I’m looking to replace my PC, which is now many (10+?) years old. I’ve been out of the CPU/motherboard/IO enhancements game, so I’m looking for recommendations on a Windows 10 PC (no Linux, no Mac).
Current Machine specs:
More than 90% full 640GB HD Partition (2nd partition with FACTORY IMAGE backup):
Using a dual monitor setup - I’ll likely just keep the monitors I have, so looking for a CPU Tower with a good graphics card and ample RAM rather than a full “system”.
What I Think I Need
- Primarily boring work stuff (spreadsheets, Word Docs, Web site visiting, some SAAS web sites included).
- Some fairly simple Design work: Inkscape, TinkerCAD, Sketchup, some Fusion 360 (soon).
= Some slicing of 3D models (usually done on my laptop, though).
- No video editing, CPU-crunching numerical analysis, etc.
What should i be looking for in terms of CPU/RAM/USB?
Build vs Buy
I’m looking for a turn-key system: looking to cut down a tree, not build the chainsaw.
Budget: $800-1,000, including probably getting a new Windows 10 License (usually included), and MS Office 2019 license (not 365) which runs $110 on Amazon, but might be included in the system. I’d like to spend enough now that I won’t have to buy another machine for several more years.
Interested in recommendations on links to specific items, stores to buy from, brands, features, things to avoid. For example:
- I’m thinking a SSD to boot from and a large HD for storage. Size/spec recommendations?
- 8MB of RAM feels small, given that my 10 year old machine has 8MB. Ironic considering the first computer I owned had 8KB of RAM.
- USB 3.0, or is there something else I should be looking for on the HD interface (is SATA still a thing?)
- What innovations/features am I overlooking out of ignorance?