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Let me prefix this story by acknowledging that I am not very observant...
Several years back, I attended my wife's family association dinner. During the course of the evening, I sauntered off to the men's room. I was appalled by the amount of 'fluids' that covered literally every single toilet seat - and they were all down. I used my foot to lift one seat, did my thing, took a large wad of tissue, cleaned up for the next person and then proceeded to wash my hands. While washing, a young lady walks in and I mustered all of my indignation to show her she was in the wrong room. She smiled at me and I walked out, still casting an evil eye at her. It was only then that it dawned on me as to who was actually in the wrong room.
Rather embarrassingly, I recounted the scene to my wife, who too smiled. Much to my surprise, she said this state of toilet seats in a womens public washroom was not uncommon. I now make a point of specifically using only the mens public washroom. They too are often 'soiled' but never to the extent I observed that one time.
I'm thinking about buying a new development PC as I tend to do a little at home on my laptop but thinking about doing more work from home so need a more powerful machine.
It's been years since I bought a desktop and I have no idea where to start or what is good value these days, or what specs to go for. I am thinking 16GB RAM is a must but other than that I have no idea.
16 GB or more
SSD for OS and programs and an additional 1 TB or more for your data
A reasonable graphics card, sufficient for at least 2 screens on a high resolution
blazingly fast internet
sufficient USB ports
I bought my desktop (for home) for around 1K I think, usually I use it for 5-7 years.
The advantage of a desktop rig is that you can split costs by adding more fancy stuff later (and thus split some costs).
I've been building my own PCs since the mid-90's. In fact I have the same exact PC I started with in 1996!
I admit that I have changed some components over the years, like replacing my HD every 2 to 3 years. [Get an SSD, I just did, it's FAST!]
The motherboard, CPU, and RAM have been swapped out every 4 to 5 years. DVD burners and video cards too. Back in the days of floppy drives and multi-card readers -- had to replace them, but not as often. And the case and power supply, had to replace them a few times.
So ... if you ignore that I replaced every single component numerous times, I have that same PC I started with!
I build PCs because I can shop around and get what I want. I do NOT buy top end. The new stuff is highly priced, and last year's model is sufficient to get 5 years out of it.
The initial build is the most expensive, as you're buying everything at once. Since then I don't think I've spent more than $400 USD in a year -- I watch sales and buy when the price is right for me.