For the last 4 years I have been using a desktop computer that has been upgraded piece by piece. A few of these upgrades came out of necessity because of failing components. Over the last couple months I have been dealing with a freezing and crashing computer, I knew the days of my desktop were numbered.
With the new problems I was experiencing, there were only a couple of components I had not yet upgraded. My primary hard drive and the motherboard. Upgrading the motherboard would have meant upgrading my CPU and RAM so I decided to go with the less expensive replacement, the Hard Drive.
I purchased a Solid State Drive (OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB) knowing that it could be used with a future system. I installed it, re-installed Windows and everything ran fine for a couple months.
Just as I was about to get started on a new web design for a client, my motherboard stopped working. Like most of my clients the timing couldn’t have been worse. It was just after all stores closed.
The next morning, as soon as the stores were open I picked up an Asus G74x laptop, featuring 8GB DDR3 RAM, Intel i7 processor and 2 hard drives. On the way back to my home office I stopped and doubled the RAM. Once home, I replaced one of the laptop’s hard drives with the OCZ solid state I had acquired earlier.
Since that day…I have had the best workstation ever! It performs better than any desktop / laptop I have come across yet. I am able to run all of the virtual machines that I require when working on a client’s website (a total of 5) and not experience any slowness.
So, just like my clients, IT Professionals also have computer problems. We are also just as overjoyed when they are solved and we can continue working productively.