I need a new home pc and would be grateful for some assistance.
I am interested in the Mac Mini as a concept and piece of hardware but an deeply turned-off by Apple and the cult of Mac (no offense intended, Mac people). I'm considering building my own system, along similar or better specs, to run Win7. I'm prioritizing low power consumption, low noise, low clutter, small footprint and reasonable speed. Essentially Mac Mini hardware but with more memory, Ivy Bridge or equivalent, and an SSD as the sole storage device.
Currently at home I have a Synology DS212j NAS server with 2Tb of storage acting as a torrent box and serving my media and documents. The NAS is connected by ethernet to a WDTV Live delivering video to a home theatre system.
I need a pc for getting content onto the NAS by wifi (eg. trans-coding video, uploading photos from SDHC), some work (eg. MSOffice), basic web browsing, and some light gaming (my children like Minecraft but my 12-year-old in particular is likely to want more). Will very seldom use this pc for watching media, streaming music or storing large files. Form answers:
Approximate Purchase Date: within a month
Budget Range: >$800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: office apps, web browsing, light gaming (eg. Minecraft) but headroom for more over next 3-4 years
Are you buying a monitor: Not now
Parts to Upgrade: n/a
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, Canadian
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: generally favouring intel i5/i7 CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1400x1050
Additional Comments: Looking for this to be quiet, low watts, low storage capacity, but horsepower sufficient for light gaming, video and photo manipulation. Would like to have integrated wifi and bluetooth.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Existing system is 6 years old, very noisy, USB ports are finicky, not completely compatible with Win7, getting too slow with video and photos, takes up too much space, cluttered with cords...