I've had my 17" Dell XPS for ~3 years and I think it is getting a little long in the tooth. It is a 2Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM(upgraded from 2GB), 120GB drive, DVD burner, XP Media Center and lots of flashing LED's that serve no purpose. When this was new it was definitely no slouch. I bought it because I got a good deal on it and it was overkill for what it was used for.
I've got a 500GB drive to install in it but have had a lot of issues with it reading the entire contents of the larger drive. I have reverted back to the stock drive which is running at capacity(literally it has <500mb free at any given time). I know that running the drive this full is a good portion of why the computer drags ass while doing the simplest of tasks.
The other thing with this computer is it gets hot enough to cook on in a short amount of time. In part, this is a bad design and not helping it is the fact that the fans aren't strong enough to keep the video card cool. Once it passes its break point it starts video blanking(think slow strobe light). To counteract this I have to keep a desk fan aimed at the rear/underside at all times. I also have to disassemble the laptop every 2 months on average to clean the heatsinks and fans.
I think if I can get the big drive to work then it would speed up to its former glory, but the cooling problems are still going to drive me crazy. I've been poking around for a replacement but haven't seen anything that really grabs my attention(there was one deal earlier for a 18.4" HP[$1400] AND
10" netbook[$300] for ~$1200, but it was limited to the first 1000 people).
So, should I buy a new one or figure out what's going on with this 500GB drive and live with the cooling problems?
BTW, if anyone else is looking www.xpbargains.com
has a lot of coupon codes/tech sales listed on it.
Thanks in advance for the input