Well, I’ve decided that today is the day I get a new computer. I’m tired of whining and dealing with this slow-as-a-turtle hunk of junk. Although I will admit, it did last me 6 1/2 years.
This desktop computer I’ve been typing away on throughout my Rainy-Day Saver blogging days (and years prior) is a Compaq Presario. It still has the specifications sticker on the hard drive: 2.08 GHZ AMD Athlon XP processor; 512 MB RAM, 80 GB of space, and a CD-RW drive and a DVD-ROM drive. It was good for its time, and came with a flat-screen monitor.
Now, I’m trying to figure out whether I get a dual-core processor or a more advanced one (Intel Core i3 or i5). Dell or HP? Is a 15.6″ screen sufficient, or do I splurge on the 17″? I’d like one with a webcam, so I can try out this Skype thing everyone’s talking about. Oooh, look, they come in different colors now!
I have a habit of starting out looking at lower-priced models (and really, this goes for anything: cars, computers, furniture) and talking myself into little “upgrades.” This is where I will have to control myself.
I like this HP laptop, with an Intel Core i3-330M processor. It’s a newer processor than the old dual-core processors, and I’m having a hard time figure out the difference between the two for my purposes, which are surfing the Internet and writing. Most laptops only come with Microsoft Works, too, so I might need to get a Microsoft Office upgrade — but no way in hell am I paying $300 for that luxury. I’ll have to see what my options are in-store.
Most likely, I’ll be visiting our local Staples store because it’s close by, and check out the laptops they have on display there. This way, I can get a feel for whether or not that 15.6″ screen will suit me just fine. I will have to avoid walking out with extras, like a computer case, a newer printer or a new office chair!