On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 9:47 AM Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

For the first time that I can remember, I will get
a clean install.


I will get 2 drives, either SSD/HDD or 2 HDD. Obviously, SSD costs more.
Will I be happier with SSD/HDD and 8gb memory? Or 2 HDD and 16gb memory?

If those are the two leading candidates, personally I would go with
the SSD/HDD/8GB option.

You kind of have to gauge for yourself whether 8GB is enough memory,
but I've never felt uncomfortably constrained with 8GB. Whereas I have
definitely felt hobbled by too-slow drive subsystems.

What's the current "sweet spot" price-wise, for CPU?

I take it by "CPU" you mean the box, including drives, memory,
graphics card; but possibly no monitor, keyboard, external speakers?
(Or do you really mean just the main processing chip?)

The sweet spot for a desktop box, in my opinion, is pretty broad these
days. It's more-or-less whatever you're comfortable spending. It also
depends heavily on whether you consider fast graphics a priority. The
difference between no-frills graphics and gamer graphics can easily be
a couple hundred bucks by itself.

John Y.

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