What components does a new PC need to be future friendly?
Posted on 2012-08-21
Within the next year I will need to replace a main pc. I anticipate using windows 8. Want large form w plenty of expansion bays and pcie/memory slots. Would like fotward looking motherboard design ready for whatever innovations may become common in the next few years. It will be used for +_ 600 Gig Music file storage (raid 1 protected), Photoshop CS edits, and general computer chores. Would like some integrated internal/external backup solution as well.
Every few years we have purchased new pcs, leaving us with a household of useful but dated electronics to which we have given mild updates (ie PCI cards , new OS's, Better memory, and in one case faster CPU). Have held back on upgrades lately because it looks like it's time to start over.
Now it's time to plan for the next big purchase. There is so much that is in development and looks imminent, or that is here already but really pricey: (ie SSD's, SAS, a variety of 3rd and 4th generation i/o ports, etc). The idea would be, for example, a system to which I could add SATA drives now, replace w/ SAS or SSD when the prices fall. Is this possible? If so, I have 2 questions:
1. What new or breaking technology should I keep in mind while working on new configuration?
2. Is there a branded solution you would rec, or should I look for something custom? (I've never done that hefore and would have no idea how to find one)
Know this won't be cheap, but I remember that my first "loaded" Dell cost over $10,000 many years ago, so I guess it's all relative.