Need a new computer - Any suggestions

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Weaver Realtors B55786000

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I am not a computer geek, I am a computer eek. I have a small office and this is my office computer, I do have an assistant but she has her own computer. I am totally confused as to what I need, I don't store my photography on my system, it is on separate external hard drives and in the cloud. 


Thank you for all you help.


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Georgia A. Weaver, GREEN, CNE, CRS, GRI, 
Broker Owner and Iowa Certified General Contractor

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Comments (5)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You should really review your needs and the way you use a computer.  It might be to your advantage to consider the mobility of a laptop especially as you use web storage for your photos, etc.

Reaching out to a local source for the details would be advisable, and allow you to have local service if issues develop.  Do not discount the cost of a slightly higher price for someone that can get you out of trouble

May 05, 2015 11:59 PM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Please provide more information.  What make/model of computer are you using now?  Why do you need a new computer?  Is the old one broken?  What software do you use?

I use HP ProBook 4510s laptop PCs.  They have a built-in numeric keyboard beside the regular keyboard.  Makes it easy for entering numbers quickly. I connect it to a large external display.  I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD).  Running Windows 7 Professional.

I have not bought a new computer in many years.  I buy refurbished PCs from reputable sellers on eBay.  Many people sell their old PC on eBay when they upgrade to a new PC.  At the low prices of refurbished PCs, I buy 2 of the same model so I have a backup if one breaks.

May 06, 2015 12:22 AM
Georgia Weaver
Weaver Realtors - Storm Lake, IA
A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118

Ed and Jerry,

Thank you so much for your responses. I am talking to the guy who does our IT work, he also has a computer shop where they build systems and he has been a lifesaver on a number of occasions. My system is 5 years old, it freezes and crashes nearly daily to the point I am uncomfortable shutting it off. I wish I had the ability and knowledge to build something of my own, but that is better left to those who do that professionally. 

I do have a lap top I also use that is a great tool, if I didn't have it I would have had to replaced my desk top a while ago. I use a lot of software, a CAD program, accounting program, a publisher program, photography editing program, I do not use Microsoft office except for Excel, I use Google docs for business. That is just some of the programs. 

Thank you again for your advice, I am talking to the local guy today to see what he recommends.

May 06, 2015 01:56 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Have you checked into the Microsoft Surface Pro?  Its pretty darn cool.  Small and easy to grab and use like a tablet, but if you get a docking station, keyboard and monitor, it makes a great desktop.

May 06, 2015 02:05 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

If your computer is 5 years old, and is freezing and crashing, here are a few ideas. 

Backup all your data files.  Run a disk defragmenter program.  Files become fragmented over time and get scattered across the disk, hurting performance.  A defragmenter cleans up the files and rewrites them into compact contiguous sectors.

Scan for a virus or malware that may be causing strange behavior.

For hard disks, they have a built-in diagnostic feature named SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology).  A SMART diagnostic and monitoring program can check to see if the hard disk is beginning to fail.  The disk error rate often will increase before the disk totally fails.  Some programs are listed at

You can buy a solid state drive (SSD) for under $100 and replace the hard drive.  An SSD is much faster and more reliable than a hard disk.  An SSD would be useful when running CAD software and photo editing.  You can also add more memory to the computer for a low cost.  It just plugs in.

Operating systems can become sluggish due to garbage that accumulates over 5 years. Run free utilities like Advanced System Care, CCleaner and Glary Utilities to clean out junk.

Some users do a disk format and re-install the operating system every few years for a clean start.  You may not need a new computer, just identify and fix the problem using some diagnostics.  Mechanical devices fail much more often than electronic components.  So, the hard disk is the first suspect. Also, check your computer fan.  Sometimes dust and lint build up and clog the airflow causing overheating problems.

May 06, 2015 04:34 AM

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