My budget for the new computer is:
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Reading/sending emails, reading papers and taking notes, raw data (microsoft excel based, not something like big data) analysis
Mainly intended to serve as a desktop only for work for the Ph.D. and meant to be kept in the office solely
Ability to handle remote desktop so I can log into the desktop if I need to access from home
Ability to connect to two monitors at the same time (viewed as separate screens, not mirrored)
Use for solely towards the Ph.D. program (looking to utilize for next 5-6 years)
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Microsoft Office (word, excel, powerpoint, one-note)
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Tend to have a lot of word files, internet tabs (youtube occasionally for background music), and excel files running at the same time
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
My work-flow is looking to have a central budget desktop that can allow me to engage in writing and researching tasks and number-crunching. If I need to move around, I have an ASUS transformer t300t from a while ago that can allow me to do basic tasks. I would also like to be able to remote desktop into the desktop if I need to access software from home. This desktop would also need to connect to two monitors. The PC will not change locations and will be dedicated solely to the aforementioned tasks for the next 5 to 6 years.
I've done searching on my own so far, but the options seem to be many and I can't make heads or tails on processor types, etc. The vivoPCs seem interesting but I can't tell anything about the specs. I'm not picky on compact size vs. tower.
Thanks in advance and let me know if there are any questions you would like me to answer.