Jeff,
As the others have said more memory, a bigger SSD drive, a faster processor, multiple monitors, etc. = better.  You didn't say what your budget, if any, might be.  I knew that I liked versatility but have found that I like portability.  I've recently purchased a Microsoft Surface Go.  This is not, bigger, better, faster but it works, is portable, and versatile.  For you I would suggest looking at the Surface Pro.  The Surface dock would let you "turn it into a desktop" with multiple monitors, external drive(s), and more.  USB-C will also let you add in the external peripherals.  The Surface Pro 6 doesn't have USB-C but there are rumors that the Surface Pro 7 will.  Still the Surface Pro 6 is nice.
I love the portability of my Surface Go.  It's about the size of an iPad, functions as a tablet or a full Windows 10 PC and can fit in a zip-up portfolio.  If you're just using Office, IBM i Access, and web browsers, it may be enough for you.

Dave


On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 9:47:05 AM EDT, Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

My current desktop is Windows 7 and cannot be upgraded to Windows 10.  I
tried several times a year or 2 ago.  With the age of my hardware it's
probably just as well.  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?
Recommendation?

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

Thanks.


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