Should I buy a new computer?
Hi there. I'm running a rather dated system currently and I'm wondering if I should upgrade.
A little background. I started using Linux (dual boot) about the summer of 2002, and 1 year later I deleted "the other OS" for good. I have never went back since, because despite the many Linux short comings, Linux has several several advantages as well (no drm, no viruses, powerful commandline, no forced upgrades, etc...).
Here's my dilemma though, since I've been on Linux, I've practically been able to upgrade purely on throw away machines. Thats 5 years now of living on other peoples garbage. Job, location and such have changed this past year though, and I'm not getting any more hand-me-down junk computers.
Here are the specs of my current system:
Floppy drive (no SD/Media card slots)
2 USB ports
Onboard Intel gfx card (no 3d accel)
300GB IDE HD (I actually bought)
17inch CRT Monitor
(I also use a 8yr old POS logitech PS/2 mouse, controlled with a finger ball, but I love it. Although I'd like to have a wheel/button, I'm not giving it up. I love the fact that I can control the cursor easily and I never actually have to physically move the mouse. Easily saves 1 square foot of space on my desk.)
Anyway, my system usually works great, but loading some things take a while. Starting OOffice takes about 20 seconds. I can play videos online, but it seems to really lag when I try to play a video and also have a few other FireFox tabs open. I play a game once in a while, though obviously I can't play anything but simple 2d games. One thing I'm highly grateful for is at least my Linux system hasn't slowed down over time like some other OS's.
So now I want to know your opinion. You've seen my system specs and I've told you my situation. What do you think I should I do?