...I think my secondary hard drive just died.
This is not as bad as it sounds. It's the drive that was originally the primary for this computer until a couple of years ago, when it was having some issues and dialogue
's daddy made it the secondary slave drive. Since yesterday, it's been a bit freeze-y, and now whenever I try and explore the files on that drive, it's all "lulz, you wanna format this drive? :D" Annoying, but I think all I had on that drive that I don't have on the main one were some video files.
Regardless, I think I'll head to the mall tomorrow. I've been wanting to get an external drive for rewritable, larger-scale backups for a while now, and it seems now is the time. But this makes me think I should also be looking at a new computer entirely. Not that I'm gonna run out and do that next week, but this one will
be 6 in the spring, and I'd wanted to upgrade. (Y'all, it actually has a floppy drive. How quaint! I don't know if I've ever used it, mind you, but still.)
So I ask you, LJ--what's the best way to go about investigating a new computer? I have some specifics in mind. As much as I would love the convenience of a laptop, I log more hours on the computer at home, and a laptop feels very cramped to me. A nice shiny mac is likewise tempting, and I am not entirely ruling it out, but the gamer dork in me wants to stick with PC so I can get back to playing City of Heroes/Villains one of these days. I already have a swank monitor and related peripherals, so I don't need some pre-made package of everything put together, but I am also not even close to being familiar enough with a computer's guts to buy parts and build my own.
So where are the best places to investigate? Any recommendations/warnings? I know I'm NOT getting a Dell. Hahaha no. Other than that...not sure. I have $800 coming to me from some freelance work plus my $600 security deposit from the last apartment floating around. Obviously I want to sock as much of that into savings as I can, but I've got some wiggle room now that the car is paid for, painful as that was.
Give me thoughts? I give you kisses.