So it's been a while since I had a new computer... I had to go back and look at some old posts to see that I bought one in February or March of 2011. Almost 4 1/2 years ago.
We were up in New England recently visiting family and decided to purchase a couple of laptops for the kids' schoolwork up in NH since there's no sales tax. I decided just to look at desktops while we were there(Best Buy) to have an idea what a new one was going to cost.
What I noticed was that the prices were no less than they were 4+ years ago for just about the same specs... It was kind of disappointing and shocking even.
What I have now is
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU Intel Pentium E5700 @ 3.00GHz 44 °C Wolfdale 45nm Technology RAM 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-15) Motherboard Dell Inc. 018D1Y (CPU 1) 39 °C Graphics DELL IN2020M (1600x900@60Hz) Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset Hard Drives 466GB Seagate ST3500418AS (SATA) 39 °C Optical Drives Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-7250H Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
(just a quick clip from speccy...)
Anyway... I know SOME of the technology is better, etc... but... for around what I paid 4 years ago I was finding almost the same systems... 4Gb of memory and 500Gb to 1Tb drives... Processor speeds haven't jumped up a whole lot either. Again, I understand that the things are all a little faster in one way or another but 4Gb is still 4Gb of memory and 500Gb, well you know where I'm going.
I don't feel like buying a new computer that's just a LITTLE better for the same amount of money or more would be worth it.
My pc has been a LITTLE slower than I'd like... not quite as fast as a brand new system... but, I can't afford what they're looking for... just to get a slightly better system than what I have now.
I've also been considering the windows 10 upgrade that we're supposed to get for free at some point...
So, I started thinking about upgrades... parts instead of a whole new system.
Side note... it REALLY stinks that monitors still cost so much... I have a 20" widescreen but wouldn't mind something better... not to mention, this is VGA and a monitor with HDMI would be nice too... but, that's not crucial.
So, I started looking... On Amazon, it looks like I could upgrade my memory to 8GB(the system's max) for about $50 or less. That's not bad. And for about the same, I could easily get a 1TB hdd. So $100 would give me a little boost in memory and storage.
I'm also thinking about a graphics card... this thing only has the onboard graphics.
I have to go and double check the slots I have... I forget which is in there... one is occupied by a tv tuner that possibly could be replaced if need be...
But, I imagine I can get a halfway decent(better than my onboard) card for not too much cash.
What do you think? Should I do some upgrading?
If I upgrade the graphics, I'll have to make sure it has a VGA connection OR upgrade my monitor... which I'm not sure I'll do... I'd like to... but, we just don't have much money. :/
Since I'm planning on going to windows 10 when I can........ IF I buy a new hdd... I was thinking... should I just do a fresh install of 10 on the new hdd and turn the old one into a slave?
I feel like I had more thoughts or questions... kids are distracting me... ha.
Any thoughts on all of this?
Edited to add more specs:
This is a Dell Inspiron 560...
(the tv tuner is currently on the PCI slot
And, it has a 300W power supply
Edited by millipede, 09 July 2015 - 09:59 PM.