Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,

Computer advice wanted

Ok. I need to get a new computer within the next 6-8 weeks because my trusty machine of many years is finally dying. I always get really nervous when I have to buy new hardware because I'm great at breaking things, I don't really know what's good out there and I need something that lasts. This computer I am currently using is a Win98 machine and just over five years old.

This is what I want to use my computer for:
1. Writing
2. Email
3. Surfing the web
4. Chatting with friends
5. Listening to music
6. Downloading and watching videos
7. Burning music CDs
8. Watching DVDs
9. VPN into work for working at home
10. Light photo manipulation

I am not a power user. I don't play games on my machine for the most part. I am primarily a writer. I want something that will last me a long time. I need a Windows machine for working at home. I prefer Dell machines but I am willing to look at other machines.

So, if I were to get a desktop computer what would you recommend? If I were to get a laptop (which would primarily be a desktop machine), what would you recommend? Also, if you are local, would you be willing to go with me to get the machine?

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