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Old 06-16-2018, 12:18 PM   #11
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Definitely prioritise ssd over nearly everything else. Cpus and gpus haven't moved significantly for nearly a decade.
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Old 09-03-2018, 03:26 AM   #12
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Thought I would update this thread...I ended up getting an ASUS Vivobook Pro. It has 16GB of RAM and 2 separate hard drives, a 250GB SSD and a 1TB regular hard drive. I am going to be doing a lot of work with large files so I wanted something that would fit the bill. I also wanted something with a large 17" display and a separate number pad on the keyboard, both things my old macbook does not have. So far I like it, the plan is to be nice to it and hopefully it will last for many years.

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I still also like the idea of a used/refurbished desktop just for shits and giggles. I took a class at the community college this summer and the computer lab was all optiplex models like the ones you pointed out. Something like that would be perfect. There is a Goodwill store about 40 miles from me that has an electronics department with a bunch of used computers. I may still pick up one of those eventually. The thrift store has used monitors for $15-30 all day long so I think I could put something together pretty cheaply. As for the old macbook...at some point I'd like to do a reinstall of the operating system and put a new battery in it (the original is shot) then run it into the ground. I doubt I will ever purchase another apple product but it's welcome to stick around for as long as it still works.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in with their suggestions.
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Hope you like your Asus, they make good stuff. I bought one of their little netbooks (before tablets were a thing) to use during college in 2004. It still runs just fine.
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