What are the key considerations for building a powerful desktop PC for NON-GAMING purposes?
For a gaming machine, there seems to be broad agreement that power supply and GPU are the key things to worry about in a prebuilt PC (e.g. first things to replace when buying a Moofi HP desktop).
But what about us non-gamers?
I'm going to set up a homework room in the kids' former playroom. (That should go over well!) As part of this change, I want to give my kids my current lightweight desktop (Dell Studio Hybrid, Core2Duo, Win 7, fine for schoolwork) and treat myself to a decent desktop.
I'm not a gamer so I assume I don't have to sweat so much the power supply or GPU (onboard probably fine), and focus more on RAM and CPU. Here's my usage profile:
- Machine will be powered down most of the day, only to be used nights and some weekends
- Top tasks are storing/managing/editing the family photos (~750GB and growing) and music collection (~250GB), and general web browsing (must handle 1080p streaming easily)
- Want fastest possible boot-up / program-opening times