Need a Work PC?
You might want to consider Acer's TC-780-ACKI5. It comes packed with Inte's 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400 (3Ghz), 12GB DDR4 RAM, a large 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, and wireless 802.11ac connectivity. This amount of power will be perfect for all types of internet browsing, web applications, Office 365/Word/Excel use, and some light graphics photoshop type use. It comes with an integrated graphics processor so it won't be good enough to do heavy video/graphics work or gaming unless you buy a powerful graphics card and install it yourself.
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
- 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
- Connectivity- 802.11ac wireless LAN, Gigabit LAN. Drive Interface-SATA 6 Gbps. 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
- Intel HD Graphics 630
- Windows 10 Home
The Acer TC-780-ACKI5 has a 204 customer reviews with a 4 star over rating at Amazon. Most users are saying things like that it's a "great value for a home office," it's a "great computer for browsing, media, and office work" and "great daily use computer." Setting this machine up was as easy as plugging it in. The basic setup of the case has older school USB 2 ports in the back for peripherals, and a couple of USB 3 ports in the front and the power button is obvious, on the top, and easy to access. The case is a mid size tower with a nice, conservative brushed metal look to it, but it's plastic on top. The 7th Gen i5 Processor is fast. It's got 1.5 terabytes of space so you won't be running out of space any time soon. A couple of users found airflow to be an issue and added added zip tied USB fans for better air flow. Overall, it's a great computer.
Here's a couple of recent reviews:
- The specifications on the hardware are very good with one exception. The 12 gb of DDR4 memory is great! That's a modern spec of memory and a generous amount. The processor alone, an up to date i5, is worth $185. This level of i5 is about as good of a processor as you can buy before getting an eight core processor. This may mean nothing to you, but it's basically the best processor you can get today that isn't the premium i7 or AMD 8000 level costing a lot more money. Even if you're getting this machine to play games, this is a potent processor and probably more than enough. It's also a value sweet spot as this computer will be useful and relevant for several years, but wasn't super expensive. 2 TB of hard drive space should be enough for you. To upgrade any component on this computer, you would unscrew two screws on the side panel. I did so and it was easy to access the guts on this machine. It would take two minutes to add another hard drive (such as a small SSD) or a graphics card.
- Bought this along with a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card for my husband for Christmas. He was ecstatic about the set up as it was a huge upgrade from his 7 year old desktop. He pretty much plays World of Warcraft and browses the internet on his computer and this setup does a fantastic job with each. For the price point I could not be more pleased. Setup was a breeze and he runs WoW on practically max graphic settings.
- The computer comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 which are fine for most uses, and even ran Photoshop fine, but I may eventually add a dedicated video card. Fortunately, this desktop has one PCI Express x16 slot (PCIe v3.0) and one PCI Express x1 slot (PCIe V2.0) so you can easily add a powerful graphics card for gaming or video editing. Only issue with adding a video card is the power supply is only 300W, so I may have to upgrade that as well.
- Solid bargain. Good integrated audio and video performance. I do not mine any tokens or game on the is machine. I run standard native browser apps like Outlook 365 including Office and YouTube and this machine easily handles it all simultaneously. Lots of room to expand if I want to throw a GPU or sound card in someday. At this point I'm happy enough with the performance to skip those extra items and live with the low cost of ownership as is.
- Great value, 2tb hard drive and 12 gb of ram are unusual at this price point. The onboard wifi is faster than the usb type I had on my old system. System boots and runs fast and there was no crap ware loaded for which I am thankful. There is also room for a 2280 type ssd but no additional sata. Plenty of ports for inputs. Two usb 3 and card reader in the front, another usb 3 and four usb 2 in the rear.
- The actual score of this computer is 4.5. The only issue I have is the video card. You have this beautiful machine and you are then let down with the video source. It is an onboard and you can tell. For most things this is ok but if you want to do any gaming you can tell. If you spend another hundred or so dollars on a decent video card you will have an awesome machine for the price. You get a two-terabyte hard drive. You could always add an ssd card here but so far startup is pretty quick. The machine is very quiet and all in all this is a super solid machine. Acer produces some really nice items and this computer is no exception. Setup is a breeze. You plug in the computer to a video source. Turn it on, follow instructions and about 5 minutes later you are online and ready to go. My wireless connection was ok but it could have been my house. A wired connection was lightning fast and it did everything that I wanted it to do.
Where to Buy
You can pick up the Acer TC-780-ACKI5 at Amazon for $480. Looks like a great overall desktop home office computer.