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For the second time in 3 months, my 2017 Mac Pro which cost $4,200 has failed.  The first time they replaced both video cards and the SSD.  This time, the video quit working again.

I'm looking at a Lenovo desktop.  Do these specs seems top of the line?

Processor
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8700 Processor (3.20GHz, up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 12MB Cache)
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64
Memory
8.0GB DDR4 2666MHz
Hard Drive
1TB 7200 RPM+16GB Optane Memory
Optical Drive
DVD Recordable
Warranty
One year
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 
Keyboard
USB English Keyboard
Pointing Device
USB Optical Mouse
WiFi Wireless LAN Adapters
802.11 AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth® 4.2

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57 minutes ago, Electromen said:

I'm looking at a Lenovo desktop.  Do these specs seems top of the line?

 

Not exactly. That hard drive is a dinosaur. Don't settle

for anything less than a SSD. Also Windows 10 Home

is terrible. If you insist on Windows 10 get the Pro

version. At least you will get a limited degree of control

over the relentless updating process.

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More memory ... 8 Gb's seems like it might be a little on the short side.

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2 minutes ago, madcowscarnival said:

What's your ability on assembling a computer yourself?  I'd check out Newegg system builder:

 

https://promotions.newegg.com/nepro/pc-build-kits/v40/builder/main.html#two

 

If not, any gaming computer mfg. would be what I would look for.

I haven't built one for about fifteen years but I like that option.

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Depends on budget when you say "top of the line" Lot of folks like ALienware, MSI, Asus. I've been running laptops and have gotten to prefer boutique sellers-more options for configuration, know what component brands are, stress tested prior to shipment, better US based support, someone to talk to while configuring. There are a couple of custom builders for desktops-Puget sound, Digital Storm and others. (Digital Storm could get me to make the next one a desktop- one fellow is currently asking about GPUs for a DS build on the forum)

If I were building today I'd start with a 9700k overclocked, 16gb min-32 optimal (fastest clock I could budget) two small fast SSDs in Raid 0 with HDD for files storage, upgrade the MoBo, GTX 1070 or RTX 2070 , upgrade cooling-then see how it fits in the budget.

 

Re:  Win 10 Pro vs Home- I now use Winaero Tweaker which is easier to keep Win 10 in line than using gpedit in Pro so I won't be spending extra for Pro again.

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I have bought 3 different MSI laptops from xoticpc  and they have all been great,  no issues ever running anything

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I build all of my rigs, generally piece by piece doing the compatibility research myself.  The newegg builder is a new one on me but should have all components suited for each other.  Another guy in the office has the link I posted on order to arrive next week.  I enjoy building and recommend it, especially as you've done it before.  I did check out an AMD build in the same link, with a 1070 card, 32GB ram; its still only $1,500.  However, I'm also a heretic with 2 licenses of Win7 left and will keep building those systems until the hardware is no longer compatible (becoming an issue already with drivers and chip sets).

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Just ordered this....If your wanting some of the latest and greatest.

 

AC-CC-0103 - CUK Stratos Gaming Desktop Case (w/out fans)

AC-FAN-0065 - CUK RGB 16-LED Halo Desktop Case Fan

AC-FC-0004 - CUK 10+6 Addressable Controller w/ Remote

MB-MS-0053 - MSI MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC Motherboard

AC-GPU-242 - NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR5 Blower   2Total

Style Graphic Card

DT-CPU-0100 - Intel Core i9-9900K Desktop CPU

DT-RAM-0054 - 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Desktop RAM     64GB Total

MSSD-0093 - 1TB M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD

DT-HDD-0017 - Seagate 8TB HDD ST8000AS0002    2 Total

AC-GPU-231 - GeForce RTX NVLink SLI Bridge (3-Slot)

AC-PS-0134 - EVGA 1000 GQ 1000W 80+ Gold PSU

OS-16 - Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64-bit

AC-H2O-0015 - CUK Polar King Series 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler

 

Under $4,200

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