Weather is turning. We only got 5 degrees Celsius today, and a cold drizzle. I hate this weather. I am more a summer person, with temperatures of 25 degrees or more (but preferably below 35°). But anyway, that's life.
I'll be around with my computer, did I ever mention I build a system myself? I'm quite proud of it, it's not a killer machine but buying the parts separately and mounting everything provided me wit ha middle-class machin with better-than average performance. And for about 80% of the price of a new one.
In fact, I upgraded the machine, the last time, but to be honest, I only kept 2 Hard drives, the graphic card and the DVD R/W from my old system. I bought a new case (to build a silent system), a power unit that was strong enough to meet the needs of the system, a new motherboard for a 64 bit quad core AMD, new memory (DDR3), which was cheap so I installed 4GB in one go, dual channel.
Software is mostly freeware, except for Windows (got me an OEM version) and MS Office.
Now the thing is almost silent and invisible, But almost never comes over 30% load (except for crunching tasks or flashy graphics)
Streaming movies while making a skype call. Sometimes I'm working on different things at the same time, find out I have more than 20 open windows in 10 different programs... no delays. No hiccups. Couldn't be said from my old system.
I plan to do this again every two years.It's fun, and I know exactly what the machine is capable of. And cheap.
So, if you have some computer knowledge (I mean hardware), some time for research and you are not afraid to use our hands, you should give it a try.