I’m quite attached to my current laptop, my first completely new computer since I bought this one in 1994, or this one my parents bought for my sister and I in 1982. But now at 6 years-old, with only 1(!) functioning USB port, a screen that can no longer fold down, noisily sitting on some (very very necessary) external cooling fans, and regularly crashing if it has more than a dozen tabs open (let alone if I’m playing a game), it’s high-time to make a clean break. As a friend put it, it’s just ridiculous that someone who spends so much time writing on a computer every day would be still using it.
Unfortunately though, that doesn’t mean I know *cough* anything whatsoever about hardware, so I’d really appreciate readers’ help with what kind of specs I should be looking for, and/or websites to order the final product from.
In a nutshell, I want something that will last me, say, 4-5 years, and which 90% of the time I’ll be using just for writing, surfing the internet, watching movies, and making Powerpoint presentations, and perhaps 10% of the time I’ll use for not very demanding games like Minecraft.
More specifically, I’m after: a desktop PC this time (I already have a netbook and smartphone); a widescreen (I’m just loving my wife’s 23inch one); and Windows 7 (no way am I ready for a touch screen and Windows 8!).
My wife recently ordered her computer from ExKorea and had no problems with them (you provide your specs, they bang it together and send it), while I happily ordered my netbook from Hacker. But I’m open to other possibilities.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Update: With apologies to their fans, please don’t recommend that I switch to a Mac, and/or install something like Linux — I just don’t have the time or inclination sorry!