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Old 11-22-2016, 03:09 PM
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Just got a call and the processor and possibly the motherboard is going on my home desk top. It looks like it will be about 1/3 the cost of a decent new one to fix and it's 7 years old so I probably need to replace it anyway.

Don't want to break the bank but want something decent. I am having the guy who handles our office computers build one. I know I can get one cheaper but I'd rather be able to make a local phone call to someone who speaks English and is only about a mile from me. I'm just looking for some input and some questions I should ask.

1. I want a desk top as I already have a laptop.
2. No Apple. Nothing against Apple and Apple users, I just ain't going there right now.
3. I don't do gaming and very little streaming. Just surfing the net and some word processing and light printing.
4. I already have monitor, printer, keyboard, and mouse. Just need a box.

Looking for suggestions on processor, RAM, disk storage, large tower, small tower, all-in-one, or anything else I should consider or ask.

I'll probably be ordering it while we are on the road tomorrow. BTW, I really trust the guy but wanted to be able to talk to him intelligently. (No smart ass comments please)
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:25 PM
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Intel processor, minimum 16 Gig ram, splurge for SSD-solid state drive 512K is enough, good video card- at least 2Gb memory, 500w power supply, full size case if you have the room.
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Intel® NUC5i7RYH, 16GB RAM, 500GB M.2 hard drive. Windows 10 Professional.
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looking forward to hearing the responses, I am going to be in the same boat here in the near future.
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Just got a call and the processor and possibly the motherboard is going on my home desk top. It looks like it will be about 1/3 the cost of a decent new one to fix and it's 7 years old so I probably need to replace it anyway.

Don't want to break the bank but want something decent. I am having the guy who handles our office computers build one. I know I can get one cheaper but I'd rather be able to make a local phone call to someone who speaks English and is only about a mile from me. I'm just looking for some input and some questions I should ask.

1. I want a desk top as I already have a laptop.
2. No Apple. Nothing against Apple and Apple users, I just ain't going there right now.
3. I don't do gaming and very little streaming. Just surfing the net and some word processing and light printing.
4. I already have monitor, printer, keyboard, and mouse. Just need a box.

Looking for suggestions on processor, RAM, disk storage, large tower, small tower, all-in-one, or anything else I should consider or ask.

I'll probably be ordering it while we are on the road tomorrow. BTW, I really trust the guy but wanted to be able to talk to him intelligently. (No smart ass comments please)
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Space is no problem so full sized "tower"? Looks like an i5 Intel, 16 GB RAM, but confused on the drive. What is the difference between a 512K SSD and a 500GB hard drive? Be patient because I am still learning.

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curious as why a desktop instead of ..another laptop? I only do surfing, video streaming (no porn!!! lol) and word processing on mine..no gaming or other heavy usage. I love the portability of a laptop...sit in easy chair in living room, out on the deck, sunroom, camper etc. Today's laptops seem every bit as powerful as most desktops and plenty of hard disk space.
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Space is no problem so full sized "tower"? Looks like an i5 Intel, 16 GB RAM, but confused on the drive. What is the difference between a 512K SSD and a 500GB hard drive? Be patient because I am still learning.

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SSD will have a faster boot up compared to a hardrrive and is just like a big usb stick where as a harddrive stores its information to a magnetic disk and they are also cheaper than a solid state drive they are both about the same storage size in terms of space
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
curious as why a desktop instead of ..another laptop? I only do surfing, video streaming (no porn!!! lol) and word processing on mine..no gaming or other heavy usage. I love the portability of a laptop...sit in easy chair in living room, out on the deck, sunroom, camper etc. Today's laptops seem every bit as powerful as most desktops and plenty of hard disk space.
I already have a laptop. I take it when I go out of town and would like to also have a desktop for the wifie to use when I am gone. Larger keyboard, larger screen(s), full sized mouses (mice?), etc. Basically I am old fashioned and really like a full sized computer with large display and hooked to a huge printer. I know what you are saying but not what I am looking for.
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SSD will have a faster boot up compared to a hardrrive and is just like a big usb stick where as a harddrive stores its information to a magnetic disk and they are also cheaper than a solid state drive they are both about the same storage size in terms of space
Again, excuse my ignorance, but will a 512 SSB have the same storage as a 500Gb hard drive or would I need multiple SSD's to accomplish the same thing?

ETA: Just re-read your post and apparently the 512SSB is comparable to a 500GB hard drive.

Thanks guys, I,m ordering something tomorrow on the road to the coast. Actually going to let Michelle drive part of the way while I take care of some business so wish me luck.

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I would get a 256 or 512mb SSD for the boot disk and to put programs on. I would put a 1tb (or whatever you need) in it for pictures, videos, movies, data, etc. Then get a 1tb USB HD that on occasion back up my data drive, dont worry about what is on the SSD.
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Not to change the subject but how is the little lady doing?
Was getting up dates from her go fund me site but haven't seen anything
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Not to change the subject but how is the little lady doing?
Was getting up dates from her go fund me site but haven't seen anything
Treatments are working, but wreaking havoc with her immune system. Periodic bouts with infection, sometimes quite the battle. Still 18 months of treatment remaining. I prod her sister to update the gofundme site, but with little result.

Thank you for asking. Sam should be up here at our place for Thanksgiving, and I will show her the updated thread and your post.


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If you're going to build it yourself don't forget the price of an operating system, unless you're going to use Lenex.
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If you're going to build it yourself don't forget the price of an operating system, unless you're going to use Lenex.
Is that some fancy new OS? I have heard of Linux but never Lenex.
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looking forward to hearing the responses, I am going to be in the same boat here in the near future.
Same here, my desktop computer almost can't be used because it's so slow. I'm thinking of replacing the mother board & adding more memory. I want to leave the hard drive alone since it's only about 10% full. Is there a performance problem using as old hard drive with a new processor? Will my 10 year old hard drive significantly slow down the computer?
I am going with an AMD processor since I own their stock & it's been doing great!
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Without knowing budget and use, it would be really hard to say - but I ma guessing that if your old machine is a 7 year old Windows 7 computer, you aren't needing a high-end gaming pc.
What we have in the office and I have at home are pretty basic $900 HP Envy's plus two back-up hard drives (another $240): Windows 10 Home (you don't need Pro), HD power supply, intel i7 processor, Nvidia 4gb video card, 16gb ram, 256gb SSD drive plus two installed later Western Digital Black 2 tb drives (in mirroring configuration) for all data.
The two 2 tb mirroring hard drives might be overkill in back-up, but my data is very important, and although the cloud is great - I feel better knowing my first line of defense is mirrored drives.
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