First post here.. I'm glad to have found this forum..
Laptop or Desktop?
Not sure. we have a very small space that we live in, so we're considering a laptop, All-in-one, or small-factor PC. would be good to have something without too many cables. how do these 3 options stack up in terms of "bang for the buck?" Although we have a laptop, we rarely move it and run it off the battery.
My budget for the new computer is:
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
email, browsing, teaching kids to program. don't want to pay for extra gaming power (our games are flight simulator and kerbal)
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
have an Office HUP, chrome, youtube, occasional streaming movies
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
low-powered games like flight simulator.
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 there will be office and chrome - while it's nice if they can both be running, don't mind closing office docs after we're done.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
no. these go to e.g. dropbox or google photos
Will you be overclocking?
if it's an easy option in the bios itself, but not any kind of "hardware" mods itself
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
If it's an small form factor, we'd need a monitor and keyboard. If there's a cheap 21:9 that would be cool -- not required though.
Windows - though I use Linux extensively at work my fam does not really. they might be open to trying Mint as a dual boot.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
old laptop is very slow even after several resets etc.
Thanks for your help and opinions!!
Edited by nealc, 30 March 2018 - 09:32 AM.