We did it. We purchased a new home computer for Christmas. I had grown tired of trying to maintain our older system, which was an eight year-old Gateway purchased shortly after Microsoft’s initial release of Windows XP. Our old system had become slow and generated more error messages than I cared to see. I simply could not get the error messages to go away, as the system searched for programs that were either no longer there or had no clear purpose.
Our new system is an HP a6619f Desktop PC, purchased at OfficeMax for $449. For $449 I got a faster system at 2.20 GHz with 4 GB memory and a 500 GB hard disk. It simply didn’t make any sense to upgrade the older Gateway. To save money and preserve the environment, I did reuse the older Gateway monitor.
I am used to buying relatively expensive PCs to handle digital photos and video and hope that I have not been overly economical with this HP purchase. Judging from the specifications, I do not think so.
There you have it. For $449 plus tax or thereabouts you can replace an older PC with a brand new system, solving your PC headache. It’s not quite that simple. I also spent $79 for a new copy of Microsoft Office. Still it is a relatively reasonable solution to what had become a persistent problem.