OK, it may not be able to provide the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, but it’s a hell of a lot faster than Deep Thought 6: my old pooter.
6 was getting slow. No, actually, 6 WAS slow. Frustratingly slow. There were times when it seemed to just grind to a halt.
I cleaned it; I tidied it; I defragged the hard drive and I gave the registry a damn good wash, but nothing seemed to bring it back to it’s old self. I could re-format and reload Win 7, I s’pose – that would probably do it – but this seemed like an ideal opportunity for an upgrade.
And so, armed with expenses money that I’d accrued from travelling up and down the country, I scoured the web and made several orders from various suppliers.
Last weekend I found the time to do the rebuild and DP7 (because this is the seventh incarnation within the same PC case) was born.
I’m now having all the fun of transferring files from one to t’other.
But, I have to admit to being a little disappointed because, when I checked the Windows Experience Index, it wasn’t actually much higher than the old machine. This, it seems, is all down to me skimping on the graphics card. With a possible top subscore of 7.9, each component is performing pretty well (especially the SSD HDD), with the exception of the graphics card which comes in at a miserly 4.2
I looked at graphics cards long and hard before deciding that there was no point in spending a small fortune on one: I don’t do gaming and my old card coped easily enough with the limited amount of video editing that I do.
And so I compromised by buying not the cheapest of cards, but certainly not the most expensive. And that’s what is giving me a poor WEI.
But maybe I shouldn’t worry so much about the numbers and actually just enjoy my new machine, because SHE FLIES!
At the moment.