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cwuzzell

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  1. I recently got a 500GB 960 Evo from Microcenter. While I was there, an employee explained how to get everything from my old hard drive to the Evo. He said all I needed to do was format the drive in Windows, use Samsung's Data Migration software to get everything onto the Evo, switch the boot priority to the Evo in the BIOS, and I should be able to chuck the old drive entirely if I wanted to (it's an old, 150GB, 5400 rpm mechanical drive). I did all these things, but when I switched the boot priority to the Evo, my screen would flash black, the Win 10 blue, and my login screen. Switching the boot priority back to the mechanical drive, everything works fine. A friend of mine said that when copying my files to the Evo, the files for Windows 10 might have corrupted, and I need to just get a new copy. I trust her, but I wanted the opinion of "experts" on the internet. What do you guys think?
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    New PC for my Parents

    My parents are 56 and 57, but my dad is a pretty big 4K fanatic. Not sure if he'd like it for a computer monitor seeing as he doesn't even have a 4K TV (yet) but that being said he has expressed interest in higher resolutions than regular HD. As for the 90w not being enough, your own parts list says so. At the bottom of the list it tells you that the power draw is 108w.
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    New PC for my Parents

    Yeah...I'd like to build as little as possible. Not because I can't, but because I don't feel like I could do as well (in terms of build quality and cost efficiency) as an AIO made by a company. Also, their current computer uses DDR2 RAM. I'm not going to even try to reuse that, considering a fair amount of computers and even some phones are using DDR4 now. The 128GB m.2 and 1TB HDD sounds good, I'll probably do that. So I've got: i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GG M.2, 1 TB HDD, as well as Windows 10, a monitor, and maybe mouse and keyboard.
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    New PC for my Parents

    So your suggestion would be to go with a NUC? Thanks for all the help man, I really appreciate it.
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    New PC for my Parents

    Thanks for the single thread benchmarks, I had no clue. I might consider getting something with an i3, now that I know that. They usually don't have too many tabs open, never more than 6. Again, the reason I went with 8GB is for longevity, their current computer is not great in the RAM department, although that may be because its DDR2-1066. They do have a fair amount of pictures and documents, which my dad backs up to a 1TB external drive every Sunday. I went with the 500GB SSD because in the review I saw of the Beebox, you could only fit a single 2.5" drive and a single M.2 drive into the chassis, so a 500GB SSD was a compromise between speed and storage. As for you last point, that's what I'm trying to decide. Is a NUC or an AIO more suited for their needs? Their main concerns would be 1) Is it faster than the current computer? There's a 99.9% probability that whatever I choose is going to fulfill that requirement. 2) How can we save space and not have a giant tower on our desk? And that's why I posted. Thanks for the suggestions about RAM and processor, but the main question still remains in my mind: NUC or AIO?
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    New PC for my Parents

    Now that I'm thinking about it, 16GB would probably be a bit overkill (16 is just the standard number for gaming PCs, so I guess I automatically went there), but I've heard that an i5 is best for longevity, which is one of the more important things I'm considering while buying. As for the 500GB SSD, they have a 320GB mechanical drive in the current machine, and I don't want to go with anything less than that. I would also do a 480 as well, but i think the extra 20GB for a few dollars isn't a bad trade off. Also, I'm trying to decide between a NUC and an AIO PC, trying to figure out which would make more sense for some people that don't do anything intensive, but would enjoy stuff like a clean desk space, more I/O ports, a touchscreen, etc.
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    New PC for my Parents

    Yep, saw that video earlier today, and the Beebox is one of the products I included in my original post. I figured that with a copy of Windows 10, 16GB of RAM, a 500GB Samsung SSD, and a decent monitor, the total cost would end up around $900, for the i5-7200U version. My problem comes from not knowing whether to get this, the Skull Canyon NUC, or an Alll-in-One desktop, seeing as each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but for about the same price.
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    New PC for my Parents

    That would probably work, but neither has ever expressed the desire for any type of portable electronics except for a smartphone. Also, with a laptop, you'd be giving up a fair amount of desk space, which there isn't a ton of to being with.
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    New PC for my Parents

    You're right, they mostly just look at news articles, check e-mails, and use Exel. However, I want whatever I get them to work well for a long time, so an i5 or i7 would probably be best for longevity.
  10. Not sure if this is the right place, but here it goes. As the title states, I'm trying to make a decision. My parents have an ancient Dell desktop that came with a monitor, and probably mouse and keyboard. They bought it roughly 6 or 7 years ago, and it wasn't top of the line when they bought it. Needless to say, it hasn't aged well. The staples link at the bottom is probably it, but the operating system is either Windows 7 or Vista. I'm looking to do one of two things; either get a mini PC, like the Skull Canyon NUC, or ASRock Beebox-S, add RAM, storage, OS, and get a new monitor. This would probably cost less than option 2, which would be to get a decently spec'd All-In-One from a company like Dell, HP, or Lenovo. The reason why I would want to go with an AIO over a NUC is that there's no hassle of installing RAM, hard drive, and OS, as well as there being more I/O, and the possibility of a touchscreen, which my mom would love. I'll put links to the NUC, Beebox-S, and some of the AIOs I'm looking at down below. What do ya'll think? I have a moderately soft price cap of $1200, I'm in no rush to buy, but I'd like to make a final decision before early February. I'll try to reply to all suggestions, thanks in advance! The current PC: http://www.staples.com/Refurbished-Dell-OptiPlex-755-USFF-Desktop-Intel-Core-2-Duo-316Ghz-4GB/product_2429305?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:2429305&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=2429305&KPID=2429305&cvosrc=PLA.google-SALES.Laptop %26 Desktop Computers&lsft=cid:PS-_-GooglePLAs-_-2429305,kpid:2429305,adtype:pla,channel:online&gclid=CjwKEAiA4dPCBRCM4dqhlv2R1R8SJABom9pH3tlH92pN8IL4jI45RdQlUKB3OtH9qUNLbfFUCf5sZxoCpWzw_wcB##specificationsContent Skull Canyon NUC: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Kit-NUC6i7KYK-Mini/dp/B01DJ9XS52/ref=pd_sbs_147_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01DJ9XS52&pd_rd_r=5WH333C3DD6CSS2YHXXC&pd_rd_w=IL59C&pd_rd_wg=Poun7&psc=1&refRID=5WH333C3DD6CSS2YHXXC ASRock Beebox-S (7200U): https://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Barebone-Components-BEEBOX-S-7200U/dp/B01N53RNWL/ref=pd_sbs_147_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N53RNWL&pd_rd_r=Y6KZ64YEKV244PX3G5M5&pd_rd_w=ccH09&pd_rd_wg=jnvj4&psc=1&refRID=Y6KZ64YEKV244PX3G5M5 Some of the AIOs: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015P3SJ7W/ref=asc_df_B015P3SJ7W4705860?tag=52348_iceleadscom-20&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B015P3SJ7W&linkCode=asn&ascsubtag=s1482017035915j5wxa52348 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JJDFFAS/ref=asc_df_B01JJDFFAS4705860?tag=52348_iceleadscom-20&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B01JJDFFAS&linkCode=asn&ascsubtag=s1482017035915j5wxa52348 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DDHW9CI/ref=asc_df_B01DDHW9CI4703683?tag=52348_iceleadscom-20&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B01DDHW9CI&linkCode=asn&ascsubtag=s1482017035915j5wxa52348
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