I'm looking for a new computer to replace my 5 year old Acer Veriton M2 computer that has Windows 7 Pro 32-bit OS. When I got it, it was really fast, but with all of the Microsoft patches to patch the patched patches, plus running anti-virus and anti-malware, the system has slowed down a lot. Supposedly, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 7 for another five years, so I think that now is the time to get something new while Windows 7 is still available. (I don't want Windows 10 because of all of the negative press that it has gotten on this forum and in other places.) I'm looking for a recommendation for a high speed computer that will keep a good level of performance as Microsoft continues to add even more patches in the next five years.
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop system unit only. I have all of the peripherals that I need.
My budget for the new computer is: Hopefully under $500, but may go higher if necessary.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Email, web browsing, document creation, Netflix and YouTube videos, music editing. No gaming.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? I want to use Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? No
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? Usually no more that three low-performance programs running at a time; e.g., Firefox, email and Open Office.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes
Will you be overclocking? I'd rather not.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Not sure what this means.
How many monitors are you planning to use? One
Do you need peripherals? OS? I'll need to purchase a new copy of Windows 7 unless it comes pre-loaded on the computer. Actually, I'd prefer to purchase the OS separately so that I can move it to another new computer in the future if necessary (If the new computer dies, etc.)
Any particular reason why you are upgrading? Want a newer, faster computer.