I bought a no-frills PC a couple of days ago, a Dell Inspiron 3668. I paid $349.99 for it at Best Buy. The ad said it was on sale, but I don’t know if that’s true. Knowing Best Buy, it may always be on sale at that price.
I bought a new PC because I finally had it with using an iMac. I realized I’m not an Apple person. I don’t like the iMac. Nothing will change that fact. I bought an iMac almost two years ago. I realized over the weekend that nothing will ever change my mind. My profound disillusion with the iMac will never go away. I realized it was simply time to move on.
Dell Inspiron 3668
- Intel Core i3 (7th Gen) 7100 / 3.9 GHz processor
- 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400 MHz memory
- 1 TB hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 630
- Two USB 3.0 ports in the front, four USB 2.0 ports in the back.
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN port and on-board Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0.
I wanted a PC that’s hardware could be upgraded if and when I chose to, something the iMac just doesn’t allow. The Dell Inspiron 3668 offers that. It has an empty PCIe X16 slot that I can use for a graphics card if I ever want to stop using the graphics processor built into the motherboard. It also has an empty memory slot that I can use for another stick of memory. Before getting a graphics card, I would replace the case and the power supply. I already have an empty case, but it’s too big for my tastes. I also have a high-wattage power supply installed in the before mentioned empty case that I can use.
I would want a new case for better airflow if I upgraded to a graphics card. Graphics cards generate a lot of heat.
I don’t plan on doing any upgrades. I’m not a big PC gamer. I have an Xbox One for most of my gaming needs. Now that I have a PC, I could go back and play Magic Online. I sold all my digital cards, but that’s not much of a problem. None of my digital cards were current, which meant I couldn’t play Standard format games with any of them.
I hate Apple’s spinning beach ball of death
I’m still in the process of installing software on the new PC. I bought Revo Uninstaller Pro to get rid of pre-installed trial-ware and Start10 to make Windows 10 not suck. So far so good. This PC is a lot faster than my iMac. It also boots up faster than any other computer I’ve owned. My iMac was the slowest. It seemed to boot up fast, but god forbid if I tried to open a program within the first five minutes of booting up. My mouse pointer would turn into the most annoying animation ever created, the spinning beach ball of death.
Want to buy a “gently” used iMac?
I’m planing on selling my iMac, most likely on eBay. Comparable iMacs have sold on eBay in the last few weeks for at least $600. I want to take a lot of photos before posting it on eBay since it’s in such great physical shape. I did post in on Facebook Marketplace. Even though I posted it as $600 firm, I’m only getting offers between $300 and $400. My guess is they hope I’m selling the iMac because I need to feed a a growing heroin addiction. They’ll then show up to make the exchange and try to low-ball me again, waiving $200 in twenty dollar bills so I can buy more heroin.
The joke is on them. I don’t use heroin.
Facebook Marketplace is good for stuff like that. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Facebook was invented at Harvard.