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Longevity...55 year old needs explanations

by infosaturated / January 17, 2010 12:19 AM PST

I am a semi-experienced computer user. I replaced my own power-supply once, I install my own software, hook up my own tv, stereo, etc., but all the different types of connectors and what they are for is very confusing. Like S-video and HDMI etc. I don't understand what would be best.

I'm on a limited income, but can afford to spend around 1000 dollars on a new desktop. I'm looking for something I won't have to replace too soon. For bugetary reasons I want to be able to replace parts, like a fan, a monitor or a harddrive if they fail rather than having to replace the entire thing at once.

I would like to be able to watch TV on it but would prefer a relatively small monitor, probably a 20 inch. I am into art so I have lots of images and I'd like to get into using Adobe Illustrator or something similar for image creation and manipulation. I also have lots of music files. I'd like to have an extra hard drive I can use for back-up.

What kinds of connectors should I be looking for? Is it as easy to change parts in a slimline case as it is in a regular case? Aside from a power cable, can a monitor be wireless?

I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.

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Today all PCs, even HDTVs are 5 year designs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 12:45 AM PST

Let's get that out of the way first. It's been discussed too often but count on failures from purchase to 5 years and while you can replace this or that the ugly truth is the 5 year designs you see today.

Ok, wireless displays are just taking hold. CES 2010 found a bevy of that with a laptop that comes out TOMORROW at BB. Read about it at

This is very new stuff so let's give it 30 days for this to get into the shops so we can pick out a wireless display system for you.
Hang in there.

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Slim line... not for me.
by VAPCMD / January 17, 2010 4:09 AM PST

Usually harder to work on, less product choice for replacement parts and limited cooling.


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