2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 12, 2012 10:31 AM by Noel Carboni RSS

    How To Make a Used Graphics Workstation More Attractive?

    Noel Carboni Community Member

      I'm in the process of upgrading to a more powerful workstation, and once I switch over I'll be putting the one I am using now (a Dell Precision T5400) up for sale on eBay.

       

      My current machine is no slouch.  It a dual quad core system and even by modern standards still well up there in power (it starts Photoshop CS6 in 3 seconds and scores over 10,000 on the Passmark CPU benchmark).  It's a perfectly functional, reliable system; I just need even more power for some of my development activities. 

       

      I'm toying with the possibility of making it more attractive to potential buyers by putting a bit more money into a couple of SSDs for it.

       

      If you were looking to buy a reasonably powerful Photoshop machine on a budget, which of these would seem more attractive to you?  I've highlighted the differences in bold.

       

      $1200 for:

       

      Professional quality Dell Precision T5400 workstation, Dell keyboard, optical mouse

      Dual quad core Xeon x5460 3.16 GHz processors (8 cores total)

      16 GB 1333 MHz ECC RAM (4 x 2 GB FBDIMMs)

      Drive C: 2 TB total (2 x 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drives in RAID 0)

      VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 5670 1 GB DDR5

      Windows 8 Pro, along with a copy of my Configure the Windows 8 "To Work" Options book.

       

      -or-

       

      $1400 for:

       

      Professional quality Dell Precision T5400 workstation, Dell keyboard, optical mouse

      Dual quad core Xeon x5460 3.16 GHz processors (8 cores total)

      16 GB 1333 MHz ECC RAM (4 x 2 GB FBDIMMs)

      Drive C: 256 GB (2 x 128 GB new OCZ Vertex 4 fast SSDs in RAID 0, boots up Windows 8 in under 15 seconds).

      Drive D: 2 TB total (2 x 1 TB hard drives in RAID 0)

      VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 5670 1 GB DDR5

      Windows 8 Pro, along with a copy of my Configure the Windows 8 "To Work" Options book.

       

      If you have another suggestion as to what I might add or change that would make it seem more attractive, I'm interested as well. 

       

      Would it seem attractive to say it will have Windows 8 already set up and ready to go?  Or do you think people would prefer to install the OS themselves afresh?  Also, I could sell it with Windows 7 instead of 8, as I do have a license for it; I just thought that having it be set up with a modern OS would seem more attractive.

       

      Thanks in advance for your opinions.

       

      -Noel