Earlier this year the desktop computer I bought last year crapped out and stopped recognizing the monitor. I didn’t have time to deal with it and wasn’t going to make the mistake of buying another cheap computer again so I packed the whole thing up and threw it in the basement for three months.
Since then we’ve been using a combination of my Macbook, the iPad, our phones, and the kids’ new tablets to amuse ourselves and get work done. But lately that hasn’t been working as well. Becky is getting more involved with Spenser and Holly’s scouting groups, the kids are needing to do more computer homework, and, frankly, I like writing and editing on a laptop sometimes, but it’s uncomfortable after too long and I get too easily distracted when I’m on the couch in front of the TV. So we decided it was time for another desktop.
To prep ourselves, I brought the old one back up from the basement and set it up again. We thought we dodged a bullet when it started right up and recognized the monitor and everything seemed to be working great. But it was sloooooooooooow. I don’t know if it had always been that slow (I suspect it was, it was a REALLY crappy computer I got for $150) but after dealing with my latop and my day job computer for so long, it was intolerable. I tried to reformat the hard drive to fix it, but that only made it worse. So I started looking around for another desktop.
We were lucky that we didn’t have to pay an insane amount of money this time to get a decent machine because I found the one I wanted in the computer showcase store at the university where I work for a substantial employee discount. It’s just a slight step down from the monster rig I have on my desk at the day job and I love it. I already had the monitor, the speakers, the keyboard, and the mouse so this is what’s new:
HP ProDesk 600 G1
3.3GHz Intel Core i5-4590 Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6Ghz Max Turbo
500GB 7200 RPM 3.5 HDD
8GB DDR3-1600 (1x8GB) RAM
Windows 8.1 64bit Operating System
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
SuperMulti DVD Writer
So far Windows 8.1 isn’t quite as awful as it’s immediate predecessor, but I’m still thinking of doing the free upgrade to Windows 10 when I have the time. And now that I’ve had fun with setting it up, time to get to work on it and finish the last bits of RIOT LOAD.