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  #2930651 16-Jun-2022 22:52
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Yeah, I tried the PBtech System Builder and got lost somewhere.  All the options confused me and I wasn't sure what was best for my price range.  The only thing I ever upgrade is RAM but who knows what the future will bring?  Thanks again.  😃


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  #2930836 17-Jun-2022 10:28
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Biggest problem with this and what the OP is asking for is upgrade-ability. There is none with a NUC. When its time to upgrade its sell it if you can and replace the whole unit. 



In general , there is no upgrade-ablity in reality. For any descent NEW PC , after 3 years its not EASILY upgradable  , and just not worth it .
So forget about wanting upgradable  (unless you are a techy)

get what you want now , forget about future upgrades . make sure the Hard Drive is big enough (capacity)

An upgrade is replacing the whole PC  (unless you are a techy) .


Dont overthink it , dont try & do a custom build
Just buy a prebuilt , off the shelf PC . Go into PB Tech. tell them your budget, take what they recommend.

There wont be any noticable difference (for you) between this or that or the other , if spending around $1200-$1500 (unless you want a gaming or CAD PC)
Anything in your budget will be a very good PC, better my mine .
Dont overthink it . 



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  #2930924 17-Jun-2022 13:59
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re 1101:


>Have Dell upped their game with warranty support ?
>They used to be quite bad , hard to deal with, many years back .


I have not had any reason to use their warranty support myself.  I have a Studio XPS which I bought as a reconditioned product in 2009 - a Core2 duo that was my main machine until mid 2020 when I replaced it with a new i7 Vostro from the Dell website.  I have found the online Dell update support to be good at providing regular BIOS, chip-set, and Docking station firmware updates. The Dell hardware has been very reliable. 


I also picked up a number of old Optiplex 755's for the kids many years back. These are all still working well. I got some pre-loved Core2 Quad's CPU's off TM many years back, and replaced the dual core CPU's.  Still very snappy on Win 10 with SSD's having replaced the spinning disks.


My employer changed from HP to Dell about 10 years ago.  Prior to the change we were provided with Elite-books.  Since the change, I think they have varied between dealing with PB tech and direct with Dell.  I understand the support has been very good.  Recently received a Gen12 i5 Latitude upgrade after using a Gen7 XPS for the last few years.




RE ratsun81


Those PBTech builder options provide good options for the OP to think about.  The LGA 1700 socket should good for a cycle or 2 of new chips, while the AMD AM4 socket is probably at the tail end of its cycle.


IMHO, the main weakness with the Dell pre-builts is the relatively low power PSU, which limits future GPU upgrade options.  This would tip me towards the builder options you have suggested.

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