Budget Office Desktop Suitable for Windows 11

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on affordable office PCs that would work with Windows 11? Was looking into Dell OptiPlex PCs but most don't have 8th gen Intel. Any help is appreciated.

Cheers

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  • +1 vote

    Do you really need Windows 11? Windows 10 is perfectly functional and will be supported for years to come.

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      I was just thinking it might be good to have it future proof, or is it best to wait until windows 11 has been widely adapted and more affordable?

      • +3 votes

        It's best to wait a few months (if you're patient enough) until all the major Windows 11 bugs are smoothed out. There are always many, many bugs at launch of a new version of Windows. That's what I'm planning to do anyway.

  • +1 vote

    Any PC that has any of these CPUs…

    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3623192/what-cpus-can-run-wi...

    None of those are really super budget…. maybe AMD Ryzen 2000 series.

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      That's only the confirmed compatible. 7 series Intel and 1 series AMD may or may not be compatible depending on the motherboard having TPM.

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    Just piggybacking off this, I need to find a PC for the mother in law who is replacing an 10 year old laptop she reports is "Slow"

    Basically does nothing except the usual browsing etc I would assume

    Is a refurb optiplex the best solution?

    Cant really justify buying something for 800-1000 bucks for what shes doing.

    I assume her laptop is just filled with bloatware so runs like garbage so a 4590 or whatever is in the optiplex on a fresh install would go alright wouldnt it?

    • +1 vote

      I have an i5 3470, it's almost ten years old and runs Windows 10 perfectly fine. I do GIS, photo editing, chrome, office, etc, even got a 1050Ti in there and play some games and the CPU doesn't bottleneck.

      Desktop CPU have aged extremely well over the last decade and will do what the MIL needs.

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        This. me +1

        Will wait for Win 11 compatible Optiplexs to hit second hand market and upgrade then :)

        If everyone continues to WFH it may be sooner rather than later :)

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      4590 is an i5 right?

      It should be fine for light work. I'd check how much ram is in the machine. You might find it has 4 gig of ram. If so, that's your primary culprut. If you upgrade to an SSD, it'll also make the computer feel like it got a big upgrade.

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      I done a Windows clean install on an SSD with a 10 year old laptop and it runs fine for basic browsing.

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      Wouldn't a tablet be better if it's just browsing?

  • +3 votes

    If you need something to be Windows 11 compatible, I'd wait until Windows 11 comes out of beta. While unlikely, the specs could change (from what I heard, there are whispers of it lowering).

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    Wouldnt you wait for service pack 500 before going to the next windows?