My current desktop is an HP Compaq dx2450 Microtower, with 2.30 Ghz dual processor, and 3 GB of RAM (though only 2.87 of that is usable) and it’s about a decade old or thereabouts. I know I was lucky to get that amount of time out of it, but I would like to purchase something else that’s reliable. I’d rather purchase pre-built, and my knowledge of what model to go to is a bit out of date.
I have been looking around, but really need to narrow it down. I don’t know what types to avoid altogether, and lest I make a terrible mistake, I came here for assistance. Especially since I'm trying to make a choice sometime in this upcoming week.
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop (but read further for indecision there, too)
My budget for the new computer is:
I’m not sure what a good one would be for this, so I’ll just say $1000 or less; I suspect with my needs I might need to lower that figure to something like $800, but I really don’t know.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
This will be my main computer. The uses will be: Web browsing. E-Mail, though that’s online. Watching/streaming movies on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Turner Classic Movies, or Youtube once I have a system capable of handling the first two. Basic word processing in either Word or LibreOffice, and perhaps Excel. Watching movies I’ve saved on my external hard drive. Very rare video editing with Video To Video Portable. I transfer files with flash drives.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
I’ll either stick with a very old Microsoft Office 2000 or completely switch over to either LibreOffice or OpenOffice. Adobe. Portable Mozilla Firefox, Portable Google Chrome, Internet Explorer. Logitech, for the mouse. Icecream Ebook Reader. VLC Media Player. Sumatra PDF. Video To Video Portable. A bit of Java, since there are other programs I have that require that. My antivirus program, and Malwarebytes. Sometimes Revo Uninstaller and programs like Portable Apps and File Hippo.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
I don’t play any games, so I shouldn’t be taxing the system in that particular manner.
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?
Sometimes I might run two programs at the same time, if an antivirus program is doing a scan at that particular hour, when I’m doing something else. Otherwise, I try not to because it just bogs things down. If I’m finished with a particular program, then I close it out. Aside from that, it’s browsing the internet and using either LibreOffice or Word at the same time.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Not really, no. I tend to store anything that could take up space on an external hard drive, so I don't run out of room.
Will you be overclocking? No.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
Western Kentucky. I’ll likely try Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, QVC, or a local, smaller store that I know of for whatever suggestions I’m given. I can also try Newegg or Tiger Direct.
How many monitors are you planning to use? One.
Do you need peripherals? OS?
I don’t need a monitor, or any other peripherals. As for the OS, I am seeking something compatible with Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit, since that’s a personal preference for me. I wish to stick with that until it ends support. It’s always behaved best with all of my programs. Or in lieu of that, I would even just be happy with a model that can be dual booted to include 7.
I only need the desktop tower itself, which I hope would include an optical drive. While having Windows 7 pre-installed would be nice, I can easily purchase an OEM myself for Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and install it if the system allows it. I might need an i5 or i7 processor for that, but I’m not certain at all when it comes to that part.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
The nvidia for this one (NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430) went into end of life a while back. This current computer is incapable of trying to stream Hulu or Netflix, and I also just feel like it’s time for an upgrade after a decade with this one. A test of GPU-Z proved it was incapable of rendering, which I had suspected for a while.
I am also slightly torn as to whether I may need to ask about laptops, too, but that’s just due to a major family medical emergency that required me to travel back and forth between states. I ended up having to borrow another family member’s laptop in order to keep people updated on the situation. Despite that concern, I have a preference for desktops since I have a printer, and external hard drive to hook up to it.
So while I am completely uncertain when it comes to laptops, I would be grateful for recommendations of any that might fit my needs, too. I’d probably just need what I previously mentioned, as well as an hdmi port, and the regular usb ports. Same budget.
I don’t know much about the technical workings of computers, aside from what I’ve managed to learn in regards to mine. So any advice on what make or model for a pre-built desktop or laptop that would fit my needs best would be fantastic and be greatly appreciated. I have only ever had desktops.
Edited by Discordant_Note, 17 September 2017 - 01:55 PM.