Even with the comfort a laptop gives, I would still prefer working on a desktop. Besides, with a laptop, I could not really call it “my own”. There’s the kids “forever borrowing” your “toys”…relegating you with their old stuff…
Hence, after all the expenses -tuition costs, shopping for some kids’ stuff and a little shopping spree^_^- I had the chance to have extra savings and asked the good husband if I could used it to buy at least a CPU. As I have posted here, our ancient desktop “retired” already and according to husband’s nephew, hard drive wasn’t responding. Er, he wasn’t sure, though, if there are other components not working. For one thing, I am pretty much sure, replacing defective parts would not make a difference to the salvage value of the unit. Because, for the serviceable life of the old desktop, it’s value had been fully depreciated.
Time for new purchases. Purchases that fits only the budget.
Funds? Half and half.
Thanks be to Paypal funds…thanks be to the husband’s nod…
Let’s see how did I fare up with budgeting and choosing a better alternative to the old Pentium D
Intel i3 processor - 5200
ECS DDR3 motherboard - 2300
Transcend memory 2GB- 750
casing - 1300
Hitachi 500 HDD - 3700
19″ Samsung LED monitor – 5350
TOTAL - 18600
Obvious omission were; video card and optical drive. Had used the ones at the old desktop. That’s a lot of savings considering the 1GB/128bit video card costs 2,200 to 2, 800 pesos. While the Liteon 24x DVD RW was priced at 1,000 pesos. Saved me at least 3,800 pesos. Also, at first, monitor purchase was not on the priority list. We’ll just have to use the old CRT monitor. But, the technician hinted that CRT may not be compatible with some software/programs. Though, we didn’t fully believed him, we didn’t want to risk going home with a CPU-only unit that would not work well with an ancient CRT. Besides, the funds can still allow for a good sized screen. We’re bent on looking for 20″ LCD only. We thought it’s a lot cheaper then LEDs. We’re no luck finding one. The computer shop is teeming with customers and their stocks have not been replenished yet. So, we settled for the 19″ Samsung LED Wide.
It may not be a “powerhouse” unit. For now, it’s what we could afford. The eldest daughter is planning the sell the old desktop to technicians flooding the ground and basement level of Maharlika Building in Baguio City. That’s where she had sold our old motherboard and video card.
For now, we have set up the desktop here…near the router…was planning to convert the old tv rack (behind) into an office station as soon as the youngest daughter allowed me to remove her stuff there.
The idea to purchase a CPU now came when the funds had become available and that my laptop had found a new owner (lad).
Next on the targeted list are:
-UPS with 500 VA rating. We have constant power interruption lately, besides, it shall protect the unit from power fluctuations.
-external hard drive. I need. I want. Pretty pretty please. I need a good storage that I could call “MINE”.
Have to work hard…