I would really appreciate recommendations, suggestions about a new desktop I plan to purchase. We recently purchased a 21" iMac. I use it but I primarily use Windows computers.
Laptop or Desktop?
Destop. I don't want an all-in-one.
My budget for the new computer is:
$1500 CAD. If this was the cost without the monitor then I could probably manage 300-400$ for a monitor.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
I am a part-time freelance Front End Developer and also run my own business. I also do a lot of browsing and downloading and some video editing.
I need wifi capability. I don't want to buy an additional device to get wifi.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
I don't use a lot of different software, under 15 on a regular basis. But, I do use Photoshop a lot. Also, I use Word. I also use Firefox, the ram hog. I test on Chrome and other browsers and would love to be able to have them open at the same time.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
I don't play 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?
Yes. I like to go from one to the other and need to be able to run Firefox (a known RAM hog) and Photoshop as well as other programs all at the same time.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, I store both as well as videos.
Will you be overclocking?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
I need a large monitor, at least 1080p and at least 24 inches. I do a lot of typing and will sometimes work 6-7 hours straight on my laptop and it strains my eyes especially at night so I need a monitor to mitigate that so I need a matte screen that displays text well. If it had decent built-in speakers (rare) that would be great. If not, I'd appreciate some recs for affordable speakers that aren't expensive.
It needs to run Windows but I do not want Windows 8 but upgrades are free. I actually think I'd rather have Windows 7 and then buy Windows 10 Pro.
I also need it to have a good dvd burner as I burn dvds weekly.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
I've never had a good computer running Windows, only satisfactory. Yes, I have an iMac and it's great but I'm very accustomed to the applications I use. I currently have two laptops with such embarassingly poor specs, I won't even post them. Both have been causing me big problems the last few weeks. They're old by any measure.
I don't want to build my own. I'm not looking for the best but something very good that I can buy very soon.
I want a fast computer. I need a lot of storage space 1TB at least, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, 12GB would be better. The processor needs to be powerful, a quad core. I think an Intel i5 should be fine.
Aesthetics isn't a driving factor. I don't want an all-in-one. I've done some searching and have discovered some gaming desktops that would fit my needs. I'm not terribly fond of their design but it's not terribly important.
It's important that during heavy use, the fans don't make too much noise. I don't read about fan noise in reviews too much but I do see it in complaints sometimes.
Desktop under consideration
Asus M32AD-US032S Desktop Computer
Intel i7-4790 3.6GHz
nVidia GT740 Graphics
Asus System M32AD-US026S Desktop Computer
Intel Core i5-4460
Monitors I'm considering
ASUS MX259H Black 25"
5ms (GTG), Dual HDMI Widescreen
Eye Care Technology
250 cd/m2 80,000,000:1
BenQ GW2765HT Black 27"
4ms WQHD HDMI Widescreen
LED Backlight LCD Monitor
IPS 350 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (1000:1)
Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black 24"
8ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD IPS Panel Monitor
Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable
Widescreen LCD Monitor
300 cd/m2 DC 2,000,000:1 (1000:1)