Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
My budget for the new computer is: $1000
What are the primary uses for this computer?
A lot of web use and writing. Also: music and photos, want to try video editing; CD and DVD burning; possibly occasional light gaming such as strategy, adventure, and simulation games (not shooters or the popular games that kids play)
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Word processing, Firefox with many extensions, VLC, Avast, Malwarebytes, Shotcut or inexpensive equivalent, Faststone Image Viewer, Audacity, Musicbee, Sumatra, backup software, VPN, text expansion, utilities such as by Tweaking.com, firewall software, Calibre.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Not a gamer at all now, but I might try some of the brainier games: strategy, adventure, and simulation (not shooters or the popular games that kids play), esp. vintage games from the 1990s and early 2000s such as Tropico and Railroad Tycoon. I don't need to run the latest games but I want to be able to run some games well.
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 at a time
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes
Will you be overclocking? No
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? B&H
How many monitors are you planning to use? One
Do you need peripherals? OS? I need a monitor. I like Dell's but will consider similar quality. I use Windows 7 but would upgrade to 8.1 or 10. I also own a ten year old iMac (2 GHz Intel Core Duo) which dual boots Mac OS 10.6 and Windows 7 via Boot Camp.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading? I have used computers since I was young kid when I had an Apple II in the early 1980s. But I'm done with The New Apple. I also have a 10-year-old Dell Latitude D630 (1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo) laptop that I use mainly for web surfing. I want something faster. I don't want to wait for anything. I put an SSD in my laptop, maxed the RAM, and I still don't like waiting. I mean everything, every process of the computer has to be fast. Above all I want something fast. I don't want to wait at all for anything. Have I established that I hate waiting on my computer? I bought my folks a Dell Inspiron 3847 desktop, maxed the RAM to 16 MB, installed an SSD, and cut down services, and it's still too slow. I hate watching the cursor. I don't know what the OS is doing, but I don't want to wait while it's doing it.
Edited by countermoon, 08 July 2018 - 06:55 AM.