Just thought I would mention, I bought a Gateway desktop on sale at Future Shop. My 2004 HP (with lots of upgrades) just keeps humming along. I set up some weather software that I have had running 24/7 every Spring, Summer, Fall and I set up the Gateway to do it instead of old PC. Gateway has been down 3 times in 3 weeks with no apparent reason. Just shuts down. Today's garbage.
I am looking to replace my 9 year old Dell Dimension PC and am looking for something that is simple, basic, reliable and relatively cheap. It is used mainly for emails, browsing, you tube and some online games, but not much.
Any suggestions on something? The Dell, while still working, is simply too slow and cannot be expanded beyond the 2 GB of RAM ... plus is XP.
Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
Western Digitial WD3003FZEX Black 3TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM
ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray Writer 12X BD-R 16X DVD+R SATA Black Retail
Used for development work and media streaming. Not a lot of gaming and no FPS games (mostly Civ and the new SimCity). Has to drive 2 DVI monitors and run a couple virtual machines (thus the 16 GB of RAM).
@audacity Thanks, but their recommendations don't focus on one of my key goals (performance, as quiet as possible). The R4 is one of the quietest cases around (rated better than the recommendations), the PSU is fanless, and the graphics card is also very quiet.