Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:58 PM
Sigh! I think it's time to upgrade my computer. I've had it since about 2003 and the motherboard went to the mothership in the great CPU in the sky.
My budget for the new computer is: I'm not sure how to answer this just yet. I don't want to live on my computer or spend so much that I'm afraid to upgrade ever again if necessary. I will spend what is necessary to be able to load software to create and burn GREAT photo/video DVDs for scrapbooking. I don't want a junk computer that I'll never use because it is slow to boot, slow to run, and runs out of memory at every download.
What are the primary uses for this computer: I have been realizing how precious life is lately. I want to start utilizing all my photos and videos to create fun DVDs with music and special effects. I would also play games at times as answered below. Web browsing would be minimal.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Other than WordPerfect, & Microsoft Office, my ultimate goal is to run either Adobe Photoshop Elements 11/Adobe Premiere Elements 11 --or-- CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Deluxe --or-- CyberLink Director Suite. I am trying to decide what will work best for me to create DVDs and edit photos. (Would I discuss this in the Graphics Design & Photo Editing Forum?) The CyberLink option looks like it will require quite a bit of memory to keep the system from crashing.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? I don't do any online or hardcore game playing, but I would like to load my Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and Zoo Tycoon game.
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 really only have two programs loaded at a time, such as a word processor and Windows Media to play background music.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? This is another question for which I welcome advice. I have tons of digital photos on memory cards. I'm unsure what to do to back them up. I have purchased an external hard drive of 1TB so I may keep them on one source to peruse for making video scrapbooks. How should I store them on a second source in case the external drive dies? Flash drive, DVD, memory card? I'm not particularly keen to use online storage as yet.
I assume that with my requirements a desktop would work better than a laptop, right?