Slumlord wrote:I have a desktop that is about 7 years old and I think it's time to replace it. I can still browse somewhat effectively but it lags a bit when opening word documents and sometimes when viewing videos. I mostly just want a desktop that will last for a number of years like this one has without having to mess around with upgrading different parts. For a number of reasons I do not want to build a computer so please do not suggest building my own computer as an option.
I'd like some input on the following points:
i7 vs. i5 - My understanding is that unless you're doing really complex work like video editing the i7 with hyperthreading is overkill. I think the i7 adds about $100 to the price of the computer so it seems like an i5 would be fine for me. I've done some research and I don't think the new Ryzen processors are going to significantly affect the price of the "lower end" processors although they are certainly driving down the price of the high end processors significantly.
I'd buy the i7 for future proofing, unless the $100 is really an issue.
RAM - I have 4 gigs of RAM now and it's definitely not enough. When I view the performance analyzer it's having "faults" from time to time which means it is running out of RAM and writing to the hard drive which makes the computer move at a glacial pace. I'm thinking about getting 16 gigs of RAM (8 x 2) just to future proof it a bit. I realize I'm "overpaying" a bit but I don't want to have to deal with finding comparable RAM and seating it down the road.
or 32 GB. More is better, pretty much always. That above video card or processor.
Video card - I don't really game a lot other than say a flash game here and there when I'm bored and I don't see myself becoming a hardcore gamer either. Thing is, most of the computers I'm looking at with 16 gigs of RAM seem to come with higher end video cards. I'm just wondering if I'll realize any benefit at all from having a nicer video card (say, for example, a GTX 1060 vs. the integrated graphics cards that come standard).
I don't know on this one, I stayed with the integrated. However VR systems etc. are coming along, and watching streamed video is obviously much bigger than it was say 5 years ago. So I'd think about it.
HDD or SSD - I was thinking I'd like to have a smaller SSD for the boot drive and pair it with an HDD. From what I've read the SSD will improve loading time of programs like Word and Excel and also vastly improve boot up time.
SSD will make a big difference to speed.
Win 10 home or pro - I think as a basic user I would not need the pro version.
I always buy the pro system. I believe that there will be longer period of support for it from Microsoft, that more effort will be spent on security issues, and things like remote desktop *may* prove to be useful. I could be wrong.
[/quote]The desktop I am strongly considering buying has the following specs: Intel Core i5-7500 Processor 3.40GHz; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5; 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM; 1TB HDD + 250GB SSD, Win 10 home. I can get this computer for $720.
Another option that I confirmed with Microcenter is that if I buy a lesser model computer I can customize the parts I want to upgrade and so long as I buy the parts at Microcenter they will install them for me for free if I buy a PowerSpec computer. The only exception is they will not configure the SSD as the boot drive and reinstall windows. I prefer not to have to do this myself.
Can't help you there.
Unless money is really an issue I would in the following order:
- get Win 10 professional
- get Intel i7
- get more RAM
- separate graphics card
- SSD (just rereading thread, this one should be higher up the list)