Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

BobT

Desktop Upgrade

7 posts in this topic

With my decision to upgrade our desktop PC I find there are a lot of options available. Weeding through all of them is a bit taunting so I have some questions.

 

Processor: I'd like to hear what others recommend and why. From the searching I've done I seem to be leaning toward Intel i5 or higher. With that said, should I go all the way to i7 or ...? We don't do any online gaming. We use our PC for internet surfing, some video streaming, and otherwise offline work. Could possibly consider video chatting at some point but not on the radar at this time.

 

Memory: My past experience has been to get the largest memory the system will handle. It seems memory is one of the first things that begins to be compromised as time goes on. With that said, what about dual channel vs single channel? 

 

Hard Drive: We currently do not require a huge hard drive. Our current drive is 140GB and we've only used about 110GB. Plus I have a 1T external hard drive that I can use. It seems most packaged systems such as Dell or HP offer 1T HDD. Any reason I would need anything more? 

 

Monitor: Our current system came from  Dell. I had to uninstall some bloatware and trial software but otherwise we have been very happy with it. The monitor still works fine so I'm wondering if there is any benefit to replacing it with something newer? 

 

Productivity: We do use our PC for spreadsheets, documents, and presentations. Back in 2007 through my work I was able to buy an extended license version of Office2007 Enterprise which we have been using. It's legal as long as I'm an employee but at 58 I'm considering early retirement so I may not be able to legally use that package for too many more years. Besides, with my uprgrade I figured it is a good time to upgrade to the latest office package. With Windows 10 it looks like Office Online may be a worthwhile consideration. One disadvantage that I see is that Office Online does not allow for offline reading or editing of files. Of course, 99.9% of the time this will not be a concern as our PC will be online unless the server is down. Aside from that is there any advantage to buying an office package?

 

I have a lot of respect for the knowledge you all have so I'm looking for thoughts and ideas. 

 

Thanks,

 

Edited by BobT

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Processor: You won't need more than an i5 for that. Essentially an i5 is an i7, just with the hyperthreading disabled. Since you won't need that many threads, the added capability of an i7 is pretty worthless to you. 

 

Memory: you probably won't need more than 8 GB of RAM, but if it isn't too much more for 16 GB go ahead and purchase it. Always better to go dual channel, and it really shouldn't cost you anything more to go with dual channel.

 

Hard Drive: Go SSD, not a spinning hard drive. Everything will be much faster, and for what you will use it for this will probably be the most noticeable improvement over your current system. Get a 250 GB SSD, use the external for any large files you hardly ever will use.

 

Monitor: If it isn't broken... This is also something that can be upgraded completely independently of the rest of the hardware, and you really don't save much getting a new monitor in a bundle over buying one separate.

 

Productivity: That's up to you. I use Google Docs at home for most things, my work computer has full Office installed anyway if I needed Office. But really it comes down to preference and how often you use it.

Moon Lake Refuge likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

About office.... How would microsoft know if you retired?  Sort of like being an employee anyway.  And pretty much office is office. 

 

Open Office https://www.openoffice.org/   is another alternative. 

 

i5 vrs i7, I have a desktop with an i5 and a laptop with an i7, both with windows 10.  They both have perfectly acceptable perfomance. 

Edited by delcecchi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have Microsoft Enterprise products through the U.  They require periodic connection to the U's network or they start hassling me about activation. So if I retired, I'd have to go connect to campus wifi every couple months to keep using it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Then Open Office is a good alternative, if Google docs isn't enough, or you want to do it offline.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If anyone is looking for an inexpensive setup, Amazon has a gold box deal of

Lenovo ThinkCentre A70Z 19" All-In-One Desktop, Intel E5700 Dual-Core 3.0GHz, 4GB DDR3, 2TB SATA, Win10H 64-Bit (Certified Refurbished)

 

for just under 200 bucks.  

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkCentre-A70Z-Dual-Core-Refurbished/dp/B01MRDCA8I/ref=gbps_tit_s-3_bb19_c0ae3fbf?smid=A1KWJVS57NX03I&pf_rd_p=41fd713f-6bfe-4299-a021-d2b94872bb19&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=40ESSH572S7HVF4Y7WHT

 

Not the screamingest machine in the world but would likely do the job for just surfing the net, etc. 

 

Deal good for today only.

Edited by delcecchi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks a bunch for the info. Very useful and appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now



  • Posts

    • Some rainy river monsters! 61" 60" and a 54" in the order of the pictures. Have a look!
    • Many big sturgeon boated this past week again.  Has been a great year for sturgeon so far up and down the river.  Fish different holes until you find fish.  Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.  Pike fishing is going good right now in shallow bays and on the Rainy River. Best methods so far are using buzz baits or lying a frozen cisco on bottom with a hook and weight(similar to a sturgeon rig but with less weight).   Pike are active in bays. The lake and bays and water starting to warm up and pike are being caught.  Pike are open all year up on LOW.   Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone and it's open water.  Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st.
    • Was clearing some downed trees from trails this morning. Checked a couple of trees and would you look at that. I didn't look very hard so I'm sure there are more, but of course have to head to work. Cold weather predicted after today though...  
    • Fished the Chip this weekend and found some success.  Lots of crappie action in select bay and bottle neck areas near warm water, timber and old cabbage.  Bobber and minnow was best, but anything was working.  We kept 10 smaller fish for the 3 of us and that was plenty of fish for us.  No need in keeping 25 fish (what a joke).  I wish the DNR would reduce the limit in WI!
    •   CM..that is a big "if" and pretty much the story of the series...good puck possession, lots of shots, few goals...and they have to find guys that can score against the "Allen's" of the world going forward...we aren't going to be playing against trash tenders come any playoff time.   Agree with your observation on the D zone coverage...way too much stick checking all over the ice by both forwards and Dmen...lack of putting body on opponents is either A  - pure laziness or  B - simply outmatched physically. This has to be addressed going foward.   Quite frankly I cannot think of one player that stepped up in the playoffs and played above their reg season...not one.    Haula seems to be a headcase...I don't think he is near as good as he thinks he is and tends to beat to his own drum IMO but we might be stuck with him. Ek will figure it out...playing in the World's now after playing in the Junior World's as well so he'll keep working on his game and be a good one soon IMO.   Will be interesting to hear Fletch's spin on things when he assesses things publicly soon but my guess is it will be "the sky is not falling...blah blah blah" same dump every year.  Sounds Like Leo is keeping him unfortunately...but he's made his own bed, now he has to sleep in it and there are not many GM's in the NHL that envy his postion IMO.  
    • So this is my first year playing Bassmasters Fantasy Fishing, What does the Own % mean and does it have anything to do with the points you would earn if that person is on your team?  Or is it a % of people that have picked that person.   Thanks
    • What are my choices?   I have a pump, well actually two pits with two pumps, one on each end of basement.   Probably half horse pumps?   I don't recall what they are.     So if I get one of those battery back up things, ideally I would want it to protect against both pump failure and power outage.  I figure power outage is maybe 12 to 24 hours except for some real disaster here in Rochester.   Pump failure could be days if I am out of town.   But if the battery charger can keep up with the average draw, it would be ok.   Pumping head is about 5 feet if that matters.  
    • If possible, get doctor to give you prednisone or an inhaled cortico-steroid like flovent or asminex (assuming you have prescription drug insurance)   Or the codine cough syrup if nothing else.  It is cheap.  Need a prescription, though
    • There also the 360 things by some companies.    
    • Hi all,   Any advice on purchasing a side image depthfinder? Worth it? Brand & model?   Thanks!   Ref  
  • Our Sponsors