My new computer arrives tomorrow.
I’m moving from my Dell Dimension, circa 2004, with an Intel Celeron 2.4GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, to a brand new Dell tower with a 6X 2.6GHz processor and 4GB of RAM.
I specifically bought it so I could play Civilization V. But I was probably overdue for a new box, anyway.
I’ve made upgrades to my computer for the sake of Civ before, but never have I purchased a whole new computer just to play a game. —Well, mainly to play a game. There are actually a few games I haven’t been able to play on my PC: Portal and Spore, just to name two. I’m also just looking forward to having a speedier computer overall.
The actual migration to the new box shouldn’t be too bad. I have two external hard drives which hold most of my media and my projects, so all I’ll have to move is my iTunes library file, My Documents (mainly odds and ends), and everything on my Desktop (also odds and ends).
Figuring out over time which applications I need to install will be an adventure, too — I’m probably going to make a list tonight (and check it twice) to figure out which apps will need special attention (like my Omron pedometer database, which holds historical data of how far I’ve walked/run). I’m really hoping that the move to Windows 7 and a 64-bit OS won’t throw a monkey wrench into any of my normal applications.
Tonight: Moving stuff to the external hard drives. Sorting through digital files as needed. Exporting bookmarks and other necessities.
Tomorrow: Physical organization of desk (as much as possible in one night) and hooking-up of tower to peripherals. Will also involve dusting and vacuuming and other grossly-neglected duties.
…Oh, who am I kidding? This is probably gonna take the rest of the week.