under $4,000 USD at least without the UPS but I’m fine with spending between $2,000 and $4,000 USD. I live in Canada, there’s not really a retailer I prefer but as someone who has had bad experiences with the longevity of their laptops and still occasionally plays DS and gameboy games retailers and brands that are known for longevity of products would be preferable.
I have keyboard, mouse, microphone and headset as well as a LEN C32q-20 and Asus VZ27V monitors. I do think I would like to start using Thunderbolt docks because I’ve had issues with USB-A devices and dislike the current external hard drive and dock occasionally hanging off my tower. Monitors that are easier to look at together and a mount so they aren’t held up by textbooks could be a nicety.
I would be using the computer for a mixture of gaming, hobby software development, home server hosting, and probably 2D game development, with maybe some light editing.
For Gaming I would like to be able to play games at least at 60 FPS at the standard resolution for my monitors at medium settings at least. I mostly play games that are 3-10 years old with one of the more recent games I enjoyed being DEATHLOOP. I have not found there to be an issue with any of the games I’ve tried playing except for Spore which I feel might have more to do with issues on the 14-year-old games end and there being some slight lag in Cluster Truck and Besiege.
I do not overclock and am not particularly interested in overclocking.
I do not have an interest in custom water-cooling and the idea of water in the machine is still a bit scary to me.
Operating Systems wise I don’t know if I can transfer my windows 10 on the XPS 8930 to the new machine which is my preferred way to have the Windows VM but I heard good things about using and purchasing unRAID for a hypervisor on a system where I want to have a Windows Virtual Machine for gaming and a Linux VM for development(probably going to use fedora or something with KDE.)
My current PC is an XPS 8930 which includes a GTX 1070 which is why it’s listed in the parts, I don’t think I need a more powerful GPU probably, and I don’t know what effect RDNA 3 would have but I’ve been told that it can be convenient to have 2 seperate GPUs if the VMs will be doing serious tasks.
The list for this theoretical new build is probably overkill for what I need, but I would hope for it to last me over 5 years and either double as or replace my QNAP TS-230 NAS in the future. I found the QNAP UI and software somewhat confusing, and the limit of 2 hard drives as questionable for long term use.
I really have no interest in RGB and would prefer the case to be one that doesn’t look unprofessional, so I wasn’t concerned with a cohesive colour scheme for the parts. Just want one that has okay airflow and can be easily cleaned. If there’s one that could fit more hard drives, that could be a plus.
I have no experience with UPS, so I picked one that I know could probably handle the computer and also if my sibling has his computer in the same room he could plug his XPS 8930 into the UPS without a problem.
Thank you for your time, and sorry for a very long topic post if there are recommendations to fix to make less long-winded I will edit this post