I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy days to help me reach a decision.
I'm thinking AMD used names like Athlon, Duron, Sempron, Turion, Phenom etc but they seem to really have backed down from trying to go toe to toe w/Intel. They haven't come forth into the tablet market that I've heard much of and although I heard they rehired Jim Keller this past late summer I haven't heard of anything real exciting coming out (but I could be wrong).
Due to weight issues & my (in)ability to tote a heavy laptop around -gateway is 6lb7oz-( ,I had considered buying a smaller netbook but seems they can barely run a trimmed down version of Windows 7 and I really need a full version due to some of the graphics work I do. I could see me getting very frustrated w/a netbook when I ask it to do more then it's able. (and knowing me I'd do that first thing-)
I've also thought about buying one of the Black Friday trimmed down version laptop & upgrading it myself--add more memory etc. But that opens another whole can of worms......which, what, how much to spend on one, etc. It looks like there will be many versions/models out there in the next week for $197-300 for bare bones. I can get all the latest software I want from the university computing department for free (my husband works there as a graphics designer) if a barebones laptop can run them. So is buying a bare bones laptop a good option?
Right now I'm using my daughter's old Dell Inspiron E1405 that I bought her for high school graduation 5 YEARS ago. A year after I bought it I upgraded it a bit-doubled memory and despite fact it looks like crap it's still running fine-fan still works, bought a web cam for it (that's how old it is-) &had to buy new battery of course and a new power cord but other then that it's really paid off considering I paid only $800 for it.
I've even considered buying the motherboard for the Gateway and installing it myself. I'm not afraid to tread where angels fear to go, can follow a schematic/tutorial & have some pretty good tools&electrostatic wristband etc. I did replace the fan and heatsink without any problems (didnt' realize it was running so hot-had too much dust etc-it's a learning process for a dinosaur like me-) But-- I haven't researched that as an option yet.....if I could put it in myself I could probably fix my Gateway for under $90. What do you think of that? Can I really do any more harm to it then having it not running? I'm very cautious, won't go forward till I'm sure I'm doing it correctly.
Sorry to be so full of ?'s today. Thank you again in advance for sharing your knowledge/experience w/me.