We are in Germany and currently have an ageing desktop running Vista Ultimate. We have had it for many years and now it is starting to show its age (particularly the hard drive).
So it is time for an upgrade… But where to start?
I would like a machine that has more than we need today, we don’t need a “gaming” computer but we do stream/play video and there is also some graphics work to be done. We also need the box to be able to handle multiple large/complex Excel files, something that on occasion has taxed our current computer.
My biggest problem is simply that I don’t know how to compare/measure one system against another, or compare one component brand with another. Do we stick with 32 bit, is more ram a useful goal, is it better to have two hard drives (or perhaps 1 HDD and 1 SSD), how big does the power supply need to be etc etc..?
Then there is the operating system; I am happy to see the back of Vista and had thought of trying Windows 7 but I cannot find a genuine copy of Win 7 anywhere online. There are lots of copies available but they all appear to be retail copies of OEM licenses, copies from some undefined source or pirated enterprise versions.
We considered buying a new box from a place like MediaMarkt de. However, I would like to try for something that is less generic and more upgradeable (should we need it). Also, I have looked online and found a number of options e.g. this one sold by CSL computers. But I have no idea if its internals are good quality and are a good match (and we would need to upgrade it to Win 7 Ultimate (at 110€) so we can change it to English) https://www.csl-comp...jk2l1&pl=st_top.
And then there is the self built option which sounds like fun (or perhaps a challenge). Is building a system a viable option re-cost, we are looking at a budget of up to around 500€ for an English language machine. The 500€ value is loosely based on retail prices.
I know this is a little vague but it literally is the start point so any suggestions, thoughts, observations are welcome.