I’ve been thinking about buying a new desktop PC for quite a while now. I bought the old one in 2010, and it’s really starting to show its age. I managed to upgrade it to Windows 8.1 about a year ago, but I haven’t been able to get it upgraded to Windows 10. It’s been running really slowly, even after doing the Win 8.1 upgrade as a fresh install, and it just seemed like it was time for a new one.
So I picked up a Dell XPS 8900 from Costco tonight. It’s got a Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I like buying stuff like this from Costco, since they have their concierge service, which gives you tech support through Costco, and a 2nd year on the warranty. And Costco has a pretty good return policy. So it’s just safer to buy from Costco than most other places.
I haven’t done anything with it yet, other than taking it out of the box and looking at it. The process of getting it set up and getting all of my data from the old PC to the new one is going to take some time, and I’m not sure how I’m going to approach it yet. Apparently, Microsoft’s old “Easy Transfer” tool for this has been discontinued, and they now just point you to Laplink’s PCMover Express. So maybe I’ll give that a try. Or maybe I’ll skip that and just copy data over the old-fashioned way.