Yesterday I thought my WinXP desktop computer had shit itself and died. Early the previous day I heard the machine shut itself down, which it's been known to do from time to time. When I tried to start it again, I got nothing but a black screen. I was pretty sure I'd had some kind of hardware failure and that the PC was dead. Then I was fiddling around with it yesterdayand sicovered when I truned no the computer the monitor was lietreally doing nothing. Normally if my computer is off or something the monitor will display a little message that says "digital - no signal" or some such, I pushed the setting muttons on the monitor and got nothing. Thinking then that it just might be the monitor had failed, I put the box in the car an took it out to my parent's house to try it with a different monitor. It worked. So instead of needing a new desktop, I just need to get a new monitor and then can continue to use my PC.
This, I suppose, is a good thing, as a new monitor may be had for like $200. On the other hand, when I thought the computer itself was dead, I was all ready to kiss Windows goodbye and switch over to Mac completely. The only thing that gave me any sort of pause is the Windows software I still have, mostly games. I rarely play computer games, but I still have a few Windows onese that I might like to replay (Syberia and the Longest Journey), some I still might play from time to time (CIv 4 and the latest incarnation of SimCity), and some of haven't got round to playing at all (Guild Wars, and Dreamfall - started but fell out of). But that's pretty much it. I don't see myself really getting into any more games anytime soon.
So now I have a decision to make, and a few options. I can:
1) Buy a new monitor and keep using the PC until I run it into the ground. Next desktop will be a Mac Mini or an iMac.
2) Buy a new monitor and use the PC for a while, while working towards a move to solely Mac in the near term. This would probably mean buying a Mac Mini in the next few months.
3) Kiss the PC goodbye right now, buy an iMac and use this gadget
(on loan from Dad in case I decide to do this) to hook my PC's hard drive up to the new Mac and move stuff over.
Not sure what to do. I've spent a lot of money lately out of necessity (suits, shirts, etc.). And then there's the question of what to do with my perfectly servicible PC if I do switch. It will be three years old in January.