While prepping doesn’t seemingly include things like computers, at least full desktop computers, life still must go on. Kids have school work, I have bills to pay and regular computer related tasks. I got mad the other day when I was paying bills. My old laptop was just not loading. It was taking forever to load a bill I had just completed paying. I decided that we needed another desktop.
That being said, we used to have a desktop. The power supply died. I replaced it, and a week later, the whole thing died. We haven’t had a desktop since. The kids were issued Chromebooks from school, which I despise. We have this laptop that is not working perfectly now, a Dell Latitude E6500. The best computer we have right now is my Microsoft Surface pro 3 which works well, but especially does well with my Ham radio needs.
I decided to do a little research, and I decided on the computer I was getting. I purchased a Dell Optiplex 9020 MT with the i7-4770. It came with 16 GB of ram. I did purchase another 16GB of ram, as this computer maxes out at 32GB of ram. I also purchased a video card, the NVidia GeForce GT1030 low profile 2 GB card. This should be a decent set-up for what our needs are moving forward. Realistically, the most difficult to run program we use is minecraft, as the kids really do enjoy it. If it wasn’t for this, I would have omitted the graphics card, but that has been a limiting factor before, so I decided to get one.
This is much more affordable than buying brand new, and should be everything we need. We saved money doing this, which in turn allows more finances toward prepping. Real life exists beyond just prepping, and we would all do well to remember that as well. Please, stay safe and stay prepared.