Daily Archives: December 8, 2014

cosmic computer problems (and a question for readers)



Well, the photo is more of a cosmic oil spill than computer problem but my problem now is with my computer.  After 7 years and a few upgrades, it is now on it’s last legs, requiring at least a new power supply, which I have to tap with a rubber mallet repeatedly to keep the noise down.  The PC is an HP Pavilion with 6G of DRAM.  I’ve replaced the original hard drive with a 120G SSD (for the operating system (Win 7) and programs) and two internal drives for photos and data.  It has a quad core processor and the entire system is adequate for photo processing but it is slow in performance.  The files from the D600 have taxed it considerably.

I have two choices in replacing the HP.  The first involves starting over from the ground up, building a new PC from scratch and keep using the  hard drives, monitor and keyboard I have.  I would keep my OS as is since I’m happy with Win 7, I know everything I have works with it,  and I’m not eager to use Win 8.  Second choice is to buy a computer with a faster processor and at least twice the DRAM off the shelf and customize it with my old hard drives and OS.  Either way the system would have to process the large files I’m dealing with now.  I’m also thinking of an enclosure for 4 hard drives which can be swapped at any time and just have the SSD in the computer case.  I would use this with either of my options.  Since I have my investment in Windows hardware and  software, I’m not considering any Apple products, though this is not to say I don’t think they make a fine product.

My questions for you, loyal readers, is what are you using for a computer, are you happy with it and what are your suggestions for a replacement for my aging HP.  Keep in mind I would like to keep the budget in the realm of a realistic possibility.  I would appreciate any advice you can give me and as a reward I will continue to provide you with more photos here and here.  Thanks for your input.