Im having the most exhausting time trying to get good advice from local stores and forums in my country. They keep offering the most expensive computers and saying ridiculous stuff. So pardon my French but i have decided to try my luck with "the a league". Hope you can help me with my strange demands from this acute tool.
First ill answer the pop quiz:
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop, and a small one please.
My budget for the new computer is: It will be hard to asses my budget because im not European, buy originally i thought if i get exactly what i want (which is not much, trust me) im willing to pay around 650 E. Later i found that my needs are pretty basic, so im thinking around 450-500E.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Academic work, Web browsing, Occasional video editing on "Movie Maker".
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Basic: Office, Open Office, Movie Maker, Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Skype, AudioSauna, BsPlayer, ALC player etc...
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? I love games but i have not time or money for it right now.
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 tend to have many TABS open or working on many OFFICE FILES simultaneously, but i do not tend to open different software while i do that.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Well yea. Ill need around half TB i guess. But i also have an outer memory box storing 1TB
Will you be overclocking? What's that?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? So Im not sure i can shop for a computer and send it overseas and still have a good warranty, so i guess ill need to shop around here, which is Jerusalem, Which is expensive.
these are some of my options:
How many monitors are you planning to use? Sorry for being NOOBISH but what a monitor?
Do you need peripherals? OS? YES! So because im tired of being dependent on Microsoft constant updating that just slows a computer down making it last only 2-3 years, i was thinking of starting with a DUAL OS, meaning i can choose each time to start with either Windows or Linux. I thought this was a simple demand but i got many embarrassed looks in stores around here. Is it that hard thing to do? can't any technician do it for me in one hour visit?
Any particular reason why you are upgrading? My current computer is fine (Fujitsu AH 502), but it's too big (18inch).
Basically I have to options: Either buying the most basic computer just for office work and web browsing. In that case, 400E is my budget but the cheapest is the best. It still needs to be reliable and not junk though.
Second option is to find a durable computer that can last for 4-5 years. In "lasting" i mean that with proper care it shouldn't slow down drastically or be in need of hardware change. Then i will need it for basic movie editing and will want it to have Dual OS as well. 650E is my budget.
Either way because im on the move a lot im looking for a 10-11.6 inch computer.
Thank you so much for reading thus far. I hope you can help me find a decent Metal-n-Plastic Partner, as we all know how much computers are important these days, really.