do you recommend all-in-one desktop?

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  1. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Evangelist

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    is there any advantage for all-in-one desktop in addition to that it's saving up more space??

    I can foresee that the possible drawback is that it's difficult to upgrade or replace any hardware,

    am I true??

    In case the computer screen goes bad (which is something that happened to me before in less than 4 years), will I be able to replace the screen???

    What brand of all-in-one desktop do you recommend?
     
  2. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @kenny1999 it doesn't save more space compared to compact desktop hooked to the back of the monitor. All-in-one desktop is a very bad idea - and always was. Repairing such rare hardware will be a pain. What specs are you looking for?
     
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    I concur with this but also if they are throwing away the All-in-One then I guess that how they do it. But if you plan to keep this for a long time a compact desktop as mention is your better long term investment. Also you should ask yourself how and where you will be using it. All-in-one cost more to repair since it is one unit but with a compact desktop you can replace the board and monitor and components at lower cost and upgrade it's internal for the desktop i.e. HDD/SDD/RAM/GPU/Board all to higher level and still have it working for you not you working for it.
     
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    kenny1999 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi all, how about those "Very small" mini PC ? I don't know its official name, it's like a small square box
     
  5. Starlight5

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    @kenny1999 Intel NUC's (I assume you mean those) are OK. But something like Thinkcentre Tiny or comparable Dell Optiblex might be better and can be bought cheaper, if you're lucky.
     
  6. Zymphad

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    I suppose it depends on how modular it is. If you can use off the shelf hardware, go for it. If it requires proprietary hardware, skip it. If you need to upgrade, you'll need to buy an entire new machine. So you have to assess how much control you'll have over it.
     
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    Nuc's are very cool. I have a Brix Pro i5, and a 8th gen Intel i7. They basically take laptop ram, and a m.2 2280 ssd, unless you get one of the double height ones which will also accept a 2.5mm ssd. They are great for normal daily stuff and you can VESA mount them onto the back of a monitor. The only downside is if your doing something cpu intensive the fan will spin up fairly loud.

    https://www.newegg.com/insider/what-can-you-do-with-an-intel-nuc/
     
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    Also you'll notice a lot of the AIO desktops are actually oversized desktop only laptops. They often use the same cooling system with heatpipes extending all over the place with loud blower fans. They may use socket/normal GPU, but they may also use soldered, have to do your reasearch. The ones with socket and actual desktop GPU are REALLY expensive.

    If it saves you space and money, it's likely a glorified laptop that stays on your desktop, with all the flaws of a laptop.
     
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