To go Great, or to go Cheap?
One of the biggest problems that faces every person who goes out to buy a new computer is the question of going great, or of going cheap. Should you buy the computer that will do everything you have ever wanted? Or should you save your money, buy the minimum computer for your most pragmatic needs, and let interest make your savings bigger for when the next big thing happens to computer in another month or so? This is not even close to an easy question to answer, because so much of the answer lies in your own mind. It isn’t just the computer itself, but the person who uses it. And not just what you plan to use your computer for, either. If you make videos for SEO like I do you will need something robust!
After all, you might end up keeping your computer for 5 years, if you take good care of it. If you spend a thousand dollars more for it today, will that matter over the next five years? Of course not. But of course, you might not want to buy more computer than you could ever possibly use. It would be like buying a Ferrari, when all you do is drive a few miles to and from work five days a week- what would be the point, other than showing off? For most people, there is a point where extra money spent results in no additional, appreciable benefit.
But then again, you might want to expand outward with the functions you actually use. Have you always secretly wanted to create and edit films? A more powerful processor and a larger hard drive might actually be worth the money. Have you always dreamed of playing games that weren’t a few years old, or playing more modern games in a way that didn’t make them look like slide shows? This is where you have to decide if you’re content where you are. If so, save. If not, then go ahead and spend on that awesome computer.