My budget for the new computer is:
$100-$200, lower is better
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Writing projects (Open Office, Inform 7, etc.) and Internet (as long as it can run YouTube and things like TrueAchievements/Wikia smoothly, we're doing good)
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
In addition to the above, probably Steam, GOG, Daemon Tools if it doesn't have a DVD drive, Spotify, VLC, Chrome, Kindle, CDisplay. That sort of thing.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
On this one I'll probably keep it simple. If I can run old Sierra games (Space Quest, Phantasmagoria, that type of thing) and some low resource indie games/emulators, I'll probably be happy. I have an old laptop I can use for more intensive games. I don't know how low tech computers in this price range get, but it does need to be able to run OpenGL - I take a lot of screenshots for Steam.
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 don't usually have a bunch of big programs open at once. Several explorer windows/Notepad files/Open Office files alongside Chrome, certainly. Spotify too if I can swing it, but it slows things down more and more these days. The real problem is that I have a tendency to leave tons of tabs open at once in Chrome.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
I run out of space faster than makes physical sense, no matter the size of the drive or what it's connected to.
Will you be overclocking?
Could you even overclock something like this? I assume I won't.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
A good/easy/free return/repair policy is good in case I get something defective. After that, looking at price.
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
USB ports are handy. At least one for the mouse, and another to hook an external drive. More is always better, but 2 is the minimum. As for OS, Windows. I'd prefer 7. I could probably give 10 a try if I have to.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
I have a laptop that mostly works, but it's physically falling apart in a way that makes it not so portable. For major gaming it's fine enough, but for writing I really want to be able change rooms on the fly and take it on trips with me. Can't afford to get a full replacement yet, so I'm doing what I can.
A good keyboard is possibly the most important thing. I dislike these kinds of boards, as all the ones I've tried have felt very cheap:
My "gaming" computer is an old Acer Aspire 5741Z:
And I was using my grandparents' old HP DV6815nr for the same purpose as the new laptop I'm looking for until the motherboard went:
And other than a noisy space bar on the HP, I liked the keyboards on those two.
I also preferred the taller screen of the HP for writing, so if it's possible to get a 16:10 screen on this, that would be amazing.
Not really concerned about weight at all, and battery life isn't a big deciding factor for me. Quieter is always better. I don't necessarily expect to be able to get everything I've written here, but I'd like to see how close I can get. If I can get everything, that would be excellent. But I am aware of how specific I'm being for the price. Like, I mean, I would LOVE to be able to get a numpad on this thing, but I'm definitely not holding my breath since we're looking at a netbook range here. Do what you can, and I'll appreciate it.
Edited by Amedeus, 24 September 2016 - 10:52 AM.