Okay, this particular new arrival may not be remotely retro-related but it does have at least some gaming relevance! Before we look into that, however, let us first pause for a moment to remember my trusty red HP Pavilion which has been retired after about five years of faithful service. Not many of you knew it in person but if you've visited my humble page before, there's a good chance anything you saw or read therein was played, captured, written, and edited on my glorious red laptop.
It was a bit of a pain now and then - it was even running Windows 8 - but overall, it was a mighty fine machine and served me very well. The decision to replace it was made for a few reasons. Getting new stuff is always cool anyway, but it was mainly because of performance issues - it had been getting slower and slower (most likely due to its age, I suspect) and I've been growing impatient for an SSD-based OS, so I just figured it was time for an upgrade. And if you're going to buy something like a computer, you might as well make it a stonking great one!
The difference from having an SSD-based OS is quite remarkable. I had actually been getting quite obsessive in monitoring the CPU and HD usage on my red laptop due to a previous drive failure. My friend and Team Flicky colleague Dave actually rustled up a little desktop tool to help me keep on eye on things, and every time the CPU or HD usage shot up, I would be straight onto Task Manager to see what was causing it, and in most cases to 'end task' it as well (usually unnecessary Windows nonsense).
So what do you guys think? This was possibly my chance to rise above the height of all my fathers since the days of Elendil. Did I make as splendid a purchase as I'd like to think I did, or do I have more money than sense? I hope the former - considering how little money I have, that wouldn't leave much sense at all (chuckle!).