I've just got a new job managing a primary school network and want to get a new PC for my
broom cupboard office, to help manage the network. I'll be running Windows 8.1 with multiple Windows 7 VMs manage the network. I'm looking for at least a Core i7 with maybe 8-16Gb RAM and at least 1TB HDD although I could setting for 500GB. I also want a decent amount of USB 3.0 ports as there will be loads of file transfer stuff to external HDDs going on. Also, just to future proof myself for a few years at least!
I was initially looking at space saving PCs and came across the Lenovo Tiny PC M93p with the RAM upgraded. My supplier quoted me just over £700 for that. However, I'm wondering if I can do better if I go for a Small Form Factor or Tower PC seeing as the space isn't too much of an issue now that my
broom cupboard office has been cleared out! I'll probably go for a ready made PC as opposed to custom built as I'll need a quick on-site multi year warranty in case of any issues and the company would rather I steer away from custom builds.
Also, in terms of monitors, I was intrigued by a 2560x1440 monitor as this would give me ideal desktop space to work with multiple VMs, however, I think the prices are a little too crazy currently. But I need a PC that has a HDMI and DVI input as I'll be working with Raspberry Pi. Built in audio would be a major plus!
Alternatively, should I completely ditch that plan for a PC and go for an All-in-one or a powerful laptop with an external monitor?
Sorry, that I'm sounding really picky, I just want to get it right first time and get best value for the budget I've been given. Ideally, I'd like to get everything, monitor included, for under £1000.