OK, it's dead.
The DELL PC I've been using quite happily for the last three years or so has given up the ghost. It still tries, but it spends most of its time just whirring away in some senile digital dementia.
So, the question is, what do I replace it with? Answers on a postcard, please. Or, better still, in the comments.
I know, I know... You're all going to blame me for buying a DELL in the first place! Well, I'm sorry, but I like DELL. They're easy to deal with, cheap, and (so far) they've worked just fine. I have another here in the garden office which (so far) has caused me no problems at all.
And I have this theory that, whatever computer you buy, you have no guarantee where the bits inside were sourced at the moment when you choose to buy. The brand is just a brand. Inside any PC there's a whole load of stuff sourced from all over the far east, with a different combination every time depending on who's got the best wholesale deal going at the time. Buy a SUPERBRAND based on a friend's recommendation, and you'll find that most of the stuff inside is now sourced from somewhere completely different.
But, for what it's worth, I need a recommendation. What should I go for? Name me the brands that have given you good experiences in the past. Shame those that haven't.
And please don't tell me I need an Apple Mac. I can't face the complications (yes, I know they're meant to be easier, but it's just too complicated when everyone else I'll be sharing material with has a PC).