Well, you get the best you can manage when you can. If you get a decent unit, you can get 5-10 years of service out of a computer, even today. Plus, there *is* a benefit today in that outside of memory expansion capabilities, not a whole lot has changed in the past few years in consumer computers.
Graphics have. Sound hasn’t. CPU progress has been… eh.
Upgrading a video card + memory expansion are probably the two best things you can do. That and a solid state drive. They can give the illusion of speed and they can carry you through a long time.
I got my nephew an ancient computer when he was 6 yrs old for $149.00. Dual core, 2Ghz, 4G memory, I forget the HD size.
Now he’s gonna be 11. So, 5 years on an unit that was already old. The only upgrade I had to do was video card. I got a decent video card and now he can play games that aren’t even technically compatible with his system.
Keeping him at Win7 was a help. Teaching him how to clear cache, modify video settings, etc, putting on video editors that work with his system. He’s doing fine, making youtube videos, playing games, etc.
But yeah in xxxx shoes, just gotta make better use of whatcha got for now. I’d check out the refurb units from Staples, etc online and see what their under $200 offerings are. If they have increased memory capacity, might not be a BIG upgrade, but might get a few more years before having to do the -BIG- upgrade.
of course I can’t talk. I’m on my second keyboard on a $399 Toshiba notebook that’s gotta be 4+ years old by now.
Yeah, the focus FINALLY went away from “speed speed speed”. Makes sense. Improvements in networking speeds were phenomenal and keep improving. Now the focus has been breadth of service: reaching as far as possible. The territories that were cellphone are starting to go Internet, allowing for greater access for more people.
As our computers become dumb terminals, raw power matters less and less.
With cloud computing, even less than that.
The thing is, they kinda reached the practical limit a long time ago.
It’s not that they CAN’T go faster, it’s just that there’s not much reason to. More progress has to be made in the video arena first anyway and storage capacities have been growing tremendously.
So, it’s good for consumers. We can hang onto equipment longer.
Aw man, you got me jealous there, me sitting on my cheap laptop with cheap 2TB USB3 for occasional backup. I used to build-it-myself and you really *do* get _exactly_ what you want when you do. But man, after one laptop, then another, then a “netbook” which I spilled beer on, and now this one… I just got lazy along the way. Shit’s put together. No thinking.
Revenge of the nerds indeed. like emoticon