Question PC/laptop advice for Remote Desktop

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I would like to have a PC/laptop set up in at home in Australia that would work well when accessed from my laptop overseas via AnyDesk Remote Desktop.

I will regularly be running a program whos optimal system requirements are
CPU: Intel Core i5 or i7 multi-core 64-bit processor
RAM: 8+ GB

Fairly strong preference for SSD.

The possibility of running a Virtual Machine on it without it being slow would be a nice, not essential.

Q1. Tower vs Laptop? I already have a monitor, cost is a concern

Q2. Recommended specs

Q3. Where to buy? in Aus..
 
If cost and performance are a concern then the best value for your money would be a Desktop computer. You get much more performance for the same amount or less $$$ when compared to a laptop. What is your budget for this machine? Are you ok with AMD CPU's or do you only want to stick with Intel?
 
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If cost and performance are a concern then the best value for your money would be a Desktop computer. You get much more performance for the same amount or less $$$ when compared to a laptop. What is your budget for this machine? Are you ok with AMD CPU's or do you only want to stick with Intel?
I have never had AMD, so purely based on comfort im inclined towards intel. Do you think AMD is a good option?

I guess it would be nice to pick something up for $500AUD but spending $1000 is ok if thats what it takes
 
AMD's Ryzen CPU's offer the best value for the money most of the time. I currently use a AMD Ryzen R5-1600 6 core CPU, I've had it for over a year now with zero issues. I've been using AMD CPU's since the mid 1990's with no regrets.

Intel CPU's are more expensive and typically provide more single threaded performance.

Do you need a discrete video card (Gaming, Rendering, Etc.?)
How much storage space do you need?
I suggest 16GB of RAM now days for a Windows 10 build, 8GB Minimum but I no longer recommend 8GB as Windows consumes a good portion of that now days.
 
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AMD's Ryzen CPU's offer the best value for the money most of the time. I currently use a AMD Ryzen R5-1600 6 core CPU, I've had it for over a year now with zero issues. I've been using AMD CPU's since the mid 1990's with no regrets.

Intel CPU's are more expensive and typically provide more single threaded performance.

Do you need a discrete video card (Gaming, Rendering, Etc.?)
How much storage space do you need?
I suggest 16GB of RAM now days for a Windows 10 build, 8GB Minimum but I no longer recommend 8GB as Windows consumes a good portion of that now days.
-Wont be gaming, maybe some online poker i guess

-220GB or around there should be enough
 
Here is an example of an AMD build you could create for just under $1000AUD, It would be difficult to create a complete Intel system for less then $1000AUD with better performance. Some of the parts I have chosen for this build are 50-75% less expensive in the United States (not factoring in currency conversion of 1USD == 1.42AUD).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.00 @ Shopping Express)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.00 @ Shopping Express)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($146.30 @ Newegg Australia)
Storage: Western Digital - Black NVMe 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($165.27 @ Amazon Australia)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.50 @ Shopping Express)
Case: Corsair - 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ Device Deal)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12III 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($101.20 @ Newegg Australia)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($132.00 @ Amazon Australia)
Total: $966.27
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-25 12:20 AEDT+1100
 

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