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What type of computer to buy?

Goodfou

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Second the recommendation to go i7 processor with 16GB ram and a Solid State Drive (SSD). Yes, these specs are a bit overkill for your use, but you need to future proof the desktop else you will need to upgrade again in a few years. Furthermore, don’t build your own. Get one that is upgradable so you can do a simple upgrade in the future, like add video card or more RAM.

Finally, to keep costs down, get a 256 or 512gb SSD and a 1TB HD. The operating system and any games/programs should be stored on the SSD while any pictures, movies, etc is stored on the HD. The SSD will allow your system to run incredibly quick (boot almost as fast as a MAC) while still having lots of storage (1TB HD) for all the family pictures and movies you have accumulated over the years.

Final note: SSDs do not require cloud computing. They are nothing more than the latest consumer digital storage technology that is considerably more expensive than HDDs. However, the performance is worth it! Just not necessary to pay to put everything on the SSD. Many mid tier computers these days have combo SSD/HDD set ups for this reason-max performance and storage at a decent price point.
 

Brett327

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Concur with above. SSD absolutely mandatory, and second “data” drive will give best performance. 16GB RAM is not overkill. RAM is cheap.
 

Pags

Pope of Chili Town
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Second the recommendation to go i7 processor with 16GB ram and a Solid State Drive (SSD). Yes, these specs are a bit overkill for your use, but you need to future proof the desktop else you will need to upgrade again in a few years. Furthermore, don’t build your own. Get one that is upgradable so you can do a simple upgrade in the future, like add video card or more RAM.

Finally, to keep costs down, get a 256 or 512gb SSD and a 1TB HD. The operating system and any games/programs should be stored on the SSD while any pictures, movies, etc is stored on the HD. The SSD will allow your system to run incredibly quick (boot almost as fast as a MAC) while still having lots of storage (1TB HD) for all the family pictures and movies you have accumulated over the years.

Final note: SSDs do not require cloud computing. They are nothing more than the latest consumer digital storage technology that is considerably more expensive than HDDs. However, the performance is worth it! Just not necessary to pay to put everything on the SSD. Many mid tier computers these days have combo SSD/HDD set ups for this reason-max performance and storage at a decent price point.
Thanks all. Although building my own PC does sound cool I think I'm going to go turnkey and save the self-build if/when the kids want their own PC.

After fiddling around on newegg I came down with these guys:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare?CompareItemList=9SIAA0SAX28976,9SIAA0S8C18148,9SIAA0S8C18157

They're all within a few bucks of each other and have 16GB RAM (plus room for more later), 512GB SSD, and 1TB HHD. Plus they're small form factor which is a Mrs. Pags requirement.
 

allegroreyees

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Thanks all. Although building my own PC does sound cool I think I'm going to go turnkey and save the self-build if/when the kids want their own PC.

After fiddling around on newegg I came down with these guys:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare?CompareItemList=9SIAA0SAX28976,9SIAA0S8C18148,9SIAA0S8C18157

They're all within a few bucks of each other and have 16GB RAM (plus room for more later), 512GB SSD, and 1TB HHD. Plus they're small form factor which is a Mrs. Pags requirement.
Keep in mind that the i7s in those two Intel NUCs are U-series CPUs compared to the quad-core 6700 in the HP. U-skus are low-power, dual-core models. These days, there are so many versions of Intel CPUs that it can be a bit head-spinning.
 

Mos

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After what Mos wrote about installing CPUs I'm a tad gun shy on going home built.
I'll just clarify that this was the part that made me nervous but like nittany said, it still isn't that hard. And that was like eight years ago when I was installing Windows 7. I think it's gotten easier to configure a bios and windows 10 pretty much does everything for you during install. If I wanted another desktop, I'd seriously consider builing it because you can get a lot of power at a fair price if you do the research. But you can also get some great deals from the store so I don't begrudge either option.
 

HAL Pilot

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@Pags Buy your stuff from Amazon not Newegg if you are a Prime member. If anything is wrong, you can quickly return it and get it replaced. You can take it back to a Whole Foods and get your refund within an hour or so after dropping it off. Do a return and repurchase not an exchange. The free 2 day shipping is awesome. The returns are done online without a human asking a bunch of questions.

I just built a new computer and had bad luck with the motherboard not working correctly, both the original and replacement. Returned both online without talking to a person and bought a 3rd different manufacturer. 5 days for 3 motherboards. No long holdups.

I built a computer using
AMD Ryzen 9 3900x
X570 motherboard
16 gb DDR4 @ 4400 Mhz
Navida 1660 Super graphics card
100 watt power supply
Corsair H115i CPU water cooler
ATX Case
couple of extra low noise fans

I spent about $1600 total. It's not top of the line ($400 more for top AMD Ryzen 9 3950x and up to $1000 more for better graphics card) but it's close except for hard core gamers.

On a side note, build a computer that meets Oculus Rift S or Quest Link minimum specifications. VR games are pretty cool but...VR porn is a game changer....so I've been told.....
 
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