Back in 2004 The Sims 2 was released. My husband brought it home for me on the day it was released, I popped it in my computer and wanted to cry when it wasn't able to play the game. So off to Best Buy I went. I asked the man in Blue to give me a computer that would play the game. Well Over $1000 later I left with some hunk of plastic that worked. And it worked well for EIGHT YEARS.
Last week my poor old computer died. I mean, it was well over due, I knew it's time was coming. Hard not to be a little sad though, it was with me for a long time. Surprisingly, I never upgraded it and it always was capable of doing whatever I needed. Though a little slow.
So, now I'm hooked up to my old monitor, keyboard and mouse with an ancient laptop. It's serving it's purpose, but I need to start shopping. Sadly, times have changed and I can't fork out that kind of cash on a computer. I really want another desktop. I just don't like laptops. Well, I do, but not for my only computer. I like to stretch out.
I was shocked to see how cheap desktops are. I mean wow! They were a fortune last time I was in the market. To be fair, like I said about, that was 8 years ago.
That's like a 100 computer years.
My budget for the new computer is: I don't really have one. The cheaper the better, but I will hold off and save more if I need to spend more.
What are the primary uses for this computer: Web, Mail, Photoshop editing and computer games, online and off.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? I use FF, Photoshop 7.0 (I'm sure my ancient program will need to be upgraded too!) Microsoft Office. Nothing fancy.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Dinky online game, but some fairly heavy PC games.
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I generally always close programs when I am done. Neat and Tidy
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not really, pictures are backed up elsewhere and my music library is well under 1000 songs.
My main concern is if I can find a cheap computer with a decent graphics card. That always seems to be the thing that gets outdated for me first. I love computer games. It's important that games will play on it for a long time. Other than that, I don't need much memory or anything. It doesn't have to be lightening fast. The best internet connection I can get out here in the sticks (That I can afford) is 1m. I would also prefer one that has a lot of USB ports. Why don't computers seem to have enough of these? I swear everything i have is USB now.
So, I'm temped by these 300-400 dollar computers I'm seeing. They're way faster and have more memory than my old dog, I love the price, but do their video cards completely suck? Am I better off finding someone to build me one? Oh, I don't need a monitor/keyboard/mouse already have those. I'm ok with buying used or having someone build one, but I am also scared of being scammed because I just don't know WTH I'm talking about.
Thanks in advance for any help!