New desktop for the wife

My wife has a decent laptop, but she wants a new desktop as the one she's using is quite old. She is into genalogy so usually has multiple browser windows open at the same time along with a genealogy application and graphics application. Not heavy duty stuff.

I've always liked Dell machines as I've had many and have never had any hint of a serious problem with one or the components inside. Dell has what looks like a nice Inspiron desktop on their cyber monday deals: 7th generation I5 with 12GB ram and a 1TB drive for US$399. Seems reasonable to me. www.circularhub.com/.../dellus-fsi

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  • On Wed 22 Nov 2017 04:36:03 PM CST, kgroneman wrote:

    My wife has a decent laptop, but she wants a new desktop as the one
    she's using is quite old. She is into genalogy so usually has multiple
    browser windows open at the same time along with a genealogy application
    and graphics application. Not heavy duty stuff.

    I've always liked Dell machines as I've had many and have never had any
    hint of a serious problem with one or the components inside. Dell has
    what looks like a nice Inspiron desktop on their cyber monday deals:
    7th generation I5 with 12GB ram and a 1TB drive for US$399. Seems
    reasonable to me. 'Here's their flier'
    (www.circularhub.com/.../dellus-fsi
  • kgroneman wrote:

    > Any other suggestions or comments?


    When we talk about "desktop" systems, many of us still think of the
    traditional tower. If that's too bulky, we may look to a
    laptop/notebook instead as our desktop system but there are
    alternatives.

    Notebooks offer portability. If you need that, that's the route to go
    but there are tradeoffs. Most people, when using a notebook as a
    desktop computer, want a larger screen and better keyboard so these end
    up being extra cost items. Notebooks are primarily battery operated
    devices designed with a specific power envelop in mind. There is a
    tradeoff between performance and battery life so notebooks typically
    have lower power processors and limited RAM.

    The alternative is the small form factor "mini" or "tiny" PC. Most of
    the major manufacturers offer models in this form factor but the best
    well known is the probably the Intel NUC.
    https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc.html

    When compared with a notebook, these PCs provide a much wider choice of
    processor, memory, and storage. Since they don't include a built-in
    keyboard and display, the form factor is much smaller than that of a
    notebook. Also, why pay for a built-in keyboard and display if you are
    going to use external ones anyways?

    In any case, it's something to consider.



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  • Hey malcolmlewis:

    > why not hook get an external monitor and
    >just use one system?


    I tried to sell her on the idea, but she wants a desktop. She likes the
    ergonomic keyboard and two identical monitors. I told her I could do that with
    her laptop, but nope, she's set in her ways.

    >What are the specs of the existing Desktop


    It's old and dying. I don't remember which AMD cpu it has but the PC is about
    8 years old. The integrated video card has been giving us grief (not
    recognizing the 2nd monitor, etc) for months now, and two weeks go it wont'
    even recognize either monitor and only displays 1024x768. I suspect a memory
    issue too as it hangs from time to time.

    I'm hoping to get a Dell Door buster today as it's Cyber Monday. $399 for an
    Inspiron 7th generation I5, 12GB ram, and 1TB drive. If not, HP has one with
    similar specs for $479


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    Kim - 11/27/2017 9:20:05 AM
  • The size doesn't really matter. She's got a slot for it that fits a tower and
    a tower gives her lots of USB ports etc. which she puts to good use.

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    Kim - 11/27/2017 9:27:27 AM
  • Hey kgroneman:

    >Inspiron desktop on their cyber monday deals:
    >7th generation I5 with 12GB ram and a 1TB drive for US$399.


    Bought it. The "deal" was completely sold out within 90 seconds. I'm glad I
    had my finger on the button. Regular price US$699. It should be here Nov
    30th. That should keep the wife computer satisfied for a couple of years.

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    Kim - 11/27/2017 4:14:10 PM
  • Very glad you go it! She's going to be very happy with that and her
    dual monitors, doing genealogy. I speak from experience! :)

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  • Yup. She uses lots of windows. To sweeten the deal, Dell was offering 15% on
    Ebates so I got a $60 rebate on my $399 purchase. Not bad.

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    Kim - 11/29/2017 10:55:43 AM
  • Not bad at all! :)

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