I bought a new PC. I got it from Best Buy. I got this one. It’s an HP with an AMD processor, 8GB ram, and a 1.5TB hard drive.
I used Best Buy’s “buy online and pickup in store” feature. My old PC’s fan was breaking. My budget was $1000-$1500, but I got a nice one for $600. Maybe I’ll upgrade in 2-3 years instead of 4.
There was one slightly amusing bit. I don’t have 8GB of free ram, only 7.5GB. 0.5GB is used for video memory. I have shared video card memory and CPU memory. Also, 15GB of my HD space is reserved for my image of Windows 7, in case I ever need to reinstall.
They didn’t give me a Windows install DVD! It turns out that I’m supposed to make my own. If I get a USB flash drive, I can make an “emergency reinstall Windows” boot disk. I have a 4GB flash thumb drive, but the reinstall requires 10GB. (I was disappointed that my old motherboard didn’t support “boot from USB drive”. Maybe I’ll make an ubuntu install on the 4GB flash drive.)
I also can burn myself a Windows emergency reboot DVD. Maybe I’ll burn one? The flash drive sounds like a cleaner/better option.
They keyboard they ship with it is a real POS. My old Microsoft Natural keyboard won’t work, because it isn’t USB connectable. I’ll buy a new one. They’re not that expensive.