Firda and I made an executive decision today. We went out and got a relatively cheap computer from Future Shop. It’s the first new computer I’ve gotten since around 2000 or so. The last computer was a 933 Mhz Pentium 3. The P3 started randomly crashing last week, after the heatwave. I attempted to do some troubleshooting (i.e. removing cards to see if it ran smoother etc), ran a memory test, but couldn’t figure out what the issue was. I’m thinking it is likely something thermal (i.e. the power supply or something attempting to draw more power than can be supplied) but I’m not sure. I didn’t feel like putting more time and money into a machine that is around 6 years old.
Sadly we went with Future Shop since we needed something quickly and cheap. I wanted to go with Simcoe Computes (from back in my hometown – well close to my hometown) since I’ve had great service from them, but the computer I desire would be out of our current price range (about two times the one we bought – though the two machines can’t be compared). I’m hoping for smooth sailing with the Future Shop purchase since I don’t want to deal with them if anything screws up. When I have more money I plan on getting a desktop for myself (basically for gaming purposes) and will buy it from Simcoe Computes. Until then we did the best we could with the money we had.
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