Laptop or Desktop? Desktop.
My budget for the new computer is: $750-$2000. That's quite a range. If OEM, much closer to $750. But I'll consider a custom manufacturer, eg Puget Sound.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Home office: Programming, regressions in Stata, a statistics package. Also web, some multimedia (You tube in big screen). No games.
Most days, any quad core would be fine. Occasionally I do simulations though, which can run for hours or even days. At that point a faster processor (ie i7) would be nice. Currently using Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz. Hoping to go a little faster, but...
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Stata, R, MuPad, spreadsheet, Web.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? No. So integrated graphics are fine.
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 multitask.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Some. Min: 1 TB HD. 2 TB is ok.
Will you be overclocking? No.
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Amazon. Here's the unit I'm thinking of now, an $881 Lenovo 510A https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06WWQKCJV/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3HY6VSB7Y7O99&colid=110VCGJQTPINL&psc=0
How many monitors are you planning to use? One. I'll have 2 desktops hooked up to a DELL 2408WFP (1920x1200@59Hz) monitor.
Do you need peripherals? OS? Windows 10. Pro would be nice, but I guess Home is acceptable.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading? My Lenovo K450e BSODs: problem emerged after 2 years ownership, 1 year out of warranty.
I want a quiet PC, which doesn't mean silent. My 2015 Lenovo K450e is fine, with a 2TB platter HD and no SSD. My 2009 Dell Inspiron 546 (2.30 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core) is noisier than I would like. According to a 2012 article Lenovos and ASUS tend to be quieter while Dells and HPs are noisier. But that article was written over 5 years ago. I understand that AMDs tend to run hotter than Intel chips, requiring some form of cooling.
A custom PC shop would presumably provide me with a PC quieter than I need for about $1000 more than I would like. But there would be other advantages as well, eg a quality power supply.
Lots of USB ports are nice. Both in back and front. Media card reader is nice. DVD burner still useful.
Warm fuzzies from a custom shop is nice, but prices give me cold feet. If I knew of a local shop, I'd think about it. System warranty is a must, so I don't want to build my own.
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