Ok gurus what should I do in this scenario:
Currently have a Dell Dimension 8100 and the HDD is going out. I've had the computer for a few years. right now, I use it mostly for internet, writing, a game here and there. I may use it for more in the future.
Before I buy a new HDD it might be more cost effective to buy new. I see Dell has 8400 refurbs for as low as $600.
My thinking is this:
new computers are so inexpensive that putting any money into this old one doesn't make sense. by the time i get the new hdd and perhaps a powersupply and quieter fan and whatever else may come up in the near future, i'm up to at least $150. For a couple hundred more I could have a much better system. Mine is a P4 1.4Ghz, 512mb, 40g, 100mhz bus, nvidia geforce2 GTS/GE Force pro.
Does it make more sense to use the money to upgrade or should I just invest in a new system since mine is becoming older? For example, I know my bus is low (100mhz). I don't want to spend much. Any suggestions? upgrade or buy new?
If new what do you recommend I get? Dell? What the best system for the money?