The computer in my signature is getting a bit old and slow. It also runs a bit warm. I figure the time has come to upgrade. I just have no idea what direction to go. I am a stay at home dad of almost three year old twins. I can't even remember the last time i played a game. I know nothing of Photoshop, but do use it very lightly. Honestly, it's mostly cropping and auto-correct type stuff. It's basically become a machine for web surfing, some online video streaming and Microsoft Office type stuff. I would like to get back into a STarcraft II type gaming, but I honestly do not think I have the time.
So, the question becomes this. Do I build a new machine, buy a pre-built, upgrade my current one, get a laptop or get something like a Surface. There have been plenty of times when I've wanted something more portable or handheld. But I always feared that they had limited capacity in regards to performance, capacity and usable lifespan. But, when faced with the reality of my current usage patterns, they might be more than adequate.
I've been building these things since 1995, so it's a hard habit to break. My computer sits inside my desk, so heat build-up is a problem. My current case is about as big as I could go and I would most likely reuse it. My drives should be fine, unless I opt for an additional SSD. My monitor is only 1680x1050, so I would like to upgrade that. Adding a second one is not in the current plans, but could be in the future. I also have an Insignia 1080p tv that I would use as a second display until then via HDMI. I've always build AMD since they were cheaper. But I do not have any brand loyalty. I figure this build should last several years unless things change.
Any suggestions on which direction I should go? Any component recommendations? My budget is under a $1,000 all in. I'd prefer it to be lower than that if possible.