So I think my laptop is dying and I fear I may be in need of a new computer soonish. I've been looking at small barebone boxes like the nuc/gigabyte brix/msi cubi/that sort of thing. Something small and discrete and I'd very much prefer a fanless machine. It'll be plugged into an old hdmi tv (that has decided not to work as a tv anymore), which will do until I buy a proper monitor.
What is putting me off is that these appear to be marketed as nothing more than media centres. Yet looking at the specs, they're comparable or better than my laptop (Intel T1600 1.66 GHz 2 cores). Am I missing something?
Admittedly, I've had to start using an adblocker, and kde and gnome are starting to feel sluggish so I ideally would like something a bit faster to future proof myself a bit. I don't play games, won't be playing 4k movies. I pretty much just surf web, navigate around files, open text editor, compile. So what is the minimum recommended spec at the moment?
I'm not flush with cash, and I can't justify spending hundreds on something. I don't mind second hand, ideally something around or below the 100 pounds mark. The MSI cubi n (celeron n3050) was selling at 50 pounds (disappeared in the last few hours)......would that have been a good deal or 50 pounds wasted?
Any help/thoughts welcome.