Crystals to refresh, for Access to import, for Excel to filter, etc.
My main goal is to get at LEAST a dual core system - these exist in the building, as I've seen them, so I know it's possible for these to be requested. Multi-core benefits are so obivous, and yet, I have a hard time explaining this. I have an article printed from THG that explains things pretty well
, with graphics, so I might use some excerpts from this.