I mean, my desktop is fairly well-behaved, it's just getting up there -- over seven years old, now -- and it simply can't keep up as well as it used to.
I am not really that hard on computers, all things told. The only game I play is the Sims (1, and my computer moves slowly enough with that. There's no telling how bad it would lag with the Sims 3), and my biggest memory-chewers are Firefox and Photoshop 6.0. I do tend to open a zillion Firefox tabs, though. Sometimes all at once. This makes my computer very sad. I don't try to draw much in Photoshop. I use the tablet to color, but there's enough of a lag that attempting to draw directly onto the computer results in jagged, awkward lines and it looks terrible. Now that I think about it, I haven't used Photoshop very much at all in the past year or so. I don't draw much anymore, so its main uses have become cropping and resizing photos. I don't take many photos, either.
I have thus far resisted, but my next machine will most likely be a laptop. Nicole and Gabe have sung the praises of Macs, but I am not entirely convinced. I am also not sure how much of this lack of conviction is a result of real questions, and how much is my utter loathing of change. Change is scary and annoying.
Any warnings or recommendations for brands, upgrades, stores, etc.? Halp, Internet. I am not good with computers.