My budget for the new computer is: NZD 1200
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Home use (web browsing, some online games) Mightt start some HTML programming
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Firefox, Notepad ++, MS Office 2010
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Mahjongg, cards. would like to try Minecraft!
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? Not unusual to have Firefox w/7-8 tabs open, plus Word or Notepad++, and sometimes Excel
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not yet....less than 10G combined right now.
I'm replacing an HP Mini-110 w/Atom N450 1.66 GHz CPU and only 1GB RAM. It's making a lot of noise, fan running almost constantly, really slow to open pages/programs (no virus or malware issues I can find with Norton Internet Security, and the few "vents" have been cleaned with no change.)
I'd really like to improve on speed, and have something we'll be happy with for 3-4 years. I'm looking at another HP, with a 1.50 GHz Pentium 987 Dual Core CPU and 8 GB of RAM. It's on sale for $699, so I could afford to buy a Win7 Pro 64-bit license (another $230) and avoid Win8.
Any opinions on whether this will seem any faster? There is an i5-3337U powered HP (dual core/4 threads/1.80 GHz-2.70GHzTurbo) I might be able to swing. It's $999, plus that Win7 license...but I'd really like to save that $300...
Oh, if it matters, our broadband seems to be limited to 4.5 Mbps...that's the best we can get right now in rural NZ...
Edited by spritesuzi, 09 August 2013 - 03:21 AM.