- 52 months ago
Hey folks. I'm coming into a bit of money and I was thinking that my current system is getting a bit long in the tooth. I don't like trying to chase the dragon with constant upgrades so I'd rather drop the currency today, and not worry about things for a good five years. I got a list of things I care about, and a list of things that would be nice. I really don't care about looks or a consistent color scheme. I'd much prefer a pile of unicorn vomit that works well and is resilient, over something that looks amazing and won't last six months.
Things I care about enough to make a point of listing: Longevity - I only worry about computer parts once or twice a decade. Resiliency - No tweaking, no fiddling, no minor adjustments. I don't want it to be a sensitive beast that needs be cooed at to boot. Fairly quiet - I don't expect silence, but I'm old enough to not be impressed by having a V8 running on my desk all hours of the day. Serviceable - Fan filters need to be cleaned? I don't want to have to tear the system apart to get at things.
Things that I would like, but won't really break my heart: No AMD if possible. I have had more positive experiences with things that aren't branded with AMD. Just personal preferences. Hardware controls. I don't want to have to change profiles in sub-menus or proprietary software. Just turn a rheostat and be done. Not be locked into a single vendor. I've had a company vanish in just a couple years before, and that ruined a previous system. Swift response time. I'm used to doing the "start a program, wander off and give it some time to load" dance. Don't like dancing.
Budget is going to be $3000 - $5000. Some gaming, some rendering/video editing/conversion. Might have to stand in as a low scale file server for a bit. Really, I just want to not worry about minimum system requirements for several years, then just swap in a new graphics card or two if things aren't as responsive as they used to be. And I'd really like to not pay for things that can't be of use. Like if the motherboard supports 128GB of RAM, but the processor can only use 64GB.
I'd really like a few suggestions to use as a starting point for further research on my half. I don't know if a given professor line is at the end of life cycle, or if a given memory company is known to have poor products. I've iterated a few systems, but the differences on paper are minimal for the differences in price.