Here is what I have to start off -
Asus Essentio CM6730-06
Purchased Sept 2013
Intel Core i5-2320 3.3GHz
6MB L3 Cache
Samsung 128GB SSD as boot/OS drive
Original 1TB HDD 7200RPM as data drive
Upgraded 450W power supply (original 300W)
Running the latest updated Windows 10 version and Chrome as my browser.
I've had a love/hate relationship with this desktop since I've had it.
For the last 3-4 months the CPU fan just screams each time I open a Chrome browser page. Also when working with my photo imagine program (AcdSee Pro 2019) the fan is screaming most of the time. By screaming I don't mean a bearing scream sound - just that it is running in what I would call turbo mode - very fast and loud. It has gotten to the point that I can't stand to use it anymore. Also when using my photo editing program each time I make an adjustment I have to wait around 5 seconds before I can do anything else.
I usually keep up with keeping the case clean on the outside and inside. One thing that gets me with this desktop is there is no case fan. The power supply of course has its own fan - only other fan is above the heatsink of the CPU. I recently took a very good look at everything inside and found only some minor dust particles in the CPU fan which I was able to get mostly clean with canned air.
The last couple days I did the following testing - CPU test with Intel's application - SSD test with Samsung's application - memory test via Windows. All test came back as passed.
So, since I can't find anything really wrong with my very limited knowledge I figure that maybe it is telling me its time to abandon it and move on.
My choices at this point - I look at new desktops at a few vendors. I admit that I am a Dell fan. This is because since I had my first desktop some 20 years ago I've had Dell and never had an issue. The PC's have always been dead quiet. In fact my wife is still using one of my old ones that has to be at least 12 years old.
In my travels looking around it seems desktops have been going away while laptops are very much more popular. I guess this makes sense with the younger people all wanting to be mobile. Trying to make a long story short - because of the popularity and demand of laptops - it seems you get more "bang for the buck" these days with a laptop vs. a desktop.
With that said I just don't want to drop $800 or more on a lower end desktop. I am looking at a bare bones Dell XPS desktop. Trying to stay around $500-$600.
It seems for the $500-$600 you get a lot more for your money with a laptop and that even includes the display.
Or, my upgrade idea.
I certainly don't trust this PC much now but since the main components all passed their respective tests I thought I would do a couple upgrades. I would put in 16GB of RAM (max according to the documentation) and a cheap graphics card to take the monitor load off the CPU. I can do this for around $150.
If I do in fact get a laptop I would insist on an SSD boot/OS drive. I would use it primarily at my desk which kind of seems like a waste to me - to use a mobile laptop on a desk. I would get an HDMI to Display Port cable so I can use my nice UltraSharp 1900x1200 60Hz monitor.
It was mentioned in another thread about a dock since I would be using it as a desktop machine. I know docks were easily found years ago but I haven't seen any while looking at laptops the past week or so. I've been looking at the Dell Inspiron line so maybe they aren't made for those laptops?
So what do you all thing? Try the upgrade and see how it goes? Or just abandon this machine and get a laptop?