As a computer programmer I like to stay on top of new technology - like computers. That said, I think it's important that you buy a new computer at least once every ... 5 years, haha, wtf?
No, for real, I bought my last computer 5 years ago this month
, which is pretty baffling.
Don't get me wrong, I upgraded it a bit over the years, but it's still ridiculous. Especially since I think my wife (who uses her computer for e-mail, aim, and myspace) is on her 3rd new computer since then, haha.
So, since I haven't really looked at computers in so long, I was sort of amazed by how much the specs haven't changed. The processor speed increase has slowed quite a lot... but we have faster buses, and dual cores. So here's what I just bought (per Keith's super stealth deal finding on Dell.com).
I'll compare it with the computer I bought 5 years ago.
VPR matrix (2002)
- P4 - 2.27ghz
- 533mhz bus
- 512mb RAM
- 80gb HD
- 16x DVD ROM, 40x12x40 CD-RW
Dell Optiplex 320 (2007)
- Intel Core 2 Duo - 2ghz
- 800mhz bus
- 1gb RAM
- 160gb SATA HD
- 16X DVD+/-RW
Some of that seems a little bare bones, and it's still really odd to me that the numbers between the 2 aren't that much different, but mainly I just wanted the dual core processor, faster bus, and faster HD. I already have a 320gb external drive for it. Plus, I plan on buying a dual DVI video card, and adding another 2gb RAM. Paired with my newish monitors
, I should be rocking it at home again. Just in time for my next video project.
So now that I've fulfilled some of the goals listed here
, I just need that that new desk and maybe a Herman Miller chair... after I get a new car of course.
Oh, and thanks for the advice, Jordan. I paid cash for this computer... along with my expensive shed, bookcase, bar, and guitar.
I got my dog for free though.