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Upgrade Your PC and Downgrade Your Price
Posted 9 months ago on 1/8/2018 and updated 9/16/2018
Take Away:

This article discusses a real life example of how I got more computer for myself at a lower cost.


In February 2015, I recently began to have computer repair issues with the laptop computer I had purchased new. I won‘t name the brand, but it is a well known manufacturer and I paid 280 USD for it including tax. It had a quad core processor with the standard 4GB memory and a 500GB hard drive.

It worked quite well for about 13 months until I was having great difficulty getting the "power on" button on the machine to engage and boot the PC. It didn‘t matter how many times I pressed the power button - it wouldn‘t make the connection and boot the machine until some electronic contact snafu in the machine finally resolved itself then at last it powered on. The thing is, it worked fine once it started. Given that, I assumed it had to be something with the small power button that was beneath the plastic power button. So I went on ebay and matched it and ordered the replacement for 9 USD. This would solve my problem, right? It didn‘t. Same old thing kept happening with the power button.

At this point, I knew I had paid 280 USD for a lemon computer I could only use for one year, so I was plopped back into the market for a replacement laptop against my wishes. Now, what kind of laptop computer was I going to get next? I was running Android Studio and that demands substantial memory and processing power, so I couldn‘t go with a cheapie, entry level machine. Just to backtrack a little, I had upgraded my broken laptop with an 8GB DDR3L (dual voltage) memory module I had purchased separately for 38 USD on www.newegg.com, a decent price for that much memory.

I wanted a machine with plenty of memory and a powerful processor to run the mobile app development package I‘m using, but it was going to cost me a bundle for a new laptop PC of that caliber. So I conjured an idea. I went on ebay to hunt for a used, but suitably powerful laptop that would accommodate what I‘m doing - minus the hard disk. I found a Lenovo laptop with a Core i7 processor with 8GB of DDR3 memory. I could put the notebook hard disk from the old laptop into this one and redo the Windows installation and then copy all my stuff back onto it. And here‘s the bonus: the DDR3L (dual voltage) 8GB from the old laptop is compatible in a DDR3 machine so I could go up to 16GB of memory without a hitch. And how much did this Lenovo PC cost me? 175.99 USD out the door. Talk about silky smooth "fix my computer" deal!

You can get more computer for less money if you use your head and look in the right places like I did. There is no reason to be held hostage by PC retailers and their stiff new computer prices so you can get a superior PC. This Lenovo Core i7 system is the best computer I ever had. It is also the cheapest as compared to 280 USD, 450 USD, 536 USD and 291 USD for what I‘ve paid for less powerful laptops. More for less isn‘t a scam - it‘s reality for those who make the effort to hunt these deals down.


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