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    Opinions on buying a new PC..

    What do we think of this? I would be using it for every day browsing & email, watching music/news/movie videos, low end graphics editing (not w/ Photoshop or anything high end like that.. just Paint or The Gimp)

    I'd be adding a storage drive and maybe eventually a low profile graphics card but I don't do any gaming at all so that's not high on my list. The factory power supply is 300 watts as far as I can see from my research.. I'd like higher but it doesn't look like it's replaceable.

    https://www.amazon.ca/ExpertCenter-D...s%2C180&sr=1-2


    https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Commercia...D5-SFF-D500SA/

    I've priced out a number of build-my-own options which I've always done in the past but they're all considerably more expensive than I can afford right now.

    I am concerned that it comes with a 512GB PCIe SSD rather than a standard 2.5" SATA SSD drive although none of my research suggests this could be a problem.

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    I quit building my own decades ago. LOL

    I bought a refurb Dell with an I5 for $299 back in December...from Micro Center... Really nice machine.
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    That is not exactly inexpensive. You could probably build your own for less. The specs are OK.

    Another option:

    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...v3681w10ps5095

    https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop...ostro-desktops

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    Once you add on the exchange rate from Canadian to US dollars those are even more expensive

    Also looking at the i3 or i5 here...

    http://www.pcvonline.com/Products_Sp...ID=24990&24315

    It's a local shop I've dealt with in the past. But I have to wait until our lockdown is lifted so I can go in person and talk to the guy to get more details and maybe haggle a bit. His English isn't very good and talking on the phone would be impossible. The descriptions on that page seem to be inconsistent as well.

    Also want to be sure I get Win 10 pro rather than home so I can control updates better.
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