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Looking for New PC Desktop in Vancouver BC

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Looking for New PC Desktop in Vancouver BC

Would appreciate any rec's for a new PC Desktop - I need to retire my ancient machine.
Thanks!
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Budget $800-$1000
Full MS Office Suite
PhotoShop etc
Not a gamer.
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How ancient? Could have a lot of life left with a few cheap-ish upgrades
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virtualblu wrote: Budget $800-$1000
Full MS Office Suite
PhotoShop etc
Not a gamer.
How seriously do you use PhotoShop as that might be your sticking point in what to get?
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thriftshopper wrote: How ancient? Could have a lot of life left with a few cheap-ish upgrades
Probably a clean install is all that's needed :) .
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About 15 years, have had one upgrade for RAM.
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PS isn't essential really. I have a clunky tower and was looking for something more compact like a mini.
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15 years? O.K. That is old (I have a few in the 11-13 y.o. range).

Depending on what CPU and how much RAM (8GB good, more better but architecture of the day may limit amount) you have, you could get away with a SSD (assuming the computer has SATA ports), and a low power video card.

A mini may limit you in upgradability.
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I'm in the same boat and about to start my own thread on building my own as I have an old but still usable ATX format tower and a 600W PSU. I'm more than willing to look at a pre-built if I can find one on a budget. OP, if you are looking into this as well we could merge our thread, otherwise, good luck!
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thriftshopper wrote: 15 years? O.K. That is old (I have a few in the 11-13 y.o. range).

Depending on what CPU and how much RAM (8GB good, more better but architecture of the day may limit amount) you have, you could get away with a SSD (assuming the computer has SATA ports), and a low power video card.

A mini may limit you in upgradability.
Don't forget a clean reinstall as it will do wonders for a box that is 15 years old.
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virtualblu wrote: Would appreciate any rec's for a new PC Desktop - I need to retire my ancient machine.
Thanks!
Easy.

This machine is currently on sale for $599 at Best Buy and will feel like a rocket ship compared to your old hardware: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ac ... 0/14760362

It has a new 10th generation Intel i5 processor and enough RAM and drive space to keep you going for years. If you need to add a discrete graphics card (to speed up Photoshop, etc) or a solid state hard drive, that can be done in the future. I suspect you won't find a need to upgrade it for years, though.
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just get a pre-built PC from Costco or better yet get a laptop.

Laptop will be able to do everything you mentioned
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Lol - I'm a ludite Tapout123, go ahead and start your own thread and I'll observe.
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Damn I'm so used to a desktop but not ruling out a laptop though.
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Thanks for the link jaybeeg - looks worth checking out.
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virtualblu wrote: Damn I'm so used to a desktop but not ruling out a laptop though.
I would actually rule out the laptop if you don't need the portability aspect as the desktop will give you more flexibility and typically lower prices for upgrades.
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Honestly, after years and years of owning both PC laptops and desktops.... desktops last longer and perform better over the long term and offer a better long term upgrade path. They don't have the overheating issues nor battery reduction that laptops have and they are much easier to upgrade along the way. That said is I still love the portability of laptops for work on the go...Heat kills laptops and as such I have to limit the intensive work I perform on laptops (Auto-cad and Solidworks etc.). I suggest you search online the local computer shops: (Canada Computers, Memory Express, A-Power, Mike's Computers...etc) find something that you think will suit your needs.

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I didn't mention it early on, but I DO want to support local business over Big Box especially during this time. Thanks for the local rec's, you mentioned a few that hadn't come to mind.
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virtualblu wrote: I didn't mention it early on, but I DO want to support local business over Big Box especially during this time. Thanks for the local rec's, you mentioned a few that hadn't come to mind.
Or if you want something in the middle, London Drugs also sells their own house brand computers that are assembled locally.

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