Trying to help a friend with the purchase of a new PC. He likes the all in one but would settle for a CPU tower desktop. He doesn't need anything elaborate. Mainly for data processing and internet browsing. Though, i think it'd be a good idea to have something a bit more advance in case he wants to do more than the basic requirements. He wants to keep the budget under $1000. I'm seeking suggestions for such a system.
With that kind of budget it will not be hard!
Where would he prefer to shop?
Do you need to figure in the Setup, or can he do that himself? Printer, Software etc. So reasonably speaking will this still be a 1000.00 project?
If space is a concern then the AIO is awesome! and to be honest I love them. Don't know why but I think it's the space they save along with everything being up top on the desk. Considering you mentioned an AIO perhaps space is an issue, but there is still the SFF-Small Form Factor which would be fine for his needs as long as he don't need to have multiple Internal Drives, and some even support Two.
The Dells are awesome, and I would suggest at least an i3 with 8GB of RAM, Tower or AIO. Some of the Dell AIO's are real impressive!
With all due respect, I think ranchhand_'s suggestions are a little too much for his needs. I would go with something like these below and allow for a Monitor, Keyboard and mouse of his choice. This is just a reference, I'm not a big fan of newegg but they have some good bargains.
Dell Towers Newegg Be careful of what you order, most of these have SSD's in them and he may not want that.
And as Chris asked, does he have a monitor, and if so what kind of connection does he prefer, VGA, DVI or Displayport? If he is picky about his video this may come into play as most lower end Towers don't come with DisplayPort or DVI.
Consider Windows 10 Pro also?
This is an amazing deal IMO Dell SFF with Monitor
Once you narrow things down there are lots of knowledgeable folks here that can look them over for you.
Edited by pcpunk, 17 November 2018 - 10:47 AM.