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The last time I had to buy a computer, Windows 7 was the big, semi-new thing. Now, I need a new computer and I'm not sure what to look for. Until recently, I thought this old one would last until Windows 10 came out, but it's just not worth the headache it at the rate it's freezing. It's lasted a lot longer than I originally expected, though, since I bought the cheapest laptop I could find for a trip years ago and have just used it since then. I think I could get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free, anyway.
I use a Samsung Galaxy 4 phone, no tablet, and my photo/music/media collection is very disorganized. I'm not really tied to any "ecosystem" yet.
I mostly do web browsing, Skype chats, and work with small Excel files. I don't do video editing. I want a desktop* with at least a 20-inch screen - 25-inch is better. Super-high resolution is not necessary, nor is having a touch-enabled screen.
There's no fixed budget, but I do want a good value, and it looks like Windows computers are better values in the under-$1000 range. On the other hand, it looks like the Apple computers are a lot more powerful, even if they are more expensive ($2000+). It looks like the power of (or at least the purchasing power of $700-$1000 for) Windows computers really hasn't improved very much in the last few years - although maybe my most recent (this) computer was just a good value at the time.
I'd like something that will last a long time. Suggestions, anyone?
*I mention a desktop simply because I won't really need to move it, and I assume I can get a better value in one than in a laptop, tablet, or similar device. If some spectacular deal is available for a laptop, I'm open to that.
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