Recommendation still same..SFF is a poor choice for system longevity and reliability. Too much heat in too small a space and not many ways to efficiently eliminate it. SFF severely limits HW options ...HS Fans, GPUs, PSUs, etc., in the event of component failure beyond warranty.
PS...I'm not far behind you age wise but wouldn't consider SFF unless I needed portability. The smallest I buy for anything is a mid tower with plenty of drives bays for drive spacing/separation, cooling and ease of access in the event I need to repair or replace a component.
I am going to purchase a new desktop to replace current six-year-old Dell Dimension 8250. I am a senior and this will probably be my last comuter. I am only a general user but want the most "bang for the buck" PC. I am strongly considering an Acer Aspire X3200-ED5600A or Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A(I think these are almost the same machine but believe I can purchase the 3200 a little cheaper-it looks as though the major differences are the Graphics Controllers: the 3200 uses the NVIDIAGeForce8200 and the 1700 uses the NVIDIA GeForce G100 and the Processors: the 3200 uses AMD Athlon X2 5600+ 2.9 GHz dual core and the 1700 uses the Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.4 GHz Any significant differences?
Storage Controller: Serial ATA-300
Op. Storage: DVD RW/DVD-RAM
Ram: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM
Cache Mem.: 1 MB L2 Cache
Small Form Factor
OS: Vista Home Premium 64 bit
Hard Drive: 640 GB
Audio Output: 5.1 channel surround
The 3200 would cost about $415 online with free shipping and the 1700 would cost about $480
Thoughts on Acer/configuration? The compact space of these is a factor and I do not upgrade components so the lack of upgradeability is not a factor.