OK. Hereâ€™s the short version.
Do you think itâ€™s time to replace the Windows 98, 233 MHz system we got as a wedding present from my parents all those years ago? Iâ€™m serious when I say that this is the only machine we have at the house. (Full disclosure: I can do some things on my laptop from work in a pinch. But I donâ€™t want to clutter it up with a bunch of personal stuff.)
I mean we are to the point now that even the $299 teaser system on the front of the Dell catalogue is WAY better than what weâ€™ve got. It should be a no-brainer.
But Iâ€™m cheap. Or more accurately Iâ€™m loathe to put any money on credit. And I donâ€™t have the extra cash flow to buy even the $300 model. I keep putting it off every time we have a little extra cash. Iâ€™ve been dragging my heals for years on this. Any time we have some extra money it usually finds someplace to go before I get around to upgrading.
Iâ€™ve also been sort of waiting until I can afford what I really want. But what I wantâ€¦ Hooo Boyâ€¦
You see Gorgeous doesnâ€™t share my refined taste for the finer gadgetry of this world. So somehow I feel like spending any money on computer stuff would be motivated by my own selfish craving for faster, better, more powerful. I know, I know. Iâ€™m a guy and things that go whoosh and BOOM! are cool. It just canâ€™t be helped.
But at the same time, enough is enough. Isnâ€™t it?
I just spent over an hour getting totally overwhelmed on the Dell web site. There are way too many options. The big one is new vs. refurbished. And if I go refurbished, how do I decide on which one? And do those refurbished systems come with monitors? I donâ€™t see where it says anywhere one way or the other.
I want a cheap basic system to get me through for a year or so until we can afford to get something better.