Hi everyone. This is my first time posting so I hope I don't mess anything up! I'm an old guy looking to replace an Acer Aspire 5920G that is on its last legs. This beast had a Core 2 duo T5550 1.83Ghz cpu so I'm not used to blazing speed, as it were.
Laptop or Desktop?
Desktop, this time - the wife has a new laptop so one in the house is plenty.
My budget for the new computer is:
Around $500 Cdn
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Email, Facebook, News, photos and working with the photos, music and some gaming .
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Windows 10, MS office 2000, MS Digital Image Photo Software, various Serif software (Photo, etc.) , Windows Movie Maker, Hitman game series, some older flight simulators (If they work in Windows 10)
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
As mentioned above.
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 one or two windows max. On rare occasions there may be 4 or 5.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, several hundred photos, songs and a few home movies (Not the commercial stuff.)
Will you be overclocking?
No - don't even know how.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
Staples - online at www.staples.ca
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Just the one.
Do you need peripherals? OS?
No, I'll be going with what I have - wireless mouse and keyboard, Acer 22 in. flatscreen monitor, Canon MX922 all in one printer.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
The old laptop is done. I want to replace it before it send up a puff of smoke, a screech and goes blank.
I'm looking at three refurbished units at Staples. One is an HP Elite 8200 and the other is a Dell GX790 Optiplex. Here are links to the two models.
As can be seen, the specs are very similar for the HP 8200 and the GX790. The Z400 is dual core and a bit slower clock but it comes (Surprisingly) with a 475 W power supply (The others have about 300W). As all of them have difficult to upgrade power supplies, the Z400 would have a better chance of handling an upgrade to a half decent video card if I want go that way. All are tower units so if I do want to upgrade or add parts at some point, there should be enough room..
So - what does everyone think? I looked at building one but the parts to even duplicate these would run at least $900 Cdn so that is out for now - funds are a bit too tight. The only other expense I'm looking at is the 2 yr. service plan since these guys only come with a 90 day warranty - not enough for a refurbished machine, I think.