For my civil engineering class, I had to use a program called RockWare to do my assignments. My laptop was too old and slow to run the latest version of RockWare. I had been using the computer for over 10 years, and it has served me well, but it was really showing its age and needed to be replaced with something better. As much as I liked the portability of a laptop, it was holding me back from the computing power that I truly wanted to have. I decided to get a desktop this time, one with the right specs to run the program.
Rather than buying a brand new computer, I opted to get a refurbished one. Refurbished computers can be bought at a fraction of the cost of a new one, and they can still work just as well as a new one. At the very least, they’re more powerful than a laptop made in the same year. Laptops and other mobile devices are made to be compact and use as little power as possible, which is fine for portability, but because of this, their abilities aren’t as great as desktops. Since I needed to do a lot of work that involved 3D models, I needed a processor and graphics card that only a desktop could have.
I was able to get a refurbished desktop for less than $100, and a monitor for $40. The desktop runs the program just fine without any slow down. The computer should be able to run any newer versions of the program for the next 10 years at least. I may decide to return to mobile hardware in the future as a supplementary device. It would be nice to have a tablet to access 3D files from my computer remotely when I’m away from my computer, but for now I’ll just stick with what I have.