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I've had my current desktop PC for over 10 years, and it still works but I think now is the time to replace it. It cost around £1000 when I bought it, and I've been looking around the £1000 budget mark on Logical Increments to get an idea of what I should be replacing it with. However, I am likely to go over this budget.
Are video cards or anything bigger than they were ten years ago? I naturally decided I wanted the biggest case I could get, for 1337 pwnage of n00bs, but some cases nowadays are a foot wide. A "full tower" case, which I assumed was what I have now, is actually far bigger and my current case is a mid-tower case. Why would a case need to be bigger than the one I have now?
I want my new computer to last for a decade and do basically everything. I don't want there to be things it cannot do. However, in practice, it will be 95% used for shitposting and YouTube. One thing I would like to attempt, however, is setting up multiple virtual machines on this PC. I want to have the option to play modern games, but the highest graphics aren't that important, and to be honest, the most recent game I have ever played in my life has been Bioshock 2. Mostly, I play the Age of Empires games and other games released around 2000-2005. Would it be possible to set up a VM to run Windows XP, say, and just play those games still? Or would gaming on a virtualised machine be horrific and nasty?
Because I'm more interested in doing lots of things than in doing any one specific thing, my CPU should have lots of cores and the speed doesn't matter so much, right? One VM for playing Age of Empires, one to learn about Gentoo Linux, one for clicking on spam links that will give me viruses, and one for Windows 98 when I really want to regress into my childhood. An AMD Ryzen with six cores would be great for that, wouldn't it?
Can I have both an SSD and a regular hard drive, mirrored in RAID-1? Or would the slower HDD then remove all the speed benefits of an SSD? My current machine has a 1TB hard drive and I haven't filled that.
Also, because I like old games, an optical drive is vitally important for me. Lots of cases I look at now don't seem to have any option for optical drives at all. Do they really just not bother, or are the drive bays still there but hidden behind the rainbow-LED fans and water pipes that modern cases love so much?
Pic unrelated; I saved it onto this machine many years ago, to show that I keep things for a long time.